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A message from the editor... Boy, what a winter! After months of enduring bone-chilling temperatures and enough snow to last me a few years, it never seemed like we’d arrive at spring and summer. But yet here we are, and it simply feels so wonderful. For those who are first time visitors, let me welcome you to Salamanca and Allegany State Park. As others here can tell you, you’ve found what I believe is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever visited. Personally, few things beat sitting under a shady tree by Red House Lake, picnicking at Beehunter or watching the fireworks over Quaker Lake. I’m extremely proud of this year’s 48-page park guide, the largest we’ve produced in at least five years. I hope you find it helpful as you enjoy your time here in our area.


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Allegany State Park Vacation Guide ‘14 Table of Contents Allegany State Park

Things to Do

Official Welcomes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Park Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Park Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Latest News & Upgrades. . . . . . . . . 10, 11 & 15 Full Color Park Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Allegany State Park Hootenanny. . . . . . . . . 21 Park Facebook Pages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Rock the Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Falling Leaves Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Ellicottville Summer Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Seneca Allegany Casino Acts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Cattaraugus County Fair Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Seneca Pow Wow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Southern Tier Farmer’s Market. . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Summer Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Places to Go Ray Evans Seneca Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Holiday Valley Sky High Adventure Park. 23 New Chamber Welcome Center.. . . . . . . . . . 31 Area Golf Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Onoville Marina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Business Directory Salamanca Eateries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Salamanca Lodging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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Welcome to Allegany State Park and the Salamanca community As I sit here behind the mayor’s desk of the city of Salamanca, it is hard to believe I’m almost at the end of my present term. As we enter into our 101st year as a city, I reminisce about all the wonderful things the city of Salamanca and surrounding areas have to offer. There are so many things to do in this area. Because our area is gifted with four seasons, we like to utilize all the wonderful things there are to do. The spring and summer months bring golfing nearby. Allegany State Park offers opportunities for camping within an RV, tent or cabin, plus two beautiful beaches and fishing. The Allegheny River offers great fishing and canoeing — you can even rent a boat from Onoville Marina. All the way down the Allegheny River, Carmen Vecchiarella which flows through our city, you can enjoy the beautiful views of our mountains. Our fall months bring many people traveling from all over to view our breathtaking fall foliage. Be sure to visit the many Amish communities or take a walk on the Pat McGee Trail. Winter brings sledding and cross country skiing at Allegany State Park, along with the chance to stay in cabins, many of which are available year-round. Don’t forget the several snowmobile trails throughout Cattaraugus County. You can also travel nine miles to Ellicottville, where there is Holiday Valley, the largest ski resort in Western New York, offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Salamanca is a great opportunity for businesses to come and people to stop, thanks to our location on the crossroads of Route 219 and Interstate 86. I’m excited about the new buildings and ongoing activity continuing in our city — be sure to check out our new welcome sign in the city’s west end, which was put in with cooperation between the city, Seneca Nation and Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for visiting Allegany State Park and the Salamanca community. I hope you enjoy your stay. Carmen A. Vecchiarella Mayor, City of Salamanca

Welcome to Salamanca, the Seneca Allegany Territory and Allegany State Park! On behalf of all of the members of the Chamber, I would like to welcome you to beautiful Salamanca. It’s my honor to share with you my backyard, Allegany State Park. Imagine growing up where your backyard is 65,000 acres of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in America. Salamanca is the only city in the entire United States located almost entirely on an Indian Territory. Visit the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in west Salamanca, near the Casino, to learn more. Salamanca has a rich history of railroads and world class furniture manufacturing. Visit our Rail Museum and our Historical Museum, both on Main Street, to find out about both. Almost every weekend during the summer, the casino has nationally famous entertainment. The Seneca Veteran’s Pow Wow will be in Vet’s Park the weekend of July 18 to 20. It truly is an awesome event, complete with Native dress, mu-

sic, dance, and food. It gets better every year, so even if you have been before, don’t miss it this year. is the website to check for full details for our 2014 summer events. On July 11, we are partnering with Allegany State Park for the Rock the Park event at Red House. From Aug. 15 to 17 we host Salamanca’s third annual Rockin’ Ribfest. Live entertainment fills Vet’s Park for three days, along with crafts, artists, beverages and, of course, food. Finishing out the season is Salamanca’s Falling Leaves Festival, the first weekend in October. The new chamber visitors’ center is located inside The Westgate Hotel in west Salamanca. Stop in and visit, call us at (716) 945-2034 or visit our website. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your time here with us. Tim Flanigan President, Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce

