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Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point (716) 386-7000 Sunday June 26, 2:30pm Bill Volk Memorial Featuring: New Odyssey- 3 guys who play 30 instruments. Celbration of Bill’s 40 year career. All proceeds and donations to the Bill Volk Memorial/emus Bay Pops. Saturday July 2,8:00pm Elton John/Billy Joel Tribute Costumes from bizarre to breathtaking. An amazinge baby grand piano will shower you with lights, smoke, lasers and more!

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Star 102.5 and The Buffalo Botanical Gardens of Buffalo, New York present the 11th Annual Starry Night in the Garden Wednesday, June 29th. Hanson is headlining the event, opened by Michelle Branch. All proceeds to benefit the Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $100 for VIP participation and can be obtained at tickets.com.

as you listen to great music? Well, you don’t have to keep dreaming about it too much longer. Star 102.5 Do you ever dream of a sitting and The Buffalo Botanical Gardens outside at night as the stars light the are making your dreams come true sky and beautiful plants surround you June 29.

The gates will open for Starry Night perform, followed by the headliner in the Garden 6 p.m., but the night Hanson. really gets started once Secondhand Some of you may be shocked by Serenade’s John Vesely wows the crowd around 6:15 p.m. See STARRY page 7 After Vesely, Michelle Branch will

Williow Creek Winery Celebrates June 23

National Competition Hits Holiday Valley this Weekend

By Megan O’Donnell St. Bonaventure University

Willowfest

By Brittany White

10450 Bennett Rd., Fredonia (716) 679-1116

13 Water Street,Mayville (716) 753-2313 Never a Cover. Nightly Entertainment Friday June 17th: DJ Rodney St. James Saturday June 18th: Live Music by: Pressure Sensitive Sunday July 3: Porcelain Bus Drivers

Willow Creek Winery, out in Silver Creek, NY is hosting its 11th annual Willow Fest on June 23rd through the 25th. From 5pm to 10pm on Thursday many events will be available to attend. From five to nine the Cruisin’ at the Creek classic car show will be going on, as well as an undecided event as of this point from 6-9pm. Parking for this family friendly event as well as admission is free the whole weekend. Amusement rides for kids of all ages will be running from 5-9pm for $12. Also a wine and beer tent and food vendors of all sorts will be available. Prizes and giveaways happening throughout the night will give everyone a chance to take a little piece of Willow Fest home. Friday evening begins with amusement rides opening at 5pm, followed by the Fireman’s Hose Race

which begins at 6pm. Friday also has some special events like the craft show which runs all night as well as games, and the special Elvis impersonator Mr. Terry Buckwald will begin his show at 7pm. Don’t forget about the fireworks which will top off the night with dazzling displays of color! So what if you want to stay the night for Saturday’s events as well? Camping is available at the Winery on a first come first serve basis as sites are limited, so if you want to camp out get there early! To round off the 2011 Willow Fest, Saturday has a lot of fun things in store. This day, parking is a $5 fee that will benefit the Sheridan Fire Department for all that they do for our communities. See Willowfest page 7

Muddy Buddy

The Columbia Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series is a fun-filled offroad adventure race, in which teams of two trade off mountain biking and running through a 6-7 mile course, conquering unique obstacles and challenges along the way.  Buddies finish the race as a team by crawling through a 60-foot mud pit!  This is the first year the event will be held at Holiday Valley; it will take place this Saturday, June 18, 2011, it begins at 10 am. Entry fee is $150/team of two and helmets are required. You can register online: www.holidayvalley. com. Muddy Buddy is partnered with the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF), and participants have the opportunity to join in the CAF Muddy Buddy Challenge presented by Land Rover to raise funds for CAF.  This meaningful program changes the lives of individuals with

physical disabilities, helping them live active lifestyles. The Columbia Mini Muddy Buddy lets kids (ages 4-13) get in on the muddy action. The race features a short obstacle course (no bike required) before the kids enter the mud pit offering the little ones a chance to get muddier than they ever have before!

