By Donna M. Airoldi
In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame,
art and culinary attractions add appeal for groups
meeting in this upstate New York destination
Cooperstown, NY, located on the banks of Otsego Lake, is known primarily as the home of the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum. This quaint village, however,
also offers a variety of excellent art and
culinary attractions—along with historic hotels, varied meeting spaces, and
top-notch service—for planners to
create programs that can appeal to a
broad range of attendees.
meetings around this time can often arrange to have players as guest speakers.
This year’s event takes place July 22-
24, and it celebrates the 75th anniversary
of the Hall of Fame’s first induction class,
which featured Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
Nearby Doubleday Field, home of the
Hall of Fame Classic, is available for corporate events and teambuilding, and can
be booked for up to three events per day.
Big on Baseball
The Hall of Fame opened in 1939 and
has been drawing fans of America’s
favorite pastime ever since.
The Hall is readily accessible for
private tours, meetings, dinners, and
special events, including custom VIP
experiences, with rental spaces available from the museum’s auditorium to
the Hall of Plaques on the main floor.
Induction weekend is huge each July
and brings baseball greats and other
sports legends to town. Groups holding
Art and Historic Appeal
Long before baseball came to Cooperstown, the village was famous for its
affiliation with writer James Fenimore
Cooper, whose father founded the town.
It has a long history of supporting the
arts and museums, and is home to the
highly regarded Fenimore Art Museum,
the Glimmerglass Festival, and the
The Fenimore Art Museum, housed
in a 1930s Neo-Georgian home, has
special exhibits each summer, along
with its permanent collection of
American Indian, folk, and fine art. This
season features shows on Frida Kahlo,
Edward Hopper, and Jackson Pollack.
The current exhibit at the Farmers’
Museum through October is “New
York’s Good Eats! Our Fabulous Foods,”
featuring culinary sensations that got
their starts in the Empire State, such
as ketchup, Jell-O, Life Savers, and, of
course, buffalo wings.
Cooperstown has also become famous
for buffalo wings’ greatest accompaniment: beer. Brewery Ommegang,
known for its namesake and Three