By Alicia Dziak
Fun is revving up in the village, when the Armor Inn begins hosting its weekly Bike Days on Sunday, June 7.
Bike Days will feature live music indoors at the restaurant’s Ellicottville location (5 East Washington St.), along with beer and food specials and a variety of contests, including Best Bike (best chrome, best paint, best overall), Best Tattoo (male and female) and a chicken wing eating contest. Each week, winners will receive a goody bag of prizes. In addition, guests can enter to win a free drawing at the end of the season for a trip for two to the Daytona Biketoberfest.
“We want to make this a destination for a weekend ride where people can meet friends, make new friends and enjoy great food and entertainment,” said restaurant owner JC Seneca. “We want to bring something to Ellicottville that benefits all the businesses here.”
And, added Mark Tufilaro, director of development for Seneca’s family of companies, “We want to bring the community together and encourage the business community to be involved as well.”
After all, while bike enthusiasts may come for the bikes, they’ll stay for all Ellicottville has to offer, strolling the streets and browsing the local shops.
In addition to an afternoon of fun, visitors can expect to see efforts to raise money for a variety of local charities through the JC Seneca Foundation (jcsenecafoundation.org), a non-profit corporation whose mission is to advance healthy living in body, mind and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. The foundation’s future plans include supporting the EVGV Trail and the Alley Katz.
“We want to help other people and work with charities that have an effect on people’s lives,” Seneca said.
Bike Days will be held Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m., June 7 through September 13, excluding festival weekends.
“We’ll make this a fun and enjoyable event for all,” said Tufilaro, adding that Bike Days is a family-friendly event for kids and adults alike.
June 7 will feature live music by the Mick Hayes band. Lineups for upcoming weeks can be found at www.armorinn.com.
Ride for Dialysis May 30
Bike lovers have another opportunity to support an important local cause during the JC Seneca Foundation’s second annual Ride for Dialysis happening Saturday, May 30. The Ride for Dialysis will go from Hamburg to Ellicottville to Gowanda, and bikers will be part of the parade of bikes that opens Gowanda’s Hollywood Happening. The ride is free, but a $20 donation is appreciated. Funds raised will go toward Seneca Nation’s Dialysis Program. Last year, funds went toward a van to transport patients back and forth to clinics.