Reg Lenna Kicks Off Season

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is hosting a block party and tours of its renovated facilities Saturday. Submitted photo

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is kicking off its new season Saturday with a block party, tours of the newly-renovated facilities and a performance by stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone.

The block party will be free and open to the public between 5-7:30 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, water and concessions will be on sale throughout the event. Siri Thai, 3C’s Catering and Southern Tier Brewing Company will be vending. Live music will be performed on an outdoor stage by members of Porcelain Bus Drivers.

Free tours of the newly-renovated facilities will be given at 5, 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Patrons are asked to meet under the Reg Lenna awning for tours. The block party will be held on Third Street between Pine and Spring streets.

The renovation included complete overhauls of seven spaces including lobby-concessions-box office, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Bill’s Place — home of the 1878 Buffalo Bill Billboard, WRFA offices and studios, administrative offices, a Pre-Function space and library and a Media Arts Studio.

About $1.5 million in funds were secured through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the project. Local support included $1.5 million from Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, $900,000 from the Gebbie Foundation; and $850,000 from the Lenna Foundation. The final funding gap of $216,469 was awarded by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation last May.