By Mary Heyl

This is a beautiful time of year to take a scenic drive to the historic village of Randolph, just twenty miles away from Ellicottville. Whether your interests include learning a new skill, test-driving the car of your dreams, or spending the afternoon shopping downtown, there’s something for you in Randolph.

Although there are many communities with fun places to shop and dine, Randolph is unique in that it is a center of learning and creativity. Last weekend, Randolph held its Second Annual Class Kick-Off, when community members and visitors were invited to the shops along Main Street to explore various classes being offered this fall and winter.

Expressions Performing Arts Center at 75 Main Street offers classes for children of all ages in both competitive and non-competitive dancing. You can learn knitting and crochet at Yarn for Ewe or take painting classes with Vicki Reding at Randolph Retail Company. Children and adults can get fit with kickboxing or karate at AG Combat Sports at its new location at 133 Main Street. Betsey’s Country Shop, located at 12 Jamestown Street, offers afternoon and evening sewing and quilting classes. And new this fall, the Randolph Library is offering computer literacy classes on Wednesday nights: if you want to keep up with the ever-changing technology of computers and the internet, this is the class for you!

Students can take just one class, which is ideal for out of town visitors, or sign up for a series of classes, typically at a discounted rate.

Potential students can visit to contact these businesses for more information about classes, or call the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208.

Interested in experiencing Randolph’s historic downtown? Make it an unforgettable experience by driving down Main Street in a brand new Chevy!

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation is partnering with Landmark Chevrolet to host a Drive for Your Community day to raise money for the Randolph Community Fund to beautify downtown. Landmark Chevrolet is bringing a variety of brand new Chevrolets, including trucks, SUVs and sedans, for drivers ages 18 and older to test-drive downtown.

The starting point is the parking lot of the United Presbyterian Church at 186 Main Street; Landmark Chevrolet will make a donation to the community fund for every test driver.

Not only is this a great time to test-drive a car without the pressure of being at a dealership, but it’s a fun afternoon, too, when you can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks and indulge in the United Presbyterian Church’s bake sale.

Ready to plan your visit to Randolph? Call the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208 for more information about Randolph’s upcoming events or find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.

And, be sure to mark your calendars for the fifth anniversary celebration of A Slice of Heaven Alpacas Nov. 27-28, “Small Business Saturday” on Nov. 28 and Randolph’s Country Christmas weekend Dec. 4-5!