Changing With The Season

For the first time so far this winter I went sledding, and it was awesome.

For a while there we had quite the accumulation, which made for some amazing slopes. So, I’m glad I had a chance to get outside before much of the snow melted. The laughs and smiles that the experience produced reminded me of why it’s a blessing to have four seasons.

Each season in Chautauqua County is very distinct. They all offer the opportunity for unique experiences both indoors and outdoors. As a journalist I get to cover many of those experiences, including the upcoming Chautauqua’s Got Talent competition. I recently interviewed Angelo Giuffre, of Big Time Productions, and wrote a feature, which is also featured on this page, about auditions for the upcoming competition. And, I’ll be attending each night’s performances to provide the readers of The Post-Journal with coverage of the event.

That reminds me of another competition that I cover, which occurs during the summer, that for the past nine years has been called “Chautauqua Lake Idol.” However, as of Jan. 1, the competition will henceforth be known as “SE93’s Chautauqua Lake Voices” singing competition. Andrew Hill, director of operations and programming stated in a recent release, “We are simply changing the name and giving it a fresh new look,” and that it will continue at the Bemus Bay Pops Floating Stage in Bemus Point. The competition’s10th anniversary is slated for the coming summer, and I’ll likely be back out in Bemus Point to provide coverage again.

But, in the meantime I’m going to continue to enjoy the new album I just received from Christopher Bell, of Jamestown. I first met Bell in 2011 at a show he had at Ellicottville Brewing Company West in Fredonia. Back then he was just releasing “Win Peter Winters,” an album that featured Bell on vocals, cello, viola, violin, banjo, percussion and glockenspiel. That album was neat because it told the story of a man’s journey to get his wife back after she was taken from him by a sudden illness. The album was inspired by Bell’s experiences while canoeing, walking and biking between venues while on tour. He also recorded the album in strange places such as in a bank, in Suburban Blend and in his own home. So, as you can imagine I was very interested in hearing the material from his new album, “From Here To There,” which will be released on Tuesday. Check out next Thursday’s edition for the interview I’ll be holding with him about the release.

And, now for this week’s Highlights and Happenings.


In Our Back Yard-Live! To Feature Smackdab and Cindy Haight: Live from Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room,” Smackdab and Cindy Haight will perform on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The show, which is hosted by area performing artist Bill Ward, will feature two local acts. Smackdab, a modern soul and funk band from Jamestown, will be presenting a rare unplugged performance for IOBY Live. Haight, a solo artist who has been performing around the East Coast for more than two decades, will also play some tunes.

Free tickets may be reserved by calling 665-4490 or by emailing Trinity Guitars is located at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information search for “In Our Back Yard-Live!” on Facebook.

Doc & Bill To Host Old-Style Hootenanny At Infinity Arts Cafe Jan. 18: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Cafe will be the site of a 1960s-style hootenanny on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m.

The event will be hosted by the local folk music duo, Doc & Bill. Admission is free, and people of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, as are those who simply want to enjoy the experience of hearing others sing and play.

Infinity is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit

Lakewood Library To Display Work Of Local Artist: Beginning with a reception tonight from 5-7 p.m., the Lakewood Memorial Library will host the work of fiber artist Lynn Kinnear through Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The exhibit will feature many of the doilies that she has created over the past 12 years. Viewing hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Lakewood Memorial Library is located at 12 W. Summit St. in Lakewood. For more information call 763-6234 or visit

Local Photographer To Have First Exhibit At Prendergast Library: Linda S. Kennedy, of Jamestown, will show her photographs at the James Prendergast Library art gallery from Friday through Friday, Feb. 8.

Kennedy’s show, entitled “As I See It,” features many photographs she captured while she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Most of the pictures were taken in Jamestown and Chautauqua County.

Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The James Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7135 or visit


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Claire Stuczynski: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Empty Pint, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

Teacher, Preachers and Trent Concert: 7 p.m., Jamestown High School, 350 E. Second St. in Jamestown. Benefit concert for an after-grad substance-free party.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.


The Untouchables: 7-11 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood. Open to members and guests. Dinner menu will be available.


Opera House Cinema Series To Screen “Flight”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Smokehouse: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Thee Audience with Slow Motion Breakdown: 10 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.


Opera House Cinema Series To Screen “Flight”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.