For the past four years I've dedicated my professional life to shedding light on the wonderful arts community thriving in Chautauqua County, but all good things must eventually come to an end. My final day with The Post-Journal will be Friday, May 2.
I've been offered a copy editor position at The Utica Observer-Dispatch, and I'll be relocating to the Mohawk Valley region next weekend. It's an incredible opportunity to expand my knowledge of the newspaper industry, and I'm very excited to be able to call the beautiful area my home.
The decision to take on a new challenge evolved over the past several months. One of the major forces driving the decision is that my wife, Allysa Dupont, and I own a nearly 10-acre parcel of raw land in Little Falls. We purchased the property last fall as a wedding gift to each other, and even hosted our ceremony on the land. Our shared dream of creating a sustainable organic farm and homestead to raise children on becomes ever-closer to a reality by accepting the offer from the Observer-Dispatch.
I hope that I'll have an opportunity to say goodbye to all the amazingly talented individuals I've met and worked with through the course of my time here at The Post-Journal. But if not, feel free to add me on Facebook by searching for "Dusten Rader" to stay in touch.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Highlights And Happenings
JCC To Host Opening Reception For Student Art Exhibition Tonight: Jamestown Community College will host an opening reception for a student art exhibition tonight at 6 p.m. at the Weeks Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to featuring works from every JCC campus, the event will also feature performances by music students. For more information, visit weeksgallery.sunyjcc.edu.
New Horizons Band To Perform Spring Concert Tonight: The New Horizons Band of Western New York is set to present a spring concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Harry S. King Concert Hall of SUNY Fredonia.
The band is comprised of members from 15 Western New York communities, and has an enrollment of more than 60 musicians ranging in age from early 50s to late 70s. For more information, call 673-4628 or visit www.fredonia.edu/music/community/newhorizons.asp.
JCC To Host Student And Faculty Recitals Friday And Sunday: Jamestown Community College students and faculty will host recitals in the Scharmann Theatre on Friday and Sunday. The programs are free and open to the public.
Presented by JCC's arts, humanities and health services division and the Faculty Student Association, Friday's 7 p.m. event will feature faculty and Sunday's 2 p.m. event will feature students. For more information, visit www.sunyjcc.edu.
Benefit And Blood Drive For Iona Burkholder Set For Saturday: A benefit and blood drive for Iona Burkholder, a 4-year-old girl battling acute lymphatic leukemia, is set for 1-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Stanley Hose Company in Sherman.
The benefit will feature a blood drive by the American Red Cross, an Italian pasta bar, live music, a Chinese auction and activities for kids. For more information, search for "Benefit and Blood Drive for Iona" on Facebook.
Defenders Of Freedom Project To Begin Recording Stories Of Veterans On Saturdays: A recently launched project which seeks to capture on video the firsthand experience of WWII veterans of the Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania areas will begin filming at the Robert H. Jackson Center on Saturday mornings. For more information, call Phil Zimmer at 665-4034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninth Annual Dunkirk Jazz Invitational To Be Held At Forestville High School Saturday: Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, more than 200 students representing 11 school districts and special guests the Fredtown Stompers will perform at Forestville High School.
The event, which celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month, will be presented by the Northern Chautauqua County Band Directors Association. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Children under five get in free. Forestville High School is located at 4 Academy Drive in Forestville. For more information, visit www.nccbda.org.
Childrens Concert Series To Conclude With Fredonia School Of Music Guitar Quartet: The Musical Journeys Program of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music will conclude its eighth season of free concerts for young children on Saturday with half-hour performances set for 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The concerts will be held at the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. For more information, call 673-4628 or visit www.fredonia.edu/music/community/ccs.asp.
Fredonia Opera House To Present Two Films On Saturday: Live at the Met and the Opera House Cinema Series are both set for Saturday at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.
Live at the Met, set for Saturday at 1 p.m., will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." Tickets are $20. The Opera House Cinema Series, set for Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., will feature the documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me." Tickets are $7.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is located at 9 Church St. in Fredonia. For more information, call 679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org.
SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble To Host Final Concert Wednesday: The SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble will host its final performance of the academic year on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the King Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.fredonia.edu/music.
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Jazz At The Spire With Barbara Jean, Dalt Berringer, Lloyd Howard, Dan Hull and Bruce Johnstone: 7 p.m., The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
American Ride Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Murdock's, 100 W. Main St. in Sherman.
Beth Peyton Book Signing: noon, Off The Beaten Path Bookstore, 28 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
Colonize Artist Elena Thomas: 5 p.m., Dykeman Young Gallery, 100 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Kenny Rogers: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Smokehouse: 8 p.m., Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown.
Stealth Blues Bombers: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.
The Elektra Kings: 9 p.m. Steener's Pub, 3041 Route 430 in Greenhurst.
No Limit: 9 p.m., Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 433 E. Terrace Ave. in Lakewood.
Porcelain Busdrivers: 9 p.m., The Barking Spyder, 3316 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown.
Open Mic Comedy: 9 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.