bobnhueyBy Alicia Dziak

One of the great things about Ellicottville is that there is always something exciting going on. The weekend of July 20–21 is no exception, with the Americana Folk Art and Music Fair returning to the village lawn from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day.

The event, formerly known as the Antique Tractor and Farm Fair, was started by Bob McCarthy in the early 2000s, as a way to raise money for the Ellicottville Historical Society and morphed into Americana, with a focus on folk art.

McCarthy describes folk art as “making functional art out of something else,” and his days of collecting various items at the Springville Auction naturally led him to create an event around it.

“Americana is not your typical craft show,” said Annie Widger, a wool spinner and weaver, and one of the show’s vendors. “There are a lot of demonstrations by the crafters, which makes it memorable and educational.”

Also, unlike other craft shows, vending at Americana is free of charge.

“The artists set up wherever they want, whether it’s in the shade or in the grass,” explained McCarthy. “They are not limited to a specific 10-feet-by-10-feet spot.”

The folk art portion will feature weaving and spinning, woodworking and carving, stained glass, photography, jewelry making, beading, furniture making and more.

“I am always looking for artists for this event,” McCarthy stated. “The only criteria is that all items must be handmade by the artist, and not produced by someone else and then resold.”

There will also be tarot card readings, and a lemonade stand run by two little girls with proceeds being donated to the Ellicottville Food Pantry.

On Saturday, Freddie and Tuck will be performing from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., followed by Tory and Rob Bedard on Sunday, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

McCarthy will also be offering cemetery tours via tractor during the event.

In addition, there will be an auction on Sunday to benefit the Ellicottville Historical Society’s Jefferson Street Cemetery Restoration Project. McCarthy will be the auctioneer and will be auctioning off his own garden art, as well as other unique items.

“This event is about people enjoying the day in Ellicottville,” McCarthy said. “You can sit and have a conversation, enjoy the music and see some wonderful local artists.”

Americana combines a variety of artists and live music, in a family-friendly environment, offering something for everyone.

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss this fun and free community event!

To participate as a vendor, to donate to the auction or for more information, contact McCarthy at (716) 378-0916, or stop in to see him at his favorite hangout, Katy’s Café in the village.