By Mary Heyl
Has the freezing weather driven you to the point of cabin fever? Have you been shopping online to avoid long and potentially dangerous trips in the car? Has it been awhile since you took a leisurely walk through Randolph’s downtown? If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, then it’s time to visit Randolph, and there’s no better time than this weekend!
On Saturday, March 7, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation will be hosting its second annual “March into Randolph” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the downtown and beyond.
At any participating business, people can pick up a “passport” with a list of the Randolph businesses that will be “stops” on the march throughout town. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and see what’s new in Randolph shops, grab a bite to eat at one of Randolph’s various eateries and support the community.
A great place to start is the Randolph Free Library on Jamestown Street, which is just two doors away from the next stop, Randolph Auto Supply. Next, participants can march into Betsey’s Country Fabric Shop, also on Jamestown Street, before walking down Bank Street to visit the Inn at One Bank Street, which is having its open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This historic inn built in 1904 was once a fire house and has been beautifully restored.
On Main Street, the passport leads participants to Senn-Sations Salon & Day Spa in one of Randolph’s most beautiful Greek Revival homes. Other stops on Main Street include Countryside Wine & Spirits and Randolph Retail Company, home to a beautiful selection of gifts, home décor and women’s apparel. Right next door is the newly relocated Yarn for Ewe, which now carries antiques and collectables as well as 18” doll clothing and accessories. Next door at 133 Main Street, businesses such as Cattaraugus County Bank, Connie Dalbo Yoga and the Real American Stars will be set up to share information and sign visitors’ passports. Last but not least, Stillwater Feeds on Main Street is the best place to take care of your furry friends, as it carries a variety of organic pet foods and pet supplies.
What do passport carriers have to gain from their journey through so many Randolph businesses? Besides the great experience of seeing what all these small businesses have to offer, participants can enter their passports into a drawing for a beautiful gift basket made up of prizes donated by Randolph’s small businesses. Participants must get at least five businesses to initial their passports, but the more businesses they visit, the more chances participants get to enter the drawing.
Another important event taking place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the “Just for the Ladies” bazaar at the Randolph Fire Hall on Main Street. Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center (EPAC) is hosting this fundraiser to help send their dancers to perform in Disney World in 2016: Destination Disney. EPAC owner Melissa Anderson is excited to announce her dancers’ opportunity to perform in the Disney Main Street Electrical Parade, Epcot Daytime Parade, Hollywood Studios Showcase, and Downtown Disney performances in Orlando, FL. However, Anderson knows that Destination Disney doesn’t come without a price tag, and she and her dancers have been working hard to raise money for their trip.
At the Randolph Fire Hall, even more vendors and home businesses will be set up for an all-day shopping extravaganza that the ladies are bound to enjoy. Vendors include Avon, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories, Park Lane Jewelry, Rose and Mags Country Mile, Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Wallflower Designs and many more. Lunch will be available for purchase at the fire hall to support Destination Disney.
The “Just for the Ladies” event at the Randolph Fire Hall is also a stop on the March into Randolph passport, so participants can support EPAC as they make their way throughout the downtown.
For updated information about March into Randolph, visit enjoyrandolph.org and Enjoy Randolph’s Facebook page. More details about the “Just for the Ladies” event can be found on www.expressionsperformingarts.com or by emailing Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.