By Eva Potter
It’s been an amazing summer in Ellicottville and this fall looks to be just as action-packed.
This weekend, there’s still time to make plans to attend the annual tribute to Michael Kerns on Aug. 29. Under a Tuscan Moon, a party filled with delicious Italian fare and a decadent dessert table prepared by local chefs, starts at 6 p.m. at John Harvard’s Cabana Bar & Pool Complex at Holiday Valley. Call (716) 699-8758 for tickets or buy them at the Ellicottville Chamber office, E’Ville Spirits or Katy’s Café.
If you’re in the mood for Crawdads, Clams and BBQ, then visit the Woods at Bear Creek on Aug. 29. The event runs from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. and includes live music. Tickets are $30 at the gate. For details call (716) 676-2327.
September kicks off with Slyfest 10 on Sept. 5–6 at Griffis Sculpture Park’s Mill Valley site at 6902 Rohr Rd. in East Otto. Beginning at 10 a.m., you’ll see and hear internationally known performers like Kaki King, Arthur Lipner, The Slyboots Circus, Crit’s Juke Joint, Family Funktion & the Sitar Jams and The Buffalo Afro Beat Orchestra. Participate in cool interactive workshops, shop the vendor village or take a park tour. For details and tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com/event/925391.
Everybody anxiously awaits the opening of Pumpkinville and this year it gets going on Sept. 12. A favorite family fall destination, this family-run farm on 200 scenic acres offers thousands of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and colors. Check out the corn maze, pedal carts, hayrides, a cow train, farm animals, the singing chicken show, locally made fruit, maple and honey products, crafts, cider and so much more. New this year — the free punchin’ pumpkin race. Set the timer and see how fast you can find and give the four pumpkins in the maze a punch. It’s fun for the whole family! Pumpkinville is open daily 9 a.m.–7 p.m. through Oct. 31. Parking and admission are free. More at www.pumpkinville.com.
The Seneca Allegany Casino offers a yearlong lineup of topnotch live entertainment and on Sept. 4 you can catch Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Then plan a return visit to hear REO Speedwagon on Sept. 17. Visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com for details and tickets.
Don’t miss Ellicottville’s annual Rock N’ Roll Weekend Sept. 18–20. Live acts featured during this lively weekend include The Party Squad, Michael DiSanto, Hoagy & the Blue Bombers, Andy Paxon, Ron Spencer and Rumourz performing at your favorite local venues and on the outdoor main stage. The 16th annual Classic Car Show will fill the main drag with trucks, cars and hot rods on Sept. 20, noon–5 p.m. Bring your wheels and maybe you’ll be the judges’ fave this year. Awards are presented for each class. More at www.ellicottvilleny.com.
Take a day trip to a local farm during National Alpaca Farm Days, Sept. 26–27, and run your fingers through the fleece of these oh-so-soft, gentle creatures. Alpaca farms in Ellicottville, Little Valley and nearby towns throughout the county will provide farm tours, demonstrations and stylish alpaca fashions for purchase. Many cria (baby alpacas) are born in the fall, so you’ll likely get to see a few wee ones on your adventure. More info at www.enchantedmountains.com or www.alpacainfo.com/alpaca-farm-days.
For some outdoor adventures, visit Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park to get your adrenaline fill on 13 aerial challenge courses, a 10-tree climbing forest and gravity-defying roller coaster. The Sky High Aerial Park, Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster and the Climbing Forest are open daily through Sept. 7 and weekends through Nov. 1. Sky High hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and the coaster runs 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 1-800-699-HIGH for reservations and visit www.holidayvalley.com for details.
While you’re at Holiday Valley, take a leisurely chairlift ride up to picturesque Spruce Lake, then ride or walk back down. Located next to Sky High Adventure Park, the lift runs Saturdays–Sundays through Oct 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For only $5, you will get a panoramic, bird’s eye view from the top. Children under age 2 ride free.