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Swing by Springville in May and June

Dairy-Fest

By Alicia Dziak

Springville really heats up in May and June! If you’re looking for shopping, outdoor activities, great times for a great cause, or anything in between, look no further than this small town where big fun awaits!

On Sunday, May 22, off-roaders can take part in the Emerling Jeep Trail Ride at Kissing Bridge Resort. 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.

How about some local history? Be sure to stop by the Pop Warner Museum and Concord Historical Society on the corners of Main and Franklin Streets.  Here you’ll find loads of old photos and unique local artifacts. In addition, a Wendel’s chicken barbecue will be held on Saturday, May 21 to raise money for the historical society. The event will be held at the Concord Mercantile at 17 Franklin Street, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eat in or take out for a $10 donation. For info, visit www.facebook.com/Pop-Warner-Museum-Concord-Historical-Society.

How about a live theater performance? Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) presents Proof, running through Sunday, May 22. SCA has a wonderful ensemble of four experienced actors who will bring the characters to life. Join the audience for David Auburn’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play at the Mongerson Theatre, 37 North Buffalo Street. For more info, visit www.springvillearts.org.

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation hosts its 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 (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Festival season is here, and the annual WNY Ag/Dairy Fest will be held June 3-5. This year’s theme is “Old Farm Path.” This always popular festival includes a huge parade, craft show, amusement rides, craft show, live music and much more. New this year: Mike Randall & his Puppet Friends shows, a classic car show, Civil War encampment, and a petting zoo featuring 32 animals. More info and the schedule at www.wnydairyagfest.com.

On Saturday, June 18, SCA will hold its annual Gala and Mini-Golf tournament. Golf for a group of four is $10, from 12 -3 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the Gala begins, and includes drinks, Cruisin’ Crepes Food Truck, Music by LeeRon Zydeco, silent auction, basket raffle and more. Take part in a tournament on a nine hole, artist-designed course at 7 p.m. The evening will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened elevators, restrooms, classroom and gallery. For tickets, call (716) 592-9038.

If it’s live music you’re after, the Town of Concord and Village of Springville sponsor concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Fiddlers Green Park at the corner of Buffalo Street and Franklin Streets. (In case of rain, concerts are held in the Concord Town Hall at 86 Franklin Street.)

The June schedule is as follows:

June 5- Paul Zittel & Pure Country (during the Dairy Fest from 3-5 p.m. at the Music Tent at Springville High School)

June 9- Springville Jazz Orchestra (Jazz, Pop)

June 16- Craig Wilkins & Western New Yorkers (Country Music)

June 23- Buffalo Silver Band (Jazz, Traditional Brass Band Music)

June 30- The Frankfurters (German Folk Music)

Every Wednesday, Gentner’s Springville Auction awaits with flowers, produce, antiques, gadgets and treats galore. For more info, visit gentnerspringvilleauction.com.

If you’re looking for some indoor fun, head to Joylan Theater where you can enjoy a new release movie and refreshments for a great price. Or, make a date to visit Cascade Lanes or Springville Lanes for a game of bowling. Then, check out the boutiques along Main Street in the village, where you can find everything from antiques to accessories to home decor. And be sure to grab a bite at one of the many eateries offering an array of fare to suit every taste.

Whether you come for a few hours or the entire day, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy the sunshine, the longer days and all Springville has to offer this time of year!

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