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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Take a Breather at Pfeiffer Nature Center

PORTVILLE, N.Y. – If you are looking for a breather from hectic summer activities, the Pfeiffer Nature Center has just what you need.

The 2014 Exhale Series starts Sunday, July 20. The theme for this season is “Acts of a Meaning Life” which celebrates experiences, creations, and communications of individuals and groups of individuals.

The Sunday evening typically begins around 5:30 p.m. with live music. A speaker from the community follows at 6 p.m. The evening concludes with more music. The format and style is designed to create an atmosphere of sharing and reflection in a place where people can come to understand and appreciate the diversity which is a part of every community. Visitors are welcome to join or depart the program at their leisure.

From the mountaintop location of the Lillibridge Pavilion, the Exhale Series brings together music, inspiration, community members in a natural, outdoor setting. The Sunday evening program runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Mary Schlosser of Allegany is the first week’s speaker. Other featured speakers include Helen Worth of Portville and Margaret Cherre, who recently retired as the director of the Nature Center. The series is also as much about the art of music in nature as it is about spoken word and reflection.

Local bagpiper Chris Piaggi will be making a return appearance this year. Last year the music of the instrument so moved the audience as it rolled from the top of the meadow to the Pavilion that a request was made for a repeat performance. Other music-as-art participants include the Walden Family Band with Roy Griffin and the Olean African Drum Ensemble with Moses Howden.

In conjunction with the series, the Historic Pfeiffer Cabin will be open at 5:45 p.m. for a brief tour. The cabin is currently being restored. The structure, which is made from salvage chestnut logs, was started in 1940 and finished in 1941. Several additions have been made through the years. Visitors to the Exhale Series are welcome to enjoy the cabin and the beautiful vista of Cattaraugus County it offers.

The Exhale Series is free and open to the public. The Lillibridge Pavilion is located at 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville. The outdoor timber frame pavilion is universally accessible. Visitors to the Nature Center are always encouraged to dress for the weather. The Exhale Series proceeds rain or shine.

The preserve is a carry in; carry out facility with lots of picnic tables and benches available. Picnics or hikes before or after the event are encouraged. Visitors specifically attending the Exhale Series are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or sitting blankets. The Lillibridge Preserve of Pfeiffer Nature Center is open free of charge dawn to dusk every day.

For more information or directions call Pfeiffer Nature Center at (716) 993-0187 or visit - where science art and nature come together.

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