A national premiere and a full slate of holiday fun

U.S. Premiere of New Play
Cutting edge drama is coming to a downtown Jamestown stage this month when The Spire Theater’s Studio Metro hosts the U.S. premiere of “The Man Who Liked Order,” a psychological thriller from the United Kingdom, on December 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th. 
 

Play synopsis: John Bradshaw likes to be alone, safe in his own environment, with everything nicely in its place. Then, into his world walks a young woman, Sarah. She seems innocent enough and intelligent enough to make Bradshaw like her. As their friendship grows, more and more of Bradshaw’s past is revealed to her. But is Sarah really what she seems or does she have a hidden agenda? Why does she want to delve into Bradshaw’s past? Should Bradshaw let her into his world, and just which part of Bradshaw’s world is real anyway? As Bradshaw’s demons are revealed, Sarah might be his only hope of salvation, or she may be far more duplicitous than Bradshaw could ever imagine. What starts as a game of chess between two friends becomes an interrogation, but who exactly is the interrogator?


Tickets are available for $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the event. The show begins at 8 pm each night and you can find more information about the event here.

Holiday Movie Double Feature
The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will host a holiday double feature this Saturday, December 6th with a screening of A Christmas Story at 6 pm and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 8 pm. You can enjoy this Christmas classic double feature for only $5.
 
Babes of Wrath Arm Wrestling Championship
Local roller derby team, the Babes of Wrath, will host an arm wrestling tournament and dance party at Mojos after the Christmas Parade this Friday. Members of the team will face off in a battle of strength. Who will become the victor? Head down to Mojo’s to find out. Learn more about this event here.

Christmas at Chautauqua Music
During and after the parade, Chautauqua Music will provide a place for parade goers to warm up with live local music, hot chocolate, coffee, and Christmas cookies. Charity Nuse, Alex Kates, several Infinity students, and other local musicians will be performing music throughout the evening. The event is free and Chautauqua Music will be accepting toy and food donations to benefit Toys for Tots and St. Susan’s Center.
 
Here’s a quick refresher on a few events we’ve featured in the past few weeks:
 
Tis the Season Holiday Exhibit
For 35 years, the Annual Holiday Exhibit at the Fenton History Center in Jamestown has been a favorite local tradition. Stop by between November 28, 2014 and January 19, 2015 and enter into American holiday traditions of past and present in the grand 1863 mansion of New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton (1865-1868). The elegant Mansion will celebrate “’tis the Season” featuring holiday time as a time for significant family and friend celebrations like weddings and reunions. The exhibit is adorned with fresh greenery, holiday decorations, and an upside down Christmas tree. Stop by for a candlelight tour of the mansion and exhibit on Saturday evenings in December. The History Center is closed on Sundays.
 
Jamestown Parade
Downtown Jamestown will be full of holiday cheer on Friday, December 5th to welcome the Christmas season and a visit from St. Nick himself. This annual tradition features over 100 floats from local businesses and organizations, pre-parade entertainment, lighting of the Christmas Tree at Tracy Plaza, and fireworks. Bring your friends and family down to 3rd St to join in this holiday celebration. The fun starts 

Santa at the Train Station
On Saturday, December 6th the Jamestown Train Station will host a special visit from Santa Claus. There will be food, refreshments, arts, crafts, horse and carriage rides, trackless train rides, and, of course, the opportunity to get pictures with Santa. The event starts at 11 am with Santa arriving at the train station via a real train and runs to 3 pm. Admission is $2 for kids and $5 for adults.
 
Wreath Making
The Jamestown Audubon will host a class where you can learn how to make an evergreen wreath. Using materials from Audubon’s and other local property, you will craft a homemade wreath. You will learn how to identify greens, harvest materials, prepare them for the wreaths, assemble your wreath, and decorate it. You should be able to finish your wreath during the workshop. All materials are provided, though you might want to bring your own hand pruners and gloves. Cost of the class is $25 for members and $35 for the general public. Register by calling the Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or visiting their Web site.

The Nutcracker
The holiday season will soon be upon us and that means it is time for Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. Nutcracker tells the classic story of Clara who falls into a deep, dreamy sleep after a holiday party at which Herr Drosselmeyer presents her a gift of a nutcracker. As she dreams, Clara embarks on a fantasy journey with her nutcracker prince, beginning with a battle with the Rat King and his army of mice, followed by a visit to the magical Kingdom of Sweets. There, they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court of sweets, who offer to perform their favorite dances in Clara’s honor. 
 
Tickets are on sale now for the December 12th and 13th performances and should be purchased early to secure your spot at this annual tradition.   

Now, tell us what your plans are for this weekend on social media using #jtny or #jamestownny. For information about other events happening in the Jamestown area visit our calendar or head over to the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau's web site to learn about events happening throughout the region.