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Amazing August: 9 Things to Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

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By Alicia Dziak

August has (almost) arrived, and with it, an abundance of awesome activities to do in Ellicottville. Whether you have a taste for adventure, new challenges, or amazing food, EVL has you covered.

Special Events

The Taste of Ellicottville returns Aug.13 and 14, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. This is your chance to sample the best that Ellicottville’s fine eateries have to offer as they set up “cafe style” on the streets. Tickets are $1 each and items are between $1-$4. You can purchase tickets at the main ticket booth centrally located in the village.

On Aug. 19-20, Wild Women Unite will present a fun-filled weekend at Holiday Valley. Make new friends as you enjoy meals together, then choose from several workshops, such as learning to shoot a gun or mountain bike riding, as you build confidence and camaraderie with other like-minded women. Register by Aug. 8 at wildwomenunite.com.

On Aug. 27, enjoy great food for a great cause. “Tuscan Moon – A Tribute to Michael Kerns” returns to John Harvard’s Cabana Bar & Pool Complex at Holiday Valley, starting at 6 p.m. Hosted by Rotary Club of Ellicottville to raise funds for its many worthwhile projects, the evening starts with great hors d’ oeuvres served by students from ECS. Next, more than 14 food stations, presented by various local restaurants, allow you to indulge on many great dishes, complete with a dessert table that’s second to none. Mike Nugent returns to perform live entertainment, and there will also be a special (secret) guest this year. Live and silent auctions round off the evening. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce or many local outlets, and you can order by phone (Credit cards accepted) by calling Kegs at 699-8758.

Adventure Time

The hustle and bustle of Holiday Valley is in full swing this time of year.

Reserve a tee time and head to the Double Black Diamond HV course for a round or two of golf. Various packages are available. Be sure to visit holidayvalley.com/golf for info.

Head to the pool complex, located behind Tamarack Club, and choose from three pools (a lap pool, a kiddie pool and an activity pool, featuring a diving board and slide), and a variety of outdoor lawn games, such as giant Jenga, a putting green and ping pong.

If you’re looking for a different kind of challenge, head to Sky High and take your pick of the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and the Aerial Park, where you can navigate ropes, ladders and ziplines of varying degrees of difficulty. Sky High is open daily through Labor Day. Online reservations are now available at holidayvalley.com/skyhigh.

Take to the woods on Holiday Valley’s mountain biking trails. The 4-5 mile “race loop” starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes up gradually to the top of Cindy’s. From there it goes across the ridge line of the resort where you can choose to ride the wider and more forgiving cross country trails or the skinny winding singletrack trail to the top of Eagle, Cochran Pond at the top of Morning Star and into the Tannenbaum area. The new flow trail, Senear Valley Trail (Senear Valley was the original name of the valley that now contains Holiday Valley), is complete. It runs from Spruce Lake across through the woods to Champagne, then it zigs and zags across the front ski slopes with big banked turns in the woods and finishes near the Training Center.

Free Programs

Join the experts of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County for this year’s “Wednesdays in the Arboretum,” free, weekly lectures centered on home and gardening topics. There is no charge to attend and no registration is needed.  Lectures are held in the Nannen Arboretum’s outdoor classrooms or, in the event of rain, indoors at the Town Center at 28 Parkside Drive. Aug. 3 is Children’s Night, featuring a nature scavenger hunt and a take-home project — a cute bug made from a golf ball. Aug.10 is “Traveling the Gardens of England”—enjoy following the travels of Sharon Reed as she takes us on a trip to the Chelsea Garden Show and the royal Botanic Gardens of England.

On Aug. 4, check out the last of the summer’s free Gazebo concert series, sponsored by CCSE, as Stone Row performs Celtic and world music. Bring a chair and enjoy a relaxing evening from 7 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the town/village hall in the center of Ellicottville.

August is about checking off the rest of your summer bucket list, and spending as much time as possible enjoying the season with friends and family.  Take advantage of the long days and hot nights and get in as much fun as you can!

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