5th Annual Spring Learning Festival

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Katie Finch holds wild leeks, a favorite spring edible discussed during Wild Edibles at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary during Chautauqua in Spring. Photo by Jeff Tome.
Katie Finch holds wild leeks, a favorite spring edible
discussed during Wild Edibles at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary during Chautauqua in Spring. Photo by Jeff Tome.

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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

“Visitors to southwestern New York will encounter both fun and learning during CHAUTAUQUA IN SPRING, a five-week learning festival, May 15 – June 21, 2015, featuring experiences in creative, cultural, and culinary arts, outdoor recreation, and history and heritage. Workshops are held across Chautauqua County, a century old destination for lifelong and vacation learning, summer camps, and workshops.”
“Chautauqua, NY” – The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau announces the fifth annual spring learning festival, Chautauqua in Spring, held in the tradition of lifelong learning popularized by Chautauqua Institution more than 140 years ago. Visitors as well as residents can register for classes and learn farming and gardening techniques, take lessons in creating artwork and crafts, join guided historic walking tours, discover new hobbies like kayaking or golf, and expand their knowledge of local foods, wine, and beer. The five week schedule runs May 15 – June 21, 2015 and includes dozens of experiences in creative, cultural, and culinary arts, outdoor recreation, and history and heritage.
Many of the favorite culinary activities from earlier festivals will return this year. Julie and Steve Rockcastle, organic farmers from Green Heron Growers, will again offer Fun with Fungus, and Foraging, Fungi and Feasting. Several wineries and local chefs will host winemaker’s dinners or wine pairing experiences such as a Winemaker’s Dinner with Liberty Winery, Sunday Morning Vineyard Walks with Johnson Estate Winery, a Farm-to-Table Dinner at Heirloom at the Athenaeum Hotel, a Grape Blossom Experience with Merritt Estate Winery, Sunset Wine Pairing Dinners at Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, and a Spring Wine Experience at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield. In addition, EBC West in Fredonia, Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, and Mazza 5 and 20 in Westfield offer food pairing experiences with local beers, spirits, and American whiskies.
Several notable annual events take place during Chautauqua in Spring. Visitors can tour the homes and studios of artists during the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail’s Open Studio Tour over two weekends, May 23-24 and June 6-7. The annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Festival will be held at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House with an opportunity to have a conversation with the artistic director and select performers prior to each concert event. Evergreen Outfitters will begin weekly seasonal kayaking tours, and the Fenton History Center will begin their Saturday afternoon historic walking tours.
Chautauqua in Spring is a learning festival promoted by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and held in collaboration with area attractions and educational centers. For more information and a schedule of vacation learning events during Chautauqua in Spring as well as throughout the year, call 1-866-908-4569 or visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau website at www.tourchautauqua.com.