by Mary Fox
This Saturday, Aug. 4, the Ellicottville Historical Society and St. John’s Episcopal Church are celebrating their 175th birthdays with an old-fashioned family day of tours, food, music, games and a special church service.
“There will be lots of fun events for everybody,” said Judy Brown, chairperson of the event.
The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. with tours of St. John’s Episcopal Church (with the opportunity to ring the bell) and the Ellicottville Historical Museum. Both will be open until 2:30 p.m. Hot dogs and beverages will be sold during this time by the Ellicottville Rotary Club and lawn games will be held in front of the Episcopal Church.
From 1-3 p.m., a musical duo with singer Mandy Hintz and Dave Robbins on acoustic guitar will play at the gazebo.
At 3 p.m., a birthday cake and cupcakes donated by the Historical Society and DJ’s Restaurant will be served. Ellicottville’s Town Supervisor John Burrell and Village Mayor Charlie Coolidge will make brief remarks noting this special occasion.
Following the cake cutting, Family Bingo will be held in front of the gazebo from 3-5 p.m. Great prizes have been generously donated by dozens of Ellicottville businesses. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to walk home with a gift or gift certificate from one of our special stores or restaurants.
Fr. Michael Lonto will hold a special 1800s worship service at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church including the 1869 Prayer Book, the 1850s organ and singing of old hymns. Everyone is welcome.
“St. John’s church has meant a lot to many people in Ellicottville,” said Sue Parsons, who will be one of the tour guides at St. John’s. “When we came here with our children in 1976, the church welcomed us, not as strangers but like friends and relatives.”
And that is the impression Ellicottville has given to visitors to our friendly little town since 1837.