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Celebrate the season with the Presidents Day Winter Weekend Festival

February 11, 2016
By Todd J. Tranum - President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southe , Westfield Republican

So far our winter season has been hit or miss, but no matter what the weather brings the annual Presidents' Day Weekend Winter Festival will have something for everyone! Without enough ice cover on Chautauqua Lake there will be no ice castle this year. Even without that centerpiece there is still plenty to offer during the three day event from February 12-14 at Lakeside Park in Mayville.

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work for many months lining up a full slate of activities, games, and vendors for this fun-filled weekend! There will be food and craft vendors, horse drawn rides, Rainbow the Clown, a Lego Creation building contest, a Chili Cook-off, and lots more. If the weather conditions are right there will also be snowmobile rides, a "Polar Plunge" to benefit the local food pantry, cold water rescue demonstration, a snowball distance throwing contest, a snowmobile flare parade, and a giant snow slide. The festival fireworks display is set for 8pm, Saturday, February 13.

We encourage you to don some winter gear and head to Mayville to celebrate this season and take part in some of these great activities! If you are able to volunteer during the festival they are always in need of help with many aspects of the event including games, parking, setup and cleanup. If you would like to get involved, please call the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber at 753-3113.

To learn more about the festival or to see their full schedule of events check out their website at Our congratulations, in advance, to all of the organizers for another tremendous year of this great Winter Festival!

Chamber/MAST offices in Jamestown moving

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be moving its Jamestown office into temporary quarters during the coming week. The Chamber and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier offices have been located in the Manufacturing Technology Institute building at Jamestown Community College. With reconstruction and expansion slated to begin shortly at MTI@JCC, the Chamber/MAST offices are being temporarily relocated to the JCC Annex building, the former elementary school between Second and Falconer Streets across from Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.

On Friday, February 12, the Chamber's office in Jamestown will be closed to facilitate this move. For the next several months the Chamber/MAST staff in Jamestown will work from temporary offices on the main floor of the JCC Annex Building, closest to the corner of Falconer and Curtis Streets. Visitors to our office are encouraged to use the parking lot off Falconer Street and the building entrance off Falconer nearest to Curtis. The ramp from the parking lot will accommodate visitors who need handicapped access. Chamber and MAST signs will be posted so that visitors can easily find our offices in the temporary space.

We are very fortunate to be co-located with Jamestown Community College both in Jamestown and in Dunkirk. These office locations have allowed us to develop a genuine partnership with a fine educational institution and that has been beneficial to both our organization and theirs as we work together on a variety of issues including workforce development, technology training, and student recruitment into classes offered through MTI@JCC.

We look forward to the expansion of the MTI@JCC building and are excited to be part of the planning process with JCC as this new space comes together. When we move back into MTI@JCC several months from now our office space will be brand new, while the building will also include additional classroom and manufacturing training space. Our departure now will allow the contractors better access to the construction area and will hopefully pave the way for a smooth project for all concerned.

We are deeply grateful to the entire staff at JCC for assisting us with this temporary move. The Administration and the Buildings and Grounds crew have been very helpful to us and we thank them for their service and their support.

There will be no disruption in telephone service during the move and Chamber/MAST staff will do everything possible to respond to inquiries, member calls, and emails during this time. Only the Jamestown office is affected by this move and it will be closed for one day only, Friday, February 12. When our offices re-open following the Presidents Day Weekend, the temporary office will be up and running in the JCC Annex. The Chamber's mailing address in Jamestown will remain the same at 512 Falconer Street. The Dunkirk location is not affected by the move and will remain at the JCC North County Training Center.

Chamber networking at the Reg Lenna set for Feb. 18

Put some fun into your mid-winter and get an up close and personal look at one of the architectural treasures of our region! Join your fellow Chamber of Commerce members for an Experience Chautauqua Networking Event at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 East Third Street, Jamestown. This event will be held Thursday, February 18 from 5-6:30pm ON THE STAGE at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. You will be networking with other Chamber members right on the stage as you get the performers' eye view of this beautifully restored historic theater. Theater tours will be available, along with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, and remember to bring your business card to be entered for door prize drawings.

This extraordinary networking event is sponsored by the Observer, The Post-Journal, Star Media Group, and WJTN/SE-93/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. The cost to attend is just $10 for pre-registered Chamber of Commerce members or $12 for non-registered members. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or sign up online at



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