Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau                                    E-NEWS    September 2014
what's  happening
Through November 11, 2014 - Colors of Chautauqua Learning Festival
September 5, 2014 - An Evening with Bill Harley, 1891 Fredonia Opera House
September 5-6, 2014 - Red, White and Blues Festival, Fredonia

September 6, 2014 - The Great Jamestown ChalkWalk

September 6, 2014 - Local Music Showcase, Jamestown

September 6-7, 2014 - Septemberfest, Merritt Estate Winery

September 12, 2014 - "Medea" from London's National Theatre, 1891 Fredonia Opera House

September 12-13, 2014 - Night Lights Music Festival

September 13, 2014 - Annual History Fair, Sinclairville

September 13, 2014 - Rolling Hills Radio with Ken Hardley presents John Latini & Miche Fambro, Jamestown

September 13, 2014 - WRFA-LP 10th Anniversary Celebration and 10,000 Maniacs, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

September 13, 2013 - Farm-to-Table Dinner, Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution

September 20, 2014 - Tour D'Vine - Bike Rally and Family Celebration
September 20-21, 2014 - Festival of Grapes, Silver Creek

September 25, 2014 - Rolling Hills Radio with Ken Hardley presents Anonymous Willpower and Pete Pepke, Jamestown

September 26-28, 2014 - Quilting Around Chautauqua, Chautauqua Institution

September 27, 2014 - Beats at the Brix Music Series, 21 Brix Winery

September 27, 2014 - Cabana Sam's Boat Burning, Sunset Bay, Irving 

September 28, 2014 - Busti Apple Festival
upcoming events
October 3, 2014 - A Streetcar Named Desire, 1891 Fredonia Opera House

October 3, 2014 - Harry Chapin: A Family Celebration, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

October 10, 2014 - Bob Newhart, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

October 11, 2014 - Lucy Town 5K Run/Walk and Half Marathon

October 11-12 and 18-19, 2014 - Peek'n Peak Fall Festival

October 25, 2014 - Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo

November 7-9 and 14-16 - Harvest Celebrations, Lake Erie Wine Country
Plan your fall getaway to Chautauqua County

Getaway to western New York and explore all the different flavors of fall. Attend a harvest festival with grapes, apples, wine, music, and homemade quilts, crafts and food. Visit picturesque lakeside and Victorian villages with a variety of boutique shops and cafes. Stop at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield and learn the heritage of grape growing in the oldest Concord grape growing region in the world. Discover local history and American heroes at museums throughout the region like the McClurg Museum, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, the Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for Natural History

Taste local wines and spirits in Lake Erie Wine Country or visit the Southern Tier Brewing Company for a tour. 
Attend one of the season's
largest events at Peek'n Peak during the annual Fall Festival offered over two weekends in October. 
Celebrate the Colors of Chautauqua
Labor Day through Veteran's Day Weekend

Plan a learning adventure during Chautauqua County's season long fall learning festival, the Colors of Chautauqua, from Labor Day to Veteran's Day. Take a class. Join a Farm to Table or Beer Pairing dinner. Engage in history with tours of century old cemeteries. The Colors of Chautauqua includes dozens of workshops on culinary, creative, and cultural topics as well as experiences like fly fishing or golf that can booked upon request. Classes are held in both indoor and outdoor classrooms across Chautauqua County. See the schedule online, including:

Guided Walk Along Lake Erie: Berries, Birds and Wildflowers
Alberto Rey: Biological Realism Exhibition
First Friday Lunch Bunch
Walking Tours of Jamestown
Harvest and Grape Stomp
Valvo Candy Factory Tours
Edible Audubon: Fall
Harvest Vineyard Walks
Little Explorers
Nature Walk - Chadakoin River's Spiny Softshell Turtle
Farm to Table Dinner
Fall Events at Chautauqua Institution

