By Mary Heyl

Mother’s Day Activities in the Enchanted Mountains

Treat Mom to a fun Mother’s Day weekend by taking part in one (or more!) of the special events taking place throughout the weekend of May 13 and 14 in Cattaraugus County! Whether it’s dinner and a show, an afternoon at an arts and crafts festival, or learning how to knit, there’s no better gift than a memorable experience.

Good Times of Olean invites you to their Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The delicious buffet includes a carving station with ham, turkey and beef and a mouthwatering selection of desserts! Adults eat for $22.99, seniors (65+) for $15.99, children (10 and younger) for $14.99 and children four and younger eat for free. Make your reservation today by calling Good Times at (716) 379- 8210.

After a delicious meal at Good Times, head on over to the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino to see the legendary crooner, Paul Anka! Anka’s 60-year career has produced several well-known songs including “Diana,” “Lonely Boy” and “Having my Baby,” and you’ll get to hear them all on May 14 starting at 5 p.m. This is a Mother’s Day gift she’ll never forget, and neither will you! Tickets start at just $45 and if you buy three, you get the fourth ticket for free. Tickets are on sale now at The Logo Shop and

Owners Dale and Cindy Smith invite you to attend the 7th Annual Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14 at Rock City Park. Located at 505 Route 16 South in Olean, Rock City Park has been welcoming visitors since 1890 to experience one of the largest natural displays of quartz conglomerate in the world. Enjoy hiking in the park and exploring the arts and crafts show next Saturday!

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Arts and craft vendors will be both inside and outside throughout the weekend. Visitors can expect to see returning artists and crafters as well as new vendors who will be displaying a variety of work including watercolors, oils, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metals, woodwork and more. Although there is no separate entrance fee for the show, regular admission rates for Rock City Park apply. Adult admission is $5 and children’s admission (ages 6 to 12) is just $3.

Take a drive down to the historic village of Randolph, located along the Amish Trail just 25 minutes away from Ellicottville. An Amish tour is a great experience that the whole family will enjoy during Mother’s Day weekend—book one today! Randolph Amish Tour Guide Betsey Dubois has accompanied visitors for several years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her tours. Not only are Betsey and her husband, Ray, friends with several Amish families, but they have also had the unique experiences of visiting in Amish homes and attending Amish weddings and funerals.

For just $40 per car load (please reserve a seat for Betsey!), Betsey can tailor the tour (approximately 3 hours long) to suit visitors’ interests and schedules. Enjoy seeing Amish farms, homes, and schoolhouses, and don’t forget to bring plenty of cash, as you will have the opportunity to shop in different Amish businesses. From quilt shops to furniture shops to leather shops and more, there are all kinds of places to help Mom pick out a unique gift. Because Sundays are reserved for worship, Amish businesses are closed on that day, so be sure to book your tour for Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13.

Call the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 today!

While you’re in Randolph, visit Yarn for Ewe at 129 Main Street, where you and Mom can learn how to knit together! In just two hours, you can both learn how to cast on and knit by making your own dishcloth. Saturday morning classes are scheduled weekly from 10 a.m. to noon, and new students are welcome any time. Saturday, May 13 is the perfect day to create a great memory with Mom by learning how to knit together! Call Yarn for Ewe at (716) 267-2070 to sign up.