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Amazing April in Ellicottville and Beyond

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By Alicia Dziak

It’s April, which means so many things if you live in the Enchanted Mountains region. Read on to find out about all the great activities you can do this time of year.

April means the end of ski season and the beginning of golf season. Weather-permitting, you can do both on the same day at Holiday Valley April 2! Enjoy the last of the winter sports on the slopes, where lifts are open daily until 4:30 p.m. Then get out the clubs and get ready to golf when the course opens. Visit www.holidayvalley.com for more info.

April means fishing! Trout Season opens April 1. This area offers some of the best Steelhead fishing opportunities around, and no matter your experience and ability, there’s a place where you will surely be hooked! Visit www.dec.ny.gov for more info.

Sign up for the Orvis 101 Intro to Fly Fishing with Adventure Bound OntheFly on Saturday, April 15. From 10 a.m. to noon, learn fly-fishing basics in this free workshop, perfect for beginners of all ages. This event is free of charge and all equipment is provided. Advance reservations are required by calling (716) 217-4047 or emailing info@adventureboundonthefly.com. For more info, visit www.adventureboundonthefly.com.

April means time to start working on those spring home improvement projects! There’s no better place for ideas and inspiration than the Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show, April 7-9. More than 80 of the area’s leading businesses are expected to exhibit their wares and services. Displays will include landscaping, patios, window replacement, siding, heating and air conditioning, pools, spas, furniture, computer technology and much more. Also, representatives from local banks, home builders and insurance companies will be on hand to meet show-goers. For more information on the Olean Home Show, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at (716) 372-4433 or email member@oleanny.com.

April means adventure!

With melting snow and spring runoff, April is the perfect time to try out whitewater rafting in Zoar Valley. Take a guided trip down the Cattaraugus and enjoy a wet and wild adrenaline rush as you view the gorge from below. For more information visit www.ZoarValleyRafting.com, www.Adventure-Calls.com or CattRaftingAdventures.com.

April means spring break!

Young artists will be excited to learn new techniques and explore art in other cultures during the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s “ArtVenture” camp April 10-14 during the school break. Kids will explore their creativity and learn new skills in small groups with individualized attention. CCAC Education Coordinator Ardyth Van Scoy has selected several engaging new projects for the two ArtVenture Camps – New Artists, ages 4-7 and Young Artists ages 7-11. In order to have materials for everyone, all students must be signed-up beforehand by calling (716) 372-7455 or online at www.myartscouncil.net. The week-long camp is $65 per child, and includes all project supplies. The classes are held at the CCAC studio, 100 West Main Street, Allegany, NY. For more info, visit www.myartscouncil.net.

April means time to celebrate the earth!

Allegany State Park’s second annual combined celebration of Arbor and Earth Days, a family-friendly event, will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red House Administration Building. With an interpretive hike planned and many other fun activities in the works, we are looking forward to a day of celebrating two things we cannot live without! As the event approaches, be sure to check out www.facebook.com/AlleganyStatePark or contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 for more information.

On Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grevepode Gallery presents the Earth Day Artisan Festival at Granny’s Boot Antiques and Grevepode Gallery, 10761 Miller Road in Springville.

April means fun events!

Enjoy great food for a great cause at the Taste of the Southtowns on Sunday, April 23 at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. Seven restaurants will be serving up some of their specialties including prime rib, salmon, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, beef on weck, pulled pork, tacos, soups, peanut butter pie, apple pie, brownies and more, with food items costing $1 to $4. There will also be a Silent Auction, 50 basket Chinese Auction and two live bands, The Rustic Ramblers and Wagner & Winston. Get a massage from Eric Davis for $1 per minute. All proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, a 501c3 organization and the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the US with over 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans and over 70 different species. For more info, visit www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com.

April 29-30 is Franklinville’s 2017 WNY Maple Festival. Stop by to taste that mouth-watering, freshly made maple syrup and learn the process of making it. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, demonstrations, a craft show, a petting zoo, antique gas and engine show, kids rides, a craft show, a parade, a library book sale, plowing demos, live entertainment, helicopter rides and the Miner’s Cabin will be open.

April means time to get out and enjoy everything the area has to offer. Make your spring bucket list and start checking things off!

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