Small Towns Make Seasonal Shopping and Celebrations Special

By Daniel Meyer

The holiday season is right around the corner and with that come various special events and seasonal celebrations throughout Western New York. In particular are some unique experiences in the areas of Springville and Hamburg. Consider marking any or all of these on your calendars as possible sources of entertainment.

Now through November 23 – 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a one-act musical comedy, will take place at the Springville Center for the Arts through Sunday, Nov. 23. The Tony Award-winning musical will feature local actors playing the roles of an eclectic group of children vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Under the direction of Sue Sorensen and Doug Bailey, the musical includes audience participation and will feature “clues” strategically located around the Springville area leading up to the musical, which is geared toward an adult audience. Performances take place Nov. 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 23 at 2 p.m. at Springville Center for the Arts, located at 37 North Main St. For more information, visit or call (716) 592-9037.

Now through December 31
Thursday Night Stop & Shop

Visitors to the Village of Hamburg will have a few extra hours to shop each week as part of the recently launched Thursday Night Stop & Shop events hosted by members of the Village Business Advisory Council. The plan is to continue the late Thursday hours of operation until the end of the calendar year, giving shoppers an opportunity to do some of their holiday shopping at local retailers instead of big-box stores. For a list of participating merchants and for more information about the extended holiday hours, visit or call (716) 202-1134.

November 28 and 29
A Very Merry Main Street

The Village of Springville will host a “shop small, shop local” event aimed at increasing foot traffic at locally owned and operated businesses in the village’s central business district when they host A Very Merry Main Street on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29. Special sales, holiday promotions and featured discounts will be offered on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Running with the theme of “it pays to shop local,” drawings will be held cash prizes of $300, $200, a gift basket packed with gift certificates from participating merchants and an iPad4 courtesy of Rhapsody’s Gift Gallery. For more information, search “A Very Merry Main Street” on Facebook or call (716) 592-4746.

November 28 and 29
Green Friday Shopping/Small
Business Saturday

The Village of Hamburg will be the focal point of a “shop local” push in the community on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29. “Black Friday” shoppers will be urged to consider doing business with the various locally owned and operated stores and restaurants located throughout Hamburg. Trolley rides will transport shoppers from various destinations, with frequent stops at participating retail shops, service-based businesses and eateries. For more information, search “Hamburg Happenings” on Facebook or call (716) 202-4020.

December 6
Concord Country Christmas

The Concord Historical Society will host a Concord Country Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6. Now in its fifth year, the event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Concord Mercantile, located at 17 Franklin St. in Springville. Festivities will include a cookie sale from 9 a.m. to noon, raffles, family activities, a visit from Santa Claus, performances by local musicians and the sale of items made by local artisans. For more information, search “Concord Country Christmas” on Facebook or call (716) 592-5546.

December 6
Hamburgh Holidays Winter Gala

The public celebration of Hamburgh Holidays’ 50th anniversary will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 inside the historic Kronenberg Building at 12 Main St. in the heart of the village of Hamburg. With an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, light fare, live music and dancing, the event will be a community-wide thank you from 7 p.m. until midnight to all volunteers past and present who have helped coordinate the various Hamburgh Holidays festivities over the past five decades. All proceeds from the event will benefit Hamburgh Holidays. Tickets will be sold until Dec. 1. For more information, call (716) 997-1350 or send an e-mail to

December 9 – Holiday Bash

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Holiday Bash will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at The Events Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the celebration will include a live musical performance by Breakaway 2.0. The HCC’s Holiday Bash is used by some local business owners as their company holiday party, with chamber members and guests from the general public invited to attend as an opportunity to interact with business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders from the community. For more information, visit or call (716) 649-7917.

December 12 – Pat Shea Christmas Concert

A member of the New York State Country Music Hall Of Fame, Pat Shea will perform Christmas music as part of a concert inside the Mongerson Theater of the Springville Center For The Arts on Friday, Dec. 12. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. with the Buffalo native expected to play all of the traditional holiday classics as well as some other special tunes. For more information, visit or call (716) 592-9037.