DFT spreads community cheer with Tuesday FES programs

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A member of the “Gizmo Guys” act performs July 3, 2012, at Smith Wilkes Hall for the Family Entertainment Series. The Tuesday evening programs are made possible through sponsorship of the local telecommunications company DFT Communications.

Over the course of the season, Chautauqua Institution will host special Community Appreciation Nights on select Tuesday evenings as part of the Family Entertainment Series. These nights of family fun are made possible through the sponsorship of DFT Communications, Partners in Technology, a local telecommunications company that not only specializes in providing phone and Internet service to Chautauqua County, but also takes great pride in family and community values.

Mark Maytum is president and COO of DFT. This is the company’s second year sponsoring the series.

“I am proud to partner with the Institution to bring such quality family programs to Chautauqua County,” Maytum said. “I hope people of all ages will take advantage of these unique performances in such a beautiful setting. It’s wonderful to see this type of community event offered free for area families.”

The Community Appreciation shows kick off tonight. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix’s canine-filled slapstick comedy act will perform at 5 and 7 p.m. in Smith Wilkes Hall. Coming up later in the series is Pete Geist, visual comedian, on July 16; Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics on July 23; The Billy Jonas Band on July 30; and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet on Aug. 13.

Community patrons may request a free pass from the Main Gate Welcome Center’s will-call window to attend any of the Tuesday evening Family Entertainment Series performances.