Thanksgiving week and yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for. First, Take time to enjoy the company of your family and friends during this holiday season. Second, the weather, we had a return of summer last weekend. We are now back to more fall like conditions that might make snow making a possibility. Holiday Valley is still targeting an early December opening of Ski Season. We shall see. Third, our oldest Son Andrew will be celebrating his forty-fourth Birthday today. Happy Birthday Andrew. Fourth, it looks like Elkdale Country Club will remain open till the snow flies. Therefore, golf is still an option. Just go to their website or give them a call for details.

With next Thursday being Thanksgiving we really are operating with a six day week. So for the week beginning Friday November 16, 2012 through Thanksgiving Thursday November 22, 2012 we will have eight Bands, two DJ’s, a Hunter’s Breakfast, several All Week Sound System Music Events, a neat Ski Promotion Movie plus the regular football and other weekly meal and drink specials that regularly take place in and around the village of Ellicottville. Then, if you wish to enjoy a great meal, check out the advertising on the adjoining pages of this fine newspaper for some excellent places to dine and have FUN in and around Ellicottville.

Now on to the Entertainment and other FUN Stuff, The Depot is first on the list with their Friday Evening Sound System Tune Selection. The Depot’s selection of tunes will be designed to bring on our winter. The Depot will follow up on Saturday evening at 8:00 PM with a neat Ski Movie, “Super Heroes of Stoke” presented by The City Garage.

Fridays Band Parade begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The A List”, a veteran five-piece band from Niagara Falls. This great band plays an assortment of classic to pop to southern rock tunes from the last sixty years in a style promoting the original artists. Their tune selection includes everything from KC & The Sunshine Band to Skynyrd, Dobie Gray to Steely Dan, Rod Stewart to Journey plus many more. Their previous Balloons Gigs have been really great. Following “The A List”, “DJ Ace” will take over the party already in place from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. The Show “DJ Ace” does will include neat danceable tunes and good Party-Time FUN till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, we will have “RT Live” WOWIN The Gin Mill FUN Loving Music Crowd with his acoustic version of many classics, including some excellent country rock tunes. Like the last few weeks RT might hook up with Freddie on percussion and or “Retro Lil Joey” on spoons creating even more Gin Mill Music FUN. Also please remember, if you enjoy a later meal, especially a great fish fry, The Gin Mill serves their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.

The FUN begins at 4:00 AM Saturday morning in The PUB located in Great Valley. The PUB will be serving, what they describe as a Hunter’s Breakfast. Then after a day of hunting all may return to The PUB at 9:00 PM to enjoy “Roll The Dice”, a local retro, classic rock to country band. As in their previous gigs, we will hear music, consisting of everything from the Rock A Billy era through the Eighties, including a bit of a country sound or twist. The interesting combination of music they produce will, as always, add to the FUN Happenin in The PUB this Saturday

Returning to 6:00 PM Saturday, Balloons will be hosting “The Paul Briandi All Star Band” with their really entertaining Blues, R&B to Classic Rock Music Show. This neat five-piece band, consisting of guitar, drums, keys, sax and vocals, does a show that really moves your body and soul. Their Balloons Gig last August was really great. All Blues to Rock fans will want to catch this one. Following “The Paul Briandi All Star Band”, “DJ Chatty, Friendly and totally Flakey, Frank Watson”, who is “Ellicottville’s Only & Original Party Monster” has assured Balloons and the rest of the world that his leave from The Disoriented DJ Home will still be honored. This will allow him to do his All Ages Friendly Party Continuation Show, including FUN danceable tunes, till close.

We again return to 9:00 PM Saturday, this time in The Gin Mill when “West”, an Original Ellicottville Favorite Band, will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill. This Classic Rock Band, from Olean, has performed in and around Ellicottville for over fifteen years. Ron and Terry, who are the heart and soul of “West”, always put on an excellent Rock N Roll Show. Their tunes mainly cover, from the last several decades are done in “True West Style”. This band has become a Gin Mill Regular Band and that is a good thing.

Since The Bills played Miami last Thursday, the out come as of the writing is unknown. Hopefully they won. Therefore, just relax while enjoying a Football Sunday.

We now move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. As always, “Country Connor, The Crasher” will be on bar duty feeding The Gin Mill’s Sound System with excellent traditional country tunes that will make this a wonderful Gin Mill Dinner Special .

Then at 10:00 PM sharp, Monday rounds out in Madigans with Church on Monday. Deacon Dan and Reverend Jack, like the last few weeks, will hook up with Bongo’s Freddie. This threesome will, as they always do, have Madigans Partiers BOPPIN, WEVEN & ROCKIN to the beat of their original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes. Thereby, making Madigans a very neat place to visit every Monday night.

Wednesday this week we will enjoy two bands. first at 7:00 PM Balloons have “The Black Widow Band” in house. “Black Widow”, who was here twice last month, with Lana on lead vocals, offers one of the most diversified, interesting and totally FUN song lists you will ever see or hear. This great band does everything from classic rock to country and oldies to alternative or contemporary rock. As always, our favorite is Lana’s version of Steve Perry & Journey. “Black Widow” will create another FUN time in Balloons this Wednesday evening.

The final gig of the week will begin at 8:00 PM in The Gin Mill with “Joe Wagner” and hopefully “John Winston” doing their Traditional to almost Retro Folk to Southern Rock Acoustic Music Show. As has happened the last few weeks, Freddie and Retro Lil Joey should join in helping them create an even better and more retro Gin Mill Wednesday Night of Music. The best!

Thursday is Thanksgiving, and will be music free. So enjoy your family and friends and we will see you next week.

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