Business Leader Touts “STAY-cation” Perks Of Chautauqua Region

first_imgImage via TourChautauqua.com.JAMESTOWN – A local business leader is recommending residents in Chautauqua County to take a “STAY-cation” this summer as several national destinations were added to the state’s quarantine list.Todd Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting several attractions that residents can take advantage of in our own backyard.“Soak up the sun and relax on the water on any of our fabulous lakes,” said Tranum in his weekly Chamber Corner letter to the community. “There are beaches available on Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake, and the Cassadaga Lakes. Marinas are readily available where you can rent a boat for the day and give your family a nautical adventure.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.He says in addition to aquatic actives, residents can cool off by visiting local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. “You can sample and purchase some terrific locally made beverages,” explained Tranum. “Social distancing is still required, but some have outdoor venues and others have created outdoor spaces in order to make visitors more comfortable.”Tranum says if all those recreational activities aren’t enough, most local museums and attractions have reopened in capacity.“Spend some time touring the National Comedy Center, the Lucy-Desi Museum, any one of the fascinating local history museums or the Robert H. Jackson Center, and see great art at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute or one of the small local galleries located throughout our county,” said Tranum. “We urge you to call first or check their websites to learn about appointments and protocols.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.To learn more about recreational and cultural experiences available in Chautauqua County, visit tourchautauqua.com. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tempus Fugit: Katrina, Ichabod, Mills & The Decapitation of Ben Franklin

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A lil late on this blurb, sure, I’ll take that, but my love for the show compels me (See what I did there?) to weigh in on Sleepy Hollow’s Season Two Finale, “Tempus Fugit”—Latin for “Time Flies.” First off, say what you will about Katrina. You love her, you hate her, you think her character sucks, she’s inconsistent, a supernatural flip-flopper, whatever. I dig her. The show would most likely never have made it past pilot without her, and tell you the truth I don’t think she’s actually “dead,” but sort of reunited in a different realm with Jeremy. Perhaps that was her pseudo-demon son’s plan all along in the previous “Awakening” episode. Perhaps they will return. What’s certain is that she’s obviously gone over to the dark side. What she did to that colonel in the makeshift hospital was simply sinister. Yes, I know what that dude tried to do to Mills, but damn, man.Diehard fans, you know Katrina’s significance: Ichabod’s wife, a witch that is a force of good, Jeremy’s mother, etc. The truth is that it’s her magic and her spell and her love of Crane that made the entire show (and secret war) possible to begin with. Had she not chosen Crane, protected him in that living tomb after his and the horseman’s blood mixed on the battlefield, we wouldn’t even be squawklin’ about any of this right now, and the world as we know it in the Sleepy Hollow realm would most likely have been handed over on a silver platter to the forces of darkness, if not way back in Colonial times, then most definitely in the modern-day. I can say this because I think there’s a case to be made that it was at least partially Crane’s love for Katrina and the prospect of a future with her that enabled him to conjure (See what I did there, again? Oh, you’re a sly one, Mister Tirana. Indeed.) the strength required to behead the horseman in that infamous battle scene. Which brings me to the season finale. Amazing. Killer. Absolutely fantastic. Love the time-travel sequence. Love the historical figures and references. Love the potential of an alternate future. The latter scares the living shttt out of me, and sort of messed with my head just a wee lil as the scene went down, but wow, Holy Avocado, Batman, what great television!I’m going to make a wild and potentially controversial statement here, but I’ve got to believe that for history fiends, like myself, the episode was no doubt by far one of the best, at least most memorable of the entire series thus far. I know, I know. There you go, Tirana. Speaking for all us history freaks. You have no clue about us, Tirana. We are good people. Yes we prefer to live in the past, and okay, maybe, just maybe we have a way too unhealthy addiction to Civil War re-enactments. But who the hell are you to speak for us? Who the hell is Zachary B. fkn Tirana the Third or whoever to even consider representing all of us?!Don’t crucify me. Not yet. This is technically my first post for the hallowed Squawkler. Rather, rejoice in my participatory communication. Spoiler: Benjamin Franklin gets decapitated by the Headless Horseman of Death in the “Sleepy Hollow” Season Two Finale “Tempus Fugit.”Dare I say the time-travel Colonial scenes were spectacular? That we all want more of them? That I second a random television blogger’s suggestion that entire seasons could be based in such a period and we’d eat up every single souvlaki-slathered nanosecond of them? There he goes again! Who the hell is this guy?! Damn it damn it damn it! And what the hell does he mean tucking a poorly veiled chicken souvlaki reference into a serious television column such as The Squawkler!?!? Dear readers, merely a student and a great admirer, I assure you. Merely a student of history and reveler in the imagination who does not possess cable, Internet or even a TV, but yet who loves to watch it and will feast upon the food of his brother and wife’s apartment not far from his own and glom, glom, glom the set, sputtering a healthy litany of expletives throughout (especially the disturbing shows, such as Criminal Minds, Stalker and, of course, The Following, among others) and loves every bloody second of it. More on this perhaps, in a future squawk. The bottom line is that with Crane and Mills as guides, the ability to revisit Colonial America and meet some of the Founding Fathers—well it’s just awesome. For me, at least, one of the most shocking, fascinating and defining scenes of this season’s closer was the Horseman’s decapitation (!!) of Benjamin Franklin (!!!!). Still thinking about that horrific moment, some two weeks out. His portrayal in the minutes leading up to that slaying was equally gripping—Franklin’s near-immediate acceptance of Mills’ revelations of the future.Loved it, loved it, loved it. On some level, it scared the living shtt out of me at the same time. His loss made me revisit yet again a discussion myself and another Squawkler have engaged on a number of occasions: the sheer, undeniable magic of this period and the almost divine, against-all-odds realities which had to coincide in just the right cosmic order for its success. Franklin, the Adamses, hell, Washington, Hamilton, Revere, or any of the lot of them all could have been slaughtered a million times over, at any time. The fact they persevered—and somehow existed at all at this exact pivotal, monumental moment in all of human existence—is just absolutely beyond mind-bending. Miraculous, really. That’s one of the things I love so much about this show. That beyond all the insanely infectious adventures into the paranormal and spiritual realms and undeniably magnetic anchor of Crane and Mills & Co.’s bond, pseudo-science fiction bleeds into pseudo-history. Of course, hope and love underpin it all—two themes intensifying on another one of my favorite shows, The Blacklist.But that’s a future Squawkler.last_img read more

Three games down for decision in Premier League today

first_imgLiverpool host Norwich at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers knowing a win will be vital to improve his team’s confidence after their disappointing draw against Bordeaux.Meanwhile, Manchester United will be hoping to continue their good run of form against Southampton at St Mary’s and will be boosted by the news that skipper Wayne Rooney is likely to return to the side after a minor injury.In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are continuing their defence of their SPL title, they host Dundee at 3pm.Aberdeen make the trip to Hearts 45 minutes earlier, a 2.15pm kick off time there. At half one, Sours will be hoping to build on their first win of the season ast week as they host Crystal Palace.Alan Pardews men were unlucky not to get a result against and know that Spurs may be tired after their Europa League exploits.At 4pm, the two remaining games of the weekend kick off.last_img read more