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Enjoy the ‘Spring’ in Springville!

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By Alicia Dziak

Spring is the perfect time to check out Springville, which has “spring” in its name for good reason—there are so many fun things going on to help you enjoy this in-between season.

On Saturday, April 23, check out the Craft Beer and Wine Festival in Springville. Head to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company at 405 West Main Street from 4-7 p.m. for live entertainment by Mike Nugent and a tasty sampling of beer and wine from Flying Bison, 42 North, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Southern Tier, Big Ditch , Savage Winery, The Winery of Ellicottville, Main St. Winery, Four Mile Brewing, and The Winery at Marjim Manor. Tickets are $30 presale and $35 at the door, 21 and older.

On April 24, the Taste of the Southtowns returns to benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary. There will be 50 food items from seven area restaurants, priced from $1.50 to $4. Guests will also enjoy the Best Soup Contest, 50-Basket Chinese Auction and music by The Rustic Ramblers with Gene Hilts on steel guitar and Wagner & Winston. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. Admission is free.

Also on April 24, support SGI teacher Cindy Johnson in her fight against cancer during a benefit at 3 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Company. There will be music by the Ozone Rangers, food and beverages, raffles, a Chinese auction and kid’s activities. Tickets are $20 per person, children 12 and under are free, and can be purchased through Christiane Canfield (716) 574-8032 or ccanfield19@yahoo.com, and Nancy Saad (716) 913-1494 or mnsaad1023@gmail.com, or at the door on the day of the event.

Everyone loves a good basket raffle, especially when it goes to a great cause. Try your luck at the BCH Women’s Association Basket Raffle on Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. at the Concord Town Hall.

Heading into May, there’s much more fun on the docket.

On May 7, Springville Center for the Arts will host the annual Art Crawl. During this event, all of Main Street is an exhibit. Enjoy juried local artwork in downtown stores, live music, kids’ art spaces, refreshments, and more. Begin the free tour and get your map at the corner of Main and Mechanic Streets in Springville.

On Sunday, May 22, off-roaders can take part in the Emerling Jeep Trail Ride at Kissing Bridge. The day includes lunch and access to 47 miles of trails throughout the ski resort. Attendees must pre-register at Emerling Chrysler Dodge at 195 Main Street in Springville.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital hosts The Garden Party on Thursday, May 26, at 5 p.m. at the Springville Country Club. Funds raised will go toward an anesthesia machine for the ambulatory surgery department. Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple. For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Springville’s Hulbert Library offers a variety of programs for all ages. Upcoming events include Homemade Chocolate Truffles on May 9, Basic How to Draw Class on May 16 and Stitch and Chat on May 16. For more info, visit its Facebook page or call 592-7742.

Of course, every Wednesday, Gentner’s Springville Auction is bustling with flowers, produce, antiques, gadgets and treats galore. Spring is a great time to check it out! For more info, visit gentnerspringvilleauction.com.

Looking ahead to June, the annual WNY Ag/Dairy Fest will be held June 3-5. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss the parade, craft vendors, amusement rides, craft show, petting zoo, live music and much more.

It’s time to put some spring in your step by checking out all Springville has in store! Plan now so you don’t miss any of the fun!

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