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Enjoy your favorite outdoor activity at Allegany State Park BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Red House — Hiking, cycling, walking, camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, geocaching, picnicking … if it’s an outdoor activity, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to enjoy it in Allegany State Park. And from the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage in early June to National Public Lands Day in late September and every event between, there’s plenty of opportunities to meet others who share those interests, too. Nestled in Southern Cattaraugus County along the Pennsylvania border, Allegany State Park offers more than 65,000 acres to visitors looking for everything from an evening walk to a multiday excursion with family and friends. Located among the park’s tranquil forests are dozens of miles of trails and more than 350 cabins in Red House and Quaker, the park’s two main developed areas. The park features two lakes – Red House Lake and Quaker Lake – with a variety of opportunities including swim-

ming, boating, fishing and more. Each area has sandy beaches on the lake to complement the nearby picnic areas and museums. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Allegany State Park is the diverse opportunities available. For example, its size allows for hiking on both paved trails or up steep mountain terrain; camping can be near developed areas or in a secluded forest environment. Summer visitors of the park benefit from its winter guests, as ski trails that provide great exercise in the winter are maintained throughout the year and serve as great hiking and biking trails. This year, the park unveiled several improvement projects you can read about later in this edition. Upgrades to roads and deteriorating campsites are among some of the work planned this summer. With events planned for nearly every month this summer — including music, fireworks, volunteer days and athletic races — there’s never a bad time to visit the Photo by Paul Crawford beauty that is Allegany State Park. Kayakers make their way across Red House Lake, one of the many natural attractions at Allegany State Park.

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There’s plenty to do this summer at Allegany State Park

something at the snack bar and enjoy a fun evening at Allegany State Park.

May 30 to June 1 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

June 7 Girls Day

June 22 Pain in the Alleganies

July 3 Fireworks at Quaker Lake

The pilgrimage, a tradition more than a half century old, is sponsored by Jamestown, Buffalo and Presque Isle Audubon Societies and the Burroughs Nature Club. People of all ages choose from a wide variety of walks, workshops and tent programs to learn about everything from soil and rocks to history, creek creatures to sky creatures and flowers to trees. This event always takes place the weekend after Memorial Day.

Where else do you get to hold an indigo bunting in your hand, catch meadow fritillaries, see ant trails or catch a mud puppy? If you have never heard of those things and they sound interesting, that is a great reason to come! Girls day combines science and learning in a fun way for girls in grades 6 to 12. Free program aimed to promote careers in the natural sciences to young women.

Western New York’s longest, toughest and most beautiful triathlon. This Half Ironman competition at Red House will really make you see Allegany State Park from a whole new level. The main event features a 1.2mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run in the park.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than live music followed by fireworks at dusk at Quaker Beach.

Contact the park’s Recreation Department for more information, (716) 354-9101 ext. 236

July 11 Rock the Park

September 27 National Public Lands Day alleganynaturepilgrimage alleganynaturepilgrimage@gmail. com (716) 569-2345

Contact: Adele Wellman (716) 354-9101 ext. 232 or Katie Vecellio (716) 354-9101 ext. 236

June 28 & 29 Raccoon Rally Bike Race

Pack your camp chair and bring your friends to Red House Beach for an evening of free live music. This year, the park has teamed together with the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce to bring additional vendors from Salamanca to the party. Don’t miss your chance to stop by the farmer’s market or ‘Sample Salamanca’ through various businesses on hand with their displays. Additional details about the event can be found on Page 16.

Why not spend a few hours out of your year caring for the park you love? Allegany State Park will once again participate in National Public Lands Day, a coast-to-coast celebration which gives people a chance to give back by helping care for the public lands they use. Traditional activities include painting, weeding, clearing brush, rerouting trails and performing other routine maintenance. Allegany State Park has been participating in National Public Lands Day since 2005.

August 8 Beach Party

For more info or to register, contact: Katie Vecellio (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 Score This!!! at (716) 508-0755

Want to see Allegany State Park from a different point of view? The Raccoon Rally Bike Race Weekend features road races, mountain bike trials and mountain bike races for kids and adults.

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Come and spend a fun summer’s evening at the Red House Beach Area. This free, family-friendly event begins at 6 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. after the fireworks display! Bring an appetite and try

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Salamanca’s Historical Society presents 2014 Speaker Series Salamanca — The Salamanca Historical Museum has some new exhibits this season, including the Old Chautauqua Road exhibit on loan from the

Ellicottville Historical Society. The historical museum’s 2014 speaker series begins June 10 with Ardyth Van Scoy for “Portrayal of Confeder-

ate Spy Belle Boyd”; July 14 Lisa Feinburg Duckett, niece of Ray Evans, will speak on “My Uncle Ray”; Aug. 4 will be Dennis Frank, archivist

for St. Bonaventure University, on “What Does an Archivist Do, Anyway?”; Sept. 8 will be Craig Braack, Allegany County historian on “Old Cemeteries;” and Oct. 6 Vincent P. Martonis, town of Hanover historian, will speak on “The Hidden Treasures of

Chautauqua County.” The historical museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, or by appointment by calling (716) 945-2946. Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.

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Salamanca Rail Museum open for visitors this summer

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The Salamanca Rail Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays in April, October and December; and closes for the season from January to March. Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated. Guided tours are available through prior arrangement by calling (716) 945-3133. Learn more about the museum on Page 32.

