Comedy, Theater, Nature, History

Its all within a short drive from Lakewood.  See a play, learn about the WNY wildlife, enjoy an evening of comedy, step back in history, have a glass of wine, and still have time to enjoy the Lake!

  • National Comedy Center – Located in Jamestown – just 4 miles from Lakewood!  The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to comedy. The Center will celebrate comedy in all of its forms, educating and engendering in visitors an appreciation for the art form and its artists.
  • Chautauqua Institution – The world famous Chautauqua Institution!  A non-profit education center and summer resort for adults & youth located just 12 miles northwest of Lakewood.  The Chautauqua Institution Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was further designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • Robert H. Jackson Center – A historical center located in Jamestown and dedicated to the life and legacy of Robert H. Jackson. The Robert H. Jackson Center was established in 2001 with the mission to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law, as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, US Supreme Court Justice, and Chief US Prosecutor at Nuremberg.
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History – Roger Tory Peterson was an American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, and held to be one of the founding inspirations for the 20th-century environmental movement.  The Institute is located in Jamestown, NY
  • Audubon Community Nature Center – The Audubon Community Nature Center is a 600-acre wetland preserve that includes over five miles of trails, a native tree arboretum, picnic areas, a natural play space, and educational gardens for you to explore daily from dawn until dusk. You can visit Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her enclosure near the building. Public programs, animal ambassadors, and docents may also be available to enrich your experience
  • Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown – Jamestown’s Community Theatre celebrating the performing arts through live theater, entertainment,education, and community involvement.  New York State’s longest running Community theatre.
  • WRFA – 107.9 – WRFA is a listener supported, non-commercial, low power FM radio station provided as a public service by the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Broadcast at 107.9 FM in Jamestown, NY.  Rolling Hills Radio – The popular live music and radio broadcast concert series, Rolling Hills Radio with Ken Hardley features regional and national acts and is hosted by musician Ken Hardley. The show is recorded live each month in Jamestown, N.Y. Broadcast on WRFA every Friday 6 PM.
  • WBFO – 88.7 – Buffalo’s NPR News Station
  • Infinity Visual and Performing Arts – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is a multifaceted, innovative music and arts education program located in Jamestown, NY. The Infinity concept was developed as an opportunity for aspiring young musicians to develop and enhance their creative talents and performance skills under the supervision and guidance of local, professional musicians and educators.
  • Jamestown Concert Association – Since 1934, the Jamestown Concert Association has presented professional performing artists to the Jamestown area. In the beginning musicians were selected by an organization called Community Music in NYC.  With growth, a decision was made to forge a new path and have total ownership of the music brought into the region. In 1958, the JCA was incorporated and began having direct contact with musicians and their agents. Since then our mission has been to create and foster, through a non-profit plan, a series of concerts each season by professional artists on a strictly non-profit educational and civic basis. JCA proudly present six concerts each year from October to May and work year-round to ensure this community receives big-city talent in a small town.
  • 1891 Fredonia Opera House – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a year-round performing arts center which presents touring artists of the highest quality in theater, dance, music and other performance genres as well as a Cinema Series with a focus on independent and foreign films.  Located at 9 Church Street. PO Box 384, Fredonia, NY 14063. Phone: (716)-679-0891 (Admin Office)
  •  The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts  – Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is at the heart of the arts and cultural district in Jamestown NY. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events including live concerts, movies, ballet, orchestras, gallery shows and more. The center includes a 1,165 seat historic theater, a 60 seat studio theater, 3rd On 3rd Art Gallery and WRFA-LP 107.9 FM low power community radio station. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events, workshops, gallery shows and is utilized by many community organizations. Located at 116 East Third Street, Jamestown, NY 14701. Phone:  Main Office: (716) 664-2465.  
  • Rockefeller Arts Center – The mission of Rockefeller Arts Center is to encourage, facilitate, sponsor and promote high quality events in the fine and performing arts for the benefit of students and the community at large; to support academic arts departments and other users of the facilities by providing operational, technical, public relations, marketing and fund raising support for performances and exhibits in the Center.  Located at State University of New York at Fredonia.  Fredonia, NY 14063.  Phone: (716) 673-3217
  • North Shore Arts Alliance – The NSAA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit co-operative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County, New York. NSAA fosters an environment where art strengthens our County’s image, economic vitality, and quality of life. North Shore Art Alliance, PO Box 233,Fredonia, NY 14063. Phone:  (716)-665-1221
  • Portage Hill Art Gallery – Portage Hill Gallery was first opened in 1982 as a venue to showcase the artwork of Audrey Kay Dowling and many of the fine artists from the Chautauqua region. Since its beginnings in the parlor of her 1830s Greek Revival home, the gallery has grown to represent the regional and national work of over 100 artists in three rooms of the house, including a dedicated gallery space added in 1995.  Portage Hill Gallery, 6439 South Portage Road, Westfield, NY 14787, Phone: 716-326-4478.
  • The Station Art Gallery & Studio of Katherine Galbraith – In May, 2013 she opened The Station Art Gallery & Studio of Katherine Galbraith, located in the restored New York Central Passenger Depot in Westfield, NY.  There, Katherine has hosted Plein Air Westfield during the summer months.  She continues to teach workshops in portraiture and plein air painting.  In 2015 Katherine received and accepted an invitation to serve on the board of Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution, a highly regarded steering committee for the arts in the Chautauqua community.  Located at 11 English Street,  Westfield, NY 14787.  Phone:  (770) 366-1448.
  • Panama Rocks – Panama Rocks is Chautauqua County’s premier nature park, in operation since 1885. Come explore an enchanting world of towering rocks, deep crevices and passageways, cool, cavernous dens, and small caves! The rock formations are a unique outcrop of 300 million years old quartz conglomerate sedimentary rock that extend about half a mile and reach upwards of 60 feet tall – one of the largest of its kind in the world!
  • Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veteran’s Museum  – Located on the shores of Lake Erie in Dunkirk, NY at Point Gratiot.  The Point is home to the Dunkirk Beach, a U.S. Coast Guard Naval Reserve Station, and the historic Point Gratiot Park.
  • Grape Discovery Center – The Grape Discovery Center is the official Visitor’s Center for the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, designated a New York State Heritage Area in 2006. Developed by the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, it seeks to be an experiential destination that supports and promotes the grape industry through sharing stories and engaging, educating and informing the public about all things grape. Located at 8305 West Main Road, Westfield NY 14787.  Phone:  (716) 326-2003.
  • Lake Erie Wine County – Lake Erie Wine Country is located between Harborcreek, Pennsylvania and Silver Creek, New York. With only a handful of stop lights from beginning to end, your drive through almost 50 miles of vineyards in Lake Erie Wine Country will transport you to a bygone era, where people are friendly, and sleepy, quaint Victorian towns are calm and inviting. Along the way you’ll enjoy stopping at any or all of our 23 wineries to sip, swirl and savor the true taste of our region.  Phone:  (877) 326-6561.
  • Chautauqua County Visitor’s Guide – The guide to what is happening in Chautauqua County!