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Aug 7, 2013 - Panama Rocks

Place names can be quite amazing at times. Who would have ever thought that there would be a Panama, New York, not to mention nearby Salamanca. We went to Panama today (the tiny town in western New York that is) to see and experience up close and personal a privately run attraction called Panama Rocks. The rocks were formed over 300 million years ago and are composed of layers of quartz. We paid $6 per person and set out with a diagram on a piece of paper to encouter 16 named rock formations. The walk began with steps down and then went...

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Aug 6, 2013 - Days at Chautauqua Institution

There are so many things to do at Chautauqua Institution that it is kind of overwhelming. We are picking out 2-3 things each day. We have attended several concerts, Sunday ecumenical worship service and three lectures. Each day we bicycle 2.5 miles from our campground to the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, buy our tickets for the day and then bicycle around the campus to the various venues for our events. On Sunday all activities are free but the other daystickets are $20 for a half day and $33 per person for a whole day. The theme for...

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Aug 6, 2013 - A Ride Around the Lake

After pedaling home on our bikes, we picked up Holly who was thrilled to get to go along on our mid-afternoon expedition. We drove a few miles to Point Bemus on the other side of Lake Chautauqua. This small village is very picturesque. An old hotel, the Lenhart, in business since 1871, seemed to have a lot of customers. There is also a floating stage next to the shore where groups perform on weekends and lots of boats on the water and at the docks. It is a perfect summer day.

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Aug 4, 2013 - Settling in at Chautauqua, New York

We are in Western New York State, not far from the piece of Pennsylvania that straddles Lake Erie, having driven on Thursday across the state of New York from Lake George to Mayville. We were glad to arrive in Mayville, right near the Chautauqua Institution on beautiful Lake Chautauqua at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday after an eight hour drive. Two rain storms, a troublesome jack that slipped down an inch as we rode over bad joints in the roadway, setting off an alarm and causing us to stop and lift it up (at the push of a button),and miles and...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Sunday at Beautiful Chautauqua Institution

Perhaps you have heard of Chautauqua. It was started in 1874 and is located on Chautauqua Lake. It is like nothing else I have ever seen. It is at once a center for learning and culture with its own symphony, operas and theatre and with a Christian, but inclusive to other faiths, core that reminds participants of how our values must be shaped to create a better world. It is, as one person said, not a place to come in the summer to tune out but to tune in. Each week of the ten week program there is a theme. We are overlapping two weeks and...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Lucille Ball and Jamestown

The weather has really changed. It rained a lot over the weekend and there have been showers today along with much cooler temperatures. It's the beginning of signs that fall is around the corner. We decided to stay an extra day in Chautauqua and go to Jamestown this afternoon to see the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez Museum in Jamestown. Lucy was from Jamestown and went back to her hometown for visits many times after she became a famous comedian. The price of admission was way too high - $14 for about an hour visit, but we were committed so...

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Aug 22, 2010 - Chautauqua Institution

If you look at our location on the map, we are lined up to make a dash across New York and Massachusetts to get home to Marion. It's been eleven months since we left home. We've decided to travel on Tuesday halfway across New York and then arrive at home on Wednesday. We're feeling sad but also we are very happy that our trip has been such a success. I'll be summing it up in the last entry. In the meantime, we have spent the weekend in Mayville, New York and are camping at a campground just a few miles from the Chautauqua Institution...

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