By Alicia Dziak

Fall means festival season, a time to decorate for the changing seasons and get a jump on that holiday shopping. Unique handmade gifts are around every corner, and exploring one of the area’s arts and crafts shows is the ideal way to spend a day.

Celebration of the Arts

at Nannen Arboretum Sept. 23

Spend an afternoon at the Arboretum with artists doing what they do best. On Sunday, Sept.23, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., guests will have an opportunity to see demonstrations in painting, photography, wool applique, spinning and weaving, flower arranging and pottery.

Feeling creative? Creative note cards, Make & Take Butterfly and Grapevine wreaths can all be created during the celebration.

Many of the artists will also have pieces of their art for sale.

• Plough and Allen Fine Arts – watch Todd create an oil painting of the bridge while Darlene displays her photographs of the arboretum.

Brookside Studio – see Robin Zefers Clark demonstrate how to use colored pencils to create life-like drawings of animals.

Heidi Jimerson – Spirit Art – chat with Heidi as she explains how she taps into the spirit world while peacefully creating art.

Annie Widger – see Annie start with animal fleece and turn it into yarn with her spinning wheel; the yarn can then be woven into a lovely work of art.

Cathy Lacey – Cathy will also start with animal fleece and, using a ‘needle felting’ technique, turn it into a work of art.

Mary Kay Schreckengost – Mary Kay and her grandson Garrett will be in the gazebo strumming the guitar and singing; Mary Kay will also be creating and displaying her artistic creations using wool appliques.

Flowers Off the Farm – Nicole will be making beautiful bouquets using flowers she grows on her local farm.

Chris Stark – Chris will show you how she creates delightful pieces of art by painting on porcelain vases, plates, etc.

Judy MacMillan – Judy will turn clay into a piece of art on her pottery wheel.

Karen Grabowski – Karen’s specialty is watercolor painting.

Pastels by Pat – Pat Kerl will demonstrate creating drawings/paintings using chalk pastels.

Want to Make your Own Art?

Nan Miller – Make & Take Butterfly

Cheri Reed – Creative Note Cards

Bill MacMillan – Grape Vine Wreaths

Refreshments will be available on the Rotary Patio behind the Ellicottville Town Center building adjacent to the arboretum. Perennials from the Carolyn Lowe Herb Garden will be available for a small donation.

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THOSE UP for a little road trip can also choose from other area festivals going on in the upcoming weeks:

Fall Festival at the Springville Moose

On Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to the Fall Festival at the Springville Moose, at 13080 Buffalo Rd. in Springville. Fun for the whole family will include a crafts show, basket raffle, bake sale, bounce house, kettlecorn, Buffalo’s Best Food Truck and live music by The Ozone Rangers and Band of Brothers. Proceeds benefit The Club of Springville and The Springville Sleeping Bag Project.

Colden Festival

The Colden Festival takes place in downtown Colden on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Many vendors, music and fine art will be on display throughout the two-day event. The Colden Festival also features the towns fantastic eateries.  Colden Country Inn, Colden Mill, Whelan’s Colden Lakeside Restaurant, Colden Market & Cafe, Last Run and the Colden Country Kitchen will all be open and be serving up their exquisite dishes. Also featured will be the area’s best Chicken BBQ cooked up by the Colden Fire Department. New this year, the festival will include historical tours of the town on a horse drawn wagon, a chili cook off between local restaurants, voted on by festival attendee, a  family tent featuring pumpkin painting, face painting and more!

And don’t forget…

Columbus Day weekend means Fall Festival in Ellicottville, complete with a huge arts and crafts show along the main drags. Whatever it is you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here!