Pumpkins, Dark Arts, Museums, Shopping, Theater and Music
By Daniel Meyer
As we fully embrace the wonderful ambience of the fall season in Western New York, it is important to make note of upcoming special events and seasonal experiences. There are some unique things to see and do in Springville and Hamburg, so pull out your calendars and consider adding some of these to your “to do” list.
Oct. 25 – Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Children’s Halloween
Watch the action on Saturday, Oct. 25 at noon, beginning at Mechanic Street in front of M&T Bank. Prizes will be awarded at the community Halloween party at the Concord Town Hall.
Now through Nov. 1 – Springville’s Van Over Fine Arts “Dark Arts” Exhibition
A horror and Halloween-themed group exhibition displaying artwork of local artists is currently hanging at the Van Over Fine Arts gallery, located at 49 East Main St. in Springville. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.vanoverfinearts.blogspot.com or call (716) 592-8255.
If you want to experience the great outdoors in all of their natural glory, consider carving out some time to visit Zoar Valley. There are 55-acres of private land featuring beautiful woods and trails known as “The Zoar Experience.” Located along the banks of the Cattaraugus River in Springville, access to natural wonders can be enjoyed by hiking, fishing and kayaking.
Personal tours for those looking to spend the day can be scheduled, while overnight lodging is available for those who have more time to enjoy one of the region’s best multi-use areas of natural beauty. For more information, visit www.thezoar.com or call (716) 592-9855.
Football fans interested in learning more about the historical significance of organized youth sports can visit the Pop Warner Museum. Located at 98 East Main St. in Springville, the museum tells the story of Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner, a Springville native who gained national prominence as a college football coach. The museum provides visitors access to Warner’s football memorabilia from his coaching career. For more information, visit www.townofconcordhistoricalsociety.org or call (716) 592-0094.
Civil War enthusiasts have unique opportunities to learn more about American history and our ancestors who fought in the conflict when they visit the Echoes Through Time Learning Center. Located at 39 East Main St. in Springville, the museum is dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s heritage and historical sites. More information about the center can be found by reading this Ellicottville Times story (http://www.ellicottvilletimes.com/2014/10/02/hands-on-history-lessons/), visiting www.echoesthroughtime.com or calling (716) 957-2740.
The tail end of October and the early part of November mean pumpkin time, and there are numerous pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches located throughout Western New York. Springville’s Wendel’s Poultry Farm is hosting the 13th annual Arts in the Barn in the sugarhouse at 14266 Vaughn St. in East Concord, Oct. 17-19. The fun includes a BBQ, pumpkins, hayrides and awesome crafts.
Bechem Pumpkin Patch has been a long-standing tradition featuring hayrides, a corn maze and, of course, a huge selection of pumpkins.
Upcoming November Events
Nov. 28 & 29 – A Very Merry Main Street in Springville
More than 23 merchants will participate in this year’s A Very Merry Main Street in Springville, marking the kickoff to the holiday shopping season with extended shopping hours, cash prizes, gift certificates and other giveaways. More information on their Facebook page “A Very Merry Main Street.”
Oct. 19 – Buffalo Chips
A Capella Concert
The Buffalo Chips, an all-male a capella group from the University at Buffalo, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 19 starting at 7 p.m. as part of their second annual Music Concert Series sponsored by Hamburg United Methodist Church. The concert will be performed inside the church, located at 116 Union St. in the village of Hamburg. The Buffalo Chips, consisting of 13 students, has competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella held at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tickets cost $10 per person. For more information, visit www.humc-ny.org or call (716) 649-8080.
Oct. 24 – Paranormal Walk in Village of Hamburg
Get in the Halloween spirit by taking a paranormal walk through Hamburg. Beginning at 7 p.m. at Main Street Ice Cream at 35 Main St., participants will spend approximately 90 minutes experiencing a spiritual and historical look that will be include discussions of ghosts, local historical mysteries, conspiracies and mysterious deaths. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit www.paranormalwalks.com or call (716) 649-2970.
Oct. 25 – Hamburg Halloween Parade
The village of Hamburg’s annual Halloween Parade is a chance to embrace all that is genuine and sincere about the annual end-of-October celebration. The 56th annual march, set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of costumed children (and even some adults) in the Southtowns, with participants walking from the village’s municipal parking lot along Union Street to Hamburg’s Memorial Park. Post-parade refreshments will be served to all participants. For more information, visit www.villagehamburg.com or call (716) 649-6170.
Now through Oct. 26 – Live Theater at Hamburg’s Grange Theatre
Live theatrical performances are taking place for the next week in the village of Hamburg following the recent opening of the Grange Theatre, located inside the historic Grange Building at 22 Main St. The new home to Buffalo Chrysalis Theatre Company is on the third floor of the structure that houses Tina’s Italian Kitchen. Playing now through Sunday, Oct. 26 is the off-Broadway musical “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” a tribute to some of the stars and songwriters of past generations. General admission tickets are $20, and $15 for senior citizens and students. For more information, visit www.buffalochrysalistheatre.com or call (716) 903-9288.
Upcoming November Events
Nov. 28 & 29 – Green Friday Shopping Event/Small Business Saturday
Shops and local entrepreneurs located through the community host special sales and encourage holiday shoppers to support local businesses. For more information, search “Hamburg Happenings” on Facebook or call (716) 202-4020.