Cooking Class Event at SUNY

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Fredonia Campus to Present “Barbecue: An Event to Remember” June 22

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Audubon Society Art in the Woods ... page 6

In addition to the return of many regional and nationally acclaimed artists who have been a part of the Jamestown nature art festivals for many years, planners for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s fourth annual Art in the Woods art show and sale are excited about the new artists that will be participating. Pictured: Photographer David Reade will be one of the new artists showcasing his work at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s fourth annual Art in the Woods art show and sale, July 16-17, 2011. Shown here is his “Wilderness Calls.”

Library to Showcase Russian Artist, July 9... page 5

There will be an opening reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the library for the public to meet the artist, who was born in Ukraine and lives in Chautauqua Institution. Many of her paintings feature wellknown buildings at Chautauqua Institution, such as the Hall of Philosophy, the Refectory and the Amphitheater, as well as Victorian homes and Chautauqua Lake scenes.

By Meaghan O’Rourke St. Bonaventure University

Summer means it is time for golf, beach, pool, bonfire and barbecue season. It’s time, if it has not already been done, to dust off the grill and get ready to start cooking delicious summertime foods on it. After all, the solstice on June 21 marks the official start to summer. The State University of New York Fredonia is offering an opportunity to help make your next barbecue unforgettable. It will offer a noncredit lifelong learning class, The Barbecue: An Event to Remember, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 as part of the Chautauqua in June Learning Festival. “Chef Dean Messina of SUNY Fredonia will take you beyond the conventional burgers and hotdogs and prepare a sumptuous salad, entrée and desert- all on the grill.” Messina is part of the Faculty Student Association at the school. Messina will teach participants how to prepare non-traditional summer barbecue foods. His lesson will go beyond the typical burgers and cold salads. The multi-course menu he will cover includes fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, sirloin steak and jumbo shrimp, asparagus and red peppers,

Since its first tournament in 1971, the Italian American Charity Golf Association has raised more than $960,000 for cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and cure. “Every two to three years, we try to find a specific piece of equipment that the area needs and work toward raising the funds for it,” said association member Tim D’Angelo said.

multi-colored potatoes, peaches, nectarines and pineapples. The handson demo includes lunch for each registrant. The course is part of the three week long learning festival, Chautauqua in June, which “celebrates vacation and lifelong learning.” The classes are held at various locations throughout Chautauqua County in southwestern

New York State. The festival is made possible by the collaboration of the Chautauqua County Visitors’ Bureau, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Chautauqua Institute, Peek-n-Peak Resort and Spa, Department of Continuing Education at Jamestown Community College, See CLASS page 7

ELTON JOHN/BILLY JOEL Tribute Show: July 2, 8pm ~ The Floating Stage, Bemus Point, NY


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Which means “come party with us!” in Italian. Ever since planning our group trip to a Tuscan villa this September, I’ve been brushing up on my Italian language skills. I think I accidentally called our host Romeo a “sweet cow” the other day… Romeo took it well, but

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obviously I have some work to do. Romeo, the owner of the villa and our benevolent host for this trip, is a wonderful guy. He’s kind and very accommodating; just the kind of fellow you want in charge. We’ve planned a little “riunione” for all of you to meet Romeo in person at the Silver Fox Restaurant in Ellicottville July 18. Of course, we must show our guest how considerate our Villager fans can be, so we’ll have plenty of Tuscan food and wine to share. Call The Silver Fox today (699-4672) for your reservation to this wonderful evening and learn more about the upcoming trip September 9-16, 2011. The more, the merrier, so I’m extending a special invitation to all our loyal readers to come meet Romeo and get a taste of Tuscany. I’m very excited – can you tell? But in the meanwhile, it’s high time our favorite season around here officially begins in earnest. Summertime on the shores of Chautauqua Lake has been a

crowd favorite since the turn of the last century, and I’d even bet well before then. And why not? Traditions of gathering the family for barbequing, boating, fishing, hiking and relaxing with a good glass of wine while watching glorious sunsets, has an ever-lasting kind of appeal. The “hustle and bustle” of daily life is replaced with a more relaxed atmosphere, and the folks around here have a tendency to smile a lot. And who can blame them? Can you imagine a more beautiful setting? My only regret is the season doesn’t last any longer – we simply must cram in as much fun as we possibly can. And let’s not forget our dear dads this Sunday. For all you Dads out there – thanks for being the rock we can collectively hang on to and thanks for all the advice, whether we took it or not… Celebrate this special time and make some plans. I can tell you – it’s going to be a great summer! Until next week… JZ

