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A Grape Stomping Record, Bob Newhart, and a Marathon Weekend!
October 11-12, 2014
The City of Jamestown and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy have big plans for Columbus Day Weekend with a Lucy Town Half Marathon,
Kids Run, and 5K races. Runners from 27 states attended the inaugural
event in 2013. At noon on Saturday, join this year's effort to set a
Guinness World Record for the most people stomping grapes (30 tons of
them!). Individuals of all ages and groups are encourage to register and participate to overcome the current record of 977 people set by a small town in Spain. A performance by legendary comedian Bob Newhart at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts caps off the day on Saturday.
A Colorful Festival
Colors of Chautauqua
Plan a learning adventure during Chautauqua County's season long fall learning festival, the Colors of Chautauqua,
now through mid-November. Take a class through Jamestown Community
College's Center for Continuing Education or SUNY Fredonia's Lifelong
Learning and Special Programs. Take a walking tour of Jamestown's
historic districts or explore history through personal stories told on a
tour of century old cemeteries. The Colors of Chautauqua includes
dozens of workshops on culinary, creative, and cultural topics held in
both indoor and outdoor settings across Chautauqua County. See the schedule online.
The Grape Harvest
Take a drive or a bicycle ride through America's Grape Country,
the largest grape growing region in the country east of the Rockies.
Enjoy the scenery while inhaling the intoxicating aroma of the grapes
ready for harvest. 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. Visit the 25 wineries along
the Lake Erie Wine Country
wine trail and taste award winning varieties including dessert and ice
wines. Plan to return during the Harvest Wine Celebration over for
weekends in November with featured wine and food pairings and a booklet
of recipes with entertaining ideas just in time for the holidays.
Seasonal Cemetery Tours
Jamestown and Fredonia
in history with tours of century old cemeteries. On October 17 and 18
the historic Forest Hill Cemetery comes alive during Festivals Fredonia's Harvest Moon Cemetery Tours
led by ghostly guides in horse-drawn trolleys. The 45 minute tour
includes stories of Fredonia's founding families, national heroes,
Revolutionary, Union, and Confederate soldiers, artists, entrepreneurs
and industrialists. In Jamestown, learn some of the more than 43,000
personal stories of saints and sinners buried in Lake View Cemetery with
tours led by members of the Fenton History Center
on October 4th and 11th. Take an afternoon or nighttime walk through
the spectacular 1859 cemetery and hear costumed actors tell the stories
of Jamestown's past including a murder as the result of a love triangle,
a woman missionary doctor that changed lives, and a heartbreaking story
of a WWII soldier that survived the Bataan death march. Tours can be
walking or horse-drawn and take about an hour. Twilight Mausoleum Tours
take place October 12th. Reservations are required for all cemetery
Fall Fest at Peek'n Peak
October 11-12 & 18-19, 2014
Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa's annual Fall Fest
toasts the warm weather and colorful foliage over two weekends with
seasonal fun for the whole family. Festivities include a juried craft
show, pumpkin cannon, ski lift rides, snow sports equipment swap, corn hole tournament, car show, live music, children's games and entertainment. A new pumpkin carving contest takes place October 18 and 19, along with the 2nd Annual Peak Mountain Challenge
on October 18th, when participants race to the top of Sugar Shack
mountain. The first male and female finishers will win full season ski
passes. Peek'n Peak's new dual zip lines, Mountain Adventure Park with
its series of increasingly challenging aerial courses, and Segway tours
will also be open and available during the festival.