By Alicia Dziak
August is a month full of summertime activities, special events and long days of fun. Whether you like an action-packed day of outdoor adventure, a relaxing evening of live music and tasty desserts or a competitive day on the golf course, Ellicottville has you covered this August!
On Aug. 11, don’t miss Shake on the Lake, presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council and the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce as part of this season’s Gazebo Series. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be featured in the gazebo lawn at 8 p.m.
Every month in Ellicottville brings fabulous events to town, and this month, it’s all about the food. Aug. 12-13 is the annual Taste of Ellicottville, where everyone can sample the best that Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer as they set up “cafe style” on the streets. Purchase food tickets and exchange them for tasty treats as your stroll the village streets, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, head to Holiday Valley’s Cabana Bar for the Under A Tuscan Moon Gourmet Cocktail Party at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, this fundraiser features a delicious assortment of food, live music and auctions.
Open daily throughout the summer, head to Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park.
Sky High is made up of three components: the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
The Aerial Park, the largest of its kind in New York State and third largest in the U.S., combines a series of platforms and bridges built in a 4-acre section of the woods near the resort’s Tannenbaum Lodge. The Aerial Park includes 142 platforms, 170 elements and 43 ziplines, with the tallest platform at 68 feet and the longest zip line measuring 350 feet. For rates and to make reservations, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/.
Those ages five and up can enjoy the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and only one of three in the country. There are 10 trees outfitted with color-coded climbing holds and the difficulty ranges from very easy (yellow) to very challenging (purple). Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground.
There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about 6 feet up and climb back down.
For rate info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/climbing- forest/.
The Mountain Coaster takes riders up the hill in their own car and lets them control their own speed on the way back down.
Cool off this summer at HV’s three-pool complex, open daily through Labor Day. Splash into a kiddie pool, a lap pool and an activity pool, featuring a diving board and slide, play a variety of poolside games, like giant Jenga or Cornhole, or grab a frozen drink from the Cabana Bar.
Enjoy a summer weekend on the lake. Hike up to Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake on summer weekends (weather permitting, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and enjoy standup paddleboarding, kayaking, SUP Yoga/Fitness or fly fishing with Adventure Bound on the Fly. Rent the equipment right there and plan for a fun day on the water. For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
Get your golf on at Holiday Valley’s course. The 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole.
On Monday, Aug. 7, head to the 15th Annual Ellicottville Library Pro Am Golf Tournament, hosted by Holiday Valley. This tournament includes 30 WNY PGA Professionals and 90 amateurs, and proceeds support the library, which relies on area donations to support the demand for new books, computers, and programming. The tournament includes 18 holes, lunch, dinner and awards, and additional players are always welcome. To learn more, contact Holiday Valley’s head professional, Steven Carney, at (716)699-3909.
Show your support for Griffis Sculpture Park and the Essex Arts Center at the Ashford Cup charity golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Holiday Valley.
Registration will take place the day of the event and starts at 11:30 a.m.; there will be a lunch prior to the 1 p.m. start time. Dinner will follow as well. This is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start. Cost is $120/person.
For more info, visit www.griffispark.org.
The 2nd Annual Taige Kinney Glowball Tournament is taking place on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph. The tournament benefits Taige Kinney of Randolph, a 10-year-old child who suffered a traumatic brain injury and has a number of other medical disabilities including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cortical blindness. Although Taige is wheelchair-bound, it is her dream to join her family on their bike rides. Her friends and family are raising funds to purchase a VeloPlus wheelchair transport bike, which will allow her to do just that.
Have fun golfing into the night in this 9-hole, 4-person scramble! Participation is $35 for Cardinal Hills members and $45 for non-members. The fee includes the cart, greens fee, glow ball, and late night snacks and drinks. Last year’s tournament filled up quickly! Sign up now at Cardinal Hills Golf Course or contact Brandy Ormond at (716)969-0411.
Summer will be gone before you know it, so make sure to pack in as much as possible before the days get shorter and cooler!