A common phrase that I've heard area residents repeat time and again is that there is little to do in this town, but I've found that there's little truth to that belief.
I hope that my time here has shown purveyors of such a misconception that there's much to discover for those who are willing to look with eyes wide open.
This column will serve as my last opinion piece for The Post-Journal. My final day with the organization is Friday, but I'll have a few pieces go to publication over the weekend as well. Feel free to stop by Jamestown Community College's Rock Fest tomorrow evening if you'd like to say goodbye.
The decision of who will take on the challenge of features and entertainment has not yet been made, so it's hard to say what will happen going forward. But, I feel the editorial staff here sees value in this beat, and I surmise that someone passionate about the community and arts will step forward.
Farewell readers, it has been a great pleasure serving as an ambassador for the distinct.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Wits n' Giggles Returns To JSBA Friday: The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is set to host Bill Boronkay, Dan Brown, Beefy Laughs, Eric Basile and Robb Will on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 presale, $12 the day of the show or $5 for students with ID. The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-2624 or visit www.jamestownarena.com.
Jamestown Paranormal Investigators To Host Ghost Hunting Friday: The Jamestown Paranormal Investigators are set for an evening of ghost hunting on Friday at The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
Doors to the event open at 7:30 p.m., and a history of the theater and ghosts will be held at 8. Tours will continue throughout the night, and will conclude at 1 a.m.
Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.
John Andrea Art Exhibit To Open Friday: An exhibit featuring the works of area resident and artist John Andrea is set to open to the public Friday at the Lakewood Memorial Library. An official opening reception and meet the artist event hosted by Andrea will also be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Andrea, a self-taught artist who paints in watercolor and acrylics, has lived in Western New York his entire life. He spends his free time taking in the outdoors, which has been the impetus for the study of painting wildlife.
Andrea's works have been published on covers of "Florida Woods," "Waters," "Muskie Inc." and "New York Conservationist" magazines. "Turkey Call" and "Fur-Fish-Game" magazines have also published Andrea's illustrations.
Andrea has been featured by the Society of Animal Artists Inc. in a one-man show at the Art and Animal Exhibition, which was presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. His paintings have also been displayed in various galleries and businesses throughout the region.
The Lakewood Memorial Library is located at 12 W. Summit St. in Lakewood. For more information, call 782-4554 or email email@example.com.
Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Spring Gala Concert Is Sunday: The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony will host its Spring Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
The intermediate instrumental students of the Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony's high school and college musicians will join the Prelude Strings Orchestra for the concert.
The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7070.
Chautauqua County Local Legends Of Music Memorial Fund Finale Concert Is Sunday: The final Musicians Memorial show of the season is set for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Jamestown.
The show is set to feature Too Skinny, Ancestor, 10,000 Maniacs autographs by Steven Gustafson and more.
The Gateway Center is located at 31 Water St. in Jamestown. For more information, search for "Chautauqua County Local Legends of Music Memorial Fund" on Facebook.
JCC Music Ensembles To Perform Tuesday: The Jamestown Community College choir, concert band and vocal jazz ensemble will showcase a variety of music during a combined performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Scharmann Theatre.
Admission is $5 for the general public, $3 for students and senior citizens and $2 for Faculty Student Association members. Jamestown Community College is located at 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 338-1187 or visit www.sunyjcc.edu.
Natalie Merchant To Release New Album Tuesday: Natalie Merchant's new self-titled album is set for release Tuesday.
The album is Merchant's first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years. For more information, visit nataliemerchant.com or nonesuch.com.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.
Kev Rowe: 6 p.m., Landmark Restaurant, 516 W. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
Auditions For "7 Years" Dramatic Comedy: 6 p.m., The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
JCC Rock Fest Featuring Eight Student Bands: 7 p.m., Jamestown Community College Scharmann Theatre, 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown.
Open Mic Comedy: 9 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
Fredstock Music Festival: 3 p.m., Willow Creek Winery, 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek.
Infinity Instructor Concert Featuring Adam Owens, Victoria Campbell, Emily Strong, Kyle Gustafson, Kate Furman, Ken Larsen, Jake Swanson, Sara Marchitelli And Others: 7 p.m., Infinity Arts Cafe, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
JCC Rock Fest Featuring A Student Band, Atica And Ruckus: 7 p.m., Jamestown Community College Scharmann Theatre, 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown.
The Neverclaim and Good Little Giants: 7:30 p.m., Willow Bay Theater, 21 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Cindy "Love" Haight: 8:30 p.m., Sully's Irish Pub, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Derek Davis And Barry Edwards: 9 p.m., Murdock's, 100 W. Main St. in Sherman.
Fredstock Music Festival: 10 a.m., Willow Creek Winery, 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek.
"Frozen" Screening: 4 and 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Return Of The Skate Crusaders Roller Derby: 6:30 p.m., Allen Park Ice Rink, 200 Elizabeth Ave. in Jamestown.
Claire Stuczynski, Jason Shaner and Alex Kates: 7 p.m., Sneakers, 100 Harrison St. in Jamestown.
Stealth Blues Bombers: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.
No Limit: 8 p.m., Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown.
Seven Bridges: 8 p.m., Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, Pa.
DJ Katie: 9 p.m., Murdock's, 100 W. Main St. in Sherman.
Vape Meet: 3 p.m., Cibo, 100 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Coffee And Create With Debra Eck: 6:15 p.m., Infinity Arts Center, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
The Osmonds: 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Beth Peyton Book Signing: 7 p.m., Bemus Point Library, 13 Main St. in Bemus Point.