Enjoy a five-course dinner exclusively prepared with local ingredients during the fall Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Travis Bensink at Heirloom at the Athenaneum Hotel, September 19, 2014. Each of the five courses is paired with a local wine or beer. Learn about ingredients available in the county, how they are grown or raised, and how to source and acquire them all while enjoying an elegant culinary experience. For guests looking for a longer getaway, overnight packages are available on the Athenaeum Hotel's website. Then, from September 27-28, the grounds of Chautauqua will become a quilter's haven during Quilting at Chautauqua. Hundreds of quilts made by local artisans will be on display while vendors offer the latest in quilting supplies. There will also be hands-on classes for those wanting to learn new techniques.
WRFA-LP Station for the Arts Turns 10!
September 13, 2014
Jamestown's community radio station for the arts, WRFA-LP 107.9 celebrates its 10th anniversary, Saturday, September 13, 2014. The evening includes a special Rolling Hills Radio show and a concert by the 10,000 maniacs. The party starts at 5 pm in the Studio Theater on Third Street in Jamestown when Rolling Hills Radio host Ken Hardley welcomes longtime friends John Latini and Miche Fambro to the radio broadcast performed before a live audience. The event is free, but reservations are required. Then at 8 pm, Jamestown's own 10,000 Maniacs take the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The band's lineup includes original members, Steve Gustafson and Dennis Drew, longtime drummer Jerry Augustyniak, guitar player Jeff Erickson and their vocalist since 1994, Mary Ramsey. The Maniacs released the album, Music From The Motion Picture in 2013 and is currently working on their new album, Twice Told Tales. Tickets are $10 for most seats and $25 for limited premium seating. Reservations and tickets for both events can be made online.
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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau 
P. O. Box 1441 
Chautauqua NY 147122 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peek'n Peak Unveils Giant Dual Ziplines

Peek'n Peak Unveils Giant Dual Ziplines

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Health of Chautauqua Lake is topic of Saturday program

 encourage Chautauqua County residents, business owners, and anyone else who has an BEMUS POINT – Programs to improve water quality will be spotlighted as the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance holds a Chautauqua Lake Rally from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive.
After opening remarks from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, there will be presentations about the newly formed alliance, the causes and impacts of algae in the lake and an upcoming sewer management study.
Representatives from several lake conservation organizations will be on hand to answer questions. For information, call county watershed coordinator Dave McCoy at 661-8915.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Mayville resident releases ‘Lost Places of Chautauqua County’

August 7, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News
Mayville author and personal historian Patricia Pihl's book, "Lost Places of Chautauqua County" is a compilation of articles, adopted from months of interviews with town historians, which explore less-known, but fascinating places in the county's past.
"Lost Places" covers such topics as Chautauqua County's link to the Underground Railroad; how Dewittville's "Poor Farm" was stressed by the new wave of immigrants and its link to the present day county home; the three World War II POW camps; the "islands" of Chautauqua Lake, and other places from the county's recent and distant past.
According to Pihl, the book also sheds light on interesting residents as well as former social, economic and medical realities.

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Patricia Pihl’s book explores lesser-known places in Chautauqua County.
The idea for the series was spawned when Pihl and her husband, David, stopped while snowmobiling near the Chautauqua Gorge. Looking across a 200-foot ravine, David pointed to the site where Eagle Ridge Ski Resort once stood. A popular spot with area teenagers, the resort would ultimately close due to the untimely death of its owner, Tony DeMambro, on its slopes.
"The story intrigued me," Pihl stated, "and I wondered how many more of these forgotten or barely known places existed in the county?"
Pihl tracked down Eagle Ridge's Austrian ski pro, Hans Auer, now in his eighties, to record his memories of the resort and its short, but successful stint as Westfield's winter haven. From there, she continued interviews of local historians, writing about other forgotten places of the past.
John Paul Wolfe, Curator of the Chautauqua County Historical Society, said the series "covers areas throughout the entire county, creating interest for residents and tourists alike." Wolfe added, "It has been an enjoyable challenge to find information for Patricia in the archives for the next article. The amount of research which needed to be done each week was amazing."
Pihl admits that the book "only scratches the surface" of the many interesting places that existed in our county's past, but has, so far, been enthusiastically received.
She adds the experience has taught her a great deal. "First, history is ultimately about people their circumstances and challenges, what motivates them and what they fear. We imagine ourselves in their place; what if we had lived through that war, under a dated belief system, or in poverty without current economic safety nets?"
She also has a new appreciation for the work of historians whose passion requires painstaking research to bring the past to life. "Most work for the sheer love of history, making sure to set the record straight, while separating fact from fiction."
"Lost Places of Chautauqua County" is available at The Fenton History Center in Jamestown, The Chautauqua Bookstore at Chautauqua Institution, The Grape Discovery Center and McClurg Museum in Westfield and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Lakewood. Interested persons may also contact the author at pat@reallifelegacies.com to purchase copies of the book.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to host lectures at Chautauqua

