By Kellen M. Quigley

It’s hard to believe that summer is practically over. It may be a new school year, but this month is full of great activities indoors and out to celebrate the changing of the seasons, but summer is not over yet!

If your adventure side is calling, answer it with a visit to Holiday Valley’s Sky High, which features the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Mountain Coaster.

Sky High will be open Friday through Sunday from Sept. 6 through Oct. 13, Oct. 14 for Columbus Day and then Saturday and Sundays from Oct. 19 through Oct. 27.

If you’re a golfer, late summer and early fall means finding time for 18 holes any chance you get. Head to Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course and experience beautiful scenery on challenging terrain. For more info, visit

Ellicottville Central School’s first day of school was Wednesday, Sept. 4, and the excitement of a new year awaits. Be sure to visit to see all the upcoming events and see page 4 for some Ellicottville Central news.

For more golfing fun, Sept. 13 is the annual Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing and the opportunity to get in nine holes before the season ends. Chamber members and non-members are all invited. Golf starts with a 4 p.m. shotgun, and all skill levels are welcome to participate.

Once you’re done with the course, dinner will be served at Holiday Valley’s Main Lodge. Sign up fees include green fees, cart, dinner and two drinks compliments of Holiday Valley Food Service. Ellicottville Chamber members can participate for $50 a person and non-members for $55.

Ellicottville’s favorite, Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend is Sept. 13-15. The fun kicks off Friday evening with lots of live entertainment in all of the local hot spots, and continues into Saturday as guests enjoy Ellicottville’s eclectic shops and outstanding restaurants and more performances by regional musicians throughout the village. On Sunday, the show everyone enjoys is back for its 19th year…the Classic Car Show, set up in the heart of the village from noon to 5 p.m.  Ellicottville is proud to showcase your cars, trucks, and rods all set up in class order to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 14, when Pumpkinville opens for its 51st season. Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley, is a must-see destination for fall fun, including numerous attractions, like hayrides and Jumpin’ Pillows, loads of food, apples, pumpkins and so much more. For more info, visit

Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park is back starting Sept. 18. The park will once again be transformed with creative lighting, illuminating the trails and some sculptures with colorful and theatrical lighting, creating an almost surreal experience. You will have four weeks to experience this amazing event, which runs through Oct. 13.

On Sept. 21 and 22, Ellicottville will host the third annual Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival, and welcome hundreds of competitors from all over. For more info, visit

National Alpaca Farm Days are held every fall, and this year’s event is Sept. 28-29. Be sure to visit several of the local alpaca farms, where you can meet a soft and gentle alpaca, learn about their products and visit the gift shop too! Alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public.

This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas and, of course, the babies or crias as they are called.  Most farms will be open between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

This month is about the changing of the seasons, the end of summer fun and the beginning of fall excitement. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy every moment and make this a September to remember!