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Our staff and board have waited all winter long to show you the exciting changes in store for this piece of Cooperstown history. Please help us celebrate by joining us on Saturday May 20th, 12-5pm.

Otsego Land Trust invites the community for a day of family fun to celebrate this 22-acre community conservation area on Otsego Lake. The day is packed full of unique programs and activities to kick off the grand re-opening of the property for the summer season.

Kay Olan, Mohawk story teller will be giving the opening and closing statements followed by a perforamnce by the Akwesasne Women Singers, a Haudenosaunee womens' singing grop and are Kanienkehaka, People of the Flint. Glimmerglass Festival Youth Opera composer Ben Moore and librettist Kelley Rourke will be presenting musical themes from the 2017 world premiere opera Robin Hood for youth. Property and garden tours, kids activities, music and lawn games will be available throughout the day, as well as wood-fired pizza available for purchase from Mangia Macrina'sCanoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales, a customer service oriented paddle store out of Portlandville will be kicking off their season at Brookwood by providing canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals and free demos. John Sullivan and Friends will provide lively folk music throughout the afternoon.

Schedule of Events

12:30-1:00      Opening remarks and acknowledgements by Otsego Land Trust and Kay Olan

 Kay Olan is a Mohawk educator and storyteller. Olan has appeared in the Iroquois segments of the documentary "How the West Was Lost", which aired on  The Discovery Channel. She has worked as a consultant for the Iroquois Indian Museum and has been presented with a "Jigonsaseh Wowmen of Peace"  award by The Indigenous Women's Initiatives. She has been honored in numerous aspects for her knowledge and insight. She continues to share the  culture and stories of the Haudenosaunee. 

1:00-2:00        Kontiwennahawi Singing Ladies

Kontiwennahawi, Carriers of the Words, a Haudenosaunee womens' singing group and are Kanienkehaka, People of the Flint. The women live in the Territory of Akwesasne which straddles the waters of the St. Lawerence River. The women have been singing together for almost twenty years and have travelled throughout North America sharing their songs at many different venues. The song writers of the group acknowledge the Creator's gifts to the world that remind people about the relationships between Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon and our Eldest Brother the Sun, for example. Kontiwennahawi also donates financially to the Akwesasne Freedom School, a Kanienkehaka immersion program for students studying to grade 10. Monies are also provided to Akwesasne families when emergencies occur. Overall, Kontiwennahawi continue to assist community, revitalize the language through songs, and sustain the traditions of the Haudenosaunee.

2:00-4:00        Tours, Demos, Music

                        Garden Tours with Pat Thorpe

Property Tours with Ed Rowley, a Brookwood historian. Ed will be leading a historical tour of the property that introduces the people who have appreciated and preserved the natural beauty of Brookwood for generations and made it their special place, their "Place on the Lake."

4:00-5:00        Glimmerglass Festival Youth Opera Musical Themes from Robin Hood

Glimmerglass Festival Youth Opera composer Ben Moore and librettist Kelley Rourke will be presenting musical themes from the 2017 world premiere opera for youth Robin Hood. Moore and Rourke will also speak about the opera’s plot and themes, which focus on environmental stewardship, friendship and community.

All Day Activities

Kayak and Paddle Board demos and rentals

Brent Baysinger of Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales in Portlandville will be onsite during the event AND for the entire summer renting canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

Free 15 minute demonstrations will be available. Rentals will be available by walk-in or advance reservations can be made by calling Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales at (607) 286-7349.

Kids Activities


Folk music by local musician John Sullivan and Friends


Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fire Pizza out of New Hartford will be serving gourmet thin crust pizza. Their combination of fresh, local ingredients and their 800 degree wood fired oven creates a unique experiences and amazing tasting pizza.

History of Brookwood Point

Brookwood Point has been characterized as a leisure spot for many years.  Landowners have varied through the years, including William Cooper, the founder of Cooperstown, the Jermains, and the Townsends who all used Brookwood for a menagerie of things: two farms, a saw mill, an antique shop, summer camps, a pipe manufacturer, a place to play tennis, boat, and teach children.   The scenic property attracted several well-known artists including Edward Gay, who was just passing through to paint the Susquehanna River.  The beautiful estate contains formal gardens, a fountain, a pool, and a winding driveway.  

J. Harry Cook and his son, Robert Cook, were the last residential owners of the Brookwood Point estate.  Bob Cook founded The Cook Foundation, which cared for Brookwood for fifteen years before merging with Otsego Land Trust in 2010 and 2011.  

Brookwood Today

Brookwood encompasses a unique and diverse ecosystem filled with meadows and fields, woods, wetlands, shorefront, lake, creek and historic cultivated gardens.  Brookwood is a great space for weddings, art gatherings, photography, gardening, hiking, paddling and fishing. Brookwood has become a community gathering space and a place for people of all ages to learn about and connect with nature. Come out and see for yourself why all Brookwood Point has to offer!

Brookwood Point is open to the public April through November, dawn until dusk and closed to regular access December through March. Otsego Land Trust recently completed work through both Scenic Byways and National Park Service grants to enhance safety and access, including paddling access at Brookwood. Otsego Land Trust is always looking for volunteers to help cleanup and maintain Brookwood Garden! Come to our event May 20th and see the beauty of Brookwood Point.

Brookwood Point’s grand re-opening for enhanced public access is made possible by the generosity of private individual donors, partner organizations, community support, creative collaborations, and foundations and grants. OLT’s plan for Brookwood Point outlines the care and maintenance of the property as it exists today: a public access site, a historic cultivated garden, a nature education resource, wildlife habitat, thriving wetlands and important lake frontage. Brookwood Point is the crown jewel of OLT’s Blueway, a series of properties owned by OLT that offer public access to Otsego Lake, Canadarago Lake, the Susquehanna River, and Oaks Creek for recreationists, paddlers, hikers, birders, families, and educational opportunities for local school children.

Festivities will be held rain or shine outdoors at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Route 80, Cooperstown.