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ERA Team VP Real Estate Hosts Golf Tourament to Benefit ALS

ERA Team VP Real Estate Group will host an 18-hole Scramble golf tournament to benefit The ALS Division of MDA & ALSA (the ALS Association) Wednesday August 24 at Chautauqua Golf Club. Cost is $100/player; $75/Chautauqua Golf Club members. The day includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and dinner. Contests will be held throughout the day including Hole-In-One Competition, Mulligns, Closet to the Pin, Longest Drive, and special on-course events. There will be a reffle for the chance to win a 2011 Mustang. For more information call (716) 664-1339.

COLUMBIA MUDDY BUDDY RACE: June 18 ~ Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville


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Garden Tour Saturday

Prendergast Art Gallery Features Oil Paintings by Russian Artist JAMESTOWN, NY – Five hidden gardens in Jamestown, Sinclairville, Kennedy, and Frewsburg, New York, will be featured in this Saturday’s (June 18) Secret Gardens Tour presented by the Audubon Center and Sanctuary from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.   2011 marks Audubon’s eighth Secret Gardens Tour. The outstanding characteristic of this year’s gardens is that they are all surprisingly large.   Addresses for the five featured gardens are: Boyd Garden, 3371 Matson Road,  Jamestown • Gaus Pictured here is one of the five hidden gardens that will be Garden, 5170 Damon Hill featured in this Saturday’s (June 18) Secret Gardens Tour Road,  Sinclairville • Mandel presented by the Jamestown Audubon Center and SanctuGarden, 695 Waterman Road,  ary. Tickets for the self-guided tour include a brief description Kennedy • Smith Garden, 1722 of each garden, directions, parking recommendations, and Manchester Road, Jamestown an excellent map. (Photo courtesy of Dave Cooney) • Weber Garden, One North Meadow Lane, Frewsburg. accessible, but they are large and Westfield Nursery.   Tickets for this self-guided Tickets are $12 the day of the and may have uphill grades tour include a brief description tour and are available at each of that would present a challenge of each garden, directions, the gardens as well as the ticket to a wheelchair. parking recommendations, and outlets.   The tour will be held rain or an excellent map. Even visitors   As an additional bonus, shine. unfamiliar with the area will each visitor will receive   Proceeds from the Secret have no trouble locating all the an informative printed program Gardens Tour support the gardens. thanks to sponsorship by The nature education programs Presale tickets are $10 and Dinner Bell Restaurant, Bob of the Audubon Center and can be purchased at: Audubon Evans, Tim Hortons, The Pad, Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Center and Sanctuary, Four and the shops at The Emporium: Road, off Route 62 between Seasons Nursery, Lakeview The Creative Mind, Faded Jamestown and Warren. Gardens, Mike’s Nursery, Elegance, Filomena’s Bakery   For more information on Peterson Farm, Roger Tory & Café, Flea Market, Glarner Audubon and the Secret Peterson Institute, Robert’s Group Productions, and Kit N’ Gardens Tour, call (716) Nursery, Secret Gardens Flower Kaboodle. 569-2345 or visit www. Shop, Skillmans, Stillwater,   All gardens are handicapped jamestownaudubon.org.  

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The inaugural Tour de Zonta will take place on July 9, 2011. The bike ride will originate and finish at the Plumbush Bed & Breakfast which is located on the Chautauqua Stedman Road just 1 mile from the Chautauqua Institution main gate. The ride is open to individuals and families of all ages. Three scenic ride options will be offered to participants: a 5 mile “family” route, a 15 mile “intermediate” route and a 35

mile ”experienced” route. Water and healthy snacks will provided at check points along each route. Registration for the Tour de Zonta is $25 pre-registration (by July 1) and $30 the day of the event. The registration fee includes a T-shirt (until they run out), live entertainment, free parking, route refreshments and a gourmet “Farm to Fork” luncheon to be served following the ride at the Plumbush Barn. Proceeds from the event will

benefit Zonta International’s efforts to end trafficking of women and children. The Zonta Club of Jamestown, a local chapter of Zonta International, is a service organization of business and professional executives working together to advance the status of women worldwide. For more event details and to obtain a registration form, call 716-789-5309 or visit www. zontajamestown.org.

