Holidays at the Lodge Returns to RTPI


Celebrate the Season at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute

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The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown, is the place to be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 and Saturday, December 17 for Holidays at the Lodge. This is the second year for Holidays at the Lodge and it has been expanded to include more holiday cheer. Among the many reasons to visit are ginger-bird cookie decorating, bird ornament decorating, eight local choirs performing, Christmas story time, and visits from Santa. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and cider and homemade Christmas cookies for everyone who comes. Admission is free each day for museum members and museums for all participants and only five dollars each for everyone else. Admission includes all of the festivities along with access to the current exhibitions: Curious by Nature: Works by Charley and Edie Harper, Chautauqua County en Plein Air, and Beauty Seen is Never Lost: Margaret Braun’s Birds.

“We are thrilled to bring Holidays at the Lodge back for our community,” stated RTPI’s CEO Arthur Pearson. “The program is fun and festive for the entire family, and RTPI is quickly becoming a cherished destination for the holidays.”

“We launched Holidays at the Lodge with a smaller program last year but this year the Santa gloves are off,” stated RTPI’s Programs and Events Manager David Niles. “We have two amazing weekends full of holiday cheer and we are looking forward to celebrating the season with kids from 1 to 92.”

On December 10, Chautauqua Lake Central High School Choir, Westfield High School Westwinds, Infinity Performing Arts Singers, and the Southwestern Choraliers will be performing. Kids can decorate Christmas bird ornaments in Roger’s Art Studio and make one for home and one for the tree at RTPI. Santa will be on-site from 10am to 11pm to pass out candy canes and take photos with the kids and families.

On December 17, Frewsburg Central School Choir, Jamestown High School Madrigal Singers, Jamestown Harmony Production Company, and the Maple Grove High School Choir will all perform. Kids can have some edible fun and decorate their own ginger-bird cookies. Local authors

Shannon Buttafarro and Bruce Moore will be reading from their book How Does Santa Get In? and Santa, himself, will be on-site from 10am to 11pm to pass out candy canes and to take photos.

The Lodge at RTPI has been beautifully decorated with holiday cheer by Lakeview Gardens, and the Snowy Owl Museum Store is fully stocked with great gift options for the special people on your holiday list. Visit for full details and the schedule for each day.

About the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI)

Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s work, RTPI is a leader for the study, exhibition and nurturing of art that matters to the planet. Through world class exhibitions and programs, RTPI illuminates the beauty of nature; challenges us to confront environmental issues of regional, national and global concern; and inspires us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity – with a particular emphasis on the natural area wonders of Western New York. Learn more about RTPI at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the North Shore Arts Alliance (NSAA)

The North Shore Arts Alliance works on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The NSAA’s signature event each year is the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, though NSAA helps create and promote a variety of arts-related events. The NSAA Members will be featured in the Patterson Library Octagon Gallery from December 9, 2022 – January 6, 2023. For more information about NSAA, visit