By Alicia Dziak

It’s hard to believe that September is here—time for a new school year and plenty of fall fun. As we head into the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the autumn season, be sure to take time out to enjoy all the wonderful activities the area has to offer.

ECS’s first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the excitement of a new year awaits. Be sure to visit ellicottvillecentral.com to see all the events going on.

Ellicottville’s Stroll the Streets happens Friday evenings through Sept. 15. Enjoy live music, entertainment, a prize wheel and more right in the Village. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/strollthestreetsEllicottville.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 16, when Pumpkinville opens for the season. Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley, is a one-stop shop for fall fun, including numerous attractions, like hay rides and Jumpin’ Pillows, loads of food, apples, pumpkins and so much more.

For the second year in a row, Hollywood Studios are affiliating with Pumpkinville to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Curious George and its upcoming movie. It is only one of a handful of places across the country selected by Universal, and Pumpkinville has included Curious George in the design of their six-acre corn maze.

The official character will also be visiting Pumpkinville on Sept. 23-24 and Sept.30- Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

For more info, visit www.pumpkinville.com.

Sept. 22-24, Ellicottville will host the first annual Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival, and welcome hundreds of competitors from all over. In addition to games, off-field fun includes a 3 on 3 Mini Tournament, Wooden Stick Making Demonstrations, Wood Stick Game, Lacrosse Vendors, Food Trucks, Dunk Tank, Powell Fun Zone and Live Music. For more info, visit ellicottvillelacrosse.com.

This weekend is your last chance of the season to head to the Holiday Valley pool complex, open only through Labor Day. Join in some special activities that include:

Friday, Sept. 1

5 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest,

6 p.m. Cornhole Tournament.

Saturday, Sept. 2

2 p.m. Frozen T-shirt Breakout,

3 p.m. Ducky Derby,

4 p.m. Volleyball,

6 p.m. Cannonball Contest.

Sunday, Sept 3

1 p.m. Water Balloons,

p.m. Ducky Derby,

4 p.m. Jenga Tournament.

Labor Day, Monday,

Sept. 4

2 p.m. Frozen T-shirt Breakout,

3 p.m. Ducky Derby,

4 p.m. Jumbo Volleyball.

Hop on a HV’s Spruce Chairlift and take in the spectacular scenery as you head up to Spruce Lake. Rides are available Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 15.

Spruce Lake is open to kayaking, canoeing and SUP daily, but the gate for car access is only open on weekends. Weekday access is by foot or via Mutton Hollow Road.

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

Sky High operates daily through Labor Day, then will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct.15, and Saturdays and Sundays only from Oct. 21 to Oct. 29.

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

Endless fun awaits at Holiday Valley! Don’t miss out on your chance to experience all the summertime fun! For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

Ellicottville’s favorite Rock and Roll Weekend is Sept. 15-17. See front page story for complete schedule and details.

National Alpaca Farm Days  are held every fall, and this year’s event is Sept. 23-24. 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! The Ellicottville Times will have feature articles on Sept. 15 and  22, so be sure to check back.

September 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!