Wreck N’ Roll Festival Silver Creek Winery Brings Back Festival, June 17-18

June 17-18 is the City of Dunkirk’s fourth annual Wreck and Roll Festival. All the action and festivities will be on the boardwalk and the city’s pier. The E.M. Cotter fireboat will arrive around 3 p.m. and the musical entertainment would begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with acoustic music by Tara Graves. The Firemen’s Hose Race presented by Dunkirk Professional Firefighters, Local 616 will begin at 6 p.m.

with about six fire departments participating in this year’s race. Fred Jackson, from the Buffalo Bills, will be around to sign autographs from 6-8 p.m., too. The fun continues into Saturday with a chicken wing cook off and the “Anything that Floats” boat race at 2pm. There will be a free kids’ zone provided from 2-7pm as well. Former Buffalo Sabre and Hockey Hall of Famer, Pat LaFontaine wil be on hand to sign autographs

from 2-6pm. Saturday’s musical entertainment will feature Coco Island Experience, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band at 2 p.m.; Big Leg Emma a folk rock band from Jamestown, N.Y. at 3:30 p.m.; and Jersey, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band at 7 p.m. For more information about Wreck and Roll’s festivities or to pre-register for the boat race and pub crawl call the City of Dunkirk Development Office at (716) 366-9876.

Sunday Morning Vineyard Walk at Johnson Estate, June 26; 9am Take a brisk morning walk in the vineyards with Fred Johnson, owner of Johnson Estate Winery. A chase to ask your questions about vineyards and wine! Walk followed by a brief tour of the winery and light food and wine paring and a Johnson Estate hat! For information: 716.326.2191/fsj2@msn.com

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DA BLOOZE BROTHERS Tribute: July 3, 2:30pm ~ The Floating Stage, Bemus Point, NY


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CCVB Awards Scholarship Library Showcases Painter $800 In the Name of Don Hogan Presented to Area Students

Prendergast Art Gallery Features Oil Paintings by Russian Artist

CHAUTAUQUA , NY -JAMESTOWN – The The Chautauqua County Prendergast Library Art Visitors’ Bureau (CCVB) Gallery will feature oil today awarded Don Hogan paintings by Oksana Tourism Scholarships to four Zhurakovskaya in an exhibit area high school seniors. called “The Art of Nature” Each scholarship awarded from June 24 through July 22.  was in the amount of $800, There will be an opening with funds raised during 2010 reception from noon to 1:30 at the Annual Don Hogan p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Memorial Golf Tournament the library for the public at Peek’n Peak Resort. Under to meet the artist, who was the leadership of CCVB board born in Ukraine and lives in president Don Anderson of Chautauqua Institution. Camp Chautauqua, CCVB She will continue her work has been successful in raising this summer at Chautauqua $3,000-$3,500 for scholarship Photo attached: Elsie Hogan (far left) and CCVB Executive after spending the spring awards in 2010 and 2011.   Director Andrew Nixon (far right) congratulate Don Hogan painting in the Skagit Thirty-four area college- Scholarship winners, from left to right, Carah Bradford, Valley/Anacortes region of bound seniors submitted essays Alyssa Troutner, David Moore, and Alexander Czechowksi.  Washington State.          addressing reasons that make Many of her paintings Chautauqua County feature lChautauqua County a great at Oneonta; David Moore the well-known Association, buildings at Chautauqua olearning vacation destination.  of Fredonia High School Vacationland yThe essayists listed a host who will be attending Case predecessor of CCVB.  Since Institution, such as the Hall ;of examples, ranging from Western Reserve University; the inception of the scholarship of Philosophy, the Refectory kChautauqua Institution and and Alexander Czechowski program, 46 area students and the Amphitheater, as tLily Dale, to study of the of Fredonia High School who have received scholarships to well as Victorian homes and enatural environment and will be attending Jamestown help further their education Chautauqua Lake scenes. In and raise awareness of the addition, she specializes in still 7gaining an understanding Community College. Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa importance of the local tourism life and portraiture. tof agricultural and food will host the 15th annual Hogan industry.  The Chautauqua rpreparation techniques. Trained in the classical eScholarships in the amount of Memorial Golf Tournament County Visitors Bureau, a not- tradition of Russian master f$800 each were awarded to on October 1, 2011 to raise for-profit agency, is the official painters, she received her art tAlyssa Troutner of Cassadaga funds for 2012 scholarships.  tourism promotion agency for education through the Surikov Valley High School who CCVB hopes to continue the Chautauqua County and New Academy of Art in Moscow, will be attending Cornell successful support of area York State ‘s Chautauqua- the Komi Republic College of University; Carah Bradford of seniors in honor of Donald Allegheny Region including Art in Russia as a Presidential Cassadaga Valley High School J. Hogan, founding member Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Scholar, and in private studies who will be attending SUNY and long-time director of Allegany Counties . with Sergey Minosyan – a master artist, awarded the title   Praise on the Lake, Sun. June 26; 9am; Floating Stage Bemus Bay People’s Artist of the USSR/ Come by land or by water for an outdoor contemporary worship experience presented by the Bemus Point United Methodist Church with the BPUMC Praise Band and a relevant message!

