Community News Briefs

Fredonia Piano Teachers acknowledge audition participants

The Fredonia chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers held its annual auditions at the School of Music on the SUNY Fredonia campus from May 21-23.

Forty-five piano students of all ages were heard by Buffalo teacher and performer Karen Schmidt, in programs ranging from one to 15 pieces. The pianists’ achievements were recognized with certificates and piano pins.

Participating teachers included Andrew Schmidt of Jamestown, Ruth Mohney and Jannis Peterson of Fredonia, Rosemary Mackown of Ellington and Robert Root of Dunkirk. Students and teachers interested in the Piano Guild may contact chairperson Jannis Peterson at

Native Pride Vendor Day to be held today

IRVING – Native Pride Vendor Day will be held today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Native Pride, 11359 S. Western Blvd. in Irving on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Native artists will display and sell their handmade artwork, pottery, beadwork, jewelry, paintings and carvings. Traditional foods will be available, and educational speakers will present stories and talks. At 4 p.m., meet Alyssa Schmidt, the New York State Fair Indian Village Princess, of the Seneca, Beaver Clan.

There is free set-up for Native vendors, though they must bring their own tents, tables and seating. Electricity is available upon request; bring extension cords. Call Jan at 934-5130 for more information.

This event is free to attend and open to the public.