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Celebrate summer at ASP’s annual Beach Party

By Deb Everts

Pack up the family and spend a fun summer evening at Allegany State Park’s 11th annual Beach Party on Friday, Aug. 16 from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Red House Beach area. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a showcase of local vendors and organizations sponsored by the Seneca-Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will have the opportunity to check out the many great products available in the local area including handmade jewelry, bath and body products, all natural honey and a variety of baked goods. Empire Animal Rescue Society (E.A.R.S.) will be onsite with some adoptable pets looking for forever homes. The music begins at 6 p.m. with Artist-inResidence Ken Hardley, a musician, entertainer and socialite from Upstate New York. Hardley has dedicated his life to restless explorations of a variety of musical and literary mediums making him a performer of broad musical taste and perspective. Whether hosting Rolling Hills Radio, fronting a

Photo courtesy Enchanted Mountains Every summer people of all ages enjoy Allegany State Park’s Beach Party held at the Red House Beach area. Guests are encouraged to don their favorite Hawaiian shirt and practice their limbo moves.

band, emceeing an event or playing solo, he creates an edgy, warm, funny, unpredictable, cerebral atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy. Headlining the music of the evening is the KoKoMo Time Band that takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. The group will play oldies of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s and Beach Party tunes by Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys. Established in 1999, the Kokomo Time Band has played in the 2014 Buffalo Italian Festival, the 2015 and 2016 Falls Street events in Niagara Falls, 10 Taste of Orchard Park

events, the 2017 Town of Niagara Concert Series, Seneca Nation of Indians Fall Fest (10 years), Lucy Fest (4-5 years) and the City of Jamestown events including the 2017 McCrea Park Dedication and 2018 Bridge Fest. The band was also honored to play during the Independence Day Celebration this past Fourth of July on the Main Stage in the City of Niagara Falls. Offering a refreshing alternative in local music, The KoKoMo Time Band has nearly 200 songs in their song list that they can tailor to make any concert

and/or party event a hit. Current band members include Spencer Drake, virtuosic guitarist and bass; John Guras, keyboards and vocals; Vince Micheche, bass and vocals; and the band’s founder and leader Jim Steffan, drums and vocals. This family-friendly event will also feature activities for all ages including crafts for kids. Families can sign up for the sand sculpture contest and put their creativity to the test. Building starts at 5:30 p.m. and judging will be at 6:30. The “Ask the Naturalist” table will feature some interactive displays where park naturalists will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions about the park’s flora and fauna. Red House Beach will be open for swimming from 11 a.m. through 7:45 p.m. People should bring lawn chairs or blankets and can pack a picnic supper if they wish. Beginning at 4 p.m., J-Con Concessions will host a chicken barbecue, until sold out. For more details, contact the Allegany State Park Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101, ext. 236.

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Photo submitted The winners of this year’s judging at the Taste of Ellicottville.

“This is very good,” said Brown of the pad thai. “So was the brisket at Balloons. It was top notch.” Her husband, Bob, could only give it a thumbs up, his mouth too full of the pad thai to give his verbal opinion. Kim Webb was in the area for the weekend with friends Barbara Tigman and Betty Wong, all from Toronto, and just happened on the Taste. She and Tigman were trying out the beef on weck perogies at Ellicottville Brewing Company. Christian Tighe, who runs the kitchen for EBC, said the dish was “basically beef wrapped up in the pierogi,” with caraway seeds, pretzel salt and horsey cream sauce on the side. If you missed it, Tighe said the dish was available on their menu inside. “It’s very good. It’s very tasty,” Webb said. “The whole thing is good. There’s a lot of people.” There were hundreds of people throughout the day, but no one seemed to mind standing in the (sometimes long) lines on the sidewalks outside the restaurants. They were busy perusing the brochure of the Taste and deciding where to go next. The brochure handily came complete with a

map of where each of the 23 restaurants are located, their menu items available and the number of tickets necessary for their purchase. Judging of salads, entrees, desserts, healthy choices and nonalcoholic drinks took place early in the afternoon Saturday, so Taste goers had the opportunity to check out what the judges ascertained was the best dishes of the event. “Each restaurant had to select a category that they wanted to be judged in this year,” said Barb Pump, Project Development Manager at the chamber. “I feel that the judging system we had this year allowed each restaurant to be creative in something that they are comfortable in, and it showed with presentation, creativity and of course taste.” Judges included: Jodi Cerza and Drew Cerza, the “Chicken Wing King” in charge of National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival held each Labor Day; Marc Muscato, with Rock Autism; and Jana Eisenberg, representing Buffalo Spree. The four awards and the winners were: Best Healthy Choice: Villaggio;

Grain Bowl. Best Entrée: West Rose; Smoked Brisket w/House made Hummus. Best Appetizer: Finnerty’s Tap Room; Irish Combo (Rueben Meatball and Rueben Roll). Best Dessert: Cupcaked; Oreo Mousse Cup. Kid’s Choice: Holiday Valley; Korean BBQ Octopus. The kid’s choice was decided by Jackson, Daniel and Cayda Kruszynski, all 10 and under. This year’s Taste lineup included Balloons Restaurant & Nightclub, John Harvard’s Brew House, Cupcaked Bakery, Dina’s, Dina’s at the Mont, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Ellicottville Distillery, Finnerty’s Taproom, The Gin Mill, Katy’s Café, Madigan’s, Monroe Street Brick & Brew, The Public House Ellicottville, Seneca Allegany Casino & Resort, Silver Fox Steakhouse, Steelbound Brewery & Distillery, West Rose (new, opening this fall, next door to Kazoo II), The Tee Bar, Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza, TOPS Markets, Villaggio, Watson’s Chocolates and The Winery of Ellicottville.

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