Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blog on the Move

A note to those who follow "Musings from Main Street" and to those who'd like to start:

I've moved the Blue Heron Inn blog "Musings from Main Street" from to Follow the new blog at:

Keep up with the latest at the Blue Heron Inn and in Findley Lake at large!
Thanks, Tobi

Monday, September 20, 2010

Busy Times in Chautauqua County!

The leaves are changing - it's official - we're into the swing of Fall. There's something for everyone in Chautauqua County this weekend. Make the Blue Heron Inn your home away from home while you enjoy all the pleasures we have to offer!

Thurs, Sept 23, 2010 - 7:30pm


Jamestown Savings Bank Arena
P: 716-484-2624
Click here for ticket information

Sun, Sept 26, 2010  11:00am - 5:00pm
One of the largest festivals in region. Arts/Crafts vendors 19th-century life-skill demos 1838 grist mill tours apple cider & apple favorites. Ready to eat & take-home concessions farmers market. Mill Tours.
Busti Grist Mill  3443 Lawson Rd., Busti, NY 14701; 
P: 716-483-0134

Fri, Sept 24 - Sun, Sept 26, 2010
The seventh Anniversary of Quilting Round Chautauqua.  800+ quilts on display and 65+ vendors.  September 24 pre-show class day.  Website has complete details for hands-on classes. More than 800 quilts and 60 vendors on the on display and visit over 60 vendors. 
P: 814-866-8227; Website

Fri, Sept 24 - Sun, Sept 26, 2010
2010 marks the 29th year of nearby North East, PA's Wine Country Harvest Festival. This event showcases its grape growing industry, heritage and fine wines. Although it started as a small affair WineFest has grown into one of the regions largest and most loved festivals. 9 wineries will be represented in the wine tent (80 x 100 in size) this year, serving more than 40 varieties of wine.

Dance to some of the regions best music and browse through the fine arts and crafts. You might even try your skill as a grape stomper – a festival tradition. Leave the driving to us. The event  provides free shuttle service to the wineries and to other attractions in town. Free parking at either festival location and then ride free as often as you like on Saturday and Sunday. Website

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Well done Brother-USA!

More often than not Customer Service is a source of endless frustration - it's typically inadequate and problems are seldom resolved to a satisfactory conclusion. Unfortunately
 it's become a way of life. So I am very happy to share the excellent customer service I recently received from Brother-USA.

          The product in question?    A 4-year old color, multi-function inkjet printer (MFC)
          The problem:   black ink didn't print

I've used both Brother-brand and generic cartridges in the printer and never had a problem.
 However, when I called Brother's Customer Service and admitted I wasn't currently using their proprietary products they recommended  that I switch over to their brand of consumables. After replacing the cartridges with Brother-brand cartridges the problem still existed. I tried all the diagnostics and solutions outlined in the operation manual but didn't have any luck getting the black ink to print. I called Brother's Customer Service again and we fiddled with their more advanced diagnostics/solutions to no avail. Then the unexpected happened - the phone technician created a work order that arranged to have my printer serviced locally AT NO CHARGE! A few days later my printer was fixed and ready to be picked up. Not only was the machine repaired but Brother also threw in a free black cartridge for my convenience!

This isn't the first Brother product I have purchased; as a matter of fact I have been happy with the other Brother products I own. However, this kind of attention to customer satisfaction has made me a real believer. So much so that when my office MFC printer needed to be replaced last week I selected a Brother color laser MFC.

Thank you for a reason to sing your praises, Brother-USA and congratulations on a job well done!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Suddenly September

And the colors are much brighter now. It's like they really want to tell the truth
We give our testimony to the end of the summer.  It's the end of the summer.
You can spin the light to gold            -- Dar Williams

Like a shock to our systems it's suddenly time to move from the lazy hazy days of summer into a life of less forgiving S.C.H.E.D.U.L.E.S. Yes, it's time to pick up where we left off not so long ago. The college kids have moved back into their dorms & apartments after a flurry of spending and packing; our co-ed left yesterday and today our home is suddenly quieter than before she left. School is starting and with it comes schedules for sports, clubs, lessons of all kinds and the carpools that revolve around them.

But wait - let's not forget that autumn is famous for some of the most beautiful weather of the year. Fall festivals take center stage as we enjoy the fruits of summer's bounty. The air becomes cooler, the grapes are ready for harvest, leaves begin to show their brilliant colors. Don't miss out on Chautauqua County's many autumn splendors - we're ready to dazzle you with our wines, art, galleries, shops and restaurants. 

Come for the day or an overnight stay
we're close to home but far from everyday life

Calendar of Events

Friday, September 3 - Sunday, September 5, 2010
13th Annual Findley Lake Harvest Festival

Join us as the fun begins Friday night with auditions for the Annual Findley Lake Idol contest. The weekend-long event features live music, farmer’s market, crafters, samples from local wineries, kid’s crafts and much more. Throughout the weekend talented singers will vie for the coveted title of “Findley Lake Idol” accompanied by a  $1,000 grand prize. And don't forget about the 2nd annual "Jr Idol" Talent Show and "Pretty Baby" Contests. We'll celebrate the close of another fun summer with flares at 9:05 pm and an amazing firework display at 9:30 pm. Information & entry forms can be found at

 Sunday, September 5, 2010
"Light the Lakes" celebration

The 3rd Annual "Light the Lakes" will take place during Labor Day weekend with the big “take-off” on Sunday, September 5. Celebrate the spectacular 3rd Annual Light the Lakes on Sunday, September 5 as multiple locations around Chautauqua Lake take part in an explosion of color and noise and blast off at 9:31 pm in one of the largest fireworks displays in North America!

Saturday, September 4, 2010    4:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 5, 2010       5:00-7:00pm
Nostalgia @ the Blue Heron Inn

Area columnist and author Elizabeth Rose Way will read and discuss her 2nd book, "And I Will Love You from Heaven".

Friday, September 3 - Sunday, September 5, 2010

A 3-day weekend retreat filled with drumming, dance and personal growth workshops. All on the gorgeous grounds of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY.

Presented by Jim Donovan  and the folks that bring you The Great Blue Heron Music Festival. Information:

July 30 through October 2, 2010

“Nights Lights” at the Heron opens at dark, (approx 8:15 pm) and closes at 11pm. The Cafe-in-the-Woods will have hot beverages, sodas, snacks & Night Lights and Blue Heron merchandise.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Irish are Coming!

Sun, June 6, 2010; 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Irish Sunday at the Blue Heron Inn

On the 1st Sunday of the month a group of Irish players from all over the region gather for an impromptu jam. Come listen as they play and discover your own "little bit o' Irish"! Join us for lunch, tip a pint and tap your toes! Blue Heron Inn, Main Street, Findley Lake, NY. For info & reservations: P: 716.769.7852 or