By Robby and Sherman Wilkens

December is here and we are moving towards Christmas. However, Ol’ Man Winter is still avoiding Ellicottville. After the cold spell we had in late November, both Holiday Valley and Holimont were blowing snow like crazy. With the return to early fall weather we had last week, all the work our excellent snow crews did is now almost gone. Both Holiday Valley and Holimont still have their snow guns greased and ready to go. All we need is a little steady colder weather. From what the weather forecast shows we just may be getting there in the next week or so. Let’s all hope for the best.

While we wait for Ol’ Man Winter’s arrival we might as well get out and enjoy all the other FUN STUFF that happens on a regular basis here in Ellicottville. Starting today Friday December 7, 2012 thru Thursday December 13, 2012 we will have six Bands, four DJ’s, several “All Week Sound System Events”, an Original Ski Movie, The Bartenders Ball, plus all the food and beverage specials offered by our wonderful clubs and restaurants. Just check the ads show on the adjoining pages of this fine newspaper.

The Gin Mill, The Depot & The Barn will be showing, in and around their other events, both college and NFL Football Games, complete with food and drink specials, beginning Friday and running through Monday for all of us Ellicottvilleites to enjoy.

Our weekend’s entertainment begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with The Maria Aurigema Band. Maria, a devoted blues singer and guitar player, usually performs with a three-piece band consisting of bass, drums and keys. Like Maria’s website says, “Her music is mainly original blues creating a performance you won’t soon forget”. Maria and her band, as always, will do another excellent Blues Show.  Following Maria Aurigema, Personable DJ John Barry will keep the party going by doing his LIVE “Personality Show Off Show” from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. John’s show, as always, will include neat danceable tunes and interesting chitter/chatter till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday The Gin Mill will have Two Guys Drinking Beer on stage. Ron and Terry, the two guys from West, are truly talented, excellent and FUN musicians. They will, as always, create a good time, acoustic music, party night with their good tunes and general silliness that always accompanies The Two Guys when they do their Gin Mill Gig. Also please remember, The Gin Mill serves’ their excellent and reasonably priced menu till midnight on weekends.

Moving to Saturday Balloons starts the music parade with Mo Porter doing a 6:00 PM gig. Mo Porter, another of Ellicottville’s Favorite Bands, headlined by Chuck and Mark, who are also the heart and soul of this excellent Rock N Bluzey Party Promoting Band. Joining them will be Kyle on bass, Chris on keys and Waz on drums. Therefore, we will have the full five-piece version of this really neat band performing classic rock to blues tunes, including many classic favorites, in a really FUN and Party Time way. When Mo Porter finishes wowing the Balloons Crowd, DJ Chatty & Flakey Frank Watson, who is also known as The Party Monster should have his antenna properly adjusted and his marbles properly in place, allowing him to carry on The Balloons Party already happening in his usual, very friendly & FUN way, till close.

Backing up to 8:00 PM Saturday, The Annual Bartender’s Ball will begin in The Depot featuring the FUN tune selection of The Wrong Crowd. This is the annual tribute to all of our wonderful bartenders who work so hard to make Ellicottville such a FUN place to visit and live. Again, this event will be cosponsored by The City Garage and will begin with a neat Ski Flick Let’s Go. The whole theme and promotion of this year’s event will be to wake up The Snow Gods. For more details on this FUN happenin, just give The Depot, 716 699 4774, or The City Garage, 716 699 2054, a call.

Our music rounds out on Saturday with Three Easy Pieces doing a 9:00 PM gig in The Gin Mill. This three-piece band featuring RT Live, Freddie Joseph and Jeff Johnson, as we have said before, have put together another version of “The Far Out Band. Their choice of music continues to be acoustic, classic to southern rock with a taste of country added to the mix. Again and as always, they will create another really FUN Gin Mill Saturday Music Night.

After another music free Sunday that will allow us to enjoy a Bills win over The Rams, we now happily move on to next week. It all begins at 6:00 PM Monday in The Gin Mill with their All U Can Eat Spaghetti & Football Dinner for only $6.99. Adding to The Gin Mill FUN will be Connor The Crasher. Besides being on bar duty, Connor will be playing classic country tunes through the sound system until The Patriots take on The Texans for Monday Night Football.

Madigans Church on Monday will not happen this week because of a private Christmas Party. At this time we hope to see you all next Monday.

Another Ellicottville tradition is undergoing some changes. Last Wednesday was John Winston’s final performance with Joe Wagner in The Gin Mill until some time this spring. Good Luck John, we will miss you. So at 8:00 PM this Wednesday, The Gin Mill will host The Joe Wagner & Friends Band. For the time being, Joe 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 two 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.

C. U. Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries

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