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60th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is June 1-3

By Alicia Dziak As summertime fast approaches, so do the long days of being outside and exploring nature. As New York’s largest state park, Allegany State Park beckons guests to enjoys its 65,000 sprawling acres, and the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is a great way to see much of what the park has to offer. The Pilgrimage includes numerous nature-inspired workshops ... Read More »

Holiday Valley Pools Open Saturday!

By Alicia Dziak Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and that means time to enjoy summertime fun! What else is more synonymous with warm weather than making a splash in a crystal clear swimming pool? Holiday Valley’s three-pool complex opens on Saturday, May 25, and features a toddler pool, a lap pool and an activity pool with ... Read More »

Ready for Welcome UpRooted at Ellicottville Music Festival

By Alicia Dziak If you’re like me, who went to college in the ‘90s, you’ve at least heard of Rusted Root. My freshman year at RIT was one I considered my “alternative days” when it came to my music taste (which morphed into my “hip hop days” by the next year). I, of course, was a member of Columbia House ... Read More »

Celebrate Mom This Weekend

By Alicia Dziak Mom. Whether you’re a little tyke needing her to mend a boo boo, a teenager needing tough love, a young adult needing guidance, or a woman needing a friend (or help with your own kids!) there’s no one in the world like your mom. If you’re lucky enough to still have yours around, Sunday, May 13 is ... Read More »

Smile! It’s the Happy Half!

By Alicia Dziak Come on, get happy! The Happy Half and 5K and Beer Mile return to Holiday Valley on Saturday, May 12. “It’s going to be fun!” said Gwen Bush of Endurance Factor, LLC, who organizes the race. While Gwen said there will be new surprises along the way, the course is the same as last year’s, and takes ... Read More »

ASP News: Red House Lake Dam Rehab Project Nears Completion

By Alicia Dziak For regulars at Allegany State Park, it seems like an eternity since the bridge leading from the Red House main entrance to the Administration Building was closed in order to rehabilitate the dam. The project has closed down the road since last summer, and also included lowering Red House Lake in August so that it has not ... Read More »

Get Outdoors in May at Allegany State Park

By Alicia Dziak Peak season at Allegany State Park is almost here, and what better way to kick off longer days and warmer temps that with an array of great activities at New York’s largest state park? I Love My Park Day May 5 On Saturday, May 5, celebrate I Love My Park Day by giving back. The Friends of ... Read More »

Steelbound to Open May 7

By Alicia Dziak Steelbound Brewery & Distillery, the 5,000 square feet building at 6600 Route 219 in Ellicottville (across from Tim Horton’s), will soon be ready to welcome guests from all over WNY. With an opening day planned for Monday, May 7, Steelbound will offer brews, signature drinks and fresh food. After some name confusion within the industry, the restaurant/bar ... Read More »

Reconnect, Rejuvenate, Relax at Upcoming Women’s Events

By Alicia Dziak Being a woman means many things. It means working hard well beyond the typical work day. It means being a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. It means taking care of others, and let’s be honest, quite often forgetting or not leaving time to take care of yourself. In a world of constantly meeting ... Read More »

Griffis Sculpture Park Opens May 1

By Alicia Dziak For many, a sure sign of the warmer days to come is the season opening of many area parks. One of the region’s hidden gems is Griffis Sculpture Park, nestled in the hills of East Otto, a short drive off Route 219 between Springville and Ellicottville. Since the early 1960s, over 250 sculptures of Larry Griffis Jr. ... Read More »

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