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will host a series of morning lectures next week at Chautauqua Institution, covering his acclaimed “Civil War” series and an upcoming release about the Vietnam War.
Starting Monday and ending Aug. 8, Burns will give talks about the subjects of his documentaries in the Amphitheater each morning at 10:45.
“A Week with Ken Burns: Historian, Documentarian and American Conscience” will cover different works throughout the week:
• Monday, he will join his daughter, Sarah Burns, and son-in-law, David McMahon, to discuss their 2012 documentary “The Central Park Five,” about black and Latino teenagers falsely accused and jailed for the 1989 rape of a white woman. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
• During the rest of the week, Burns also will discuss his nine-part series “The Civil War” and an upcoming work about the Vietnam War to be released in 2016.
• Aug. 7 and 8, Burns and his longtime collaborator, historian Geoffrey Ward, will preview their newest film, “The Roosevelts,” to be released this fall. It will tell the story of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the history of their times from Theodore Roosevelt’s domestic program to the New Deal and the founding of the United Nations.
Also next week, National Public Radio host Krista Tippett will host an interfaith lecture series in the afternoon.
Her guests include Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who will appear Monday, and a Tuesday conversation with Imani Perry, a professor of African-American studies at Princeton University and author of “The Hood: Politics and Poetics of Hip Hop.”
Day tickets to the institution range from $14 to $40. Call 357-6250 or check ciweb.org.

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Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Returns

August 6-10, 2014
The 2014 Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy is bigger and better than ever with performances by Jay Leno, Tom Cotter, Caroline Rhea, Lucie Arnaz, and a whole host of up and coming comedians.  The annual festival returns August 6-10 and features over 50 events in five days throughout Ball's hometown. Featured performances include a Stand-Up Showcase with Caroline Rhea (Aug. 7; Free for veterans), comedian Tom Cotter (America's Got Talent finalist (Aug. 8)), a Free kids comedy show with Nels Ross (Aug. 9), a special cocktail reception with Lucie Arnaz (Aug. 9), and a night of comedy with the legendary Jay Leno (Aug. 9; Sold Out). Limited tickets to many events are still available and may be purchased by visiting www.lucycomedyfest.com or calling (716) 484-0800. The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is hosted by the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chautauqua County Fair opening on Monday

DUNKIRK – The 132nd Chautauqua County Fair opens Monday on the county fairgrounds, located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.
The fair has many 4-H exhibits and numerous livestock and animal displays. The event features a 4-H sale where students sell their mature animals to the highest bidder.
A midway with rides and games is included and a grandstand where nightly entertainment includes two demolition derbies, music and a truck and tractor pull. There will be a new auto “thrill show” this year featuring the Black Cat Hell Drivers.
There is an outdoor theater on the grounds for family-friendly entertainment and inside Floral Hall there will be photography, fine art, needlework and antiques on display. County residents participate in judging in several categories, including beer- and wine-making and bakery items.
The fair has a pay-one-price admission policy.
Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Midway rides start at 1 p.m.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Erosion-abatement plan that aims to reduce algae in Chautauqua Lake is reviewed

MAYVILLE – A $438,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture project to stabilize the stream banks at Goose Creek near Ashville was reviewed Wednesday at the meeting of the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Committee.
The goal of the project is to try to eliminate erosion along the stream and to try to reduce sediment that flows to Chautauqua Lake. Over 8,000 feet of stream will be improved according to the plan. Erosion and sediment were listed as major causes of the algae problem in Chautauqua Lake.
A local match for the project included $80,000 from the Sheldon Foundation of Jamestown. Also, $10,000 from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy was dedicated for the work.
County Executive Vince Horrigan said he was pleased the project was recognized with federal funds. Members of the committee agreed to add $50,000 from the county’s occupancy tax fund to help contribute to the local share of the project.
A new Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance group received $50,000 in funding for their new administrative costs. Funding for the group was also proved by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation in the amount of $50,000 and $100,000 from the Reg Lenna Foundation of Jamestown. The alliance is in the process of applying for status as a nonprofit agency.
Horrigan said the organization will seek an executive director and staff and will seek grant funds. Nine communities around Chautauqua Lake are expected to participate in the new alliance.
Richard Dixon was named to the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority Board. Dixon replaces the term formerly held by Industrial Development Director William Daly.
New IDA Director Kevin Sanvidge was approved as a member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board. Sanvidge is Daly’s replacement at the IDA.
Legislator Beth Kresge, D-Jamestown, was named as a member of the Chautauqua County Landbank Corporation.
All of the resolutions will be on the agenda at the next session.

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