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Spring into April in Ellicottville and beyond


By Kellen M. Quigley

It’s almost 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 both the end of ski season and the beginning of golf season. Weather-permitting, you could do both on the same day at Holiday Valley this April!

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.

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 12–14.

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 372-4433 or email info@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 Tri-County Arts Council’s Spring Break Art Camp, ​April 22–26 during the school break. Kids will explore their creativity and learn new skills in small groups with individualized attention.

The week-long camp is $55 for ages 4 to 7 and $65 for ages 7 to 11 and includes all project supplies. For more information, call 372-7455 or visit online at www.myartscouncil.net.

April means time to celebrate the earth! Join the Nannen Arboretum in Ellicottville for their 2019 Arbor Day celebration. They will be planting a tree, hoisting the Tree City USA flag and celebrate in an Arboretum, which is a sanctuary for trees! Refreshments will be served to complete the celebration. This free event is open to the public. More details to come soon.

Allegany State Park’s annual combined celebration of Arbor and Earth Days, a family-friendly event, will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red House Administration Building.

As the event approaches, be sure to check out www.facebook.com/AlleganyStatePark or contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 354-9101 ext. 236 for more information.

April means fun events! Enjoy great food for a great cause at the Taste of the Southtowns on Sunday, April 28 at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin St. in Springville. You will be able to taste the food from eight restaurants serving 45 different food items, including Beef on Weck, Pulled Pork, Tacos, Soups, Shrimp, Scallops, Stuffed Peppers, Meatballs, Pulled Chicken, Beef Brisket, Cheesecakes and more with food items costing $2 to $5. Dining tables are available while you can enjoy wonderful country music by “The Rustic Ramblers” with Gene Hilts on steel guitar, the best country band in the area. Get a Massage by Eric Davis for $1 per minute. Proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, a 501c3 organization and the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the US with over 78 different species and 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans. For more info, call 716-942-6835 or rosebird@frontiernet.net

April 27 and 28 is Franklinville’s 2019 WNY Maple Festival. Stop by to taste that mouth-watering, freshly made maple syrup and learn the process of making it.

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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