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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau E-NEWS July 2014
Lakewood - 140 Chautauqua Avenue, Tuesdays, 2 - 6 pm. Jamestown - Cherry Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Thursdays, 12 - 6 pm. Fredonia - Church Street at Village Hall, Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm. Westfield - Moore Park, NYS Routes 20 and 394, Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm. Cross Roads Market - Cty Rd 21 between Westfield and Sherman, Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm. Sherman - Main Street, Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm.
Celebrate July 4th from Dunkirk to Jamestown with parties on the beach, in the park, and on the street.
Start the day at 7 am at the Lakewood Family YMCA registering for the 2014 Firecracker Run. The 10k Race starts at 9 am followed by a Kids Race at 9:30 am. Later, head to Chautauqua Avenue for street sales, live music and food vendors starting at 2 pm with fireworks at 10 pm.
Lakeside Park in Mayville will be endpoint for the annual 10 am parade with activities, food and live music until the flares create a ring of fire around Chautauqua Lake and the fireworks light up the sky at 10 pm.
Dunkirk's Memorial Park is the central location for the city's Fourth of July Celebration with food vendors, and fireworks over the Harbor at dusk. The weekend celebration continues at City Pier, Saturday, July 5th with Wreck & Roll featuring multiple rock & roll bands and a variety of chicken wings. Take part in the annual "Build Your Own Boat Race", ride the mechanical bull, watch the hose races, or get an autograph from a local sports star.
In Findley Lake, the daylong celebration offers chicken BBQ, a duck race, boat parade, live music starting at 7 pm, flares at 9:30 pm and fireworks at 10 pm.
The giant floating stage in Bemus Point hosts performances all weekend long. On Friday, the Dina Preston Band takes stage 8:00 pm followed by fireworks over the lake. Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band, plays Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Saxophonist Vince Ingala presents smooth jazz on Sunday at 2:30 pm. All performances can be seen and heard from the water and lakeshore. Reserved tickets are available immediately in front of the stage.
23rd Annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival
July 4-6, 2014
One of the largest music festivals in western New York, the Great Blue Heron Festival runs July 4-6 on 300 acres in the Amish countryside near Sherman. Hear an eclectic mix of national and regional acts performing Roots, Rock, Zydeco, Blues and Old-time Bluegrass while enjoying food vendors, an all-night dance tent, kids and teen programs, camping, swimming, and a café in the woods.
An Antique Boat Show
July 12, 2014
View over 50 classic wood and fiber boats on display in Bemus Point at the 17th Annual Chautauqua Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show, Saturday, July 12th from 9 am - 5 pm. Hosted by the Chautauqua Lake Twin Tier Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, the show also features a ships store, vendor area, class judging and displays on land. All boats can be seen at the Village Casino docks.
What Would You Like to Learn Today?
For 140 years, summer in Chautauqua County has been associated with lifelong and vacation learning during the Chautauqua Institution's nine week program season. In addition to morning lectures and hundreds of Special Studies classes offered by Chautauqua Institution, several venues around Chautauqua County offer vacation learning experiences all year long. Nurture your outdoor spirit with a fly fishing conference, vineyard and wildflower walks, or paddling adventures. Spend an evening in the garden tasting fresh vegetables. Take a class in the comedic arts including Stand Up and Improv. Learn to play the Congo or draw Lucy during the 2014 Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy. For more ideas, visit www.tourchautauqua.com/learn.aspx.
Lucy Fest 2014
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 Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy.
Chautauqua's summer season kicks off this weekend, and the summer is jam packed with events.
From symphonies and quartets, to lectures and discussions, summer 2014 at Chautauqua Institution has a little bit of something for everyone.
The nine week season kicks off tomorrow night with an ABBA tribute band and continues next week with guests including Roger Rosenblatt and Tom Brokaw.
"There's a lifetime learning element. They don't sit on the beach with their feet up. They wanna learn things, they wanna apply things. So it's a very engaged community," says George Murphy from Chautauqua on visitors to Chautauqua.
A wide range of events gives summer visitors to Chautauqua the chance to experience what makes Chautaqua, and it's guests, so unique.
"It's like a learning experience all the way around, and a growth experience all the time," says full time resident Shirley Dort.
"When you come here to the plaza and you see kids throwing frisbee sand the dogs are running it's like you live in a small town," says summer resident Harriet Norden.
Guests will eventually be able to experience that small town feeling in a renovated ampitheater. A capital campaign plans to raise $98.3 million for the Institution, including updating the more than 100-year-old structure.
This summer also includes the debut of a new restaurant in the historic Athaneum Hotel.
