It’s summertime, and the options are incredible

Every year tens of thousands of people flock to Chautauqua County as a vacation destination. They come for a variety of reasons: the lakes and beaches, fishing, cultural offerings, wineries, hiking, history, food, boutique shopping and much more.

Yet Chautauqua County’s year-round residents may sometimes overlook the treasures all around. The Chamber challenges you to a take a stay-cation this summer. Find some treasures you may not have been aware of before, right here in your own backyard.

If you live in the Dunkirk area, make the short drive to Jamestown to check out the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, or take a Summer Wind dinner cruise on Chautauqua Lake. If you live in Jamestown, spend a day perusing some of Chautauqua County’s fabulous wineries in Ripley, Westfield or Forestville, head to one of the many great beaches on Lake Erie, or visit Dunkirk’s historic lighthouse at Point Gratiot.

The options are limitless, and one of the truly great things about Chautauqua County is that you can get anywhere within a 45-minute drive and the scenery will be beautiful whether you’re taking a four-lane highway or a two-lane road.

Chautauqua Institution’s 141st season is now in full swing, with an enormous range of opportunities each day from religious services, to lectures, to opera, ballet and contemporary entertainment. Lily Dale, the largest center for Spiritualism in the world is celebrating its 135th year with daily lectures, demonstrations and classes. The Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market offers locally grown produce along with craft and artisan items, collectibles, food and wine. At the Southern Tier Brewing Company you can see how craft beers are made and taste some of the specialty beers made right here. The Bemus Bay Pops offers on-going entertainment on the floating stage all summer long, and there are free weekly concerts in many communities and venues around the county all season including Dunkirk, Jamestown, Mayville and many others.

For a full calendar of events and festivals this summer, the Chamber invites you to check out the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau website at www.tourchautauqua.com. Enjoy the summer, right here at home in Chautauqua County!

Special County Fair preview night for Chamber members

Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will provide its members with a special preview evening and networking event at the Chautauqua County Fair. This special Chamber event is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. You can enjoy fair food, stroll along the midway and have a great evening with other Chamber members and friends.

This event is sponsored by Chadwick Bay Broadcasting/WDOE/KIX96, DFT Communications, Fredonia Place, GPI Greenman-Pederson, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.

The cost is $10 for pre-registered guests, or $12 for walk-ins. You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org, or call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200.

Chamber Golf Tournament Aug. 14

The 2014 Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Aug. 14 at Peek’n Peak. This year’s event offers golfers a chance to play on the Peek’s Upper Course a championship caliber course which offers optimum playing conditions in a spectacular setting. A portion of the proceeds from this annual event benefit the Tom Baressi Scholarship Fund through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

The Chamber Golf Tournament is being sponsored this year by DFT Communications, Community Bank NA, Cummins, Inc., Dahlstrom Roll Form, Fredonia Place, Jamestown Business College, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley-Tradition LLC, National Grid, National Fuel Gas and Shults Auto Group.

For more information or to register, visit the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org, or call 484-1101 or 366-6200.

Chamber members invited to submit photos

Members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce are invited to submit photos of their events throughout the year for use in Chamber publications and online. The Chamber is always seeking ways to help recognize its members, and invites you to submit photos to the Chamber that could be used in a variety of ways including the annual Business Builder Source Book, the Chamber’s Value of Membership brochure, and on its website or Facebook pages.

If you are a Chamber member and have photos of your business or a community event, email them to Sheila Webster at swebter@chautauquachamber.org. Photos must be high resolution for print use. By emailing your photos to the Chamber, you acknowledge that you have rights to the photo content and are authorizing the Chamber of Commerce to use it with the photo credit you provide.