By Alicia Dziak
Just a short drive north of Ellicottville awaits Springville, overflowing with loads of activities planned for late summer and early fall. If you haven’t been there in a while, it’s the perfect time to go, with something for everyone.
For the music lover, don’t miss 10 String Symphony, presented by the Springville Center for the Arts, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The Nashville-based 10 String Symphony is a blend of the two distinct, but equally vivacious, musical voices of Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, whose vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities. Tickets are $12 pre-sale or $15 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.springvillearts.org.
For the beer lover, check out the Oktoberfest celebration, happening Sept. 26, from 2 to 11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, 70 Nason Blvd, off Waverly Street. Enjoy fun, food, music by the Springville Jazz Band and Joe Wagner and The Frankfurters, a beer hall featuring a selection of German food and craft beers, contests and fireworks. In addition, check out the Southtowns German Car and Motorcycle Show from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.springvillechamber.com.
For the runner, walker or just plain fun seeker, check out Springville’s very own Color Run on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Springville Elementary School PTA is partnering with Schoolathon.org to bring an entertaining and exciting 3K/5K race to town that involves runners being blasted with food-grade, non-toxic packets of color along the course. Choose between a 3K or 5K route with two color/water stations along the way, where participants can hydrate and observers can purchase color packs to blast on the registrants. $30 covers race entry, a t-shirt and color pack. Sign up at http://shop.schoolathon.org/EventIndex.asp?EID=181364.
For the chance taker, how about a super-cool, virtual horse racing fundraiser? Try your luck at A Night at the Derby fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Parish Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. Nine different races will be projected on a video projection system to give everyone the feeling that they are at the derby, and prizes are determined by the number of participants and how many raffle tickets are purchased for each horse. Proceeds benefit Springville Youth Inc. (SYI), a not-for-profit organization that provides recreation services for the residents of the Town of Concord and Village of Springville. Tickets are $20 each; beer, pop and pizza are included. For more information, visit www.syionline.org.
For the bargain shopper, Gentner’s Springville Auction is open every Wednesday, year-round. Browse the vendor booths for farm-fresh produce, flowers and almost anything you can imagine in the flea market section—the auction is never the same experience twice! For more information, visit www.gentnerspringvilleauction.com.
However you like to spend the days as summer turns to fall, you’ll find something unique to do in Springville. Take some time to explore this small town with big-time fun!