The O-town Scene

December 29, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 2, No. 13 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, EDITOR/DESIGNER Cassandra Miller ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Adrienne Wise PUBLISHER Armand Nardi CONTRIBUTORS John Champlin, Melanie Levine, Will Lunn, Mark Simonson, Jennifer Ortiz, Jeffrey Pegram and Sam Spokony 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 What I like most about the end of a year _ more than wearing head-to-toe sequins and singing the wrong words to Auld Lang Syne loudly with champagne-filled friends and family _ is reflecting on the last 12 months. If I were more political, this year I'd mention the Arab Spring and Occupy movement. The reality show of Republican presidential hopefuls. Bin Laden's death. The end of the Iraq War. But, I'm not very political, and there are far more knowl- edgeable people commenting on those issues. When it comes to One- onta, 2011 was the year our quaint city got a little more comfortable with its identity as an arts town. The Oneonta Theatre consistently brought in up-and-coming acts, and Foothills and Brewery Omme- gang also put on big-name shows. The Scene covered as many of these events as 2 O-Town Scene Dec. 29, 2011 we could and tried to get the word out so readers could see concerts like the drenched Avett Brothers show at Ommegang or the strobe- light heavy Blue Oyster Cult show at the Oneonta Theatre. Because of the awesome job of running an arts and music-focused publication, I got to see more concerts this year than any other. Almost every show was thrilling, with standouts being Josh Ritter and the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Oneonta Theatre and NY Funk Exchange and the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys at the Autumn Cafe. Every other area venue hosted solid music acts, as well. We are lucky to have venues run by people who are invested in bringing good music to the area. On a personal note, I feel more like an adult than I did at this time last year. I am officially in my late 20s, and I feel wise-ish. This is in part due to lessons learned from watching hours of the Oprah Show, the final two episodes of which are still on the DVR. I have a clearer under- standing of how important family is, how it's OK to dis- tance yourself from negative people and how you have complete control over your reactions. You get to choose your thoughts and figure out which ones work best for you (as Oprah would say). This is a pearl of wisdom that I'm sure lots of people have harvested from life, but it really hit me this year. Going into a new year, I'm optimistic about pretty much everything. The Scene is becoming a monthly publication, with the January issue out Thursday, Jan. 12, and the website being upgraded. It will continue, and possibly be an even greater asset online. Here's to positive thinking. Happy New Year. Cassandra Miller is the founding editor and de- signer of the O-Town Scene. She can be reached at editor@ otownscene. com.

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