Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spring Turns to Summer in Chautauqua County

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Spring is well on its way towards summer in Chautauqua County. Golf courses, Aerial Adventures, seasonal shops, and farmers markets are all open, and preparations are underway for the Chautauqua InstitutionLily Dale Assemblyand Bemus Bay Pops Concert Series seasons as well. The fifth annual season of learning, Chautauqua in Spring runs through June 21st. See the schedule for all kinds of experiences. For a complete list of events happening in spring and throughout the year, visit our full online calendar.
 See What's Happening in June!
Buy Fresh, Eat Local
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.  

Chautauqua in Spring Continues through June 21st
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.

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Vineyard Walks, Beer, and Wine Pairing Dinners

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. 
Jamestown Jammers Baseball
May 27 - August 3, 2015
Russell E. Dietrick Jr. Park
 
Walking Tours of Jamestown
Saturdays, through September 26th
Fenton History Center
Strawberry Festival
June 13 - 14, 2015
A celebration of strawberries and spring at Merritt Estate Winery.
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Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival
June 12-14, 2015
At the 1891 Fredonia Opera House
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Open Studio Tour
June 6-7, 2015
Tour artists' studios along the Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail
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Request a Guide
Plan your vacation with the help of the 2015 "I Love NY" Chautauqua County Visitors Guide.
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Download an APP
The Visit Chautauqua County APP is available through iTunes or 
Google Play.
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I Love CHQ Challenge
Enter a short video telling us what you love about Chautauqua County. Contest ends June 30th.
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