By Mary Heyl
Warmer days are here to stay, and with the better weather comes a variety of fun things to do with family and friends. Whether your interests lie on the golf course, on the Amish Trail, or on the open road in the car of your dreams, there’s a lot to do in Randolph this spring!
Randolph is home to one of the most popular golf courses in the area, Cardinal Hills Golf Course. Founded in 1927, this 18-hole course is a microcosm of all that is admired about Cattaraugus County’s landscape: gently rolling hills, scenic views of the mountains and the kind of quiet that people drive for miles to find.
Located at 78 Conewango Road, Cardinal Hills is a par-72 course that provides a relaxing but challenging experience for golfers of all levels. Golfers can shop the pro shop for gear and equipment and take a break at the Club House. With a full bar and restaurant, the Club House truly is the “pause that refreshes” and is open to non-golfers to dine, too. On a beautiful, warm day, the grills are fired up, so golfers can grab a fresh hot dog or burger and continue on the course. For 2015 rates and cart rental fees, visit http://www.cardinalhillsny.com/ or call (716)358-5409.
Conewango Road also happens to be one of the main routes of New York’s Amish Trail and this is the perfect time of year to experience a simpler way of life by taking a drive through Cattaraugus County’s non-commercialized Old Order Amish settlement that begins in Randolph. Visitors can pick up a New York Amish Trail map at the Welcome Center of the Randolph Municipal Building located at 72 Main Street and begin their journey. Whether one’s interest is in fresh produce, baked goods, candy, handmade rugs, furniture, iron work, toys or quilts, the Amish Trail map can point visitors in the right direction.
Along the way, you’ll enjoy the scenic views of Amish farms, one-room schoolhouses and the many buggies making their way down the unpaved roads. Although this unforgettable experience can be enjoyed most days of the week, keep in mind that Amish shops are closed on Sundays. Visit www.amishtrail.com for more information about this fascinating community.
Interested in experiencing Randolph’s historic downtown? Make it an unforgettable experience by driving down Main Street in a brand new Ford Mustang! On Saturday, May 16 the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation is partnering with Ed Shults Ford Dealership to host a community day to raise money for a new backstop on Randolph’s baseball field. Ed Shults is bringing a variety of brand new cars, including the Mustang, for drivers ages 18 and older to test drive.
The starting point is the parking lot of the United Presbyterian Church at 186 Main Street; for every test driver, Ed Shults will make a donation to the community. Not only is this a time to test-drive a car without the pressure of being at a dealership, but it’s a great time, too: enjoy free hot dogs and drinks, fresh baked goods and family activities provided by Randolph’s Boy- and Girl-Scouts troops. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (716)358-9701 ext. 208.
Then, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 20 and Randolph’s 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. The Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is seeking vendors for the 2015 festival: crafters, artisans, fine artists and food vendors are invited to participate. The day-long show on Father’s Day weekend will be held — rain or shine — along Main Street in downtown Randolph from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes live music, entertainment, raffles and family activities throughout the day, and is a great place for vendors to show off their wares! Those interested in being a vendor at this year’s festival can visit http://enjoyrandolph.org/events/arts-crafts-festival/ for registration forms and details, or call the RACDC at (716)358-9701 ext. 208.
You can always visit www.enjoyrandolph.org or “Enjoy Randolph” on Facebook for photos and the latest information on community events.