By Alicia Dziak
It’s July in Ellicottville and the Enchanted Mountains, which means time for summertime fun!
Enjoy a summer weekend on the lake. Hike up to Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake on summer weekends (weather permitting, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and enjoy standup paddleboarding, kayaking, SUP Yoga/Fitness or fly fishing with Adventure Bound on the Fly. Rent the equipment right there and plan for a fun day on the water. For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
Get your golf on at Holiday Valley’s course. The 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole.
If you’re a new golfer or have played for a while you are invited to participate in this year’s Junior Clinics. Boys and Girls from ages 7-18 will receive four days of instruction, rules, etiquette and a picnic day. On course play on final night. A fee of $30 covers everything. Classes will be supervised by PGA Master Professional Steven R. Carney, and PGA Assistant Professional Kyle Benish and Tom Dirito.
If you like a good golf tournament, be sure to check out the article below.
Now open daily throughout the summer, head to Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park.
Sky High is made up of three components: the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
The Aerial Park, the largest of its kind in New York State and third largest in the U.S., combines a series of platforms and bridges built in a 4-acre section of the woods near the resort’s Tannenbaum Lodge. The Aerial Park includes 142 platforms, 170 elements and 43 ziplines, with the tallest platform at 68 feet and the longest zip line measuring 350 feet. For rates and to make reservations, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/.
Those ages five and up can enjoy the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and only one of three in the country. There are 10 trees outfitted with color-coded climbing holds and the difficulty ranges from very easy (yellow) to very challenging (purple). Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground.
There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about 6 feet up and climb back down.
For rate info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/climbing- forest/.
The Mountain Coaster takes riders up the hill in their own car and lets them control their own speed on the way back down.
Cool off this summer at HV’s three-pool complex, open daily through Labor Day. Splash into a kiddie pool, a lap pool and an activity pool, featuring a diving board and slide, play a variety of poolside games, like giant Jenga or Cornhole, or grab a frozen drink from the Cabana Bar.
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce presents the newest edition of the Gazebo Series, sponsored by CCSE Federal Credit Union. The concerts take place in the gazebo on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and are rain or shine.
The remaining performance schedule is as follows:
• July 13: Black & Blues Band
• July 20: Old Hippies
• July 27: Black Rock Zydeco
• Aug. 3: Lady Rush & the Vinyls
• Aug. 11: Shake on the Lake, presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
Performances start at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, July 16, 10,000 Maniacs will perform the entire “In My Tribe” album, which Rolling Stone named one of the “100 greatest albums of the 1980s,” at Griffis Sculpture Park. Celebrating their 35th year as a band, 10,000 Maniacs continues to make albums and sell out shows throughout the country.
Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors will bring their danceable rock/world beat sounds to the stage. Jim Donovan was one of the founding members of Rusted Root.
Erie, PA touring performer Tyler Smilo will open the concert at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance (www.eventbrite.com), $25 day of show. Children 12 and under free. Music starts at 2 p.m.
The concert will feature music, activities, artists, food and beer services. Concert attendees can take in the 250 sculptures that reside throughout the trails of the park, making it the United States’ largest outdoor sculpture park. The events will be taking place on the top of the hill at the Mill Valley site of the park. Guests must be able to endure a 10 minute walk uphill to the festival site. There will be a shuttle service that will help attendees get to the concert area. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
For even more live music, mark your calendar for July 28-30 when Jazz & Blues Weekend returns to Ellicottville. See the article on page 1 for more info.
Round out your summer experience with hiking and biking on the nearby trails, camping at one of the many area campgrounds, visiting the beach or Allegany State Park, and shopping and dining in the Village.
Whatever you like to do this time of year, you’ll find your perfect summer day and night in Ellicottville!