There will be an opening reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the library for the public to meet the artist, who was born in Ukraine and lives in Chautauqua Institution. Many of her paintings feature well-known buildings at Chautauqua Institution, such as the Hall of Philosophy, the Refectory and the Amphitheater, as well as Victorian homes and Chautauqua Lake scenes.

Russia. Her works are in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, and many cities in the United States including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Ms. Zhurakovskaya has a series of still life paintings with titles like “Samovar” and “Table in Blue” and landscapes such as “The Meadow” and “Water Lilies.” She also creates religious art ranging from “Crucifixion” to “Night Prayer.” Samples of her work can be

seen at www.ZartGallery.org.  At Prendergast Library, where most of her paintings will feature local subjects, viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.       The next library exhibit will be a group show by members of the Chautauqua Region Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.  For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.

Wine Makers Dinner, Liberty Vineyards, Sheridan NY, June 25 Begin your evening with a tour and barrel tasting at Liberty Vineyards & Winery. Following your tour, head out to the vineyards where you’ll dine al fresco. $60.00 per person includes tax and gratuity. For info: 716.672.4520/info@libertywinery.com

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Simon Griffis Memorial Celebration, June 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Friends will gather to celebrate the life of Simon Griffis Saturday, June 25 at the Essex Art Center in Buffalo. Music will be provided by Soul Committee, Sonic Garden, Stop Making Sense and others. Tickets are $15/pre-sale and $20 at door. Simon Griffis was the Executive Director of Griffis Sculpture Park. Simon was the son of sculptor Larry Griffis, Jr., who founded Griffis Sculpture Park in 1966, as well as the Ashford Hollow Foundation for the Visual and Performing Arts. Through that foundation Simon and his siblings and their associates provided arts education for thousands of kids across the region.

Entertainment MONDAYS TUESDAYS

Karaoke Night, to follow Chautauqua County Idol

Trivia night, from 8-10pm. Drink Special: Bucket of Rocks Splits. You cannot believe how much fun this is. Come see what everybody’s talking about!

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Family Night, buy one get one free kids meals 12 and under and $1.00 in free tokens for the arcade with the purchase of a kids meal. Family Fun for All!

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20 Ways to Learn Brochure Audubon’s Art in the Woods Community Foundation Funds Help Promote Chautauqua County

The brochure begins by inviting visitors to engage their mind, body and spirit through learning experiences like playing outdoors throughout Chautauqua’s four seasons, tasting local foods, syrups, juices and wines, or participating in lectures, classes and workshops through lifelong learning centers like Chautauqua Institution and the Lily Dale Assembly in addition to local colleges. For more information on What to Learn on vacation in Chautauqua County , visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s website at www.tourchautauqua.com or contact 1-866-908-4569. 

