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Awesome things to do in August

By Kellen M. Quigley

August is a month full of summertime activities, special events and long days of fun.

Whether you like an action-packed day of outdoor adventure, a relaxing evening of live music and tasty desserts or a competitive day on the golf course, Ellicottville has got you covered this August!

Fun at Holiday Valley for the Family

Open daily throughout the summer, head to Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park. Sky High is made up of three components: the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.

The Aerial Park, the largest of its kind in New York state and includes 142 platforms, 170 elements and 43 ziplines, with the tallest platform at 68 feet and the longest zip line measuring 350 feet.

Those ages five and up can enjoy the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and only one of three in the country. Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground.

There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about six feet up and climb back down.

The Mountain Coaster takes riders up the hill in their own car and lets them control their own speed on the way back down.

Or cool off this summer at Holiday Valley’s three-pool complex, open daily through Labor Day. Splash into a kiddie pool, a lap pool and an activity pool, featuring a diving board and slide, play a variety of poolside games, like giant Jenga or Cornhole, or grab a frozen drink from the Cabana Bar.

Enjoy a summer weekend on the lake by hiking up to Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake on summer weekends and enjoy standup paddleboarding, kayaking, SUP Yoga/Fitness or fly fishing with Adventure Bound on the Fly. Rent the equipment right there and plan for a fun day on the water. 

Get your drive and putt on at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond golf course, a challenging and well-maintained par 70 layout with breathtaking scenery from every hole.

Two tournaments are scheduled for August. On Aug. 5 it’s the “Library ProAm” at 11 a.m., and on Aug. 23 it’s the “Tailgates and Tee Times” for 9 holes event with an NFL theme at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit holidayvalley.com.

Sculpture Park Summer Festival

On Sunday, Aug. 11, celebrate a day of creativity at the sixth annual Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival from noon to 7 p.m.

Headlining the festival is the all-star band Dead Phish Funk with CRiTT & Friends. With songs from The Grateful Dead, Phish and tunes from the funk genre, it is sure to be funky fun time.

Also on the bill is funk jam band Funktional Flow, who played the festival in 2016. Grassroots rockers PA Line will also be playing their soulful tunes. Performers from Springville Center of the Arts will be participating in some artistic performances throughout the day.

In addition to the musical performances, the event will feature children crafts and activities, artists creating works, and much more.

Admission will be $10 advance and $15 day of show for adults, 12 and under are free. Gates open at noon.

Under a Tuscan Moon

On Saturday, Aug. 24, head to Holiday Valley’s Cabana Bar for the Under a Tuscan Moon Gourmet Cocktail Party at 6 p.m.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, this fundraiser features a delicious assortment of food, live music and auctions.

With fabulous food in a great setting, enjoy the party while you satisfy your culinary fantasies with great entertainment and fantastic auctions.

Fourteen local restaurants provide a specialty dish, so eat as much as you want. There is also the Fabulous dessert table of Tom Kneeland creations and Watson’s Chocolates as well as live music!

Remember that this is Ellicottville, so the dress is always casual. 

Tickets are $65 each and available online at www.ellicottvillerotary.com, in many local outlets or you can call 699-8758.

Summer will be gone before you know it, so make sure to pack in as much as possible before the days get shorter and cooler!

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