Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the sweet sounds of marching band music taking center stage at Strider Field today. The Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band will hold its annual Fall Festival of Bands at 6:30 p.m. today at Strider Field. Participating bands include Eisenhower, Bradford, Wellsville, Falconer, West Seneca, Lancaster, Jamestown, Medina, Orchard Park and Westminster College. Admission is $5 presale, $6 at the door. Typically, marching bands provide a soundtrack for high school football – but members of each of the area’s high school bands are featured performers in their own right. Tonight’s show is an opportunity for the public to see the next generation of musical talent take the field.

A related thumbs up to the Bemus Point Fall Festival, which began Friday and continues today and Sunday. Many of the tourists may have gone home, but many of the small businesses throughout the area remain open year-round. Bemus Point retailers began the fall festival as a way to remind people that Bemus Point retailers are just as ready to celebrate the cold, windy days of autumn as they are the hot, dry days of summer.

We also note with a thumbs up the grand opening of the Grape Discovery Center a mile west of Westfield on Route 20. A grand opening held Friday gave visitors and tourists the opportunity to learn the history of the grape-growing business in the area with exhibits of the Concord grape and its cultivation from its beginning. Keeping local brands from area businesses also are a priority at the center, which features wines and juices at the facility. The center has regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.