Entertainment

Opera House to present free talk on Victorian Mourning customs

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues its new series of free-admission local history lectures when it presents Victorian Mourning Practices this Thursday at 7 p.m. Victorian Mourning Practices is the fourth of seven multimedia presentations that will be presented over the course of this ...

Jazz performance set at Mayville’s Lakeside Park

This Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the smooth sounds of songwriter and jazz crooner Barbara Jean will fill Lakeside Park, located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake along Route 394 in the village of Mayville. Barbara Jean has been performing for many years, having performed with the original ...

Local author publishes first book

A local author has published her first children’s book. Katherine Lydon Wollaston, of Fredonia, spent over two years writing “Heart of Gold.” This is a tale of Ireland during the Irish potato famine, revolving around an impoverished family facing starvation and eviction. The young ...

Kokomo Time Band to perform on Cassadaga’s floating stage

CASSADAGA — Back by popular demand, Kokomo Time Band will be performing on Cassadaga’s floating stage on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 5-7 p.m. With an “old school” look to match the sound, the Kokomo Time Band is a family friendly, fun band playing oldies from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. ...

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Boundaries’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Boundaries,” starring Christopher Plummer. It will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mom living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others and animals before ...

Local artist accepted into the Cooperstown exhibition

Local artist Robert Harrington Sr. of Dunkirk recently had the honor of having his egg tempera painting accepted for the 83rd annual Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibition. Selected from more than 500 entries the exhibit was represented by 120 artists from 21 states and ...

Blue Mule Band to play at Mayville Thursday

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — Musical group The Blue Mule Band are the featured performers for this Thursday’s Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series performance. The concert will be held at Lakeside Park in Mayville, located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake and will run ...

Rolling Hills Radio at Chautauqua Institution Sunday

CHAUTAUQUA — As part of its “summer on the road,” Rolling Hills Radio with Ken Hardley will present Joe Crookston and Todd Burge on the Amphitheater stage at the Chautauqua Institution at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. Hardley notes that this concert is an excellent opportunity to hear these ...

Langford truck, tractor pull expands to two days

NORTH COLLINS — The small hamlet of Langford is going to be the focus of the truck and tractor pulling world. The National Tractor Pullers Association Grand National Circuit is visiting New York and will bring the most powerful motorsport competition vehicles in the world to town. The ...

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the indie darling “Heart Beat Loud,” starring Nick Offerman and newcomer Kiersey Clemons. It will be screened this Saturday, and Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record ...

Shakespeare in the park

This Thursday’s performance of the 2018 Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series will feature a special evening of Shakespeare. Taking place at Lakeside Park in the village of Mayville from 6:30-8 p.m., the Chautauqua Institution’s Chautauqua Theater Company will perform William ...

3rd on 3rd Gallery to open Myjtownny Instagram photo show

JAMESTOWN — The newly relocated and renovated 3rd on 3rd Gallery at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts officially opens with the Myjtownny photography show. The gallery will open July 31 and hold a free public reception on August 3 at 5:30 p.m. Curator Debra Eck says, “Every year during the ...

Fredonia native to make an appearance during reunion

Dr. Rayna M. Gangi, author of more than 15 books in multiple genres, will return to Fredonia Thursday, Aug. 2, for her 50th class reunion from Fredonia High School. Dr. Gangis newest book, “Humanity, An American Memoir,” tells her story, and chronicles the lives of family, friends, and ...

Christian Carlson Memorial Concert Saturday

SOUTH DAYTON —The small village of South Dayton will be transformed into a musical destination as the Christian Carlson Memorial Concert and Street Festival takes place Saturday, July 28. Created by friends and family in memory of Christian Carlson, a South Dayton native who passed away ...

Rustic Ramblers making the rounds

MAYVILLE — The July 26 performance of the 2018 Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series will feature the traditional country sound of the band “Rustic Ramblers.” Taking place at Lakeside Park located on the shores of scenic Chautauqua Lake in the Village of Mayville, the concert ...

Opera House Cinema Series to Screen ‘Book Club’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the summer hit comedy “Book Club,” starring Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen. It will be screened on Saturday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Four lifelong friends’ (Keaton, Fonda, ...

22nd annual Laurel Run takes place July 20 and 21

Special to the OBSERVER Hundreds of people will come together later this week in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities when the 22nd annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk takes place. The event was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor ...

The Wretched Group returns for two shows

The Wretched Group will be returning to the area to perform two live rock and roll shows this summer on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. The band members invite everyone to join them on the evening of Thursday, Aug 2 at Rookies on the Lake in Dunkirk. The music will start at 8:30 p.m., immediately ...

Dave Golando’s Big Band to perform on the Cassadaga Floating Stage

On Sunday, July 15, Dave Golando’s 16-piece Big Band will perform on the Cassadaga Floating Stage from 5-7 p.m. The Dave Golando Big Band consists of some of the area’s finest jazz musicians and has been performing throughout WNY for more than a decade. They entertain audiences with a ...