ASPBeachBy Alicia Dziak

On Friday, Aug. 9, the shores of Red House Lake at Allegany State Park were filled to the brim with visitors, music and festivities.

The annual Full Moon Family Beach Party, sponsored the Cattaraugus County Arts Council in partnership with Allegany State Park, brought campers and locals, young and old, together for a fun-filled evening.

Artist in Residence Kevin McCarthy kicked off the live music, followed by NY Rockin Revue, who covered everything from Fleetwood Mac to Carly Rae Jepsen to Steely Dan.

The fun didn’t stop there! Besides the concession stand staying open to serve ice cream and other beach goodies much later than usual, a large face painting tent was popular among the younger set, and an area housing birds of prey also attracted a lot of attention.

In addition, several original Works on Wood pieces were available for purchase through a silent auction. The pieces had been displayed inside the Quaker Museum during the week so that potential buyers could get a sneak peak. The pieces, created by talented local artists, included wood repurposed into unique items such as walking sticks, campstools, picnic baskets and camp signs.

The proceeds from the Works on Wood auction will support free arts programming at Allegany State Park in 2014.

Children could be seen building sandcastles and running around near the water, as parents watched nearby from the grass overlooking the lake and the stage.

As the sun went down, the fireworks began, ending a perfect summer evening at the park.