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Big Events Abound: Sing the Blues and Get Happy at Jazz and Blues Weekend

7-26-13jazz-blues-cover2By Jann Wiswall

Ellicottville and surrounding communities never let the dog days of summer get them down when so many activities are available for folks of all ages and interests. The next several weeks offer fabulous music, a host of family-friendly events, great eats and so much more! Take a look at what’s in store and make plans today to visit and stay awhile!

Jazz and Blues Weekend – 

July 26-28

Ellicottville’s Jazz and Blues Weekend is truly a unique experience. Wander through the village and choose from a variety of jazz and blues performance areas along the streets and in the restaurants, bars and nightclubs all weekend long.

Seven bands will take the main stage on Monroe Street, just off the main drag. Other performances are scheduled in bars and cafes throughout the village, including the Town Gazebo, the Gin Mill, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Balloons, Madigan’s and others.

Main acts include B.D. Lenz, the Mick Hays Band, Mark Mazur and the Little Big Band, and more. See page 3 for the full lineup.

6th Annual OnoFest – 

July 27

The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development and the Onoville Marina is sponsoring its sixth annual OnoFest at the Marina this weekend from 1-9:30 p.m. The family-oriented event features arts, crafts, delicious food, games and contests for young and old alike. Bands will play throughout the day with a grand finale fireworks display at dusk.

Featured bands include Crush at 1 p.m., The Band Archives at 2:30 p.m., TPT (Teachers, Preachers & Trent) at 5 p.m. and the Porcelain Bus Drivers at 7:30 p.m. Admission is just $5 a carload. For more information, visit www.onoville.org.

Cattaraugus County Fair – July 29 – Aug. 4

The Cattaraugus County Fair returns to the County Fairgrounds in Little Valley for its 171st year! The week of good, clean fun features 21 amusement rides, games, animals, great carnival food, live music, a demolition derby, magic shows, chainsaw carving, a passel of pound puppies, and much more. Agricultural events include 4-H horse shows, goat shows, donkey and mule shows, rabbit shows, sheep shows, a petting zoo and the Barnyard Olympics. Free evening entertainment will be held at the grandstand July 27 – 31.

From Aug. 1-4, evening grandstand entertainment (for an additional fee) includes Justin Moore in concert Aug. 1, the Monster Truck Rally on Aug. 2, the USA East-sanctioned Big Rig Pull Series and WNY Pro Stock Tractor Pull on Aug. 3 and the Championship Demolition Derby on Aug. 4.

Tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds located at Route 353 and N. Ninth St. in Little Valley, and at Cattaraugus County Banks and Olean Area Community Banks. General admission is $9. Age 15 and Under Youth Day (July 31, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.) is $6 and Senior Citizen Day (Aug. 1, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.) is $6. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.cattarauguscofair.com or call (716) 938-9146.

2013 ASP Full Moon Family Beach Party – Aug. 9

Come spend a fun summer’s evening at Red House Beach as Allegany State Park and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) team up for their sixth annual Beach Party from 6-10 p.m.

The event features an art show, called “Works on Wood,” with local artists’ interpretation of campstools, signs, baskets, and hiking sticks, a silent auction, live music by ASP’s own Kevin McCarthy and the New York Rockin’ Revue, kids’ activities, a lifeguard competition and a fireworks display over Red House Lake.

Proceeds from the silent auction support arts programming in the park in conjunction with the CCAC. For more information, visit http://www.myartscouncil.net.

Gowanda Harley-Davidson Kruise-In – Aug. 10

Gowanda Harley-Davidson’s fifth annual classic car and bike show rides again on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event features Rat Rods, Street Rods and Pre-85 American-Made Bikes, along with live music from Buffalo Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Lebel and his Damn Fine Rebels. It’s free to register a vehicle and free to attend, so stop on by, vote for your favorites and enjoy the day. For more information, visit www.gowandaharley.com.

Taste of Ellicottville – 

Aug. 10-11

The Taste of Ellicottville is your opportunity to sample the best that Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer as they set up “cafe style” on the streets for your enjoyment. Tickets are $1 each and tasting menu items range from $1-$4. You can purchase tickets at the main ticket booth centrally located in the village.

The event takes place throughout the village from noon – 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and is sponsored by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. A complete list of participants and menu offerings will be available soon at www.ellicottvilleny.com.

Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival – Aug. 18

Celebrate summer with a wonderful day at Griffis Sculpture Park surrounded by art, musical performances, tours, artist displays and a children’s crafts tent. Musical performances feature John & Mary and the Valkyries, Sly Boots School of Music, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, The Observers and the Jony James Blues Band. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gate. The event runs from noon to 6:30 p.m.; gates open at 11 a.m. For more information, visit Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival on Facebook.

GOACC Rally in the Valley – Aug. 21-25

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC), Gowanda Harley-Davidson and the Greater Olean Motorcycle Enthusiasts will host the 11th annual Rally in the Valley in Olean. The five-day event is a motorcycle rally with proceeds benefitting a host of community charities. Since 2003, the event has grown from a two-day rally with three contests and 2,500 spectators to a five-day production with seven contests and more than 8,300 attendees.

The Rally Warm-up event will be held Aug. 21 at the CUTCO/Ka-Bar Visitors Center from 5-7 p.m. and will feature a chicken BBQ, music, door prizes and the unveiling of the annual Rally Commemorative Cutco Knife. The event continues through the weekend with a Street Masters Car Show, the Hammerback Bar & Grill Sunday Dice Run, and so much more. Prizes include a Harley-Davidson 2013 Street Glide FLHX and a 2012 CarMate enclosed, two-bike trailer. Visit www.oleanny.com.

Voodoo Moon – A Tribute to Michael Kerns  –  Aug. 24

One of Ellicottville’s favorite dinner parties is scheduled for Aug. 24 at John Harvard’s Cabana Bar & Pool Complex at Holiday Valley. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Voodoo Moon raises funds for the Rotary Foundation for Youth and Family Support.

The evening features gourmet cocktails, entrees with a Cajun theme provided by the best restaurants in town, and sumptuous desserts by Tom Kneeland and Watson’s Chocolates. You’ll also enjoy a silent auction and the great music of Lee Ron Zydeco. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.

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