By Eva Potter
Looking for an invigorating outdoor event? Maybe you’d rather be entertained inside? Either way, the following is only a short list of things to do in the Olean and Allegany area and they’re sure to check your boxes for family fun.
Feb. 21 – Squirrel City Frigid Fest
Enjoy a blast of winter at the first annual Squirrel City Frigid Fest held at Bradner Stadium from 8 a.m.–11 p.m. This free fest includes a co-ed softball tournament and a kickball tournament at Forness Park. The championship games will be held in the evening in the stadium. Registration for the softball tournament is $75 and kickball is $50. A 5K run ($15 fee) will begin at 4 p.m. in Bradner Stadium. You can also enjoy the snow sculpture contest with judging at 5 p.m., free skating from 1:30–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. at the Rec Center, tubing from noon to 4 p.m. in War Vets Park, DJ music in the stadium from noon–7 p.m. and a live band until 11 p.m. When your toes need a warmup, head for the heated tent in the stadium, which will be selling beer and food all day and houses many retail vendors. The event is organized by the Olean Local Development Corp. and proceeds benefit the Forness Park softball and kickball leagues. More details at www.oleanny.com/events.aspx.
Feb. 22 – 10th Annual
Premier Banquet Center, at 2000 Constitution Ave. in Olean, will once again welcome brides-to-be to their annual wedding spectacular starting at 11:30 a.m. The event features a fashion show, vendors, contests and giveaways. Brides get in free by calling to preregister with the Mountain Radio Station at (716) 372-9564. Guests of the bride pay a $5 admission fee. Call Premier Banquet Center at (716) 372-2070.
March 6 – FOGM
Symphor!a (formerly Symphony Syracuse) will be performing from 7:30–10 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany and will be led by guest conductor Heather Buchman, the director of orchestra and chamber music programs at Hamilton College. “Sibelius’ Symphony Nr. 7” and “Serenade of Strings” by Tchaikovsky are in the program. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Quick Center by the Friends of Good Music (FOGM), which is celebrating its 33rd season. Tickets are $20 general admission, $16 for SBU staff and seniors, and only $5 for students. For more information, call (716) 375-2494 or visit www.friendsofgoodmusic.com. Art galleries and the gift shop are open on concert nights. All seats reserved. Members may request specific seats with a subscription order.
March 12-15 –
This long-running, off-Broadway hit musical revue, first presented in 1982, will be performed at Olean Theatre Workshop and features comedy, parody and fantastic show tunes from famous musicals like “Cats,” “Wicked,” “Les Mis” and many others. This satirical, hilarious and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theater’s greatest stars and songwriters is presented by the senior high school class. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm., and Sunday at 2:30pm. The theater is located at 702 Washington St. in Olean. To purchase tickets, visit www.oleanworkshop.org/tickets.html or call (716) 373-SHOW.
March 13-15 –
33rd Annual Olean
Stock Car Show
Head to the Olean Center Mall from Friday afternoon through Sunday for the Stock Car Motorsports Expo. Wander the mall during business hours and check out 14 different classes of race cars including karts and classic and antique stock cars. No admission is charged. The event is open to all drivers and tracks. Awards will be handed out on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, please call Rod Biehler during the evening at (814) 225-4050.
Anytime – Fannie E. Bartlett Historical House and Olean Point Museum
Take a step back in time when you visit this historic home, featuring nine rooms showcasing turn-of-the-century décor and period furnishings along with a Tiffany-style staircase window. Built in 1881 by George Foreman and purchased in 1891 by Frank and Fannie Bartlett for $15,000, a handsome sum at the time, the house has seven fireplaces, each uniquely designed and built. You will find intricate details and woodwork throughout the house, along with different floor designs in each room using as many as seven different woods imported from around the world.
The Olean Point Museum, which opened in 1998, is located in the converted Carriage House on the Bartlett property and has housed a variety of historical exhibits focusing on local culture, people and business. Both are located at 302 Laurens Street in Olean and are open Wednesday through Saturday, 1–5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (716) 376-5642.
Save the Date –
Annual Maple Weekends
Save the date for this year’s annual Maple Weekends on March 21–22 and March 28–29, 10 a.m. –4 p.m. each day, when maple producers across the state open their sugar shacks and production facilities to show you how maple syrup is , along with other demonstrations. Admission is free! All-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts and maple-related products are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Be sure to bundle up, because Maple weekends take place no matter what Mother Nature is throwing at us on those weekends. Find more information at www.nysmaple.com. Sprague’s Maple Farms at 1048 Portville-Obi Road in Portville, will offer wagon rides, maple wine tasting, maple cake donuts, sugar on snow and demonstrations. Call (716) 933-6637 for details or visit www.spraguesmaplefarms.com.