By Alicia Dziak
Music and art await at the sixth annual Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival! Held from 2 to 7 p.m., this festival will celebrate a day of creativity.
Just a short drive into the hills off Route 219 between Springville and Ellicottville lies one of the largest and oldest sculpture parks in the country, Griffis Sculpture Park. Since the early 1960s, over 250 sculptures of Larry Griffis Jr. and other international artists have resided in the woods and fields of the 450-acre park. Add in miles of scenic hiking trails and the experience is one where art and nature collide.
The park is split into two sections, each with its own parking area. The Rohr Hill Road Site is characterized by towering sculptures set in fields and woods just off the road. The Mill Valley Road Site features miles of trails through a variety of terrain, perhaps most notably the semi-steep climb to the area that includes the stage used for outdoor concerts in the park.
Headlining the festival is the Americana/folk band Driftwood from Binghamton. Their live performances are making them regional favorites in Western New York and beyond. Driftwood has been described as “a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind.”
Additional performers are: The Probables (roots rock from former Big Leg Emma members), Sly Boots Circus (African drum & dance group), Kaleidoscope Sky (reggae and rock) and poet, Autumn Echo.
Admission is $20 advance and $25 day of show for adults with 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at noon. Tickets can be purchased online by searching “Griffis Sculpture Park” on Eventbrite.com.
Park patrons can also take advantage of other special programming throughout the summer. The schedule of events is as follows:
• Aug. 18, Free Guided Hike, noon to 2 p.m.
• Aug. 19, GSP Summer Festival, noon to 7 p.m. p.m.
• Aug. 25, Branch Sculptures, noon
Admission to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under. Admission is on the honor system and should be placed in the yellow box by the Mill Valley parking lot.
For more info, visit www.griffispark.org.