Briefs: Chautaqua Pops among Events on Lake Stage

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One of the attractions of Chautauqua County, N.Y., is the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra. This summer, the orchestra celebrates 10 years on the giant stage that floats just off shore in Bemus Bay on Chautauqua Lake. Hear concerts every Sunday afternoon, a "Chautauqua Lake Idol" contest Monday evenings, Lake Night at the Movies on Tuesdays, Dancing Under the Stars on Thursdays, murder mystery and comedy on Fridays and Saturdays, and an anniversary bash on July 28. The seasonlong celebration concludes Labor Day weekend with the "Pops Finale and Fireworks. In the southwest corner of the state, Chautauqua County has the renowned Chautauqua Institution, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, quaint Victorian villages, and a host of fairs, festivals, camping, outdoor and lakeside activities.

Details: 866-908-4569 or www.tourchautauqua.com.

Cruise New York with an eye on history

History is the focus a new sightseeing cruise sailing around Manhattan.

The cruise, developed in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, centers on sites such as Governors Island, which served until recently as a Coast Guard installation but was named Nut Island in the 1600s for the chestnut and walnut trees that grew there; Bowling Green, a park that played a role in Revolutionary War- era events; and Chelsea Piers, an upscale recreation center on the Hudson, near where the Titanic was expected to dock. …