By Alicia Dziak

If you live in Ellicottville, chances are you’ve experienced Griffis Sculpture Park, and if you haven’t, you should add it to your bucket list! While the park is a popular destination in the warmer months, it’s only open this time of year for special events. A truly memorable evening awaits at the annual Moonlight Snowshoe Tour on Saturday, March 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The $50 ticket prices includes snowshoe rental (donated by Ellicottville’s City Garage), piping hot chili, cookies and snacks, a moonlit snowshoe tour and live music. All funds raised from the event will go toward general operations of the park and trail maintenance.

“We will do two tours. One will be a novice snowshoe tour and will go from the gate house, smooth walks, to the pond and upper hill. The second tour will be for more experienced snowshoers  and will include all of the above as well as hiking to the upper hill where our annual concerts are held including a view of the tower!” explained Nila Griffis, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation, who operates Griffis Sculpture Park.  “Our guides, including Mark Griffis, tell some fantastic stories along the way of how the sculptures were created.”

Some of the path will also be lit with lights from Doug Sitler at Night Lights HQ, who stages the Night Lights display in the fall at the park.

Following the tour, guests will enjoy food and merriment back at the property’s gate house. “We have a great band this year called DangerBird which will be playing classic rock,” Griffis noted.

Reservations are required and limited.  To register, please contact Ashford Hollow Foundation at (716) 667-2808 or e-mail  Follow them on Facebook for the latest updates. For more information, visit