By Eva Potter
It’s the time of year when weekends are loaded with entertaining, kid-friendly and exciting things to do in Ellicottville. This year’s lineup is punctuated by talented musicians, cowboy fun, delicious eats, phenomenal art and so much more.
Celebrate the 4th of July weekend at Holiday Valley and in the village at the annual Summer Music Festival running July 4–6. This year’s weekend kicks off with a Top of the Mountain Party at Holiday Valley (for adults) with live music, drinks and food. The weekend atmosphere continues during the day in the village with a Pet Parade, Strawberry Festival, Arts and Crafts Show, and a variety of great shopping and dining. The Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the open-air stage at Holiday Valley with a family-friendly concert featuring patriotic selections and an extraordinary fireworks display. Bring a blanket, chairs and picnic, and make it a relaxing evening. The weekend is capped with performances by the Gin Blossoms and Nelson Starr and The Benjamins. Discounted pre-sale tickets available until June 22 at www.ellicottvilleny.com or Wegman’s.
The Ellicottville Championship Rodeo rides into town July 3–6. This rodeo is one of the largest IPRA/APRA-sanctioned rodeos in the Northeastern, and it’s only 3 miles from the village. More than 350 rodeo athletes come from all over the world to compete in a variety of events that pit man versus beast. Even the kids can participate in the stick horse races. Gates open early so folks can enjoy the rodeo midway. For information, visit www.ellicottvillerodeo.com.
Come to Ellicottville July 19–20 to experience the Americana Folk Art Fair. Both days feature a variety of talented, regional artists producing and selling their work, and live music at the Village Gazebo. A folk art auction will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. This event is free and great for a day of family fun. Any artist is welcome to set up at no cost. For information, call Bob McCarthy at (716) 378- 0916.
There’s nothing like jazz and the blues on a warm summer weekend, and July 25-27 ushers in the annual Jazz & Blues Weekend. A variety of performers take to stages in the street, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Park your car and stroll up and down the sidewalks to choose your favorite singers and bands. Stay tuned for the 2014 schedule on our Entertainment page.
It’s back! The 2014 World Bowhunting Championships are returning to Holiday Valley Aug. 7–10. Thousands of qualified archers and their families will come from around the world to shoot for the world title, cash and prizes in this International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) sanctioned event. Archers not qualified for the championships can still participate in the Holiday Valley Archery Festival also held that weekend. Admission is $45 and preregistered is required. Come browse the free trade show with many vendors and watch the world’s best compete for the ultimate title. The championships will also be back in 2015! More information at www.ibo.net.
An event never before seen in Ellicottville arrives at Ellicottville Brewing Company’s Beer Garden at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2. Michael Israel: The Art of Rescue is a live, heart-pounding art and music experience. Watch as Michael Israel creates original works of art, which will be auctioned later that evening to benefit the Holiday Valley and HoliMont Ski Patrols. Tickets are $125 per person and include a fabulous dinner and entertainment. For details, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit www.ellicottvillebrewing.com or call (716) 699-2537.
Get out those elastic waist shorts and skirts and head to the village for the annual Taste of Ellicottville Aug. 16-17. Stroll the sidewalks and enjoy “café style” dining, noon to 4 p.m. both days. Sample delicious appetizers, main courses, drinks and desserts from Ellicottville’s fine restaurants. Tickets will be sold at the main ticket booth in the village and are only $1 each. Items are priced between $1–$4.
The Tuscan Moon – A Tribute to Michael Kerns event will take over the Cabana Bar & Pool Complex at Holiday Valley on Aug. 23. This upscale, yet casual end-of-summer party is organized by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville Foundation for Youth to raise funds for many worthwhile community projects also involving Family Support for Ellicottville. The evening features hors d’oeuvres, signature dishes from the area’s best chefs and includes a decadent dessert table. Live music is provided by The Strangers. Get in on the live and silent auctions to win fabulous prizes. Buy tickets at local outlets or order by phone from Kegs at (716) 699-8758.
With such a diverse and interesting list of entertainment, you’ll never be bored this summer!