The O-town Scene

December 15, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 2, No. 11 102 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 Trevor Hayes, Benjamin Patton, Emily Popek, Mark Simonson, Sam Spokony, Jennifer Tighe EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Sam Pollak 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 Oneonta is my hometown. Memories are attached to its streets, coffee houses, theaters, parks, parades and people. This city has my childhood and mid-20s. But there are many other places that have bits of me; locations where I've spent vacations, studies abroad, college and early profes- sional experiences. Last week after the first snow since Hallow- een, I went on the only vacation I've had this year, to Charlotte, N.C. Of course when it snowed, I was thinking: "Haha, winter. I'm going South. Peace out." I got to the airport wearing a light-weight jacket and carrying a suitcase full of "South- ern wear" — T-shirts, skirts, shoes that don't require socks. Wearing one of these "South- ern" outfits sans jacket, I arrived in downtown Charlotte ready to walk around in warmth, only to be met with a 31-degree morning and a police officer who sensed my out-of-towness asking: "Where are you from? Alaska?" No, I'm from a land where people think North Carolina is warm in December. Despite the less-than-Southern weather (which luckily still included Carolina blue skies and sunshine), North Carolina was an escape. Charlotte is where a good friend from Oneonta and a cousin from Binghamton live. The entire city felt like a resort, with beauti- 2 O-Town Scene Dec. 15, 2011 ful, brand-new buildings sprawled across smooth roads, and apartment complexes equipped with pools and fitness centers. For a few days, it seemed like the stress from my hometown life was lifted. I ended my North Carolina trip visiting an- other good friend from Oneonta who lives in Asheville. Driving into the mountains and ap- proaching the charming city center with its art nouveau buildings, coffee shops, chocolatiers, breweries, book stores and walkable streets, I immediately connected with Asheville. This is a city with character, one that I wanted to share a beer or two with. It's made the list of places with a bit of me, and it made me feel more in touch with the entire state. Even without 70-degree weather, this vacation reminded me how good it is to get away, and how great it is to spend time with old friends and family you don't see often. It also reminded me how connected I am to Oneonta, which will always have the biggest piece of me. This is also the first time I haven't been in the office to put together the Scene, which is a task Adrienne Wise took on for this week's issue. She laid out the pages and edited the stories while I was away. Thank you, Adrienne! Cassandra Miller Miller is the founding editor of the O-Town Scene.

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