The O-town Scene

June 09, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 1, No. 35 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, EDITOR Cassandra Miller ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Adrienne Wise PUBLISHER Armand Nardi CONTRIBUTORS Whitney Bashaw, Mark Boshnack, Peter Eklund, Emily Greenberg, Trevor Hayes, Terry Ludwig, EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Sam Pollak Jim Koury, David Martin, Shannon Moore, Emily Popek, Elizabeth Reyes, James Derek Sapienza, Mark Simonson and Danielle Tonner. ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Sean Lewis The O-Town Scene is published Thursdays by The Daily Star Inc. Free copies are distributed throughout Oneonta, as well as parts of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Member of The Associated Press and CNHI News Service Editor’s Note This summer, we’re featur- ing some of the area’s unique activities and attractions, starting with the Unadilla Drive-In. Generations have grown up going to see outdoor movies there _ as children with their parents, as teens with friends and lovers, and as parents themselves. Much is owed to the current owners, a group of parents who grew up going to the drive-in and wanted to keep it open for future generations. The drive-in has become a purveyor of nostalgia. The one in Unadilla has some of the original features as when it opened in the ’50s. It’s a place of history, however recent that history is. There’s a chance to fill the same car bank as those who lived dur- ing the poodle-skirt era and the Cold War. I get the same feeling of nos- talgia when I’m on Main Street 2 O-Town Scene June 9, 2011 in Oneonta and stop to look up at the brick buildings. Each has its own character, and, in some cases, its own name _ Hazelton, Lewis, Butterfield, etc. I think of the people who built them and the hope they had for this railroad hub of yesteryear. The Oneonta Hotel on Dietz and Main, which has lions across the top of its facade, especially intrigues me, and I find myself longing to know what it was like to stay there during Oneonta’s D&H Railroad heyday. Sigh. This week’s issue is kind of filled with nostalgia. Oneonta historian Mark Simonson recently started contributing the “A Retro Word From Our Sponsors” column, an idea he pitched after coming across so many interesting ads while doing research for other projects. For this week, he found a Holiday Inn ad from the ’70s with disco-dancer illustrations and a headline of “You Should Be Dancin’!” Oneonta had a disco?! Wish I could go... In Cherry Valley, an old theater is in the process of a renaissance, and this Saturday the Star Theatre will screen a documentary about one of Andy Warhol’s “Superstars” by local film- makers (who also have New York City gigs). The event should be a perfect meeting of wistfulness and glamour _ it’s been screened at several film festivals and in major U.S. cities, and through the narration of Chloe Sevigny of HBO’s “Big Love” tells the story of one of Warhol’s inspirations, a transsexual named Candy Darling, who died when she was 29. There’s plenty to be nostal- gic about, but plenty to look forward to in our area, as well. _ Cassandra Miller Miller is the editor of the O-Town Scene, and can be reached at editor@ otown-

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