History is Alive in Jamestown

The final Third Thursday concert of the season will take place this Thursday from 6 to 9 pm at Winter Garden Plaza on North Main Street. This free concert series will feature local bands Qwister and the Bogarts with support from the Buffalo band Aircraft. Bring your family and enjoy a great evening of live outdoor music in downtown Jamestown.

This Saturday and Sunday you can see, hear and touch the Civil War at the Fenton History Center. This reenactment will show how everyday life was for Union soldiers at Camp Brown, Jamestown’s boot camp. The camp will feature old time crafters and be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Different activities will be happening throughout the weekend, but worth noting are the 11:30 am drilling and shooting demonstrations on both days. You can learn more about the event at fentonhistorycenter.org.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Center will be hosting a workshop this Saturday on how to make cordage, a natural fiber derived from the dogbane plant. Learn simple but time-honored techniques from Master Naturalist Chris Collins in this interesting workshop. Space for the class is limited, so it is best to pre-register. You can call the Audubon at 716.569.2345 or visit their web site to reserve your place.

Boyhood, the highly acclaimed film from writer/director Richard Linklater, comes to the Reg Lenna this Saturday. The film, shot over 12 years, highlights assorted snapshots of Mason, a boy who starts the film at age 6 and ends at the age of 18. Watching the entire cast age throughout the course of the film has critics raving about the power of this project from the innovative director. Buy tickets and watch the trailer for the film at the Reg’s web site.

This Sunday Southern Tier Brewing Company will host its annual Oktobenefest to celebrate and raise money for the St. Susan Center. Proceeds from sales of beer and brats will benefit the organization. The event will run from noon to 3 pm and feature music from Bill Ward and friends. 

Looking beyond this weekend, the Fenton History Center will be hosting their annual Saints and Sinners Cemetery Tours at the Lake View Cemetery on Saturday, October 4th and 11th. The guided tours feature costumed actors telling stories about Jamestown’s famous and infamous former residents. Walking and horse-drawn tours will be available both dates. Also, on Sunday, October 12th, the Fenton will offer Mausoleums and More tours. You can learn more about all the tours at the Fenton History Center’s web site.