2016 August

The Stickers Are Back!

National recording artist The Stickers are back again to get everyone “Countrified” at the second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo after party on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville.

“We had a blast last year in Chautauqua,” said John Wodarek, bass player and middle brother of the band. “It is a beautiful area and we met some great people. Our shows are about having fun, and Chautauqua brought that. Chautauqua County is beautiful.”

The band enjoys the area so much that they even vacationed here recently.

“During some down time this summer we came out and spent some time fishing and having fun on the lake,” said Wodarek. “The people are awesome, and you can’t get better scenery.”

The Stickers’ hit single, “Countrified” has been on the airwaves for the past year, reaching as high as #33 on the Music Row Charts. The song was even featured on the hit primetime ABC television show, “Nashville.”

“The ‘Nashville’ TV show experience was surreal,” Wodarek said. “Getting a call from the ‘Nashville’ production team was a huge deal to us… So many good things are happening with our music.”

Their new single, “Ain’t Nothin’ Better” has made the list of most added radio songs at the end of June. Their continued success has put them in venues such as a the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a NASCAR race, a AAA baseball stadium, and even Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

“It doesn’t matter what the event is, we have the same goal every night we play: to go on stage and entertain the folks that give us their time and attention,” said Wodarek. “We want people to come out and have a good time. Leave the trials and tribulations of daily life and enjoy. If we can do that, we did our job. And we like to have fun while we’re doing it.”

The Stickers are comprised of five members, including three brothers: Joe, lead singer and youngest; Jim, drummer and oldest; and John on bass guitar. Jay Casper is on the keyboards and Mike Ofca rounds out the band on guitar. The band originated in Pennsylvania, and stays true to their roots by performing all over that state each year. The guys are known for their engaging, down-to-earth personalities. The drummer and oldest brother, Jim, is even a black belt in Ninjutsu, which means that he is a ninja. When asked if the brothers can coax their oldest sibling to show his stuff on stage at a show, John replied: “We have been trying to get him to do that, but he is very humble about his skills. Maybe if Chautauqua gets loud enough we can convince him to show us his moves!”

Last year the tent area behind Webb’s Captain’s Table was a great, lively, and family-friendly place to be. People were dancing, bobbing their heads, and enjoying the music while having a good time.

“We love to see the reactions of fans to our material: that is the best. If we can move someone with music, we know we did something right,” said Wodarek. “We want people to come out and have a great time. Get loud. Let loose. Sing along, dance, whatever you want to enjoy the music.”

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The Stickers performing at the 2015 Chautauqua Gran Fondo.

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The Stickers performing at the 2015 Chautauqua Gran Fondo.

The second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo event is set for Saturday, Aug. 27. The Stickers are headlining the after party, with Deb & the Dynamics to open the show. For more information, or to register, contact Venn Blakely at 716-753-6290, or visit www.ChautauquaGranFondo.com to register online.

“Let’s set an attendance record this year,” Wodarek said. “The party area has a roof, so come out rain or shine and we will guarantee a good time for all!”

Meet The Opening Act: Deb & the Dynamics

New to the Chautauqua Gran Fondo event this year is Florida-centered band Deb & the Dynamics. Making the trek all the way up north to Chautauqua Lake, Deb Biela, can’t be more excited about this adventure.

“Any time we get a chance to take a road trip we’re all on it, Biela said. “It brings the band closer together and we look at it as a group vacation, as well as getting a chance to perform in front of a whole new audience that had never heard us.”

This seven-piece soulful band has been heating up stages in Southwest Florida since 2004. The Dynamics are made up of Biela (bass), Dan Keady (guitar), Don Hulgas (saxophone, percussion), Newt Cole (saxophone, percussion), Michael Baer (keyboard), Matthew Rongstad (saxophone, flute), and Willie Miller (drums). The band has consistently been voted best local band every year, and are known as the hardest working band in the Southwest Florida area.

When asked what the secret to a fun performance is, Biela replied, “When you know everything is sounding good, the band is on, and the people are into it… I want people to walk away happy and for a short time forget any problems they may be having.”


Biela has been playing since age 16, finding herself on the same bill as Etta James, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Allman Brothers, and Buddy Guy. The rest of the bands resumes are similar. Don Hulgas, horn player, got to play with the 19050s band The Del Vikings at a Doo Wop festival, and even blew the horn solo for the famous song “Come and Go With Me” that night. Newt Cole’s band Newt and the Salamanders opened for the Average White Band. Willie Miller, drummer, toured for four years as the drummer for JP Miles, the opening act for Patti LaBelle, where he shared the stage with Blues icons such as Johnny Taylor, Bobby Womack, and even B.B. King.

This dynamic seven-piece soulful band plays off of the crowd, and enjoys the spontaneity of the performance.

“It’s all about how I’m feeling at the time. I never write a set list for that reason, Biela said. “You never know who you’re going to be playing in front of.”


One thing is for certain: Deb & the Dynamics are ready for a party when they arrive on the lake for the second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo event on Saturday, August 27, located at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY.

Gran Fondo Adds Corporate Challenge Promotion

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — The second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo event has a new dimension to it this year with the addition of a corporate challenge promotion.

Area businesses are encouraged to form a team to promote employee wellness, team spirit and community pride. The team that raises the most dollars with receive recognition on stage at the after party at Webb’s Captain’s Table, a photo opportunity with one of the bands, as well as the opportunity to select one of the charities for next year’s event. All riders who participated in the Corporate Challenge will receive a 50 percent discount off the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo registration fee.

Donna Breen, executive administrator at Century 21 Turner Brokers, has organized a team for the Corporate Challenge and said she is hoping that this is the beginning of a yearly tradition for her co-workers.

“I went last year and was impressed. This year we wanted to participate to help bring more bodies to the event,” Breen said. “It’s a team building experience: office camaraderie. Out of the office, out of the grind, and just having fun with each other.”

Teams can also participate in the Muskie Madness competition, which is designed to promote the pride of Chautauqua Lake and its heritage. Costumes should reflect the area in some fun and creative way. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes, unique uniforms, or the most entertaining bike style. For more details, visit the website at ChautauquaGranFondo.com/MuskieMadness.


A participant of the 2015 Chautauqua Gran Fondo sports a fun helmet decoration.


Each team should consist of five or more riders, each of whom will receive a $5 discount on their registration fee. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome. Teams are welcome to share their experience along the bicycle routes through their Instagram feeds. Whether it’s a silly selfie or a shot of someone’s favorite scene, the winners of the social media contest will receive a special gift after the event.

“I am thrilled with the registration numbers that we are already realizing with still four weeks to go,” said Michelle Turner, vice-president of sales and marketing at the Chautauqua Region Development Corporation. “We have attracted interest not only from within Chautauqua County, but from tourists attending from distances as far as Ontario, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and even beyond.”

The second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo is set for Saturday, Aug. 27. The cycling tour kicks off at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Mayville. An after party featuring live music, lunch and refreshments at Webb’s Captain’s Table will follow the cycling event. For more information, or to register, contact Venn Blakely at 753-6290 or visitwww.ChautauquaGranFondo.com to register online.

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