Heirloom Restaurant strays from the hotel's traditional buffet meals and offers the chance for guests to gather for a casual dinner before events.
"It's an a la carte dining experience I feel like unlike anything in this area. We have chefs that have trained in New York City, some that have come from around the world," says Travis Bensink, executive chef of Heirloom.
Heirloom Restaurant has more than 300 reservations for their opening night.
There will be more than 2,000 public events at Chautauqua this summer, giving everyone plenty to do.
For a complete list of events, schedules and ticket information, check out www.ciweb.org.
SHERMAN - Sherman welcomes back the 5th annual Great Rhythm Revival on August 1-3, 2014. The event is directed by Jim Donovan who is an award winning educator and founding member of the multi-platinum selling band Rusted Root
The event takes place on the site of the popular Great Blue Heron Music Festival 2361 Wait Corners Rd. Panama, NY 14767 and is being co-hosted by Julie and Steve Rockcastle of the Great Blue Heron and Green Heron Growers.
"The Great Rhythm Revival " is a three day retreat where Donovan and a host of world-class musicians, teachers will lead participants in a series of musical and personal development workshops including; Drum and Chant Meditation, African Djembe Drum and Dance, Hatha Yoga, Shamanic Journey, Sacred Intimacy, Transformative Writing, All-percussion, Energy Medicine, Women's Sacred Circles, Intro to Men's Work, Afro-Cuban Drumming, Sound Healing, and Kundalini Yoga.
In the evenings, participants enjoy two nights of live music with Donovan's popular percussive based band The Sun King Warriors from Pittsburgh, PA and the Spiral Rhythms Ecstatic Dance Experience from Cleveland, OH.
The event is 18 and over unless accompanied by a parent. All workshops are beginner friendly and assume you have no musical experience. Drums are provided for the drumming workshops. This event is rain or shine and free camping is available.
Delicious and healthy meals will prepared by onsite chefs. The majority of the food for the Revival is local, GMO free, organically grown and raised onsite by Green Heron Growers in Sherman, NY.
Participants can choose from three ways to attend the Great Rhythm Revival.
1. Full weekend pass which includes all workshops and concerts for the entire event. $199
2. One Day Pass which includes all workshops and concerts for the day chosen $89 per day
3. Saturday evening concert, drum circle and "Night Lights at the Heron" experience. $15 at the gate after 7:00 PM. The Saturday night concert event is all ages.
Event details at a glance:
Dates: Fri-Sun. August 1, 2, 3, 2014
Venue: The Heron 2361 Wait Corners Rd. Panama, NY 14767
Workshop Descriptions: www.greatrhythmrevival.com/workshops.htm
Findley Lake, New York – Hit the slopes this summer – but leave the skis behind – for a downhill adventure with no snow required. Peek'n Peak Resort in western New York last month debuted an Aerial Adventure Course – with zip-lines, rope bridges, cargo nets and more.
The up-in-the-air playground features eight separate courses – rated by degree of difficulty using a system similar to ski slopes, from easy to double-black diamond. Visitors buy a three-hour pass and can challenge themselves as much (or as little) as they like.
"The purple courses are the easiest – they introduce you to the whole experience," said Nick Scott Jr., vice president of Scott Enterprises, the Erie, Pa.-company that bought the resort in 2011. "As you become more confident, you move up the ladder. And they get more challenging as you go along."
The park – similar to one that rival resort Holiday Valley in nearby Ellicottville added in 2011 – is part of a widespread effort by ski resorts to extend their appeal into the warm-weather months.
Peek'n Peak's aerial park is located among the trees between Finsbury Field and Nottingham Notch slopes; the nearby Sugar Shack serves as the ticketing and training area.
And coming next month: a Mountain Zipline that will extend down the entire side of the hill. Riders will take a chairlift to the top, then strap in for a 2,000-foot-long flight to the bottom. The zip-line will be split in two – riders will transfer to a second line about halfway down – because the slope is too steep for a single line, according to Scott.
Once they've reached the final tower, riders will have the choice of jumping into a giant airbag, rappelling to the ground or trying another, steeper line called a descending zip.
"Adding this aerial course and the zip-line will really help establish ourselves as a four-season resort," said Scott.
The price for the aerial park is $44 for a three-hour pass for ages 12 and up; the Mountain Zipline is another $29 (or do them both for $65). Pricing is reduced for 11 and under, though children must be at least 5 years old and 50 pounds to participate.
Other warm-weather options at Peek'n Peak include Segway tours, a bungy trampoline, mini-golf, two 18-hole golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, and more. For more information: pknpk.com