By Mary Heyl

This weekend, head on down to the historic village of Randolph, located in the heart of Amish country just 20 miles away. Now is the perfect time of year to pick up an Amish Trail map at the Welcome Center at 72 Main Street and take a self-guided driving tour of the area. While you’re in Randolph, visit Main Street for lots of fun events that will make you want to return soon!

This Saturday, April 22, Yarn for Ewe is hosting a Saturday Night Sweater Show from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring the work of knitter extraordinaire, Julie Gable. Gable, a Jamestown, NY resident, has been knitting for most of her life and has knitted more than 75 intricate sweaters of varying styles and designs over the years. From traditional Norwegian-style sweaters to beautiful cabled cardigans, Gable’s artistic work is sure to inspire you.

During this art show-like event, Yarn for Ewe will be displaying several of Gable’s sweaters throughout the store. She will be on hand to talk about her work, answer questions and promote her upcoming sweater classes at Yarn for Ewe in May. The evening will include wine and hors d’oeuvres; although this is a free event, please call the store at (716)267-2070 to RSVP.

On Friday, April 28, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation is hosting a Ladies Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Businesses on Randolph’s historic Main Street will be open and hosting shopping, delicious food, and a variety of activities throughout the evening. The event takes place at Randolph Retail Company at 127 Main Street, Yarn for Ewe at 129 Main Street and the R Cardinal Café at 133 Main Street, which are adjoining buildings that you can walk through without ever going outside. Enjoy a fashion show and great deals at Randolph Retail Company, home of beautiful ladies’ clothing and gifts. Also at Randolph Retail Company, Vicki Reding, owner of Creating Keepsakes, will be hosting a one-hour painted crocus wine glass workshop—no painting experience is needed! Senn-Sations Salon and Day Spa will also be set up at Randolph Retail Company and will be offering paraffin dips throughout the evening.

Next door at Yarn for Ewe, visitors can enjoy a one-hour a knitted wine coaster class. Knitters of all skill levels, even beginners, are welcome to join this workshop, which will feature knitted squares of varying levels of difficulty. At the R Cardinal Café, next door to Yarn for Ewe, owners Brenda and Tonya Kilby will have their signature Cardinal Classic sub and cheesecake cups for visitors to enjoy. Also at the R Cardinal Café, there will be a wine/cheese tasting hosted by Countryside Wine and Spirits of Randolph.

This fun evening concludes with a game of Randolph-themed Bingo (RINGO!) at Yarn for Ewe where participants will have the chance to win a variety of gift certificates and prizes donated by several different Randolph businesses and restaurants. Tickets for Ladies Night Out are just $25 and include the fashion show, a salon service of your choice, painting/knitting workshop, wine/cheese tasting, and your meal at the R Cardinal Café! Pre-payment and pre-registration is recommended; please contact Yarn for Ewe at (716)267-2070 or email racdc@randolphny.net to sign up!

On Sunday, May 7, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation is hosting My Doll and Me: an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social for girls and their dolls at the Grace Episcopal Church located at 21 Washington Street in Randolph. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their doll in her prettiest dress for a lovely afternoon of old fashioned fun! Grandmas, moms, aunts, and friends are invited to share the afternoon with their favorite girl(s) and her doll. Enjoy old-fashioned games and crafts, ice cream sundaes, prizes, the doll boutique and so much more. There will be door prizes for doll accessories, books, and more, plus a raffle for an American Girl doll!

The event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 7. Tickets are $5 each. Seating is limited and fills up fast! Contact RACDC director, Mary Heyl, by calling or leaving a message at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 or email racdc@randolphny.net.

To learn more about the village of Randolph, including upcoming events, find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook or visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org.