Bemus Point’s Annual Three-Day Fall Fest Begins Today

BEMUS POINT – Even though Labor Day has passed, there is still plenty to do in the village of Bemus Point.

The lakeside community, which is well-known for its summer activities, will be hosting its annual three-day Fall Fest that starts today. The Bemus Point retailers host the event by decorating village streets with fall themes like corn and scarecrows. Activities planned include a petting zoo, pony rides and more.

Carol Skillman, owner of Skillmans, which is located at 9 Main St., said there will be discounts at many businesses and restaurants in the village.

”Everyone has a bowl of leaves, and when you purchase an item you get to pick a leaf. The leaves contain discounts from 5-50 percent off. That is a fun aspect of the Fall Fest,” she said. ”At the restaurants, you might get a leaf that says, ‘free drink’ or a ‘bag of chips.”’

Some of the shops involved in the fall festival include Bemus Bay Children’s Shoppe, Bemus Point Pottery, Imagine, Lakeside Cottage Shoppe, McChesney’s Farm Market, Petals & Twigs, The Spotted Canary, Six Main Gifts and Skillmans. Restaurants participating in the fall festival include Bemus Point Inn, Bemus Point Golf Club, Bemus Point Market, Coppola’s Pizzeria, Guppy’s Tavern, Italian Fisherman, See-Zurh House, The Village Casino and Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn.

”There will also be a book signing. Fletcher ‘Ned’ Ward who wrote the book ‘Saving Chautauqua’s Muskies’ will be doing a book signing,” Skillman said. ”At the Musky Mall (which is along Albertus Street), there will be a petting zoo and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

There will also be a farmers’ market with homemade pies, cookies, jams, fresh produce, mums and pumpkins. Celebrate autumn by finding candles, wreaths, recipe books, gourmet foods and decorations for the fall season throughout village businesses. Many of the businesses are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Skillman said one reason the fall festival was started was to make sure people know businesses are still open despite the summer almost being over.

”People think places around the lake must be closed, but everything is still open,” she said. ”We are celebrating fall, but it is a reminder that things are still going on around here.”