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History, Shopping and Halloween Fun in Randolph

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By Mary Heyl

Before the leaves are gone, be sure to enjoy the stunning colors and beautiful hillsides of Cattaraugus County by taking a scenic drive to Randolph! There are lots of unique shops and restaurants to enjoy, as well as fun events to celebrate the season. Whether your goal is to take the family on a fun adventure, stock up on the latest fall fashions, or get a jump start on your holiday shopping, Randolph has something wonderful in store for you.

Be sure to stop by the Fish Hatchery to feed the fish and learn about Randolph’s unique archaeological history. On May 19, 1934, when the hatchery was being created, pond excavators discovered what appeared to be animal remains. As it turns out, these excavators stumbled upon the remains of a Columbian mammoth! While most mammoth excavations yield little more than some tooth and tusk fragments, the mammoth remains in Randolph include both tusks, which have a combined weight of approximately 150 pounds and the skull, which weighs about 200 pounds. The remains date back about 12,000 years and have been identified as a Columbian Mammoth, not a woolly mammoth, which would have stood more than fourteen feet high.

Because the mammoth was discovered on state lands, it is the property of New York State. This discovery was made on a Saturday, and by the following Wednesday, the mammoth remains were already on their way to Albany to be curated at the state museum to prevent further deterioration. To learn more about what is now the most complete mammoth specimen discovered in New York State, check out the newly installed informational sign at the hatchery during your visit!

Next week is Randolph’s 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, which will be catered by Pete’s Place. 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 a lovely autumn leaf mini canvas in this workshop. Knitters will enjoy creating this little pumpkin—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. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone!

If you’ve never visited Randolph, there’s no better time than Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. This holiday season, avoid the chaos of big-box stores and chains and shop local for your gifts right in Randolph! On Saturday, Nov. 25, Randolph businesses will be offering great sales and specials to celebrate this national shopping day and kick off the holiday season.

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!

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