Make it Mayville: The Floating Stage Returns

Dan Dalpra standing on the floating stage. The stage is being completed by Jamestown Awning.

Community Writer
Joni Blackman

Imagine sitting by the beautiful shore of Chautauqua Lake on a warm summer evening, with your family and friends, enjoying your favorite music. You don’t have to imagine it – you can do it! The popular and greatly missed Chautauqua Lake Pops floating stage is back!

Chautauqua Lake Pops is the new, expanded version of the Bemus Bay Pops. It has been an attraction on Chautauqua Lake for twenty years. The opening night is Saturday, June 29. The new permanent location is in Mayville across from the Lakeview Hotel and Restaurant, behind the trolley building. The new location allows for expanded seating, more parking and other infrastructure improvements. While Dan Dalpra, founder and Chairman of the not-for-profit organization, was saddened the venue was not able to continue in Bemus Point, Mayville is a great location.

The classy electric golf cart limousine used to ferry guests around the Chautauqua pops area of Mayville. Driven by chauffeur Joanie.

Through a collaboration of individuals, municipalities, sponsors and supporters the floating stage will bring thousands of long time fans and new friends to Mayville starting June 29 with a Journey Tribute Band. The family friendly performance venue has a jam packed season of tribute bands, country music series, and M&T sponsored Tuesday night movies. The popular Praise On The Lake will return too. The schedule has something for everyone. Along with the affordable ticket prices of $15 for bring your own seat and $20 for seats provided, there are many food options along Route 394 near the concert stage. The season runs through August 31st culminating with a Symphony Orchestra and Michael Buble tribute. Fireworks are also planned for the closing night.

Mr. Dalpra stated, “the Pops has generated over $14 million for the community, County and State each season.” The information can be found on the organization’s website Dalpra expects the same to happen in the new location with the expected growth and range of opportunities.

The Mayville lighthouse with the Chautauqua Pops in the background.

He went on to add, “the arts are the common thread that connects all of us. Like Jimmy Buffet, the Pops are a state of mind.” According to Dalpra there was an outpouring of concern and questions about the organization’s plans when it was shut down a year ago. The organization’s Facebook page received 34,000 messages from loyal fans, both locally and nationally, asking for information about the future of the venue. Some fans were even planning on changing their retirement plans if the organization was not going to be on Chautauqua Lake. Now that’s impact!

The organization is a not-for-profit and depends on ticket sales, grants and sponsors to be successful. The list of sponsors is long and diverse. There are options for individuals and businesses, of all sizes, to contribute. They can be found on the website.

This summer, I encourage you to plan on spending a few beautiful nights under the stars enjoying some of your favorite music along the shores of our County’s number one attraction.