By Deb Everts
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce had a successful lineup of mostly free events in 2018 and is expecting another exciting year of events in 2019.
Looking back on the events of 2018, Events Manager Barb Pump said all the events were well-attended. The chamber staff feels that they are attracting more people from the surrounding areas to Ellicottville’s events, she said.
Their most popular event is “Fall Festival,” Pump said, Ellicottville’s oldest and largest event in the village that always brings thousands of people to town. She said their other events are also bringing more visitors into the village.
“We are always looking for ways to make our events even better than what they were the year before, and we will try to do the same this year,” she said. “We may or may not add a new event this year because we never know what the new year will bring us and what opportunities will arise. We always look forward to the excitement each new year brings.”
Executive Director Brian McFadden said they are kicking off 2019 with the “Winter Blues Weekend.” From Jan. 18–20, live performances will take place at various venues and establishments throughout the Village and at Holiday Valley.
Back again for the second year is Ellicottville’s newest music festival, “Winter Music Jam,” that will take place Feb. 22–23 at some favorite venues throughout the village and Holiday Valley.
McFadden said more than a dozen different acts are expected to perform over the weekend offering a variety of musical genres for people’s listening pleasure. A full schedule will be available closer to the event.
“It’s the weekend after Presidents’ Weekend, which is huge in Ellicottville and a sellout,” he said. “Last year, we built this new event for the weekend after which is typically a slower weekend. It turned out to be a success—almost equal to President’s Weekend.”
Ellicottville’s last event of the ski season is the “Winter Carnival” featuring the Mardi Gras Parade, March 8–10. What better way to bring winter fun to a close than a Masquerade Party on Friday night when the Mardi Gras King and Queen are crowned for the weekend.
Other upcoming events include Ellicottville’s “Girl’s Getaway Weekend,” May 31 to June 2 where “the girls” gather to celebrate and create memories. The 7th annual Holiday Valley Mudslide, June 15, is a muddy mess of fun with running and 11 obstacles along a 3.5-mile or 5.4-mile course.
A recurring summer event is the “Ellicottville Gazebo Series” that runs June 27 through Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Holiday Valley Resort hosts the “Summer Music Festival” July 5–7 when the first fairway at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course becomes one of the best outdoor concert venues in the region over Independence Day Weekend.
There will plenty happening on in the Village over the weekend as well. Past performers include “Dennis Deyoung and The Music of STYX,” “38 Special,” “Grand Funk Railroad,” “Blood Sweat and Tears,” “Three Dog Night” and “KC and The Sunshine Band.” Look for the schedule in March 2019.
The music of summer continues with the “Jazz and Blues Weekend” held this year from July 26–28 in the Village. Jazz and Blues lovers have the option to choose from a variety of performance areas ranging from restaurants, bars and nightclubs and street-side spots.
Sample the best cuisine that Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer at the “Taste of Ellicottville,” Aug. 10–11, on Monroe Street. Featuring fun and exciting street performers, the event celebrates Ellicottville’s 22 amazing and diverse restaurants.
On Sept. 12, golf enthusiasts can enjoy the “Ellicottville Golf Outing,” which is a 9-hole golf extravaganza. The 9-hole outing is a fun-filled afternoon on the course as well as lots of prizes and dinner at Holiday Valley.
Car enthusiasts can’t wait for “Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend” that takes place Sept. 13–15. Back for its 19th year, the Classic Car Show will be set up on Washington Street, showcasing special cars, trucks and hot rods, with a performance by Terry Buchwald with his renowned Elvis impersonation.
The “Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival” will be held the following weekend, Sept. 20–22. The first Lacrosse Festival was a huge success and this second year is expected to be even better.
On Oct. 12 and 13, Ellicottville will host its ever-popular “Fall Festival” when thousands of festival goers come for a lively weekend of unique foods, fine art, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, the chamber kicks off the holiday season with its old-fashioned “Christmas in Ellicottville” event that offers a weekend of free, family-oriented activities for all ages.
Attendees can experience rides with Santa on a fire truck, touring the village on a horse-drawn wagon, interactive children’s activities or strolling downtown and enjoying the storefronts decorated in a Christmas theme.
The following weekend “A Christmas Stroll” takes place in the Village featuring a Living Nativity, complete with a camel.
For more information and schedules on all events, check the chamber’s website at ellicottvilleny.com or call 699-5046.