By Mary Heyl
Summer is under way in the historic village of Randolph, and every weekend provides something fun to do for visitors of all ages. Take advantage of sunny days and warm evenings by heading to Randolph, which is just twenty minutes south of Ellicottville on Route 242. Whether one is looking to buy a unique treasure, spend a fun, memorable evening with the family or enjoy an invigorating yoga workshop, Randolph offers a variety of events this summer.
Bargain lovers, rejoice! Randolph’s famous Town Wide Lawn Sales are taking place this Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Throughout the community, dozens of families will be hosting lawn and garage sales during the weekend, where you just might find a special treasure or two for a great price.
Not sure where to begin your day? Pick up the Town Wide Lawn Sale map, which includes the addresses of participating homes, at one of these locations: the Welcome Center of the Randolph Municipal Building, Countryside Wine & Spirits, Inkley’s Pharmacy, Randolph Retail Company and Yarn for Ewe. Maps will be available at these locations on both Friday and Saturday.
This is also a great weekend to visit Randolph’s downtown businesses, where great deals abound!
At 129 Main Street, Yarn for Ewe will be having special sidewalk sales for the Town Wide Lawn Sale weekend. Step inside for the air-conditioning and to peruse the treasures for sale by Yarn for Ewe’s antique vendors, who occupy the front half of the store.
Next door at 127 Main Street, Randolph Retail Company has a variety of beautiful clothing and gifts that are perfect for upcoming weddings, class reunions and family gatherings!
Of course, a long day of shopping calls for a satisfying meal, so be sure to enjoy lunch at one of Randolph’s many restaurants, including BB’s Family Restaurant, Pete’s Place, R&M Family Restaurant and Vern’s.
4th Annual Kids’ Day Celebration, Aug. 1
Families should mark their calendars for Saturday, Aug. 1 when the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation will be hosting its 4th Annual Kids’ Day celebration at Weeden Park. Located right around the corner from Landmark Chevrolet on Weeden Road, the Park will be alive with activity beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The evening is all about children and families enjoying a fun, free night, and there is so much to do! The Buffalo Zoomobile will be bringing live animals and several biofacts, including turtle shells, furs and more, to Weeden Park for families to explore. Children can jump in two different giant bounce houses and even try their hand at archery!
Kids’ Day also includes the Randolph Library where librarian Ellen Beck will be helping children sign up for library cards and will share free, new books with these new young library patrons.
Then at 8:30 p.m., there will be free movie for the whole family to enjoy at the Park. Visit www.EnjoyRandolph.com/events/kids-day to find out what will be showing and learn more details about the event as they become available. You won’t want to miss this free night of fun!
Yoga Weekend, Aug. 7-8
The following weekend, make plans to visit Randolph for Yoga Weekend.
On Friday, Aug. 7, Randolph area yoga instructor Connie Dalbo, who is certified in the Himalayan Institute tradition, will be leading a yoga and meditation workshop at the Randolph United Presbyterian Church on Main Street. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a healthy, smoothie breakfast, and is followed by Dalbo’s basic yoga class from 10-11 a.m. After yoga, participants will return to the kitchen for some great ideas for healthy, energizing lunches from 12-1 p.m. The, Debbie O’Carroll of Newburyport, Mass., who is a member of the Yoga Alliance and has her 200-hour certification in yoga instruction, will be teaching a class in yoga and meditation from 1-2 p.m.
Class size is limited to 20 people; those interested in attending should contact Dalbo at (716) 354-2095 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for the entire day, which includes two meals and two classes, is just $20. No yoga experience is necessary, so reserve your spot today!
Yoga weekend continues with Yoga Cadabra on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church. Dalbo and O’Carroll, who also is a magician, will be leading this fun, interactive program for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 8. Yoga Cadabra combines simple yoga with magic to engage children’s creativity in a physical way. The cost is $5 per family; anyone interested in registering should contact Dalbo.
For more information about Randolph businesses and upcoming events, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org. Visitors can also contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 x208 or find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook for up-to-date announcements and event photos.