Bemus Bay Pops To Become Chautauqua Lake Pops

MAYVILLE – Mayville is poised to become the gateway to Chautauqua Lake as the former Bemus Bay Pops program will be returning as the new Chautauqua Lake Pops.

Pictured left to right, Mayville Mayor Ken Shearer, County Executive George Borrello, Chautauqua Lake Pops Communications Director Mike Ferguson, and Mayville Trustee Ben Webb.

For more than 20 years, the Bemus Bay Pops program has become an important cultural and economic engine for the entire region with its summer concert series, programs, and special events. Economic impact studies have determined that the Pops has generated between $12 to 14 million annually for Chautauqua County in past summers and is poised to do so again.

The not-for-profit organization has been responsible for bringing thousands of hours of regional, national and world-wide entertainment to one of the world’s only floating stages on the shores of Chautauqua Lake.

Chautauqua Lake Pops Chairman and President, Dan Dalpra stated, “We are excited to bring this great program back to the lake. Mayville has come forward with an opportunity and partnership to make this happen and we are excited to work with them on creating a revitalized destination. I hope everyone will help us secure the new Chautauqua Lake Pops program and donate to help keep the Pops afloat for years to come. This affordable program of bringing the arts to the people can only work with public and private community support.”

“I am excited to see the return of the Pops to Chautauqua Lake,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “Thank you to all of those who worked so diligently to make this a reality and I am happy that the county can play a part in it. The return of this popular program will further enhance the positive momentum we are seeing around Chautauqua Lake and throughout our county.”

Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development/CEO of the CCIDA, said, “I am so glad we could play a role in resurrecting the Floating Stage and the Pops venue in Mayville. Once again, Chautauqua County, and especially Mayville, is capitalizing on its wonderful natural assets as we attract people to live, work, conduct business, and recreate here. Ken Shearer and the leadership team in Mayville, along with Dan Dalpra and his team, are to be commended for making this concept a reality.”

Mike Ferguson, Pops Communications Director, said, “We’d like to thank Mayor Shearer and the entire village board for their tireless efforts to make this happen. A lot of time, effort and discussion took place to make sure this was the right fit as we knew it would be.”

The Chautauqua Lake Pops will open its season in Mayville at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 29, with the music of Absolute Journey.

Tickets for all performances will go on sale shortly. For more information on the entire schedule, visit Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Can you provide links to the studies cited in your article and quoted below?

    “Economic impact studies have determined that the Pops has generated between $12 to 14 million annually for Chautauqua County in past summers and is poised to do so again.”

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