Doors Open 2013 a success

JAMESTOWN – Beautiful, almost Spring-like weather welcomed a record setting number of attendees to the 2013 edition of Doors Open Jamestown. This year’s event attracted visitors from throughout Chautauqua County, and as far away as Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Thousands of visitors had the opportunity to see what Jamestown is all about. There was a little something for everyone, with participating organizations including the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Fenton History Center, Infinity Performing Arts, James Prendergast Library, Jamestown Audubon Center, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Reg Lenna Civic Center, Robert H. Jackson Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

These attractions offer glimpses into past, present and future Jamestown and all provide visitors a unique experience. Hundreds were introduced to landmark renovations, historical figures, exhibits, nature, wildlife, art and much more. The newly renovated, historic Erie-Lackawanna Train Station hosted over 1,400 visitors, and more than 800 guests became more familiar with the comedic genius of Lucy and Desi at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center. The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame reported the largest single day attendance in the history of the organization, and more than 300 skaters enjoyed free ice skating at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The Fenton History Center, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and the Robert H. Jackson Center all reported record-breaking numbers, and treated visitors to special historic, art and nature exhibits. The Jamestown Audubon Center hosted a hike for outdoor enthusiasts while The Reg Lenna Civic Center and Infinity Performing Arts were on hand to provide tours and other entertainment throughout the day.

As a nonprofit community event, Doors Open Jamestown depends upon the cooperation of a volunteer steering committee, participating attractions and site volunteers, as well as support from local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.