By Mary Heyl
Spring is officially here, and the historic village of Randolph has so much to offer visitors who are looking for a fun way to spend the weekend! Golf, Amish tours, and even a lively 5K run are just a few ways to enjoy the season in Randolph, where fun for every member of the family is just a short drive away.
Located at 78 Conewango Road, Cardinal Hills Golf Course offers activities for golfers of all ages and skill levels. The course, which was founded in 1927, has hosted a variety of leagues, tournaments, and events over the years, and is looking forward to an exciting new season in 2016. Leagues for men, women and seniors meet every day of the week except Fridays. On Saturdays, the Mike Benca Jr. six-week instructional golf program teaches children the basics of golf and concludes with a tournament in August.
Owner Eric Brown is pleased to announce the construction of the new Event Center, which is scheduled to open next spring. The center, which was originally built to host the course’s larger tournaments, will be available to book for weddings, reunions and other events that require seating for 100 or more guests. Cardinal Hills’ Club House, which includes a full bar and restaurant, will continue to serve golfers and guests; its full menu is available online at www.cardinalhillsny.com. To schedule a tee time or get more information about 2016 rates, call (716) 358-5409.
Springtime is also the perfect time to explore one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the northeast. Western New York’s Amish community is a self-sustaining one, as most families are farmers who raise their own livestock and grow their own crops. As visitors drive throughout the Amish community, they will see a variety of animals including cattle, sheep, goats and more, as well as the iconic horse-drawn buggies. Many Amish families support themselves through the goods they make and sell. Furniture, ironwork, leatherwork, toys, quilts, rugs, baskets and more are made and sold year-round by Amish families who have been teaching these skills to younger generations for many years.
Those unfamiliar with the area would benefit from a guided Amish tour in which the guide rides along in your vehicle and can tailor the tour to your specific interests and time constraints. Amish tours are by reservation only and may be arranged by contacting the Leon Historical Society at (716) 259-5709 or (716) 259-5268 and the Randolph Area Community Dev. Corp. at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208.
Many visitors enjoy taking a self-guided tour with the Amish Trail Map brochure, which is available at the Welcome Center of the Randolph Municipal Building at 72 Main Street in Randolph. The map is also available online to download at www.AmishTrail.com. In addition to a detailed listing and map of Amish businesses, the brochure includes directions and information about “English” businesses, including restaurants and shops. For more information, visit www.AmishTrail.com or call 1-800-331-0543.
Once the weather becomes warmer, one of the busiest places in Randolph is Weeden Park, where sports fields, playgrounds and a walking path give everyone something to enjoy. This spring, Weeden Park will be the site of the Dash of Color 5K Run/Walk event sponsored by the Village Dance Studio of Randolph. This fundraiser, which will support the dancers’ trip to Florida for a competition, takes place on Saturday, May 7 at 9:45 a.m. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate, and those who register on or before April 1 will receive a free Dash of Color t-shirt. For more information and registration forms, visit The Village Dance Studio Dash of Color on Facebook or email Bethany Bushey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the village of Randolph, including upcoming events, find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook or visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org.
And don’t forget to save the date for Randolph’s 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 18. Food and craft vendor applications are being accepted through June 1, and new vendors are always welcome. Visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org for more details about the festival and to download the vendor registration forms.