SHERMAN - Within Chautauqua County hides a small rural village nestled among the rolling hills of Western New York.
Sherman, a village located west of Chautauqua Lake and just off the Interstate 86, offers area residents a secluded rural atmosphere with many opportunities for outdoor recreation and rejuvenation.
Each year, hundreds gather on Main Street in Sherman to celebrate Sherman Days, which is an annual event that celebrates the heritage of a village established in 1832. The event includes a parade, food, vendors, games and activities for children, and more.
An apple tree in autumn is pictured above.
Attendees are shown near the main
stage at the 22nd annual Great Blue Heron music festival in Sherman.
P-J file photo by Eric Tichy
In addition to several events hosted on Main Street throughout the year, a farmers market is held from the end of May through the end of August. The market features fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, ethnic food, antiques, artwork and more.
One of the village's largest eateries, Murdock's Family Restaurant, is located at 104 E. Main St. In addition to serving food seven days a week, Murdock's becomes a bar during the evening where live local and regional musicians perform. Murdock's also regularly hosts DJs and karaoke contests. For more information, visit www.murdocksrestaurant.com or search for "Murdock's" on Facebook.
Within walking distance of Murdock's awaits an entrance to Chautauqua County's Rails-to-Trails, which are preserved unused rail corridors that have been converted to trails for recreational use. For more information visit www.chaurtt.org.
Pine Junction is another large restaurant in Sherman that is popular year-round, but becomes even more popular during the winter season due to nearby snow-mobile trails. The restaurant is also open seven days a week, and hosts live local and regional musicians every Friday and Saturday evening. For more information, visit pinejunctiontavern.com or search for "Pine Junction" on Facebook.
Although located outside the village, Sherman is home to The Great Blue Heron music festival, which celebrated its 22nd year this summer. The festival is held at the beginning of each July, and features a wide variety of live music on three stages. For more information visit greatblueheron.com.
Shortly after the Great Blue Heron music festival concludes, The Great Rhythm Revival begins. The retreat, which is held on the festival's grounds, celebrated its fourth year this summer. The retreat is led by Jim Donovan, a founding member of the band Rusted Root. Donovan leads guests on journey which aims to revive participants with a series of workshops ranging from drumming to Native American Earth medicine. For more information visit www.greatrhythmrevival.com.
Following the Great Rhythm Revival, the festival grounds are occupied by Night Lights At The Heron, an eco-tourism light and music experience in its fifth year. The event is held each Friday and Saturday from August to October, and features a fall festival in September with nearly 20 local and regional bands. For more information visit www.heronnightlights.com.
The Brushwood Folklore Center, a campground located near Sherman, also hosts annual events such as Sirius Rising, a festival in its 20th year that fosters creative expression and personal growth. For more information visit www.brushwood.com.
Less than 15 miles from downtown Sherman are a number of outdoor recreational opportunities at Chautauqua Gorge, Mt. Pleasant, Panama State Forest, North Harmony State Forest, Hill Higher State Forest, Brokenstraw State Forest and Whalen Memorial State Forest. Sherman is also within close proximity to Chautauqua Lake, Jamestown, Mayville, Bemus Point, Long Point State Park, Midway State Park, Findley Lake and Peek'n Peak.