Monthly Archives: September 2010

The official 2010 Chautauqua Institution season may have ended with the ceremonial three taps of the gavel August 29th, but the Institution in fall has a beauty all its own. And while walking the grounds is a great way to enjoy the quiet, subtle allure of the grounds, there are programs and events that extend into the cooler months as well. Key among them is the Farm to Table Dinner, held in c...
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It's a sunny 85 degrees in Westfield this afternoon, and it should be a beautiful night to walk down to the Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library for the opening night reception for a new exhibit entitled "Good Neighbor: Images of Amish Life in Chautauqua County", featuring the work of Robert Russell Keller. Tonight's reception runs from 7 - 9 p.m. and the exhibit will be open through October 1...
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There is a mesmerizing rhythm to the vineyards in Westfield and the greater Chautauqua area when you pass them in your car. Row after row of seemingly endless vines pass by fast, almost too fast. One way to slow it all down and still get the effect? Bikes. Lake Country Bikes just down Route 20 in North East, PA has mapped out some great bike routes that take cyclists of all abilities throug...
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You can see that we've done a little painting and re-arranged the furniture since you were here last, thanks to the support of the Town and Village of Westfield and a lot of volunteer hours. We've added new useful functions like the real estate listings and business listings. We've added a community blog that will be updated frequently with new content, and which you can follow on the Facebook...
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Trucks loaded with grape bins are on the roads and it’s the time of year when we’re reminded that grapes are a genuine economic engine in Westfield and in the region. The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area Association recently completed a Management Plan that has some interesting figures about the actual annual economic impact of grapes in Chautauqua County. The most recent figures are from ...
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The Patterson Library is a great community resource. A comprehensive collection of books, videos, magazines and reference materials complemented by outstanding local history resources, a forward-looking emphasis on technology and a full range of community programs for people of all ages – all housed in a beautiful building in the Beaux-Arts Classicist style. With everything the Library offers,...
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The typical MLS real estate listing is filled with useful information: square footage, number of bedrooms, asking price, etc. For select commercial properties in Westfield, the Westfield Development Corporation (WDC) offers another piece of information that it’s difficult to put a price on: ideas. Through the WDC’s Property Visioning initiative, the full potential of a listed commercial p...
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There is a rhythm to Saturday mornings in Westfield, centered largely around Moore Park and the Farmers Market. The market, now in its fifth season, has been embraced by Westfield and the greater Chautauqua community and it’s difficult to imagine Saturday mornings without it. It is one more example of what can happen when dedicated volunteers nurture a great idea. The market has grown over...
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The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail is a model of cooperation and, increasingly, a model of innovation as well. Case in point: the newly opened Sensory Winery and Art Gallery just a few miles down Route 20 in Ripley, which features local artists and a fresh take on local wines. Kevin Daughrity, owner/chef at Quincy Cellars (located just across the street) takes his Quality without Question vis...
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