GV bicentennial

The Great Valley Bicentennial Calendar, featuring historic pictures of Great Valley, is now available.

The historical 17-month calendar contains 45 pictures and sells for $15, according to Marilyn Eddy Siperek, town historian who is helping to spearhead the celebration. “They are the perfect Christmas gift,” she said.

The calendars are available at Hall’s Produce, Katy’s Fly-In Restaurant and The Berry Patch in Great Valley, Ellicottville Pharmacy and AmeriCan Store in Ellicottville, Humphrey Fire Department and the Great Valley Baptist Church and Great Valley United Methodist Church.

Profits are going to the Great Valley Fire Department Auxiliary to offset costs of prizes and bicentennial expenses.

The Great Valley Bicentennial will see the return of Old Home Days July 20-22.

“Old Home Days was a Great Valley tradition for decades and we are happy to offer this nostalgic event,” Siperek said.

On Friday night, July 20, a town history event will be held, the historian said.

On July 21, the Great Valley Fire Department will sponsor the Old Home Days Bicentennial Parade, a street dance and fireworks.

They will also host a Family Fair featuring a bounce house, dunk tank, food vendors, and more.

The Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will sponsor a variety of contests and events during this weekend.

To round out Old Home Days on July 22, will feature “Farming Then and Now” at Snow Brook Farms, 5346 Snow Brook Road in Great Valley.  Hosted by Dan and Marcy Brown and the Jim Brennan family, it will feature a display of old and antique farm equipment, implements and tools. Tours of Snow Brook Farms’ robotic milking operation will also be available. Dan Brown is the Great Valley supervisor.

“We need volunteers and sponsors for Bicentennial events,” Siperek said. Volunteers can sign up to help with one event or more.

One area where volunteers are needed is a Veterans Display including a list of veterans from the town of Great Valley, uniforms and other military items. “We have a large space for the display,” Siperek said. “This would be hands on work.”

The Bicentennial Committee is also looking for sponsors to fund or partially fund expenses relating to an event. “We need sponsors to offset the cost of a bus for the Historic Tours of Great Valley and Kill Buck,” Siperek said. “We also need sponsors for the Great Gatsby party that will occur in May.”

Sponsors for these events could provide financial assistance or provision of services or goods. Call Siperek at 945-3161 if you are interested in volunteering or donating.

For more information on Great Valley Bicentennial events, like “Great Valley, NY History” on Facebook or  join the email list at msiperek@aol.com.