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Public Events

Boater Safety Certification Class

Date: May 18, 2024

Time: 8am - 4pm

The Chautauqua Sheriff's Department

ATTENTION ALLL BOATERS:  Per New York State Law, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024. You can sign up for this 1-day class by visiting the web site of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office at https://www.sheriff.us/boater-safety

Lunch will be provided by the Lawson Center.

John Guenster Boats of Lake Chautauqua

Date: June 26, 2024

Time: Mix and Mingle at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00 PM

Ned Ward (our favorite local historian and wonderful gentleman) will lecture on John Guenster Boats.

At the turn of the last century, John Guenster built St Lawrence Skiff boats in his shop in  Jamestown, New York. Enjoy learning more about this bit of local history. These boats were built right here on our lake and TLC is privileged to have 2 of them in our collection.


Walking Trails in Chautauqua

Date: July 31, 2024

Time: Mix and Mingle at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00 PM

Wendy Lewellen is the author of  "Good Soles: Chautauqua Rails to Trails Namesakes and Trailblazers"

Jacob Broadway, Trails Coordinator – Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Development
Join us as Wendy shares stories from her book Good Soles. This book, which supports Chautauqua Rails to Trails, profiles the individuals the trail segments are named after and spotlights the 1990s trailblazers who converted 29 miles of abandoned railbeds to recreational trails. Wendy will discuss the history of the effort to create safe, quiet trail access to this gorgeous and varied Chautauqua County terrain and what is presently underway with the organization.
Jacob will continue the conversation by highlighting the vast array of trails available in the county, a new app that will help you find them, the monetary support that has funded many recent improvements and his top picks for your next two footed adventure.




Water Ski Shows

Date: August 28, 2024

Time: Mix and Mingle at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00 PM

Brian Lawrence



Water skiing has been a favorite sport of many and that, of course, led to shows where expert water skiers could leave an audience gasping.  Join us for a trip down memory lane with a presentation on water ski shows through the ages.



Tales From the Boat Shop

Date: September 25, 2024

Time: Mix and Mingle at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00 PM

Boat Shop Volunteers: Giff Lawrence, Andy Robinson and crew

The Volunteers in the Boat Shop always have several projects underway. Come learn about what has been going on over the winter and spring and their plans for what might come next. You can also learn how you might get involved, rent space in the shop ( if you are a member) or maybe get your own questions about restoration answered.