The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first portion of the schedule for the first Ellicottville Outdoor Expo, June 4 and 5. By no means will this be the last!
“We have so many outdoor activities in and around Ellicottville,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce events and membership manager, Barb Pump, said. “This entire weekend is our way of letting you come out and get a taste of what you can do in our area.”
While the weekend really doesn’t officially get going until 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, the soft start will feature a 1.5 loop mountain bike ride lead by Ellicottville Bike and Bean owner, Dennis Baldwin. The ride will start at his shop at 30 Washington St. in the village. The bikes will roll at 6 p.m. for the ride to get blood pumping in anticipation for the weekend.
Saturday morning gets started with a session of outdoor yoga, led by Laura Solly Yoga owner, Laura Solly. Bring your own mat or towel and give the day a great start. Join Laura and many others at the Village Gazebo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
If yoga isn’t your thing, but you want to learn how to get that perfect cast on a fly rod, Adventure Bound on the Fly is bringing in industry leader, Orvis, to teach a free Fly Fishing 101 class. The classes will focus on the cast and outfit rigging. Saturday’s classes start at 2 p.m. at the Paddle Demo Center, on the pond behind Tim Horton’s on Route 219, on the east side of the Village.
Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course will also be getting into the swing of things. From 11 a.m. to 2 pm, at the Driving Rage at the intersection of Holiday Valley Road and Route 219, the pros at the course will be animal keepers with the Golfapatomas and Golfzilla both on the grounds and ready to devour the birdie balls from golfers. For kids up to age 18, a Drive, Chip and Putt skills contest will take place. This will be just like the challenge that is held at The Masters Tournament at Augusta National. While all of this takes place, Nike and Calloway will have 2016 clubs available to demo.
For the mountain bikers that are in the area, Dennis Baldwin will conduct an instructional seminar at Holiday Valley. Times and location to be determined at this time.
Sunday morning, take your pick! Either spend some time on the trails on a mountain bike with Dennis Baldwin or find yourself a spot to lay your mat or towel for another morning yoga session with Laura Solly. Both activities start at 9 a.m. Solly’s session will be at the gazebo once again and Dennis’ ride will start at Bike and Bean.
The Paddle Demo Center will once again host the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 class at 10 a.m. For either day of the classes, reservations can be made by calling Adventure Bound on the Fly at (716)217-4047.
Throughout the weekend, the Paddle Demo Center will also be the host of paddle board demonstrations. While the events are going on, Spruce Lake, at Holiday Valley, will be the home to horseback rides, trail hikes and birds of prey shows. Holiday Valley Road will be open, weather permitting, to allow for parking near the lake.
“This is just a taste of what you can do in our area during the Green Season,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce executive director, Brian McFadden, said. “The great thing about all of these activities is that they can be done any day of the week. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to come out and hike or bike. Our area is open for business and ready to be your trailhead at any point throughout the week as well.”
On top of all of the great free activities, Holiday Valley will have a host of deals. Range balls will be available on a “buy one, get one” basis with tokens being available at the Pro Shop or from on-site staff at the Driving Range. Small buckets are $4 and large are $8.
Rides down the hill on the Mountain Coaster will be buy one, get one free as well. (Regularly $8 per ride.) Trips down the coaster can be purchased at the Coaster or at the Harness Shop. The Climbing Forest will have the same buy one, get one deal on the regularly priced $17 trips.
The weekend’s full calendar is not complete and more will be added as it is confirmed. Check the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website at ellicottvilleny.com to see what’s new! Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (716)699-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.