We are closing in on Christmas and in most villages no creatures are stirring, except here in Ellicottville. Things are stirring at both Holiday Valley and Holimont. Both Ski Resorts have been making snow this past week. The problem continues to be Mother Nature. While we welcome the HUM we hear, through out the valley, of the snow guns blasting away. We still haven’t had that much needed string of cold weather. Well you never know, just maybe things will change for the better and we will be skiing before Christmas. This would allow, our skiers and their friends to be able to enjoy skiing and the FUN times that Ellicottville usually has going this time of year.
So lets take a look at this coming week. Starting today, Friday December 14, 2012 through Thursday December 20, 2012, we will have seven Bands, three DJ’s, one will include a karaoke show, a Plake Night complete with FUN and surprises, a Grand Opening, several All Week Sound System Music Events, all our normal food, beverage and football specials plus a possible visit from Santa. Take a look at the ads in The Ellicottville Times or stop in the club or restaurant of your choice and check out their daily food and drink specials. You will like what you see.
The Gin Mill, The Birdwalk, The Depot, The PUB & The Barn will be showing, in and around their other events, both college and NFL Football Games, along with food and drink specials, for all of us to enjoy.
Our weekend’s entertainment begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with Only Humen placing their Humanizing effect on Balloons music loving crowd. Only Humen, a twenty plus year Balloons Regular Band, is one of the best classic rock cover bands we get to see here in Ellicottville. Their show here last September was made even better by the temporary return of Reverend Mick Hayes on guitar and vocals. This really great Only Humen Gig will draw a crowd so plan on arriving early. Following Only Humen Personable DJ John Barry will put on his really neat Personality Show-Off Show LIVE from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. A neat danceable selection of tunes along with very entertaining Chitter/Chatter is what this FUN show is all about.
Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, we will have RT Live ROCKIN The Gin Mill FUN Loving Music Crowd with his acoustic version of many classics, including some excellent country rock tunes. Like we have seen before, RT might hook up with Bongo’s Freddie on percussion and or Retro Lil Joey on spoons creating even more Gin Mill Music FUN. Also please remember, if you enjoy a later meal, especially a great fish fry, The Gin Mill serves their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.
Moving now to Saturday, the FUN starts at 2:00 PM with the grand opening of The New Holiday Valley Main Lodge. Tours will be held until 2:25 with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 2:30 PM. Then refreshments will be served on the second floor until 3:30 PM.
Back in the village at 6:00 PM Saturday Balloons will host The Rhythm Rockers on their wonderful new music stage. Like we have said before, this fine band used to be known as Stevie B & The Rhythm Rockers. What we will hear is a veteran band with their roots in deep in the blues. However, over the last few years they have added some southern to classic rock tunes to their cover list. In fact, from their recent Balloons Gigs, their version of Blackfoot is the best. Still being Blues Rooted, Rockin Blues are what will dominate this gig. Following The Rhythm Rockers, DJ Flakey Frank Watson, Ellicottville’s Original Party Monster, will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Like most weeks, Frank will have his pass from The Disoriented DJ Home in place. Therefore, he will be able to display his innovative plan for party continuation along with a trend setting line of chit-chat and a FUN, danceable selection of tunes, that will be displayed in an All-Ages Friendly way till close.
Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday, The Depot assisted by The City Garage will host what they call Plake Night, which will be full of FUN and surprises. Besides the food and drink specials, there will be a ceremony to The Gods of Snow. Those that help with this ceremony will be given a gift to remember.
Then at 9:00 PM Saturday, The Gin Mill will complete our weekend’s music with Ray D. O’Flyer on their music stage. Ray D O’Flyer, or Radio Flyer, as they are known, is a neat Honky Tonk Oldies to Retro Rock N Roll Band playing tunes from the fifties and sixties in a way that always returns us to Rock N Oldies days. This FUN Gin Mill Band will bring out the bobby socks, poodle skirts and slicked back hair for all the good time “Rock N Roll” party people here in Ellicottville. Another excellent Gin Mill Music Night will happen this Saturday.
The Highlight of Sunday, over and above The Bills playing The Seahawks in Toronto, will be our Grandson Ben, celebrating his tenth Birthday, Happy Birthday Ben. Now move on to next week. It all begins at 6:00 PM Monday in The Gin Mill with their All U Can Eat Spaghetti & Football Dinner for only $6.99. Adding to The Gin Mill FUN will be Connor The Crasher. Besides being on bar duty, Connor will be playing classic country tunes through the sound system until The Jets take on The Titans.
Madigans Church on Monday will be back and begin at 10:00 PM Sharpe. This will be the final performance for an extended period of time. Reverend Jack will be joined with Bongo’s Freddie for this final gig. Hopefully Reverend Jack will return, in the future, bringing back this really FUN night of original Honky Tonk to Rock A Billy music that he has performed in an excellent way for quite a few years.
As we said last week, another Ellicottville tradition has changed. Joe Wagner’s 8:00 PM Wednesday gig in The Gin Mill is now The Joe Wagner & Friends Band. For the time being, two of Joe’s Friends will be Bongos Freddie and Retro Lil Joey on spoons. The music will still be the same wonderful Acoustic Classic to Southern Rock that Joe and his crew have done so well over the last twenty plus years. The Gin Mill’s excellent chicken wings will still be on special and another Good Music and FUN Gin Mill Wednesday will happen.
Thursday we will have two music events. First at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Freddie & Friends doing another weekly version of what used to be “The Weekly Notice Band”. The music, as always, will be excellent Classic to Country Rock. Like we always say, just who will be performing won’t be known until they start the gig. What we know for sure is The Gin Mill will be a ROCKIN & FUN place this Thursday night.
Also at 8:00 PM Thursday The PUB in Great Valley will have DJ Felony along with his Karaoke Show doing their regular Thursday gig. As we always say, this neat show gives The PUB Patrons two options. Which are, being part of the show or just kicking back while enjoying The Local & FUN PUB Good Times.
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