Art, Festivals, Music and More

By Alicia Dziak

If you haven’t been to Springville lately, now is the perfect time to check out. some action-packed events, live music, or ways to burn off some energy.

May 16 is the annual Springville Pageant of the Bands, where numerous bands compete. Check out the local talent of the middle and high school bands in the parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Race season has begun, and the Springville Stampede is a great race to get your season in motion. The 5k run and half mile fun run/walk begin at the Springville Griffith Institute High School at 6:30 p.m. The course takes participants through the village streets and ends on the track behind the high school. Cost is $20 for the 5k, $15 for the fun run/walk, and includes a t-shirt for the first 100 entrants.

In addition, there is a “Little Griffs” 100 meter dash, which is free, or $5 for a t-shirt (shirts must be pre-ordered).Proceeds from the Stampede benefit the Springville Varsity Club. For more information, visit www.springvillegi.org/webpages/sgistampede.

The Springville Center for the Arts’ (SCA) Harold L. Olmsted Gallery, at 37 N Buffalo St., reopened its doors last week with an exhibit of photography by Richard Stamps. Curated by Ted Pietrzak, formerly of the Burchfield Penney, the exhibit “Inside My Big Fat Head” features work spanning several decades with a persistent strange quality. Work will be on display though the end of May. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10-3 p.m.

On May 16, Stamps will host a photographic excursion in conjunction with the Springville Pageant of Bands. Photographers of any ability level will join Stamps in exploring the event through the lens and learn about his approach to the medium. On May 21 at 7 p.m., SCA will host Stamps for an artist’s talk.

Is sitting back and taking in some live music your thing? Check out some great upcoming performances at the SCA. On Friday, May 22, enjoy southern influenced music by Andy Buckner from 8 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, May 30, patrons can listen to the acoustic stylings of Attila Vural from 8 to 10 p.m.

For more information about all SCA events, visit www.springvillearts.org.

The annual Dairy/Ag Fest will be held June 5-7 throughout Springville. Highlights include new and antique farm equipment, an arts and crafts show, amusement rides, kids’ farm activities, historical tram tour rides, and a petting zoo. Special events include a 90-minute parade down Main Street on Saturday, and fireworks that night. The weekend will also feature numerous contests, including the Erie County Dairy Princess/Ambassador Crowning, Pizza Eating, Ice Cream Eating, Dairy Ducky Derby, Animal Pet Parade and more.

Don’t miss this fun-filled weekend! For more information, visit www.wnydairyagfest.com.

If you’re free on a Wednesday, there’s no better place to spend the day than at Gentner’s Springville Auction, located at 341 West Main Street. Vendors fill this old fashioned market with everything from farm-fresh produce and unique flea market items to honey and maple syrup. Visitors can also check out the animal barns and much more. The auction is a must-see on your spring or summer bucket list! For more information, visit www.gentnerspringvilleauction.com.

Looking to step back in time? The Warner Museum, located on Main and Franklin Streets, and open Saturdays starting this month, boasts local historic artifacts in several themed rooms.

Check out the neighboring Concord Mercantile, an 1890s-style general store with a variety of unique items. The store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., and Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Whether you prefer high-energy or low-key, Springville has you covered. Take the short drive north from Ellicottville and enjoy everything this big small town has to offer!