Chautauqua Opens and Winter Garden Plaza Abuzz

The 2014 Chautauqua Institution season begins this Saturday, continuing a 140 year tradition of promoting lifelong learning and self-improvement. While the Institution is lauded for its top-notch classes, recreational activities, and arts programming, Chautauqua is especially known for is its robust and topical lecture series. Each week has its own theme and the themes this year vary widely. They include “Feeding a Hungry Planet,” “The Ethics of Privacy”, “Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience”, and “Brazil: Rising Superpower.” Also, Ken Burns will return for a week to discuss the subjects of his popular documentaries while Fareed Zakaria is returning to give audiences his perspective on global issues.

In addition to noteworthy programming, the Chautauqua Institution’s buildings, grounds, and streets provide a special experience for first-time and seasoned visitors. One can relax on the front lawn of the Athenaeum Hotel and enjoy a cooling lake breeze coming off the lake, people watch in the bustling Bestor Plaza, mosey along the narrow streets lined with lovely and exotic architecture, or dance slowly by the small brown huts while music virtuosos fine tune their craft.

Visit to learn about all that the Chautauqua Institution has to offer. Also, you can open this week’s Community Bulletin Board for information about a new preschool program at Chautauqua and the return of the Community Appreciation Nights that make it more affordable for members of the Jamestown community to attend Chautauqua.

Third Thursday at Winter Garden Plaza

The Buddhahood and Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples will take the stage at Winter Garden Plaza this Thursday for the second installment of this year’s Third Thursday concert series. Music will start around 7 pm. The event is presented by the Active Artists Alliance and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation with support from Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Forte the Restaurant, and The Wine Cellar. After the event there will be a bike ride through town sponsored by the Jamestown Cycle Shop. Everyone who registers for the bike ride will be entered to win an LED wheel light system. Get more information about Third Thursday here and the bike ride here.

Jamestown Gets Saucy

The third annual Great Jamestown Sauce Off will take place June 29th at the Winter Garden Plaza in downtown Jamestown. There is still time to register your sauce for the competition for a chance at the $100 grand prize. Sauce enthusiasts will be able to try all the sauces and vote for their favorite. There will also be a craft tent sponsored by Michael’s and music by local band The New Tenants. Be sure to visit Jamestown Now’s Facebook page for more information today.

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