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Ride Out the Winter in Springville

By Alicia Dziak

It’s been winter for a while now, and we still have a ways to go. If you’re not careful, cabin fever is gonna set in, and the best way to deal with that is to get out and find some fun ways to pass the time!

Luckily, nearby Springville offers a host of activities to give you a great excuse to get out of the house.

On Feb. 27, make your voice known during a public input meeting to discuss the final design plans for the Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Springville DPW Garage on Nason Blvd. at Waverly in the Village. Attendees are encouraged to wear their boots and bring their ideas. There will be a tour after a brief presentation of concept plans and information collected by the Pop Warner Steering Committee.

Also on Feb. 27, take part in a totally radical event! A totally 80s party is the annual dance thrown by the Cordelian Club to benefit Bertrand Chafee Hospital. Enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres (included with your ticket), as Rock & Roll to the Rescue and DJ Rick Manzone provide all the Dial MTV music and video faves from back in the day. There will be basket, cash and other raffles, as well as a photo booth to capture the fun. The event will be held at the Springville Volunteer Fire Department at 405 W. Main Street in Springville. Tickets are $35 a person and available from any Cordelian Member or at the door.

Want to unleash your creativity? Brighten up your dark winter evenings with some paint at two cool events.

Create Paintnight offers group outings at various locations throughout Springville. Participants create nature-inspired paintings in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the company of other creative minds, although no painting experience is needed. For more info and a schedule, visit www.createpaintnight.com.

Ellicottville resident Rebecca Szpaicher, who is also the art teacher at Springville Elementary School, offers Canvas-N-Cocktails classes in and around Springville. Gather up some friends, grab a cocktail at the bar,and design your masterpiece with guidance from Szpaicher. For more info and to check out the schedule, visit www.facebook.com/canvasncocktails.

Sometimes a little retail is all you need to re-energize. Check out Springville’s fantastic shops, filled with sporting goods, all the latest gadgets and gifts, furniture, consignments, hardware and everything in between.

Every Wednesday, Genter’s Springville Auction awaits with antiques, gadgets and treats galore. During the winter months, the famous household auction is held indoors, and at 2 p.m. the produce and live animal auction begins. For more info, visit gentnerspringvilleauction.com.

Hungry? Springville offers a selection of restaurants serving up Friday fish fries for Lent, plus anything else you might be craving.

How about fun for the kids?

The littlest tykes can have some fun at Spark! from Springville Center for the Arts. Children ages 2 to 5 meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. year-round, following the school calendar. The goal of the program is to improve overall learning and creative problem-solving skills through contact with the arts. Call (716) 592-9038 for details.

The Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, at 18 Chapel Street, offers children’s programs all winter long. On Monday, Feb. 29 at 5 p.m., kids ages 5-12 can take part in Fairy Gardens, presented by The Botanical Gardens. Make a miniature garden for fairies or gnomes out of provided natural materials. Registration is required for all library programs. Call (716) 592-7742.

For the sporty set, registration is now open for spring baseball, softball and soccer through Springville Youth Inc. (SYI) is now open. Youth programming is available for students in grades pre-K through 12. Sign up before March 7 for baseball and softball, and by March 31 for soccer.

Don’t hibernate until spring arrives. Get out of the house and into Springville, where endless fun and adventure await!

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