By Alicia Dziak

It’s hard to believe that September is here—time for a new school year and plenty of fall fun. This month is chock full of great activities indoors and out to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Head to the Holiday Valley pool complex before it closes for the season. Check out the article on page 2 for more details.
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.
For some late summer fun, choose from two new passes that give guests a sampling of the fun:
• The Access Pass ($63 online or $65 onsite) includes a 3 Hour Aerial Park Climb, 1 Ride Mountain Coaster and a Pool Pass
• The Adventure Pass ($27 on site only) includes a 1 Hour Climbing Forest ticket, 1 Ride Mountain Coaster and 6 lb. Gem Mining bag
Also, now through Sept. 3, kids and teens ages 18 and under climb for just $39.
Sky High will be open daily through Labor Day, Friday through Sunday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 14, then Saturday and Sundays from Oct. 20 through Oct. 28.
For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
If you’re a golfer, late summer and early fall means finding time for 18 any chance you get. Head to Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course and experience beautiful scenery on challenging terrain.
Ellicottville Central School’s first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5, and the excitement of a new year awaits. Be sure to visit ellicottvillecentral.com to see all the upcoming events and see page 4 for some students’ perspectives.
Also on Sept. 5 is the 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.
Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park is back starting Sept. 12. 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. 8.
Ellicottville’s favorite, Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend is Sept. 14-16. 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 12-5 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. 15, when Pumpkinville opens for its 50th 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.
This year’s new projects include a hill with multiple children’s slides, a new section called the Barnyard Ball Zone, which features football, baseball and basketball-sized holes in a customized wall made to look like a cornfield, and a new restroom facility that replaces numerous portables. This year’s corn maze will feature a tribute to Pumpkinville’s 50th year of making memories and family traditions. For more info, visit www.pumpkinville.com.
On Sept. 22 and 23, Ellicottville will host the second annual Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival, and welcome hundreds of competitors from all over. For more info, visit ellicottvillelacrosse.com.
National Alpaca Farm Days are held every fall, and this year’s event is Sept. 29-30. 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!