ERA Team VP Serves as Silver Sponsor for 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration

Celeron, NY – ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is proud to serve as a Silver Sponsor for the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel taking place February 14-16. 

“ERA Team VP really values community involvement, and we are honored to serve as a sponsor for this new area event,” says Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. “The Harbor Hotel has done this event in its other hotel locations, and we are very excited to have this celebration brought to Chautauqua County.”

This ticketed mid-winter celebration has a weekend packed with indoor and outdoor activities. Local restaurants, breweries, and wineries will be featured in the Pier Ballroom offering complimentary tastings. Outdoors will showcase over 25,000 pounds of ice intricately carved into sculptures, martini luges, and bars. Each evening will close out with a firework display featuring Chautauqua Lake as the backdrop. 

As a charity event, a portion of the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration proceeds will be donated to the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County. Admission for this event is $25, and drink tickets are purchased separately. To purchase tickets, visit For more information on the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration, visit or check out the event on Facebook. 

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate  and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200. 

ERA Team VP Real Estate Announces Merger

Local real estate firm ERA Team VP Real Estate, based in Chautauqua County, NY, has announced its merger with Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate of Fredonia, NY, Jamestown, NY, Warren, PA,  and Bradford, PA; and ERA Larson Real Estate of Fredonia, N.Y. The combined firm will conduct business as ERA Team VP Real Estate with its Fredonia office located at 25 Day Street, Fredonia, NY and its Jamestown office located at 395 E Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY.  ERA Team VP Real Estate’s Pennsylvania offices will operate in Bradford and Warren, PA.

[Pictured Above: Phil Mathyer, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Broker/CEO; David Bird, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Melody Bohrer, ERA Franchise Senior VP of Broker Services; Theresa Hurt, ERA Franchise Director of Transitions; Mark Jeffers, ERA Franchise Executive Business Consultant]

According to Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Presient/CEO, “This is a very natural strategic alliance as ERA Team VP has more than 25 years of experience in the Chautauqua Lake and Southern Chautauqua County markets; ERA Larson has more than 30 years of experience in the Fredonia and Northern Chautauqua County markets and Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate has more than 20 years of experience in the Northern Chautauqua County and northwestern Pennsylvania markets.  Clients and customers of all the firms will now benefit from a much broader marketing and networking reach, covering the entire Southern Tier of New York State as well as northwestern Pennsylvania.”  In addition, ERA Team VP Real Estate also operates in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County and in Cuba in Allegany County.

“Attention to consumer needs has been a trademark of each of the merging companies,” added Soffel. “Now we will be able to deliver our commitment to service to our customers from 9 convenient office locations throughout southwestern New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania and fully leverage the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service.”

Brokers Bill Soffel, Phil Mathyer and David Bird all share a very similar outlook on the importance of professionalism and ethics within the real estate profession and have been very active within the real estate industry, at both the local and state level.

The transition from Coldwell Banker to ERA will be very smooth, as both national franchises are within the same parent organization, the Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchise network.  Soffel points out “While Coldwell Banker and ERA share many of the same marketing and training tools, ERA’s main focus is on innovation and technology. With the real estate market continuing to shift toward web-based technologies, this focus will be a huge advantage to our clients and customers.”  As ERA Larson Real Estate has been part of the ERA Franchise Systems for more than 30 years, this transition will be seamless.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania visit or call one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 763-2600 Lakewood; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.  Follow ERA Team VP on Facebook for regular Real Estate & local news.

Winter Fun in Chautauqua County!

There are a lot of fun activities to choose from this weekend (February 4 – February 6) in Chautauqua County!  Take advantage of all of the snow that is still falling and do something to celebrate winter in our beautiful area.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend (February 4, 2011 – February 6, 2011)
Visit the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail for a wonderful weekend of wine paired with delicious chocolates.  According to the Lake Erie Wine Country website, “This Valentine’s treat is especially for you. Wineries will pair their own splendid chocolate creations with a delightful wine accompaniment. A perfect match!”  Even Hours are: Friday 12-5 PM and Saturday/Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM.  You may order tickets online!

Snowshoeing (February 5, 2011)
This Saturday explore the winter wilderness of Chautauqua County while snowshoeing with Evergreen Outfitters!  Guided tours will lead you through the beautiful winter woods.  Call Evergreen Outfitters (716) 763-2266 for reservations.

Chautauqua Winter Games (February 5, 2011 – February 6, 2011)
Come enjoy this FREE event at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena!   Saturday 9 AM – 8 PM & Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM, this fun figure skating competition will include Freestyle Dance and Pairs Competitive events.  Call the Ice Arena (716) 664-6609 or visit their website for more information.

Snowflake Festival (February 5, 2011)
Held this Saturday at the Jamestown Audobon Center from 10 AM – 4:30 PM.  Lots of indoor and outdoor events will be fun for the whole family!  According to the Jamestown Audobon Center, “Outdoor events will feature eagle caregiver Linda O’Brien answering all those questions you’ve always wanted to ask about Liberty, our resident Bald Eagle; snowshoeing with Evergreen Outfitters; cross country skiing; sleigh (or hay, weather dependent) rides with Dennis Wright; and winter camping and cooking demonstrations by Fluvanna Boy Scout Troop #169. Andrea DiMaio will return with the ever so popular Tails of Tundra Siberian husky rescue, highlighted by scooter and kick sled races. New this year will be 3 Seas Recreation and Suri Alpacas.”  Admission is only $5 and children under 12 are FREE.  Sleigh rides are $5 for adults and $2 for school aged children.

If you’re interested in visiting Chautauqua County this winter, remember Team VP provides full service vacation rentals and real estate sales.  Visit our website to view all of our rental properties, and even book your reservation online!  Call (800) 789-2600 for any questions you may have about real estate, rental properties or our beautiful area!