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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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"LIGHT THE LAKES" & Harvest Festivals
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The second annual Light the Lakes celebration in Chautauqua County salutes the end of summer and welcomes the fall harvest season with a huge bang. Labor Day Weekend festivities abound in the area, culminating in concurrent fireworks displays at 10:10 pm on September 6th in several lakeside communities on three lakes.
At each location, the fireworks will run simultaneously for twenty minutes to a live music broadcast via radio with a television feed broadcasted by airplanes above.

The Bemus Bay Pops Finale
September 6, 2009
floating stage The Bemus Bay Pops Finale has three free performances scheduled on the floating stage for the weekend offering everything from Bucelli to Bublé, including a special tribute to Elton John. Festivities start early with a Brew Fest on Thursday evening, September 3rd. On Friday, John Marcellus of the Eastman school of music presents the Bionic Bones Trombone Salute with MAC Award Winning special guest Shaynee Rainbolt from NYC. The first of two nights of fireworks begin on Saturday along with the full symphonic Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra under the direction of Bruce Morton Wright along with John Marcellus and Steve Swanson. Critically acclaimed ABBA Mania will perform a Tribute Concert on Sunday evening from 8:00 - 9:30 pm ending just before Light the Lakes fireworks display.
Labor Day Festival
September 6, 2009

painted faces The Village of Mayville at the north end of Chautauqua Lake will hold its Labor Day Festival starting at noon. Located at Lakeside Park along Route 394 the festival will include pony rides, face painting, kids crafts, hot air balloon tethered rides, an appearance by the Buffalo Jills, live music, and a classic car show. The Lighting of the Flares around Chautauqua Lake will take place at 10 pm followed by the Mayville fireworks display.
Findley Lake Harvest Festival
September 4 - 6, 2009

pops finale Findley Lake will host its Labor Day Harvest Festival, a long-established end-of-summer celebration, from September 4-6. The 12th annual event will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Findley Lake's scenic north shore. Visitors will enjoy strolling among the artists; crafters, with music by local musicians and food vendors nestled throughout the town. Live music will be featured each afternoon. Fireworks at Findley Lake begin at 10:10 P.M.
Labor Day Weekend in Westfield
September 4, 5 & 6, 2009

pops finale In the middle of grape country, the Town of Westfield will culminate its holiday celebration with fireworks at 10:10 PM over Barcelona Harbor on Lake Erie.
The weekly Farmer's Market at Moore Park in Westfield begins the activities on Saturday morning. From 9 AM to 5 PM The Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market hosts a Countywide Yard Sale on Saturday and Monday just outside the village on County Route 21.
Jamestown's Annual Labor Day Festival
Sunday, September 6

Fireworks Pre-event festivities are planned for the City of Jamestown where the annual Labor Day Festival takes place all day long at Bergman Park, on Baker Street Extention on Sunday, September 6, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m..
A day filled with live musical entertainment, children's games, bingo, magician, karaoke, refreshments and highlighted with fireworks at 8:30 p.m..

The Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena will launch a laser light show at 9:30 p.m.
Night Lights at the Heron
Fridays and Saturdays throughout September.
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New for 2009
, the grounds of the annual Great Blue Heron music festival will offer Night Lights at the Heron, a unique outdoor light show set amidst forests and ponds in Amish Country. Guests walk paths through a forest transformed with colored lighting and music from 7:45 pm to 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout September.

Harvest Festivals

Farm market veggiesSeptember weekends in Chautauqua County bring the tastes of grapes and the sounds of blues and jazz to Fredonia, Silver Creek, Forestville, and Chautauqua Institution.
Area Farmers' Markets continue to offer local produce weekly in village and urban centers through September. Stop in Jamestown on Fridays from 10 am - 4 pm, Westfield, Dunkirk, and Fredonia on Saturdays from 8 am - 1 pm. The Cross Roads Country Craft Market is also open every Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm through December. Cross Roads is located on County Route 21 between Westfield and Sherman with over 40 local arts, crafts and specialty food vendors.

pops finaleThe Red, White and Blues Festival takes place September 11-12 in Fredonia. Known as the "Best Street Party Around" the annual event celebrates local red and white wines, brews and blues with free music in the park and throughout the village. Workshops on Saturday include Conversations with a Grape Grower, History of the Blues, and Fredonia, New York: Illustrious Home to Prohibition.

grape festivalThe 36th Annual Festival of Grapes is September 18th to 20th. The Village of Silver Creek is celebrating the annual grape harvest and featuring a ride midway, food vendors, wine tent, childrens and adult events, live music, craft fair, grape stomping and a grand parade that begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. in downtown Silver Creek.

For more information on Chautauqua County and a Schedule of the Fall Festival visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau online at or call 1-866-908-ILNY (4569).

More Harvest Festival Events:
The Spirit of Woodstock, Chautauqua Institution, 716-451-4004 - September 11-13
Septemberfest, Merritt Estate Winery, Forestville - September 12-13
12th Annual Jazz at Chautauqua, Chautauqua Institution - September 18-20
World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena - September 24
Busti Apple Festival, 716-483-0134 - September 27

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