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A Continuing Effort

Virtual Doors Open Jamestown Draws Attention Online

Joanna Dahlbeck, Jamestown Community Chamber coordinator, and volunteer chair Jacob Feldt show off some of the prizes given as part of the Virtual Doors Open Follow the Red Brick Road scavenger hunt.

Virtual Doors Open Jamestown did not draw a physical crowd during this pandemic year, but it did draw attention online for the Follow the Red Brick Road Online Scavenger Hunt.

In all, videos for the participating attractions netted more than 3,000 views from YouTube and Facebook from noon Saturday, Feb. 27, through Monday, March 1.

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce received 317 form submissions for the scavenger hunt. Names were drawn at random from the correct entries for the prizes. Winners of ShopLocalCHQ gift cards were Randall Burt, Kristin Seekings and Victoria Parker. Winners of attractor prize packages featuring passes, books, bags, mugs, and more from participating attractors were Judy Crandall, Janet Cusimano, Joanne Zdrojewski, Michele Petrishen and Richelle Sharp.

The 11 participating attractors were Audubon Community Nature Center, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Fenton History Center, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, James Prendergast Library, Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, Lucy Desi Museum, Martz-Kohl Observatory, Northwest Arena, Robert H. Jackson Center, and Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Viewers had to find the Oz-themed clue in each video in order to enter through an online form.

In a continuing effort to promote local businesses through all chamber event planning, commercials were included for a number of local businesses that chose to videotape their own messages to air in the series. Commercials submitted were from Chautauqua County Humane Society, Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy, Escape Rooms Jamestown, Kinetic by Windstream, Love INC., Northwestern Mutual, Sweet Repeats Boutique, The Basket Company, The Resource Center, Tim Hortons and WNY News Now.

The Virtual Doors Open event was coordinated by the attractors and volunteers, with administrative oversight by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.

Joanna Dahlbeck, Jamestown Community Chamber coordinator, thanked the volunteer chair for his efforts.

“Jacob Feldt really came through for us. It was a challenging event to pull off with COVID restrictions and safety for all top of mind. We are grateful for Jacob for all of his efforts. We also want to thank Conduit Ministries for the use of their video technology to help make this a success,” Dahlbeck said. “We sincerely appreciate everyone in the community who participated in any way. We hope that as we are able to resume more in-person events the community will continue its support for our local attractions and businesses, and we look forward to planning a live Doors Open event for 2022.”

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