Every year, area residents and tourists discover Chautauqua County through a number of opportunities, and this season downtown Jamestown has much to explore.
According to Frank Besse, Jamestown Up Close coordinator and office administrator, Jamestown is a destination because of the breadth of things to do in the area.
"With a high-quality, well-maintained ice arena, engaging museums, an active art and theater scene, and vibrant third spaces - Jamestown can be a place for those who want to partake in a variety of experiences," said Besse.
A number of events will be happening in downtown Jamestown this summer.
P-J photo by Dusten Rader
Another aspect of why Jamestown is a destination, said Besse, is that there are many means to capitalize on the seasons throughout the entire year.
"We have two ski resorts nearby for winter entertainment, hiking and biking trails that are well maintained from early spring to late fall," said Besse. "There are a great number of outdoor events and festivals in the summer, and Jamestown is centrally located in the center of it all with great restaurants and lodging opportunities."
But, according to Besse, Jamestown is specifically a place to be in the summertime because, with the backdrop of warm weather, being outside is a great option.
"We have the Farmers Market that will be starting up in a few weeks, the Ice Arena is doing their summer concert series again, and the JRC and Active Artists Alliance are partnering up again to provide The Third Thursday Concert Series with some great regional and local talent," said Besse. "The city Parks Department does a wonderful job in maintaining our park system, (and) the Jamestown Jammers season begins (June 20)."
For more information call 338-9809 or visit www.jamestownupclose.com.
The Robert H. Jackson Center has a number of programs scheduled for the season, including the Young Readers Program that begins today and ends Wednesday.
The Young Readers Program is in its ninth year, and will feature Karen Levine, and Sophia from the Holocaust Resource Center in Buffalo at this year's event. Levine's award-winning book, "Hana's Suitcase," will be featured at the event. The book connects three characters, Hana Brady, a young Jewish girl who was murdered at Auschwitz; a Japanese curator determined to share her story; and Hana's brother in Canada. The book was the subject of a statewide book review essay contest. The participants will be recognized at a pasta dinner at the Jackson Center tonight at 6. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $10.
The Jackson Center will host Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Friday, May 17. On June 18, Emmy-award winning producer Aaron Beckwith will return to Jamestown to present his film "Follow the North Star," which is about the Underground Railroad, to third and fourth graders. The ninth annual Robert H. Jackson lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled for July 9 at 4 p.m. at Chautauqua Institution's Hall of Philosophy. The Special Studies Week, featuring the subject "The Practice of Justice Jackson's Art: Talent and Responsibility in Public Communication," will be held from July 29 to Aug. 2, during Chautauqua Institution's week six. The Jackson Center will conclude its season's programming on Aug. 26 and 27 at Chautauqua Institution with the seventh annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs.
For more information call 483-6646 or visit www.roberthjackson.org.
The Jamestown Gateway Train Station will participate in National Train Day on Saturday to honor the history of railroading in Jamestown.
For the event, the Jamestown Train Station will be open for inspection and tours. The event will feature train displays, exhibits, work cars and artwork. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will have rolling stock and equipment on sight for questions and viewing.
For more information call 483-3041.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will have a summer season full of events.
The arena's season kicks off with Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show, on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Jordan World Circus on Monday. It will also feature the Wits N' Giggles Comedy Series every Friday through May 31. And, after the comedy series wraps up, the Big City Summer Concert Series will be every Friday from June 14 to Aug. 23.
The Big City Summer Concert series will feature: Brent and Co., June 14; Tiny B and Porcelain Bus Drivers, June 21; Jackson Rohm, June 28; 3 Dead Frets, July 12; Smackdab, July 19; The Bogarts, July 26; Cindy Haight, Aug. 2; Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove, Aug. 9; and Mosaic Foundation, Aug. 23.
For more information visit www.jamestownsavingsbankicearena.com.
The Lucile M. Wright Air Museum has opened for the season, and it's at a new location in downtown Jamestown at 300 N. Main St., across from the Lucy-Desi Museum.
The museum features exhibits, aircraft displays and a recently completed planetarium. The museum is currently open to the public free of charge, but donations are accepted.
For more information call 664-9500 or visit www.lucilemwrightairmuseum.org.
The Fenton History Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a number of summer events.
The center, located at 67 Washington St. in Jamestown, will kick off its 50th anniversary party Friday, May 24, with a grand opening of the Hall House Research Center. It will also host a series of walking tours throughout the Jamestown area each Saturday at 1 p.m. from May 25 to Sept. 28. There are a number of other programs scheduled throughout the summer season that wrap up in August. For more information call 664-6256 or visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org.
The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy will host the annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy Aug. 1-4.
The festival will feature tours of Ball's hometown, nationally touring comedians, dinner shows, workshops, tribute performances, live radio theater and more. The GIs of Comedy and Kathleen Madigan will perform Friday, Aug. 2, and Bill Engvall will perform Saturday, Aug. 3.
For more information call 484-0800 or for a full listing of events, visit www.lucycomedyfest.com.