Findley Lake and Clymer are areas of the county that offer area residents and visitors the opportunity to discover one of Chautauqua County's lakes.
Findley Lake, not too far from Peek'n Peak resort, Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown or Erie, Pa., is never out of season, according to the Chamber of Commerce.
For those who have never been, or are looking for an opportunity to see what the area has to offer, evenings of free live music are held weekly at the downtown gazebo through summer. The event is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m., and will continue through Aug. 14. This Wednesday will feature Infinity Performing Arts' Hayley Restivo, Ryan Hawkins, Oliver Burdo and Lily Ellis. Aug. 7 will feature Serendipity, an all female a cappella group, and the Harbour Knights will perform on Aug. 14.
Another reason visitors and area residents head to Findley Lake is for the annual celebration of the harvest festival. According to Jeff Horner, event coordinator, it's an exciting time for area residents because the 16th annual Findley Lake Harvestfest is scheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, which is also Labor Day Weekend.
"Main Street in Findley Lake will be full of entertainment and fun for all ages," said Horner. "And, more than 30 vendors are participating this year."
Festivities will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a kickoff by the Acoustic Gypsies band. Pine Junction will have a beer tent with live entertainment as well. Plus, the Findley Lake Library will host a large book sale.
Saturday will bring more live music at the Pine Junction beer tent, and Marty's Bubble Gum Machine will provide fun activities at the Gazebo for the kids on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Shopping will be available at the new Village Center, along with other shops along Main Street. The band Antyx, featuring Rob Vance, will start at 7 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
The festival wraps up on Sunday with the "Kids Got Talent" contest, which will feature cash prizes.
"It has been a favorite now for five years and running - so come on out and have some fun," said Horner.
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Since 1953, Clymer has played host to a similar celebration called the Tulip Festival, which occurs biennially, and will be held in 2014. The theme of 2012's festival was "Show Us Your Roots," and featured traditional Dutch dancing and costumes. A Tulip Queen is crowned during the event. Plus, there are several other aspects to enjoy such as an evening program, flower show, antique displays and handcrafts.
For more information, search for "Clymer Tulip Festival" on Facebook.
For those looking for something more along the resort and spa lines, Peek'n Peak is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts in Findley Lake. In addition to the winter season programming, the resort offers rest and relaxation opportunities year-round.
The resort offers a wide selection of lodging opportunities, spa amenities, fine dining, two golf courses and the recent addition of Segway Scenic Adventures guided tours. Live music is also held at Peek'n Peak's Regency Pub.
Peek'n Peak will also host a Fall Festival on Oct. 12-13 and 19-20 that annually draws nearly 20,000 attendees. The festival will feature vendors, rock climbing walls, a car show, carriage horse rides and a petting zoo.
Peek'n Peak is located at 1405 Old Road in Clymer. For more information call 355-4141 or visit www.pknpk.com.
Those looking to spend some time with the family in the outdoors can opt to check out one of the many campgrounds located in and around Findley Lake.
For more information call the Findley Lake Chamber of Commerce at 769-7609 or visit findleylakeinfo.org.