CHAUTAUQUA, NY –- As part of its branding campaign to promote Chautauqua County as the World’s Learning Center, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau announces a new brochure entitled 20 Ways to Learn on Vacation. Made possible by a Community Service Grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the

brochure details the variety of vacation learning experiences you can find in Chautauqua County . Grant funds were used to produce a two-year supply of the 12-page, fourcolor brochure designed locally by Kellogg Design and printed by Falconer Printing and Design. The brochure will be distributed throughout the Chautauqua region and through tourism brochure racks from Niagara to Pittsburgh .   “Enticing visitors to Chautauqua County and the residents of our region to come out and learn more about our surroundings is very important,” said Randy Sweeney, Executive Director, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. “That is why we were pleased to be able to help support the printing of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s new ’20 Ways to Learn on Vacation’ brochure. This new piece of literature is extremely helpful, and lists many of the wonderful ways people can learn while still enjoying their vacation time in Chautauqua County .”   The brochure begins by inviting visitors to engage their mind, body and spirit through learning experiences like playing outdoors throughout Chautauqua’s four seasons, tasting local foods, syrups, juices and wines, or participating in lectures, classes and workshops through lifelong learning centers like Chautauqua Institution and the Lily Dale Assembly in addition to local colleges. According to Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon, “The brochure is a visual representation of what is meant by Chautauqua County —The World’s Learning Center. It conveys 20 different themes of leisure learning activities that visitors, as well as local residents, can enjoy.”   The 20 Ways to Learn brochure goes on to suggest more specific ways to learn

on vacation such as writing, painting, brewing, or being creative with classes from music and dance to knitting, jewelry making, stained glass, and miniature art. Added Nixon, “The brochure demonstrates that learning vacation experiences are built from the amenities that have made our area famous for decades—our lakes, our natural and recreational resources, a heritage of grape and wine production, comedy, creativity, visual arts, and a collection of very famous former residents.”   Outdoor learning experiences include sailing, golfing, skiing, and fishing in addition to learning to horseback ride, snowboard, and skateboard. It suggests that camping, hiking, and paddling are additional nature inspired ways to learn, and concludes with ideas for touring local museums for history and connecting with the regional Amish communities to learn about neighboring cultures.  More than 30 venues for learning are listed as just a sampling of what Chautauqua County has to offer.   Community Service Grants are unrestricted in nature, that is the funds may be used to benefit a wide variety of charitable projects or needs, giving the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation a flexible and powerful tool to address the needs of the community. Community Service Grants are made possible through the generosity of those who have established or who have contributed to an unrestricted fund. Application deadlines for Community Service Grants are March 31st, June 30th, and December 1st of each year. For more information, visit www.chautauquagrants. org. For more information on What to Learn on vacation in Chautauqua County , visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s website at www. tourchautauqua.com or contact 1-866-908-4569. 

Society’s Annual Exhibit Features New Artists

JAMESTOWN, NY – In addition to the return of many regional and nationally acclaimed artists who have been a part of the Jamestown nature art festivals for many years, planners for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s fourth annual Art in the Woods art show and sale are excited about the new artists that will be participating.     “We have some great new artists this year,” organizer and exhibiting photographer Bill Smith said of the July 16 and 17 event. “Not only do they represent a variety of disciplines, but their works are very distinct from each other.”   Among the new presenters will be photographers David Reade and Jennifer Schlick, jewelers Holly Butryn and Gary Melius, fiber artist Lyn Harris, animal artist Jennifer Schwartz, gourd and colored pencil artist Jody Neugebauer, and painters Jennifer Miller, Margaret Pardy and Jim Wonderling. Details of their work and links to their websites can be found at artinthewoods.wordpress.com.   A resident of rural Erie County, New York, photographer David Reade’s work has been acclaimed with praise like, “Your work is luminous, atmospheric and compelling…,” to “uncover the subtle beauty of the Northeast so consistently takes a rare talent....,” “Your photography is far and away the best I have ever seen of the [Griffis Sculpture] Park.”   Through constant explorations, Reade has built an extensive knowledge of fascinating natural places throughout Western New York and the region. His bestselling books featuring the area include Beyond Buffalo! A Photographic Journey and Guide to the Secret Natural

Photographer David Reade will be one of the new artists showcasing his work at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s fourth annual Art in the Woods art show and sale, July 16-17, 2011. Shown here is his “Wilderness Calls.”

