July-4th-2013By Jann Wiswall

Ellicottville has pulled out its red, white and blue to keep the patriotic theme and festival atmosphere going this weekend for visitors and residents alike. Folks of all ages will find more than enough to enjoy, whether you’re into fireworks, concerts, art shows, rodeos, car races, shopping, quiet picnics or all of the above.

The Ellicottville Summer Music Festival, July 4–7, is the biggest event of the summer, where art and music are featured at Holiday Valley and throughout the village.

Ellicottville Summer Music Festival Schedule

July 5: The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. with an evening of comedy sponsored by Jamestown’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Stand-up comics Tammy Pescatelli and Tony Deyo will keep you rolling in the aisles during their performance billed as “Mountain of Laughs, a HILL-arious Event.”

July 6: Tons of activities are on the schedule in the Village all day, beginning with the annual Arts & Crafts Show on Jefferson Street from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At 11 a.m., take a break from shopping to watch the annual Pet Parade down Washington St. Dogs, goats — anything goes. It’s a sight to behold!

From 3:30–5 p.m., inspirational musician Will Lowry will perform selections from his newly recorded album “Fragments” during a free concert at the Village Gazebo.

Then at 7 p.m., head over to Holiday Valley for the festival’s feature concert starring country music great Gretchen Wilson, with an opening act by the band 90 West.

July 7: The Arts and Crafts show continues from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., make your way to the Gazebo for the Strawberry Festival and some fresh strawberry shortcake, and at 2 p.m., judging begins for the Plein Air Painting Competition on the lawn in front of the 1887 Building.

At 7 p.m., head back to the Valley for a performance by Creedence Clearwater Revisited and an opening act from Exit Band.

Note: Tickets for Holiday Valley’s performances are available through the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce at www.ellicottvilleny.com and at Wegmans stores. 

And There’s More for the Fourth!

Can this summer weekend get any more exciting?  Oh yes it can!

July 5: You’re invited to an Art in the Garden Reception at the home of artist Darlene Allen at 11 Rockwell Ave., Ellicottville, starting at 7:30 p.m. Nearly two dozen area fine artists will discuss their art and demonstrate their techniques. On Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Allen will host the Art in the Garden Show and Sale at the same location.

July 4-5: On the 4th, Little Valley Speedway is hosting the Freedom Daze Late Model Special. Then on Friday, head back for the Demolition Derby and the Aftershock Monster Truck Exhibition. (www.littlevalleyspeedway.com)

July 4-7: The 25th annual Ellicottville Championship Rodeo takes place three miles from the Village and features 350 rodeo athletes competing in seven events, plus junior bull riding and kids’ stick horse races. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday–Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. (www.ellicottvillerodeo.com)

Enjoy All of July!

After so much fun over the 4th, you’ll want to be in Ellicottville every week in July for more of what the area has to offer.

Summer Gazebo Music Series: This popular Ellicottville event takes place every Thursday from July 11–Aug. 15 from 7-9 p.m.

2013 H.O.G. Rally: July 11–13. Ellicottville will be the destination for the 2013 New York State H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) Rally. Open to all motorcycling enthusiasts. (www.NYStateHogRally.com)

Free Summer Movie Series at Griffis Sculpture Park: July 13. Bring a blanket and enjoy “Spirited Away” at the main stage at dusk. (www.griffispark.org)

6 Hours of Power Mountain Bike Race: July 14, 10 a.m. Mountain bikers from all over the U.S. and Canada will start at Holiday Valley for this grueling, 10-mile race. Register at www.heartrateup.com through July 9. Race-day registration may be available. Proceeds benefit HEART Animal Shelters.

Ed Szpaicher Golf Classic: July 17. Have some fun on the links at Holiday Valley and help fund scholarships for local high school students in honor of the great Ed Szpaicher. (www.bigedgolf.com)

Americana Folk Art & Music Fest: July 20-21. The region’s best folk artists will be on hand to demonstrate and to sell handmade quilts, copper products, woven and wooden items, furniture and more. Local musicians will entertain the crowds both days. (www.ellicottvilleny.com)

Jazz & Blues Weekend: July 26–28. Come for a full weekend of jazz and blues in the village, where dozens of musicians will perform at area restaurants, bars and nightclubs, along the streets and in the Town/Village Square.

Free Summer Movie Series at Griffis Sculpture Park: July 27. Bring a blanket and watch “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” at the main stage at dusk. (www.griffispark.org)

Art in the Park/Taste of Olean: July 28, noon-6 p.m. Enjoy the finer things — fine art and fine food — at the Jamestown Community College’s Olean Campus.

Holiday Fireworks Schedule

July 3:  Allegany State Park’s fireworks display and festivities begin at 4 p.m. with live music, and a BBQ at Quaker Beach.

July 4: Fireworks displays at Bradner Stadium in Olean, or at the Ellicottville Championship Rodeo on Sommerville Valley Rd., where fireworks will be part of the fun every evening from July 4-6.

July 5: Little Valley Speedway’s fireworks display follows the Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Exhibition.

July 6: Holiday Valley’s fireworks begin following the Gretchen Wilson performance at the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival.