Spreading Maple by Thomas Paquette
Spreading Maple by Thomas Paquette

Spotlight on Toy Trains, Music and ‘Marching’

By Jann Wiswall

There’s a lot to do in the Olean/Allegany area over the next several weeks, so get out your calendars and add these great activities and events to your things-to-do list.

Sept. 26-27 Southern Tier Symphony

The Southern Tier Symphony is scheduled to perform “Overture Across the Ages,” described as a selection of “musical epochs from Mozart to Copland and everywhere in between.” Performances are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at Olean High School and Sunday, Sept. 27 at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pa. Tickets are free for all students. Visit www.southerntiersymphony.com.

Sept. 27 Bonagany Festival

The entire weekend of Sept 26-28 is Bonagany Family Weekend, but the signature event is on Saturday, Sept. 27 when the entire Allegany/SBU community celebrates fall and back-to-college with music, food and fun rolled into one big street festival in downtown Allegany. The festival features music, food, games, information booths for student groups, and many other fun activities.
Visit www.sbu.edu.

Oct. 4 March for Babies

The local chapter of the March of Dimes invites friends, families and companies to form teams to participate in its annual “March for Babies” on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event raises funds to support the organization’s work to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.” Registration for the walk along the Allegheny River Valley Trail begins at 10 a.m. Starting time is 11 a.m. Visit www.marchforbabies.org, or call (716) 691-3805.

Oct. 11-13 Rock City Park’s Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from around the world at the seventh annual Rock City Park Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, Oct. 11 through Monday Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Chicken and rib dinners, honey and apple vendors, fresh cider and more will be available all weekend long. Visit www.RockCityPark.com.

Oct. 15 Los Habaneros Ensemble from Cuba

The Regina A. Quick Center for the arts is hosting this ensemble of five musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, which opens its program with Mozart’s Quintet for String Quartet and Clarinet. The second half of the performance is devoted to works by leading Latino and Cuban composers and is supported by a multimedia presentation of footage and hundreds of images of Cuba. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a glimpse into the culture and life of Cuba! The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.sbu.edu and click on “About SBU.”

Oct. 23-26 Olean Theatre Workshop

The Olean Theatre Workshop will present “Anne of Green Gables” on Oct. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Based on the beloved classic 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, children of all ages and adults will enjoy the humorous adventures of Anne and the rest of the characters living in a farming community on Prince Edward Island. Visit www.oleanworkshop.org.

Oct. 24 TheatreWorks USA: “Fly Guy & Other Stories”

St. Bonaventure’s Quick Center is hosting this exciting new musical revue based on the favorite contemporary children’s books geared toward kindergarten through fourth grade. Seven delightful stories come to life. Books featured in the show include: “Fly Guy meets Fly Girl,” by Tedd Arnold; “Diary of a Worm,” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez; “Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig,” by Steven Lutvak and Robert Freedman; “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel; and “Paper Bag Princess,” by David Kirshenbaum. Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Visit www.sbu.org and click on “About SBU” or call (716) 375-2232.

Oct. 26 – Autumn in Allegany Train Show

Choo-choo! The Toy Train Collector’s Society — New York’s largest organization devoted to the collection, preservation and operation of toy trains “of days gone by” — will be hosting the Autumn in Allegany Train Show on Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Daniel Carter Events Center, 2383 W. Five Mile Rd., Allegany. Adults and children alike will enjoy the train show and sale, with model trains of all scales and gauges! Visit www.ttcsltd.org.

All Month Long:

If you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, the Quick Center is featuring an exhibit by acclaimed artist Thomas Paquette. “On Nature’s Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette Commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act” includes more than 60 oil and gouache paintings. The show runs through Nov. 22.

And, Sprague’s Maple Farms, just a few miles from Olean in Portville, is another must for your fall to-do list. After a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can take a walk along the trails to the sugarhouse, where you can enjoy some gorgeous views and learn more about the maple syrup-making process. On weekends in Oct., you can take a wagon ride to the sugarhouse where fresh maple cake donuts and hot mulled cider will be served. Visit www.spraguesmaplefarms.com.