Chamber Corner – 7/24/17

Written by
Todd J. Tranum
President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Still a Lot of Summer Left!

The summer season moves quickly here in Chautauqua County. That may be partly due to the plethora of events planned over a relatively short three month period. But even as we approach the end of July there is still so much to see and do this summer.

Be sure to plan a trip to the Chautauqua County Fair this week. Our county fair is more than just a place to enjoy some amazing food and grandstand shows, it is also an opportunity to remind us all about the key role of agriculture in our local economy. Be sure to check out the animals in the 4H barns and congratulate the students who have worked so hard to raise them in the past year. A complete events schedule is available at www.chautauquacountyfair.org.

A brand new event is coming up next weekend in Chautauqua County, highlighting our natural environment. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Panama Rocks have teamed up to host the Wild America Nature Festival. It will be held at Panama Rocks July 29-30, featuring exhibits, artists, lectures, natural foods, a local farmers market, and lots more. Find out more at www.wildamericafest.com.

Bicycle enthusiasts from all over can participate in the Chautauqua Gran Fondo on August 26. There are rides for all levels of cyclist, from social riders to those who want to challenge themselves for fitness or fun. You can visit some beautiful sights along each route with plenty of selfie-stops and refreshments available. The 20-mile social ride includes a trip across the lake on the nostalgic Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. Learn more at chautauquagranfondo.com.

And let’s not forget some of our other on-going events. The Lily Dale Assembly is a center for all things Spiritual and features a full schedule of interesting lectures, workshops, and programs through September 3. You can find them online at www.lilydaleassembly.com.

Chautauqua Institution’s summer season continues through August 27 with popular entertainment, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, lectures, classes, recreation, and more all focused on lifelong learning. The final week this summer is the Chautauqua Institution Food Festival, featuring renowned speakers from the culinary world and daily food and drink-themed events, tastings, and more. Chautauqua is online at chq.org.

Whether you’re a first time visitor to Chautauqua County, a part-time guest, or a full-time resident, you are sure to find plenty to see, do, and enjoy here in Chautauqua County this summer season. To find even more opportunities for fun in the sun, check out the full calendar available through the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau at www.tourchautauqua.com.

Play Where the Pros Play: Chamber Golf Tournament is at the Peek

Local golfers can play where the pros play and enjoy a great day of golf and networking with lots of local business people. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again present our annual Golf Tournament on the PGA sanctioned Upper Course at Peek’n Peak – home of the Web.com tour LECOM Health Challenge. Enjoy a tremendous day of golf and camaraderie, plus great prize packages and food!

The Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Thursday, August 10 and is sponsored by: DFT Communications, Bush Industries, Community Bank, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, Lynn Development, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Nestle Purina PetCare, and the Shults Auto Group.