Summer may be nearing its end, but around Ellicottville, that means we’re entering what may be our most beautiful season of the year. The entire area pulls out all the stops to keep you active, entertained and sated by celebrating the energy of the clean, crisp air, the breathtaking foliage and the abundance of fall crops. Mark your calendars now and make plans to join us for any or all of these great events.
September 5: Join the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce for a 9-Hole Golf Outing at Holiday Valley Resort. This four-person scramble has a 4 p.m. shotgun start and it’s all about having fun. The $40 fee for members ($45 for non- members) includes greens fee, golf cart, two drink tickets, dinner and a welcome gift. Dinner-only tickets are available for $25. This scramble is limited to 60 players, so sign up now! Visit www.ellicottvilleny.com
September 14 – October 31: The area’s favorite fall destination, Pumpkinville, is a 25-acre fairground/farm market/gastronomic adventure for kids and grown-ups of all ages. There are games, a cornfield maze, corn cannon, petting zoo, hayrides, “Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows,” crafts and gift shops, pick-your-own pumpkin fields, and even helicopter rides (new this year, weekends only). There’s also a vast array of already picked pumpkins, apples and squashes, plus Indian corn and gourds for seasonal decorating. And the mouth-watering array of homemade menu items will keep your tummies happy well after the first flakes start falling — especially the pumpkin doughnuts, apple and pumpkin pies, homemade caramel and fudge, fresh-pressed cider and so much more. Visit www.pumpkinville.com.
September 14: Meet up with 63-year-old charity runner Doug Flis for his Run for Mental Health. Flis, who is starting his 104 mile run in Grimsby, Ontario, on September 13, invites runners of all ages to join him for the last three miles of his 30-hour run to Ellicottville. Donations will support the Cattaraugus County Mental Health Association’s Camp New Horizons and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Visit www.grimsbyrunners.com or call the County’s Mental Health Association at (716) 372-0208.
September 18: A benefit to provide educational supplies for needy children in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, will be held at the Birdwalk from 6-8:30 p.m. The Nicaraguan Education Fund Party, sponsored by Aneen Barrera and Lucie Olson, will feature great food and drink, a Chinese auction and live music. Stay tuned for more details.
September 20-22: Don’t miss this fun-filled Rock N’ Roll Weekend that kicks off Friday, Sept. 20 in the evening with lots of live entertainment in all of the local hot spots. The fun continues Saturday as you enjoy Ellicottville’s charming shops, outstanding restaurants and more performances by regional musicians throughout the village. Then on Sunday, the show everyone loves to enjoy is back for its 15th year … the Classic Car Show set up on Ellicottville’s main street from 12–5 p.m. Ellicottville is proud to showcase your cars, trucks and rods all set up in class order to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class. Visit www.ellicottvilleny.com
September 21: Springville’s eighth annual Oktoberfest takes place from 2–10 p.m. at Fireman’s Park on Nason Blvd. Great German food and, of course, beer will be available, along with live music, a German car and motorcycle show, and more. Visit www.springvillechamber.com.
September 21–22: The Southern Tier Biennial exhibition, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, is a juried contemporary art competition open to nine counties of the Southern Tier. Dual opening receptions will be held at the Olean Public Library and Jamestown CC Center Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. with the award ceremony and light refreshments at 4:30 p.m. at JCC. All events are free. Visit www.southertierbiennial.com.
September 21–22: The Southern Tier Symphony will be performing “Russian Fall” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Olean High School and again at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. For tickets and membership information, visit www.southerntiersymphony.org.
September 21–22: The remarkable Kinzua Bridge in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest is the location for the annual Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival. You’ll enjoy bluegrass and country music, great food, pony rides, “zem-zem” cars, and lots of arts and crafts, including candle dipping and leaf printing. The park is located at 1721 Lindholm Dr., Mt. Jewett, PA. For more information, see www.visitanf.com.
September 22: Athletes from around the country are participating in Pain in the Alleganies at Allegany State Park where competitions include half- iron, intermediate and short triathlons, half-iron aquabike and duathlon events. This is the newest in the Score This!!! series of races. Visit www.paininthealleganies.com.
September 28: Join the fun on Allegany’s Main Street from 11 a.m. –5 p.m. during the ninth annual BonaGany Festival, which celebrates the friendship between the Village of Allegany and St. Bonaventure University. Visit www.allegany.org.
September 28: Allegany State Park is looking for volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day by donating just five hours (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) to trail work, litter pickup and construction/assembly projects. Pre-registration is required. To volunteer, call (716) 354-9101, ext. 236.
October 4: Get into the Halloween spirit with Holiday Valley’s dinner theater production of “Witches Brew,” a musical set in the land of midnight shadows and starry skies. Tickets for the show and fabulous dinner are $60. Visit www.holidayvalley.com.
October 4–6: All weekend, artists will be selecting subjects from the Ellicottville area to paint on location, rain or shine, during the Plein Aire People’s Choice Paint Out. On Sunday, the fruits of their labors will be set up on easels in front of the 1887 Building, where you can cast your votes for your favorites and perhaps add a piece to your collection. Prizes will be awarded to the top three at 2:30 p.m. The call for entries and registration information is available at www.ellicottvilleny.com.
October 4–27: Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Road (home of the Ellicottville Rodeo) run from 7:30-9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening throughout the month. Plan to hop on the scariest hayride in Western New York! Visit www.nightmarehayride.com.
October 5–6: Experience Seneca culture and heritage and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage at Salamanca’s annual Falling Leaves Festival from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. both days at the Jefferson Street Park. The Native Roots Artist Guild will display handmade baskets, beadwork and paintings. The event also features traditional Seneca foods, carnival rides, a farmers market and much more. For more information, call (716) 945-3110.
October 12–13: The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce promises another fun-filled weekend during its annual Fall Festival, where hundreds of vendors display their art, crafts and other unique products, and thousands of people from all around the region meet to enjoy rides, great food, live music and all-around family fun. Visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.