Planning your 2019 getaway? Cooperstown is the place to be with a full slate of exciting events. Whether you're gearing up to watch one of your favorite players get inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, viewing photographs of iconic musicians, or enjoying the many flavors of our local dining scene, new experiences await first-time and returning visitors, alike.
Bowie. Madonna. Elton. Dylan: music legends with instant name recognition. Herb Ritts photographed them all and produced some of the most iconic images associated with these musicians. Opening April 2, Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits showcases his amazing work alongside costumes and instruments from the artists featured in this exhibit on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There's truly something for everyone at the Fenimore this year, with exhibits including work by beloved award-winning children's illustrator and writer Mo Willems, American painter William Sidney Mount, and Heroines of Abstract Expressionism, a look at the talented female artists of the movement.
Opening May 11, The Farmers' Museum presents their new exhibit BREW: New York's Craft Beer Revival featuring objects, images, and text highlighting the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day. Central New York's breweries and beer experts share their stories and process in this vibrant and engaging exhibition, which is finished-off with hop tours, beer tastings, and related activities each weekend this summer. The season is highlighted by the museum's annual Hopsego event on August 17.
Cooperstown is the place to be July 19-22 for Induction Weekend, when baseball's past and present will come together. The Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 features fan-favorites Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera, all elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Joining them for enshrinement in Cooperstown will be Today's Game Era electees Harold Baines and Lee Smith, as well as writer Jayson Stark, who will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. The late Al Helfer, a pioneering radio broadcaster, will be honored with the Ford C. Frick Award.
The 2019 season will bring productions of beloved classics like Showboat and La Traviata, as well as a world premiere opera, Blue, by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson. Guest speakers during the summer will include a return engagement from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as author Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me.
With so many exciting events and exhibits in Cooperstown, you'll need to make sure you have the perfect place to stay. For those looking for a couples' getaway, The Otesaga and the Cooper Inn both have new Romance packages this year, featuring breakfast in bed, chocolate covered strawberries, and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Through March 31, baseball fans can enjoy rates at 20%, as well as tickets to the Hall of Fame with the Cooper Inn's World Series Package. Both sites offer the convenience of complimentary wi-fi and parking throughout your stay, as well as being within walking distance of many of the village attractions listed above. Clear some space on your calendar and start planning your 2019 getaway to Cooperstown! Delicious dining, exciting exhibits, soaring music, and your baseball heroes await you in America's Most Perfect Village!