WESTFIELD-The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau treated the volunteers that staff the Information Window at the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area on Interstate 86 in Ellery to a luncheon recently at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield.
According to Michael Barnes, Rest Area Information Center manager, the grape industry in the Lake Erie Region is a large part of the material distributed at the center. Andrew Nixon, executive director of the Visitors Bureau, and Barnes invited the volunteers to see the new facility located just west of Westfield and to learn about the grape region.
Mackenzie Cady, Grape Discovery Center manager, and Andrew Dufresne, exhibits and displays chair, spoke about the planning of the center and all that is available to visitors stopping to learn about the rich heritage of the Lake Erie grape region. The 2013 grape harvest is now underway, and being the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world, there is a great deal of activity taking place in the region. The volunteers toured the exhibit area following the luncheon and many went on to explore the landscape of the Lake Erie grape region.
Volunteers from the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center gather on the patio at the new Grape Discovery Center in Westfield.
The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau manages the Rest Area Information Center seven days a week throughout the year. Many of the volunteers are Retired Senior Volunteer Program members and greet tourists and travelers providing a vast assortment of information from area businesses and organizations. At the end of 2012 more than 23,000 Chautauqua County Visitor's Guides had been distributed from the site.
For more information about the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and volunteering at the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area Information Center, call 357-4569.