By Jennie Acklin

“Back in the Day,” according to Laurie Barrett, owner of The Birdwalk restaurant in Ellicottville, “my dad used to host a community clam bake over Memorial Day weekend and again over the Labor Day weekend. He loved getting friends, neighbors and family together for a good time, and would create a traditional clambake in a steel garbage can over a wood fire. He’d layer chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, and top it all off with clams — yum!”

So Barrett decided to restart the tradition and is hosting the first annual Clam Bake at The Birdwalk, and making use of their beautiful outside areas — just perfect for a grilling occasion.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 25, starting at 2 p.m., under the trees in the yard at The Birdwalk, located 3 miles east of Ellicottville at 5816 Route 242 (just before the Holiday Valley Tubing Park facility).

Smitty from WGWE will be spinning Golden Oldies from the Jambulance, and everyone will be sure to enjoy a fun afternoon.

Presale tickets are available at The Birdwalk for $60 per person and include all-you-can-eat steamed or raw clams, clams casino, corn on the cob, BBQ halves of chicken, potato salad, salt baked potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, green salad, bread and butter, and many assorted desserts. And what clambake would be complete without beer? Labatt or Coors Lite will be on draft. Space is limited, so get your tickets soon.

Call The Birdwalk at (716) 699-2749 for more details or to get your tickets. Learn more about the restaurant at or