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Big Chuck at the West Kortright Centre

  • West Kortright Centre 49 West Kortright Church Road East Meredith, NY, 13757 United States (map)

On Sunday, October 6, at 2PM, “Big Chuck” D’Imperio will present stories from his books Upstate Uncovered and Graves of Upstate New York: 100 Notable Resting Places at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith. This is a benefit event for The WKC, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Attendees are welcome to arrive early and bring a picnic. There will be a meet and greet reception with books for sale after the presentation.

Chuck D’Imperio is an award-winning radio broadcaster and was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame as “New York’s Broadcaster of the Year, 2000.” He has been at the helm of his top-rated morning show at WDOS in Oneonta since 1989. In addition, D’Imperio is a newspaper columnist and a prolific author, having written nine different books about Upstate New York to date. Chuck is one of Upstate NY's most "in demand" public speakers. With more than 40 presentations annually, Chuck’s audiences enjoy his stories of the region, its people, events, and folktales. His lively talks are thoughtful, informative, and always a lot of fun. 

As one of Upstate’s most ardent advocates, D’Imperio has extensively traveled the backroads and byways of the region seeking out stories and folklore. Upstate Uncovered, his ninth and most recent book, tells the fascinating tales of 100 unique, unusual, and overlooked places in our region. In his inimitable style, D'Imperio draws the audience into his journey, telling tales of the largest man-made dog in the world, New York's most famous "hole in the ground," a motel made out of railroad cabooses, and much more.

The hundreds of rural cemeteries in Upstate New York are the bucolic final resting places of a surprising number of legendary Americans from the recent and distant past. Chuck D'Imperio has spent more than a decade in search of the graves of these famous (and infamous!) folks. The product of this labor of love is Graves of Upstate New York: 100 Notable Resting Places, a recounting of the lives (and deaths) Harriet Tubman, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), James Fenimore Cooper, both Wells and Fargo, the real "Uncle Sam," Lucille Ball, four US presidents, a Kentucky Derby-winning horse, and the most famous one-legged tap dancer in the world, among many others.

The West Kortright Centre is an arts organization located at 49 West Kortright Church Road in East Meredith, midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from State Route 23 in Davenport Center or State Route 10 east of Delhi. For more information, call (607) 278-5454, or visit