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ASHVILLE - On Saturday, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will hold its annual wildflower tour at their Dobbins Woods Preserve on Bly Hill Road in Ashville. Participants will meet at the preserve at 10:30 a.m. for an hourlong walk.
Registration is requested but not required. Email the CWC firstname.lastname@example.org or call 664-2166 to register. This tour is free for CWC members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Participants should be sure to wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Long sleeves, long pants and insect repellent are recommended.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local nonprofit land trust and watershed education organization that works to protect water quality through the conservation of lands that store, filter and deliver clean water to the county's lakes, streams and wells. The CWC promotes healthy watershed practices and offers technical assistance and land consultations to landowners through its Healthy Landscaping-Healthy Waters Program. For more information or to sign up for CWC's e-news club, visit chautauquawatershed.org or Facebook.com/chautauquawatershed.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s annual Wildflower Tour is Saturday. Submitted photo
Chautauqua County boasts more farms than any other county in New York State. Find out what makes us special! Stop by a local farmers market in Jamestown, Fredonia, Lakewood, Westfield, Sherman, Irving, or the Chautauqua Mall and pick up some local produce, grass fed beef, cheese, and organic foods, as well as Amish and locally made gifts and crafts. There are a number of farm stands throughout the county as well, and the Crossroads Farm and Craft Market in Westfield is open Saturdays through December.
The Chautauqua in Spring learning season continues through June 21st with dozens of hands-on learning opportunities. Now in its fifth year, the spring learning festival offers experiences from growing and harvesting Shitake mushrooms to historic walking tours and lessons in golf. Register for a learning experience while enjoying the local bounty, great outdoors, and heritage of Chautauqua County. The five week schedule includes workshops in culinary, creative, and cultural arts and outdoor recreation with an emphasis on Chautauqua's agricultural heritage.
Visit 23 wineries for tours and tastings inLake Erie Wine Country or take a brewery tour at Southern Tier Brewing Company and enjoy local brews at the Empty Pint. With the largest grape growing region in the East, wine and agriculturally themed experiences are a natural fit for visitors to Chautauqua County, especially during Chautauqua in Spring. Take a walk through vineyards and learn how the soil affects taste at Johnson Estate Winery. Dine in the vineyards or while watching the sunset with Liberty and Merritt Estate Wineries or Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Beach Grill. EBC West in Fredonia, Webb's Captain's Table in Mayville, and Mazza 5 and 20 in Westfield offer more experiences featuring local beers, spirits, and whiskies.