By Mary Heyl
If snowy, cold weather has kept you indoors lately, then visiting Randolph next weekend is the perfect antidote to cabin fever! On Saturday, March 5, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation will be hosting its third annual March into Randolph from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the downtown and beyond! This is a great opportunity to see what’s new in Randolph, including the latest spring merchandise in the downtown shops, the Randolph Historical Society’s new exhibits, and an exciting fundraiser hosted by Expressions Performing Arts Center.
At the Randolph Library, visitors can pick up a “passport” with a list of the participating Randolph businesses that will be “stops” on the March throughout town. Participating businesses and organizations include Randolph Auto Supply, Cattaraugus County Bank, Countryside Wine & Spirits, Creating Keepsakes, Expressions Performing Arts Center, Inkley’s Pharmacy, LadySong Farm, Landmark Chevrolet, Randolph Retail Company, the Real American Stars, Senn-Sations Salon & Day Spa, Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop, Stillwater Feeds, and Yarn for Ewe.
New for 2016, the Randolph Historical Society, located in the Dow Building at 29 Jamestown Street, will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to explore the building’s two floors, which feature the history of Randolph’s businesses downstairs and an extensive military exhibit upstairs. The Dow Building, itself, is an important piece of Randolph history, as it is one of the oldest buildings in the village and was the site of Randolph’s first library.
Other new participants for 2016 include Landmark Chevrolet and LadySong Farm, where Judy Korff raises Suri Alpacas, Muscovy Ducks and Sebastopol Geese. During the March, The Inn at One Bank Street will be hosting an Open House for visitors to check out this beautifully remodeled 1904 firehouse!
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Randolph Fire Hall, which is another stop on the March. At the fire hall, Expressions Performing Arts Center (EPAC) of Randolph is holding its own fundraiser, the “Just for the Ladies” bazaar. At the fundraiser, more than twenty-five vendors and home businesses including Avon, Jamberry, Pampered Chef, Partylite, and Tastefully Simple, will be set up for an all-day shopping extravaganza. All proceeds will benefit EPAC’s performance trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from June 27 to July 4, 2016. While in Florida, students will dance in and lead the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, perform in a daytime parade at EPCOT, perform at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and perform at the Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney.
Once visitors get their passport signed by six different businesses/organizations, they can enter the drawing to win great gift baskets filled with prizes donated by the participating businesses. There will be several themed gift baskets, including a men’s basket, girls’ night out basket, children’s basket, and a knitting basket—enter your ticket into the basket of your choice. The grand prize drawing is for a two-night stay at the historic Inn at One Bank Street! Getting more than six initials earns participants more chances to enter the drawing. To earn a bonus ticket, enjoy lunch at one of Randolph’s great restaurants and bring in your receipt to Yarn for Ewe. Baskets will be on display at Yarn for Ewe, where the drawings will take place at 4 p.m.
While you’re in Randolph, enjoy the Saturday evening performance of Randolph’s school musical, Mary Poppins! Tickets are available at the door for $8; Saturday’s performance starts at 7 p.m. This musical incorporates the talents of elementary, middle and high school students who have been rehearsing diligently for two months. For updated information about upcoming events, including March into Randolph, visit enjoyrandolph.org, “Enjoy Randolph” on Facebook or email Mary Heyl, RACDC director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.