Celebrate New York State’s Museum Week in Jamestown

Visit Jamestown’s museums during New York’s Museum Week, May 31 – June 6, 2012. Each day a different location will be featured so you can visit one a day for seven days, or several in one day.

Thursday, May 31st, visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy for a special guided tour.  Admission is $15 to visit both the Lucy-Desi Museum and the Desilu Playhouse. The Lucy-Desi Museum showcases the life and legacy of Lucille Ball with priceless costumes, awards, photographs, and other vintage memorabilia on display from the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz estates. The Desilu Playhouse is dedicated to the I Love Lucy series, and features a complete recreation of Lucy and Ricky’s New York City apartment, an interactive Vitameatavegamin set, and much more.  Return on Saturday, June 2nd at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. for Lucy Town Bus Tours ($25), and an inside look at the area where Lucille Ball was raised. Each tour is approximately two hours long.
For more information contact:
Sharon Bergstrom, Assistant to Executive Director
Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy
Tel: 716-484-0800
Fax: 716-484-9373

On June 1st, the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary celebrates Liberty’s 10th Anniversary starting with a cake noon and behind-the-scenes tours of her care facility at 1:30pm and again at 4:00pm.  Members and children are free to attend the event that last until 4:30 p.m, non-member adults pay $5. Liberty, the Bald Eagle, came to live at Audubon on June 1, 2002. She was found with an injury in her left wing. The muscle damage was severe enough that raptor rehabilitators felt she would not be able to hunt for herself in the wild, even though she can fly short distances in her enclosure. Her care is provided by a dedicated crew of volunteers headed by Thom Armella. The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is located a stone’s throw from the Pennsylvania border at 1600 Riverside Road, off of Route 62 between Jamestown NY and Warren PA.
For more information contact: Ruth Lundin rlundin@jamestownaudubon.org or 716-569-2345.

June 2nd, join the Fenton History Center for Walking Jamestown’s History: The Southside from 1-3 p.m. Learn about the daily life of past Jamestown residents through a walking tour of Jamestown’s southside. Learn about the businesses and families that thrived in the southside neighborhood of Forest Avenue to Newland Avenue. Two of Jamestown’s oldest homes are on the tour. Participants should be able to walk for 2 hours, wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Thomas Greer, MD, will lead the tour. He is a retired physician who delves deeply into the history of any place he goes. As a matter of fact, he is an amateur archaeologist. He has an inquisitive nature and a dry sense of humor. He will keep you on your toes! Tom will be accompanied by a local architect who will point out the interesting homes.
Cost: $10-potential Fenton members, $5-Fenton members
Fenton History Center
67 Washington Street
Jamestown NY 14701 716.664.2465 www.fentonhistorycenter.org

Sunday, June 3rd visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for “Arcadia: The Art of Melissa Mance-Coniglio” and “The Randolph Mammoth.” Melissa grew up strongly influenced by her late father James Mance, Sr., whose mastery and teaching of traditional waterfowl decoy carving taught her a love of birds and the observation skills necessary to render them with realism and creativity. She earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA in painting from Rochester Institute of Technology. In parallel with her career as a fine artist Melissa has developed her skills as a former naturalist, licensed wildlife rehabilitator and animal trainer. She also is an art educator at the Byron-Bergen School District, teaching children to express themselves in a variety of media. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. The exhibition will feature 50 original paintings and drawings of birds and their habitats, which convey Melissa’s deep respect for her subjects and sensitivity to their innate beauty. Also on display will be an outstanding selection of bird carvings done by her father.

The Peterson Institute also is featuring an incredible display of fossils including a Columbian Mammoth excavated in Randolph, New York and a giant Ice Age bear as well as selections from the life work of Roger Tory Peterson. The Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 PM. For more information please call 716-665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org. Be sure to return the following week, June 8-9, for the 4th annual Roger Tory Peterson Birding Festival.  June 9th is a Family Fun Day!

On Monday, June 4th visit the Robert H. Jackson Center located in an historic, beautifully-restored mansion in downtown Jamestown, to experience its educational offerings, exhibits, guided tours, lectures, films and much more. Dedicated to advancing the legacy of Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice and the architect and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the groundbreaking International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, the Center strives to promote justice and the rule of law by looking at the world through the lens of Jackson’s life. For some visitors, that life resonates because his work at Nuremberg paved the way for modern tribunals throughout the world to prosecute the perpetrators of war crimes. For others, what stands out is learning that one man’s brilliantly-crafted judicial opinions uphold the rights that as individuals and citizens, we often take for granted. The Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 305 East Fourth Street in Jamestown.

June 5, 2012 see the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, filled with stories about local families, friends and neighbors and their athletic accomplishments. If you are interested in sports and have not visited the Hall located at 15 W. Third St. in downtown Jamestown you are missing a fascinating walk down memory lane. Baseball, football, motor sports, marksmanship, and boxing – the list goes on and on. The Sports Hall of Fame has recently undergone an expansion that has doubled the exhibit space. Visitors on June 5 will receive a complimentary reproduction of a 1939 baseball program from a Jamestown Pirates game at Celoron Park. The Pirates were the original Jamestown franchise in the P.O.N.Y. League. They were the predecessors of today’s Jamestown Jammers that play in the N.Y. – P. League at Diethrick Park. The Sports Hall of Fame will be open 10-4 on the 5th.

Cap off the week, June 6, 2012 at the Science Center at Jamestown Community College. Opened in the fall of 2011, JCC’s new Science Center was designed to be reviewed for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards and is a showplace for sustainability in building design and operation. The center includes a number of “green” features that enabled energy conservation and promote environmentally-conscious thinking. Housed within the Science Center are JCC’s associate degrees in liberal arts and sciences: math and science, environmental science, and biotechnology. The center features state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and prep rooms for courses in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, and geology as well as a student study area, loft lounge, greenhouse, and vegetative roof. The Science Center is located at the Jamestown Campus, 525 Falconer. Turn onto James Avenue into the Campus. It is the last building on the left. Tours will be available from 1-3 pm on June 6th.

For more on New York State Museum Week, go to http://iloveny.com/Summer/Themes/Museum-Week.aspx

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