Whether you're a die-hard Lucille Ball fan, or just like to laugh, you'll find something to like at the 2014 Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Aug. 6 to 10 in Jamestown.
Many local residents may already know about the traditional Lucy Town Tours, cemetery tours and the candy wrapping or grape stomping. But there is much more. You can take a class in stand-up comedy, see exhibits, have lunch or dinner and learn about Lucy memorabilia and see performances from some top, young, contemporary comedians.
This year's headliner show with Jay Leno at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is sold out, but there are still tickets remaining for other big name performers. The Stand-Up Showcase on Thursday night at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts features Caroline Rhea, who may be best known as one of the wacky aunts on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Friday night at the Reg you can see Tom Cotter, who you may know as a finalist from America's Got Talent or from NBC's Last Comic Standing.
New this year is the Lucille "Ball" - a Wednesday night party not to be missed. This '50s themed masquerade ball will feature '50s music, all played from vinyl records! It will feature a contest for the best "I Love Lucy" themed costume, appearances by the top Lucy and Ethel impersonators, and much more.
In case you felt the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy could not top its previous festivals, we invite you to participate this year and judge for yourself. There are more events than ever, for both local residents and visitors and they are taking place from morning through late night. Check out the full schedule of events online at www.lucycomedyfest.com.
The Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy is so much more than just a museum. The Chamber is excited to watch their plans for the National Comedy Center unfold in the months and years ahead, and hope you will support all of their exemplary efforts in helping to make Chautauqua County an even greater tourism draw than it already is.
Whispering Giant rededication in Dunkirk Aug. 5
For the past four weeks, Dunkirk's wooden Indian sculpture has been undergoing a major overhaul. Sculptor Peter Wolf Toth, who originally carved the statue in 1973 from an elm tree, has been working on his iconic piece in order to restore it to its original grandeur. Now the work is coming to a conclusion and the sculpture is being reinstalled at its original site next to the water plant. The rededication ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Gina Kron, a board member with the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the drive to have the statue restored and returned to its original site alongside the Dunkirk Harbor. The Dunkirk Community Chamber worked closely with her to help spread the word and raise funds to support this effort.
Sincere thanks go to Kron for her persistence and her work to bring this project to fruition, and to Toth who generously agreed to do the work for free in order to preserve one of his works. His Trail of Whispering Giants includes 74 giant statues in each of the 50 states, as well as Canada and Europe, and is designed to chronicle the epic struggle of all people facing injustice, inhumanity and tyranny.
The Chamber invites you to join in this celebration on Tuesday to rededicate the statue, and thank Toth before he returns to his home in Florida.
Sign up now for the Chamber Golf Tournament
You can still get in a great day of golf with fellow Chamber members at the 2014 Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 14 at Peek n' Peak. Last year's tournament sold out, so the Chamber encourages you to register now!
For the second year in a row, the Chamber is offering its members a fabulous day of golf on the Peek's Upper Course. The Upper Course is a championship caliber, par-72 course, measuring 7,061 yards from the gold tees, with bentgrass greens, fairways and tees for optimum playing conditions. Its unique terrain and natural features, including rolling hills, deep sand bunkers, panoramic views and mature woods, create a spectacular atmosphere and beauty that is unrivaled. The course rates 4.5 out of 5 stars from Golf Digest.
The Chamber Golf Tournament is being sponsored this year by DFT Communications, Community Bank NA, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Cummins, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Fredonia Place, Jamestown Mattress Company, Koester Associates, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, Liazon Corporation, National Grid, National Fuel Gas, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Shults Auto Group and PNC Institutional Investments.
A portion of the proceeds from this annual event benefit the Tom Baressi Scholarship Fund through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
Sign up now to reserve your place! To register now or to get more information, visit the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org, or call 484-1101 or 366-6200.