As we enter Christmas Week, both Holimont and Holiday Valley should be up and running. THE FUN CAPITAL of New York State, Ellicottville NY, is really ready for a blast of snow. However, even with our limited snow fall, life here in our part of the world really doesn’t get much better than what we are experiencing right now. Therefore, lets get out and enjoy what Ellicottville is offering and take part in the FUN goings-on.

Starting today, Friday December 21, 2012 through Thursday December 27, 2012 we will have nine Bands, three DJ’s, lots of sound system music events, some ski flick movies, an End Of The World Party plus all the daily food and drink specials that are taking place right here in our neighborhood. Check out the ads in The Ellicottville Times newspaper. Then visit our excellent clubs and restaurants to enjoy the FUN and good times Ellicottville offers.

The Ski Flick Movies, sponsored by The City Garage, will be taking place in The Depot all the hours they are open. Besides serving their excellent menu and playing selected artist’s music as part of the background for the Ski Movies, The Depot will be offering really FUN Christmas Cheer as part of their encouragement for The Snow Gods.

The music kicks off at 7:00 PM this Friday in Balloons with 10 Delaware on stage. 10 Delaware is a really FUN cover classic rock and party band playing tunes from the last thirty years or so. While their music is cover, this four-piece group puts a bit of their own twist on things, creating an evening of very danceable and good listening music times. Therefore, besides serving an excellent Fish Fry, Balloons will host another really FUN Friday evening of music. Following 10 Delaware, Personable DJ John Barry will take over the festivities with his really neat and FUN, LIVE Personality Show Off Show from Balloons New & Enlightened Sound Booth. Like always, John’s show will includes a neat danceable selection of tunes and good Party-Time FUN till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday RT Live will be WOWING The Gin Mill Crowd with his acoustic version of many classics to country rock tunes. Like always when billed, as “RT Live” RT will be a solo act creating a FUN acoustic Gin Mill Music Night. For those of you who enjoy a later meal, especially a fish fry, The Gin Mill is the place. They serve their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.

Then at 11:00 PM Friday Madigans will host their End Of The World Party featuring the music of Goodbye Dawn. Here we have a contemporary, five-piece, very high energy band playing tunes from today in a sing and dance along fashion that will make a neat party happen till close. As their website says, Goodbye Dawn will hit you with some renovated jams from the 80’s and 90’s. However the bulk of their energy is courtesy of today’s artists. A really neat Madigans Party Night will happen this Friday

Moving on to Saturday at 6:00 PM, Balloons will have The TruFate Band doing their really neat Rock Show. TruFate, a veteran four-piece band from WNY, who has done Ellicottville gigs before, plays a wide variety of Cover Classic, Southern and Hard Rock tunes. You will also hear some Rockin Blues with a side of Blues/Jazz. Like their web site says, they keep their covers true to their original recordings. However, they will add flavor when they deem it appropriate. Balloons will be HOPPIN this Saturday. Following TruFate, The FUN continues with DJ Flakey Frank Watson, “The Party Monster” doing his rendition of Party Continuation from Balloons New & Enlightened Sound Booth. DJ Flakey Frank, while on leave from The Disoriented DJ Home, will provide an excellent danceable selection of tunes and all-ages friendly FUN till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Saturday when we will have two gigs. First The Gin Mill will have “West”, an Original Ellicottville Favorite Band, ROCKIN The House. This Classic Rock Band, from Olean, has performed in and around Ellicottville for close to twenty years. Ron and Terry, who are the driving force of “West”, always put on an excellent Rock N Roll Show. Their tunes mainly cover, from the last several decades are done in True Ron and Terry or West Style. This neat band is a Gin Mill Regular Band and we all feel that is a good thing.

Also at 9:00 PM Saturday, The PUB in Great Valley will have Roll The Dice, a local retro, classic rock to country band, on their music stage. Their music, consisting of everything from the Rock A Billy era through the eighties, has a bit of a country sound or twist. The interesting combination of music they produce will, as always, add to the FUN Times Happenin in The PUB this Saturday night.

After another music free Sunday that will allow us to enjoy a Bills win over The Dolphins, we now happily move on to Christmas week.

Monday being Christmas Eve, The Gin Mill’s kitchen will close at 9:00 PM. They will not be serving their wonderful All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner this Christmas eve either. The Gin Mill will reopen around 5:00 PM on Christmas Tuesday. Merry Christmas to all and to all please enjoy the FUN Times with family and friends.

Moving to Wednesday, another Ellicottville tradition will happen. That being an 8:00 PM performance in The Gin Mill by The Joe Wagner & Friends Band. Joe again will be joined by Freddie Joseph, or if you wish Bongos Freddie, and probably Retro Lil Joey on spoons. The music will still be the same wonderful Acoustic Classic to Southern Rock that Joe and his crew have done so well over the last twenty plus years. The Gin Mill’s excellent chicken wings will still be on special and The Good Music and FUN Gin Mill Wednesday will happen.

Thursday we will have three music events. First at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Freddie & Friends doing another weekly version of what used to be “The Weekly Notice Band”. The music, as always, will be excellent Classic to Country Rock. Like we always say, just who will be performing won’t be known until they start the gig. What we know for sure, The Gin Mill will be ROCKIN & FUN this Thursday night.

Also at 8:00 PM Thursday The PUB in Great Valley will have DJ Felony along with his Karaoke Show doing his FUN Thursday gig. As we always say, this neat show gives The PUB Patrons two options. You may be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy The Local & FUN PUB Good Times. One more point of interest, check out The PUB’S Good Food Now Menu. You will enjoy what you see.

Moving to 9:00 PM Thursday, Madigans will be have Ellicottville’s Favorite Party Rock Band, “The Party Squad” back for the winter doing what they do best, which is, playing tunes and creating good times for Madigans Partygoers on Thursday nights in Madigans Up-Stairs Party Bar all winter long. Welcome back Dave, Mark, Nelson, Rick and Joe, who are this wonderful band. A

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