Wonders of Our Region, The Four Seasons of Letchworth: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon of the East, and Western New York Wild: Celebrating Our Rich Natural Heritage.   Reade’s work can be seen at his website, dlrimagery.com.   In addition to the artists’ booths, the weekend festival will feature live musical and theater performances, artists’ demonstrations, children’s

workshops, a great variety of delicious food, and much more.   The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road , off Route 62 between Jamestown , New York , and Warren , Pennsylvania . Saturday’s festival hours are 10 am to 6 pm , Sunday’s are 10 am to 5 pm .   For information visit www. jamestownaudubon.org or call (716) 569-2345.

Native-American Weekend, June 25 ~ Lily Dale Assembly

The term Haudenosaunee translates to “People of the Longhouse” and refers to the Confederation of Six Native American Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) who are more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy. Events all weekend, including The Opening Ceremony, Exploring Native Foods, Buffalo Creek & Hoop Dancers and many more events. See the website for details.

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Craft Beer Pairing

Southern Tier Brewing Pairs with NYS Cheeses, June 25

Once again Southern Tier Brewing is teaming up with ultra-market Wegman’s to bring you an afternoon of gastronomy. Taste Phin’s picks of the best of American Craft Beers paired with Wegman’s resident expert picks of New York State Cheeses. Beers include Anchor Steam Beer, Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Dogfish Head Indian, Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard, Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald Porter, Anderson Valley Oat Stout. All of this, plus a souvenir glass for just $30. Tickets on sale now online www.southerntierbrewing.com/gear and at the Empty Pint at Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood, New York. 

Free Fishing Seminar Class on Musky Fishing on Chautauqua Lake, June 23

New York State licensed fishing guide Mike Sperry will be  at Chautauqua Marina on Thursday, June 23rd, to present a free seminar on musky fishing Chautauqua Lake. Mike is a multi  species  angler whose specialty is casting for muskies. Mike has over 30 years of fishing experience on Chautauqua  Lake. This  is a free seminar tailored for both the beginner and experienced musky angler.  To register for the free seminar stop by Chautauqua Marina 104 West Lake Road, Mayville, N. Y. or   

Email Boatsafety@aol.com .  You may also call Chautauqua Marina @ 716-753-3913. Fishing Seminar is for adults and children.  All children 15 and under must be with an adult. Registration is free and limited to 50 persons  Chautauqua Lake is said to be known as one of the premiere, muskellunge fisheries.   Each year anglers have caught fish in the 40 to 50 inch class.    Come to the Free Musky Fishing Seminar on June 23 and learn some proven techniques.  Mike offers guided fishing

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Cont. From Cover Admission also is $5 but children under 12 years old are free! On the 25th the festival begins at 12pm and runs until 12am as this is the final day. Everett Lee & Underground Stampede will begin to play at 3pm. This band plays a mix of rock and country to produce a truly unique sound. Taking influence from artists such as Gary Allen, Trace Adkins, and Brooks and Dunn everyone should find their music entertaining. The craft show and games will continue on Saturday as well as the food vendors and wine and beer tents so everyone can enjoy the festival. Dive House Union will begin playing their

Willow Creek Winery, out in Silver Creek, NY is hosting its 11th annual Willow Fest on June 23rd through the 25th.

music at 7pm with a slightly different tune. With a mix of blues, soul, and jazz the members of the Dive House Union want to create a brotherhood and unity feel to their art. Playing all around Buffalo, this group will help end Willow Fest with a strong message. Amusement rides

will still be up and running on Saturday for $12. Finally, an hour and twenty minute firework show will finish off the 11th year of Willow Fest at Willow Creek Winery. So come on out to Silver Creek and enjoy all that Willow Fest has to offer this June 23rd through the 25th!

