By Mary Heyl
Autumn is one of the best times of year for visitors to spend a beautiful afternoon exploring the historic village of Randolph. There are many great activities for families to enjoy together as the seasons change, including fun holiday events this winter. Head down Route 219 to Randolph for a memorable weekend soon.
Calling all leaf peepers! Enjoy the foliage and explore Amish shops, bake stands, and produce stands; whether you’re looking for a gorgeous hand-made quilt, sturdy furniture, or homemade donuts, you’re sure to find it along the Amish Trail. Randolph’s Welcome Center at 72 Main Street has free Amish Trail maps available for you to start your self-guided tour; Saturdays are the best day to plan your trip, as all Amish businesses are closed on Sundays.
Check out the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation’s most recent project completed this month. The RACDC partnered with Amish builders to design and build a shelter for Amish buggies in the center of town. Located in the extended parking lot of the Arrowmart gas station and convenience store, the newly-completed shelter has water buckets and manure shovels, and protects horses from the weather, including the sun, rain, wind and snow, while their owners are running errands at the bank, the post office, and other businesses downtown.
Visit Yarn for Ewe, located at 129 Main Street, on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a special Open Knit event with guest speakers Brian and Jacquie Volpe, owners of Randolph’s own Fox & Hound Merino Sheep Farm. If you love knitting or wearing wool, now is your opportunity to learn about where the yarn process begins. Fox & Hound is a family farm that is one of the only farms in Western New York that produces 100 percent Merino wool fiber. Brian and Jacquie will be giving a presentation about their farm, the work involved in raising merino sheep, the sheering process, and more.
Established in 2013, their farm evolved from a starter flock of exceptionally fine fiber animals. The fleece is excellent for spinning, knitting, and crocheting, and the Volpes will be bringing some to the event.
Tickets are just $5 and reservations can be made in store with cash/check, or payment can be mailed to Yarn for Ewe, 129 Main Street, Randolph, NY 14772. If reserving for a group of 4 or more, payment can be made via credit card in store or over the phone. Contact Yarn for Ewe at (716)267-2070 to learn more!
Kick off the fall season in style by attending Witches’ Night Out on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m.! During this fun, ladies-only event, Randolph businesses will be working together to bring you a fun night out on the town, with a Halloween twist! The event takes place in the adjoined buildings of Randolph Retail Company and Yarn for Ewe at 127 and 129 Main Street. The evening kicks off with a fun fall fashion show hosted by Randolph Retail Company and Yarn for Ewe, featuring new fall fashions paired with hand-knitted sweaters, ponchos, and accessories—whether you like to shop or knit, you’re sure to be inspired!
Enjoy relaxing on-site salon services by Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, sample wine from Countryside Wine & Spirits, and have some spooky refreshments throughout the evening. Attendees can also take part in one (or both) of the make-and-take workshops taught by Creating Keepsakes and Yarn for Ewe. Never painted before? No problem! Vicki Reding, owner of Creating Keepsakes, will teach you how to paint this lovely fall mini canvas in this workshop. Knitters will enjoy creating this little pumpkin—a great décor item for the whole season—in Yarn for Ewe’s workshop (some knitting experience is required). The whole evening, which includes both workshops, wine, and refreshments, is just $25 and is sure to be an unforgettable experience! Contact Yarn for Ewe at (716)267-2070 to learn more and sign up.
For more information about the beautiful historic village of Randolph, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org, find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook, or call (716)358-9701 ext. 208. Plan your visit today!