President’s Day Weekend winter festival events ready to go

MAYVILLE – The 2013 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival being held Feb. 15 through 17 at Lakeside Park in Mayville will feature winter activities and events for all ages.

Some of the events include a cold water rescue demo provided by the Dewittville Fire Dept., Polar Bear Swim benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry (call 753-3113 for information/sponsorship form), snowmobile rides provided by Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club (weather permitting), pet parade (call 269-7829 to participate), chili cook-off (call 753-0981 to participate), bonfire, flare parade (weather permitting), fireworks by Skylighters of New York, snowshoe demos by Evergreen outfitters (weather permitting), vendors, contests with cash prizes, Rainbow the Clown, expanded children’s activities, as well as many others.

A new contest joins the line-up this year. A “Legos Creation Building Contest” for ages 5 15 based on creativity, sponsored by North Shore Specialties Refinishing of Mayville will take place throughout the festival weekend at the also new Lego Play Area inside the Community Center. The judging will take place Sunday at the festival. The Snowball Distance Throwing Contest for ages 4 Adult, sponsored by Westfield Dodge City, Westfield will again take place at the festival on Saturday. The Children’s Snowman/Animal Building Contest (or alternate contest if weather doesn’t permit) for ages 4 – 12 will be held on Sunday afternoon at the Festival, with sponsorship provided by Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Mayville. Participants provide their own accessories for their snowman or animal creation with judging based on creativity. All of these contests have cash prizes for first and second place in different age categories.

This festival is truly a community wide event. Many of our businesses are also holding special events in conjunction with this annual winter festival. Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, Mayville will hold an Indoor Yard Sale Feb. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its location. The Mayville Library will hold its annual Cabin Fever Used Book Sale on Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library in Mayville.

The Lakeview Hotel in Mayville will host several events that weekend. On Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. the Lakeview will host DJ Rodney as well as having a ‘Toga Party’ at the same time. On Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. the Lakeview will host the musical group ‘Still Cool’ (formerly Barefoot Sarah) and at 10 p.m. the same evening the group ‘Synergy’ will perform.

Chautauqua Institution will play host to horse drawn rides by the Draft Horse Assn. members on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with tickets purchased at the Chautauqua Book Store. Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant, Mayville will hold a Wine Tasting with complimentary d’oeuvres on Feb. 15 from 6 8 p.m. They will also have an evening of jazz on Feb. 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring performers The Chris Vogt Duo.

The Portage Hill Art Gallery, Route 394, Westfield will also host several events that weekend. On Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. the art gallery will host a showing featuring Carol Posch Comstock: Capturing Fleeting Beauty Snowflake Photography. They are also offering free hot cider and ice cream samples with local grape syrup or maple syrup at the art gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16. Wine Tasting will be offered on Feb. 16 by 21 Brixx Winery in a tent on property adjacent to the Village Park from 1 to 5 p.m.

We would like to also thank our business sponsors to date: Major Spon-sors Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Operating Engineers Local 17-Apprentice Program, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, Chautauqua Marina; Platinum Sponsors M & T Bank, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant and The Cottage Collection, Lictus Keystone, Jack’s Saw Shop; Gold Sponsors The Maple Inn, Northwest Savings Bank, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Family Health Medical Services, Craig K. Whittington D.V.M., Digitell Inc., Perfection Digital, Ray Downey, Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s; and Silver Sponsors Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Welch’s, “A” Automotive Inc., Irwin Bay Cottages, Mayville Auto Supply Inc., Home Chic, Schaack & Nelson-Attorneys at Law, Portage Hill Art Gallery, 3 Seas Recreation. Without the support of our local businesses and community, this festival could not take place. Thank you for your continuing commitment to this long-held annual winter festival in its 26th year.

For a schedule of events go the President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook Page or the Chautauqua County Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org and the Mayville/Chautauqua link under Community Chambers.