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Tim Hortons to Provide Coffee at Registration

(Jamestown, NY) — Cyclists are welcome to enjoy a complimentary cup of fresh, Tim Hortons coffee during the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo event registration at Webb’s Resort in Mayville, NY, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year proceeds will support the Royal Family Kid’s Camp, Western New York Kidney Connection and for the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

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Chef’s of Buffalo Coming to the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — Cyclists of the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo are invited to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch provided by Chef’s To Go of Buffalo at the after party on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 11am – 2pm.   

This iconic, gourmet food truck is a WNY icon with a menu for the healthiest appetite. All cyclists will be provided a choice of Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Parmesan, or Stuffed Shells as well as a bottle of water, a slice of fresh bread with butter and a mini cannoli for dessert. Meatballs will also be available if cyclists would like to add them to their meal.  

 

The 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo cycling event will start and finish at Webb’s Resort in Mayville, NY and will feature a family-friendly after-party including a picnic lunch, draft beer and refreshments in addition to live entertainment.

Family and friends who did not participate in the cycling event are welcome to attend. There is no cost for general admission, however a donation box will be located at the main gate with with proceeds from the event to benefit: Royal Family Kid’s Camp, WNY Kidney Foundation and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund. 

For sponsorship or volunteer inquiries, please call 716-661-8906 or email info@chautauquagranfondo.com.

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Register Early for a Chance to Win!

(JAMESTOWN, NY)— The Chautauqua Gran Fondo has teamed up with Webb’s Cottage Collection of Mayville, NY, to promote early registrations for the third annual event to take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Cyclists who register for the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo throughout the month of April will be automatically entered to win a ceramic travel mug and a $10 gift certificate for coffee or tea courtesy of Webb’s Cottage Collection— a gourmet coffee house and gift shop located in Mayville, New York.

 

 

One winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Tuesday, May 2.

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Water Street Brass to Provide Finishing Medals for 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — The Chautauqua Gran Fondo has proudly partnered with Water Street Brass of Lakewood, NY, on the development of a finishing medal for all cyclists who cross the finish line at Webb’s Captain’s Table during the 2017 event slated for Saturday, August 26, 2017.

“We are thrilled to partner with this unique team of artisans to add a little more flair to our Chautauqua Proud finish line. Each rider, no matter which route they enjoyed or how long the ride took to complete, will receive this locally-crafted souvenir to commemorate this great accomplishment.”   

Participants of the third annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo cycling event will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and it’s surrounding historic destinations on one of four scenic routes. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in the fun. There will plenty of rest stops, photo ops and full SAG support on the road. A  family-friendly after-party, featuring lunch, refreshments and live music at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant in Mayville, NY will take place immediately following ride. 

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year proceeds will support the Royal Family Kid’s Camp, Western New York Kidney Connection and for the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

To register for the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call 716-661-8906 or email info@chautauquagranfondo.com.


Calling Area Cheerleading Teams

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — On Saturday, August 26, 2017, area cheerleading teams are invited to share their team spirt in celebration of the Chautauqua Gran Fondo cyclists as they cross the finish line at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY.

All volunteers are welcome to stay for the after party at Webb’s Captain’s Table which includes a picnic, refreshments and live entertainment. Lunch for participating cheer teams will be provided.

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year proceeds will support the Royal Family Kid’s Camp, Western New York Kidney Connection and for the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund.

Each cheer team will be asked to participate in cheering riders at the finish line, encouraging riders to ring the celebratory bell, awarding medals to all riders and directing riders to the recovery tent located near the main gate of the after-party.

“This year, we want to be sure all riders, no matter which route they chose or how long they took to finish, to receive a Chautauqua Proud welcome at the finish line. We believe the added celebration, along with the beautiful scenery and challenges found along our routes,  will make the Chautauqua Gran Fondo a standout experience for our participants.”

For questions regarding the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo or to volunteer, please call 716-661-8906 or email info@chautauquagranfondo.com.

About the Chautauqua Gran Fondo: Participants of this annual event will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and it’s surrounding historic destinations on one of 4 scenic routes. There will plenty of rest stops, photo ops and full SAG support on the road. The tour will culminate with a Chautauqua Proud celebration at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant in Mayville, NY. In addition to lunch and refreshments, this family-friendly celebration will feature live music and more!


Announcing our 2017 Charities

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — The third-annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to support the Royal Family Kids’ Camp, the Western New York Kidney Connection, and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017, starting at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY.

For more information on the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo charities, please visit:  ChautauquaGranFondo.com/charity


Congratulations to the 2016 Corporate Challenge Winners

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(JAMESTOWN, NY) — We are pleased to announce team For the Love of Kids the winner of the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo Corporate Challenge.

The team, comprised of 10 motivated men and women, set forth with a mission to raise the most money for the 2016 event and designate Royal Family Kids camp as a benefactor for next year’s Gran Fondo event. 

In addition to naming one of the charities for the 2017 event, all For the Love of Kids team members will receive 50% off their event registration for the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo event.

ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP

The Royal Family Kids Camp is a one-week summer camp experience for children ages 7-11 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Since 1998, the Bemus Point United Methodist Church has been participating in this national program.

The goal of the camp is to treat campers like royalty and help them see that they are part of God’s royal family. For an entire week, campers are surrounded with unconditional love and are able to experience many things that other children take for granted.

Each counselor is a volunteer who undergoes thorough background checks. Once their training has been completed, they are assigned only two campers to allow the opportunity for the formation of an extra tight camper-counselor bond.

Each day is filled with fun activities, such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor games, slip-n-slide, fishing and hiking. Last year the campers went up in a tethered hot air balloon, watched an illusionist, had a petting zoo and enjoyed a bounce house. Each night ends with story time with “grandma” or “grandpa” and the campers get tucked into bed.

The Royal Family Kids Camp is run on donations from area churches, individuals, organizations and businesses.

For more information on opportunities with our local Royal Family Kids Camp, please visit: BemusPoint.RoyalFamilyKids.org

ABOUT THE CORPORATE CHALLENGE

The Corporate Challenge, a component of the Chautauqua Gran Fondo introduced in 2016, was designed to bring groups of likeminded people together in an effort to build team spirit, share community pride and raise funds for local charities in a unique, exciting way.  The team that raises the most dollars is granted the opportunity to select one of the charities for the following year’s event. For more information on forming a team, visit: Chautauquagranfondo.com/teams/


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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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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