trips for muskellunge, walleye, bass and panfish. His specialty is casting for muskies. Mike is the founder and past president of the Chautauqua Lake Musky Hunters from 2002-2007. Mike has also fished with Pete Maina during the filming of the television show called The Next Bite while filming the episode entitled Chautauqua Muskies stand while enjoying the receive wine bracelets. Unleashed. Sue O’Neil, operating festivities but some do bring Join Mike at Chautauqua manager and on-air host, blankets or lawn chairs to sit Marina on June 23 for a free Cont. From Cover believes that this year’s event on, O’Neil said. fishing seminar at Chautauqua “It’s like a Garden Party,” will attract over 2,800 people. Marina.   To register Call 716- the line up because Christina O’Neil points out that this O’Neil said. “Men wear 753-3913. Perri was to perform but expected number will really khakis and dress shirts, women had to cancel on Tuesday help to benefit promoting The wear cute capris and wander around enjoying the food and because of a vocal cord injury. Buffalo Botanical Gardens. However, Star 102.5 was able Each year Starry Night in listening to the music … The to keep a great show going the Garden donates some of Buffalo Botanical Gardens is with Grammy Award-winner the proceeds to The Botanical one of the oldest gardens in Celebrate Greek Culture and Cuisine, June 17 & 18 Michelle Branch. Gardens, totaling about the country.” Those who may be worried Branch is expected to play $10,000-$15,000 a year. As Say “Hello” to Greek culture and cuisine at the annual Yassou Festival at the th about parking for the show for about 30 minutes and this is the event’s 11 year, St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church in Jamestown June 17 and 18. The Yassou can relax because there is Hanson will perform between Star 102.5 expects to have festival, which translates roughly to “hello” or “goodbye,” allows people of all ages raised over $250,000 over the plenty of parking available and backgrounds to enjoy authentic Greek food, dancing, shopping and crafts, as 45 and 60 minutes. at the Gardens and in the Just as last year, Star 102.5 years. well as tours of the church. Live music and dancing will take place throughout surrounding areas as well. is offering guests two ticket “The Botanical Gardens is the festival, giving festivalgoers a taste of Greek celebration. Homemade Greek Doors open at 6 p.m., but options: general admission a magical place,” O’Neil said. dishes, prepared by the Church’s parishioners, are on sale, and offer people a “This year is the first year the O’Neil does encourage people taste of unique foods, such as the small pieces of skewer-grilled meats called and VIP. Each ticket comes with gardens will be without help to get their early to line up for souvlaki, spinach pies, and baklava. Less adventurous festival-goers can dine on wineglasses, but general from the county. The more the show. Starry Night in the hotdogs while still enjoying the Yassou Festival. Greek beer and wine specially admission includes food and people who come the more Garden is expected to last until brewed by The Southern Tier Brewing Company will be available for the event. 9 p.m. wine samplings from over 30 help we can give them.” The festival runs Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are still available on different providers for $40. O’Neil hopes this event The VIP tickets offer catered will help remind people of tickets.com, but O’Neil isn’t For more information about food throughout the evening, what a great family place sure for how long. barbecue class, which will take place at the College Lodge additional lifelong learning a bar and prime seating during The Botanical Gardens are “The tickets will be available of SUNY Fredonia on Route experiences that SUNY Fredonia the event for $100. and increase the garden’s until they are sold out or until 380 in Brocton, is required. offers visit www.fredonia.edu/ The show is a family friendly, memberships. the day of the event,” O’Neil Cont. From Cover Participants could register by lifelong. To learn more about but only those 21 and over will For the most part people said. phone (716) 673-3177 or by Chautauqua in June and similar the Center for Lifelong Learning email at lifelong.learning@ events visit the Chautauqua Westfield Farmers Market at SUNY Fredonia and many fredonia.edu. Registration cost County Visitors’ Bureau on the $50 and would be capped at 20 web at www.tourchautauqua. Featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, tomatoes, peplocal businesses. pers, squash, beans, apples, peaches, and more. Open every Saturday. com or call 1-866-908-4569. Pre-registration for the participants.

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