Doors Open Jamestown 2015

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Dave Howard at the 2014 Doors Open in Jamestown.
Dave Howard at the 2014 Doors Open in Jamestown.
Dave Howard at the 2014 Doors Open in Jamestown.

Have you ever heard the phrase “that place is a hidden treasure?” Jamestown will be showing off its hidden treasures Saturday January 17. It’s the tenth annual Doors Open Jamestown event. Over the ten years more than twenty-one thousand visitors have taken advantage of the free admission day at the main attractions in Jamestown. A few years ago restaurants were added to the excitement of the day and last year a number of smaller attractions and well established organizations welcomed visitors to their facilities. The day is sponsored by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Jamestown Committee. The Fenton History Center, Jamestown Audubon Society and Nature Center, the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, the Robert H. Jackson Center, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Reg Lenna Civic Center, the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, the James Prendergast Public Library, Infinity Performing Arts, the Lucile Wright Aviation Museum, the Busti Grist Mill, Jamestown Gateway Tran Station, and the Lucille Ball Little Theater are the hidden treasures of Doors Open Jamestown this year. Drawings will be held at the attraction venues for $50 Shoptauqua certificates and an item from the attraction’s gift shop. The museums are also offering discounts in their gift shops. Doors Open is an international event that focuses on encouraging local residents to take advantage of their area attractions. Whether your interest is in nature, art, history, sports or our famous hometown personalities, Doors Open Jamestown offers something of interest for everyone.

Downtown restaurants open with specials during the day are Forte at 114 East 3rd Street, La Scala at 3155 Fluvanna Ave., Pressroom Restaurant at Shawbucks at 212 West 2nd St., the Landmark Restaurant at 552 West 4th St., Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge at 9-21 East 4th St., and Jones Valhalla Restaurant at 306 North Main St. The Boomerang Restaurant in Busti will also be running a special for Grist Mill visitors.

“If even half of them buy breakfast, lunch or dinner it will be a great day for the local economy.” says Joni Blackman, Director of the Fenton History Center, “this event has turned into a must do event for many families and friends. They look forward to seeing the exhibits and specials at each venue each year.”

Take a few minutes out of your weekend and stop into one of the many museums and attractions you have always been meaning to visit. Enjoy a meal at one of the participating restaurants or shop in one of the downtown stores- you will be happy you did! For the most up to date information you can phone any of the participating locations or visit Doors Open Jamestown on Facebook.