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Visit the area’s community libraries Salamanca Public Library

A part of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Salamanca’s community library is open to all local residents as well as visitors to the area. In a building that was once a grocery store, the library is located at 155 Wildwood Ave. in downtown Salamanca. For additional information, including hours, call (716) 9451890.

Seneca Nation of Indians Library

Also part of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, the Allegany Territory branch of the library is located in Salamanca’s west end. The library is an excellent resource for information on Seneca and Native American culture and geneology. It’s located at 830 Broad St. in Salamanca near the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. For additional information, including hours, call (716) 9453157.

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Seneca history presented at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum Salamanca — The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, located on the Broad Street Extension in Salamanca’s west end, enters the 2014 season celebrating 37 years of service. Visitors have been impressed with the recent reconfiguration interior and the more spacious Central Gallery, which were part of a major renovation in early 2012. This year, the museum is proud of feature “We Play Lacrosse,” an exhibit which celebrates an activity that many Seneca families participate in.

Exhibit Curator, Ms. Becki Bowen, of the Seneca Nations of Indians Archives Department and SINM Exhibit Designer, Ms. Kari KennedyHoag, worked corroboratively on the layout of this exhibit. Permanent exhibits at the museum include: ■ the longhouse gallery, where a scaled down replica of a longhouse takes you back in time to see what life was like for early Senecas; ■ the clan animal display, where visitors learn about the roles of women and how the

clan system was used; ■ the “This is Where We Walked” exhibit, which provides history about the many Seneca families who cost their ancestral land when the Kinzua Dam was built. The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is located at 814 Broad St. in Salamanca. For admission rates, operating hours or to schedule individual, family or group tours, call the museum at (716) 945-1760. Check out the museum’s Facebook page and website at

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Upcoming construction in park includes 28 new cabins BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Red House — Campers at Allegany State Park will have 28 more choices on where to spend their nights in the state’s largest park. Work began this spring in the Quaker area of the park for the construction of the first of 28 new cabins, which are part of a $2.1 million project to expand the lodging options in both areas of the park. “Our existing cottages have been very popular with our campers and it has added a different level of camping we normally do not provide,” said Gary Quattrone, park manager III at Allegany State Park. “With this coming in, this is going to open up more opportunities of people look for a cottage-like stay. It’s going

to give them more to choose from.” Fourteen of the cabins are being constructed on Parallel Trail on the Quaker side of the park. The other half will be constructed on Bova Road near Camp Allegany. Construction on the latter cabins is expected to begin this fall, Quattrone said. Announcement of the work was made in April by Empire State Development, which awarded a $420,000 grant toward the project to ASP Partners LLC, a lodging and management company based in southeastern New York. Allegany State Park issued a request for proposal of the project in September 2011 to meet current visitor demand, according to a release issued by Empire State Development. The cottages will be of the

type and character that are currently located on Fancher and Parallel trails, according to a representative from ASP Partners. The representative also said ASP Partners will operate the cabins under a 20-year license with the park. Quattrone said builders hope to have cabins on Parallel Trail available this summer. The cabins, which can be booked up to nine months in advance and cost $695 per week or $173.75 per night, can be reserved through the park’s rental offices or online. Allegany State Park recently saw a spike in its attendance; at the Red House area, numbers increased from 729,189 in 2012 to 790,645 last year. The Quaker area also saw a roughly 2,000-person increase. Likewise, overnight stays at

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campsites in the park jumped from 19,285 in 2012 to 21,198 last year. The grant awarded by Empire State Development to ASP Partners was part of $5.6 million in awards announced in mid-April. The largest

awards included $2.1 million to the Southern Tier Region Economic Development Corporation to help fund a regional health care grant program and $1.95 million went to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for renovations.

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$1.5 million investment to park will go toward campsites and roadways BY CHRISTA NIANIATUS Press Reporter

Quaker Run — Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year announced the investment of $90 million in New York parks and historical sites — including $1.5 million to Allegany State Park for campsite and road revitalization. The commitment is part of the third year of the New York Works initiative to rejuvenate the state park system and support tourism. Of the $1.5 million to be received by Allegany State Park, $1 million is earmarked to rehabilitate deteriorated campsites and $500,000 is set to repair roadways. According to Dave Szuba, associate park engineer, the campsite revitalization will go toward renovating Camp Turner — a group children’s camp

run by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in the summer and available for group rental in the off season. “We’re looking to revamp the bath and shower building,” said Szuba this spring. “It’s out of date and in need of some interior improvements, some mechanical and ventilation improvements as well as increasing energy efficiency. We’re also making improvements to the mess hall and infirmary, where there is a nurse on site while the kids are at camp.” The mile and a half of roadway near Science Lake on the Quaker side of the park is also set to be repaired and resurfaced. “Basically we’re picking up where we left off last year and going as far as we can with what we’ve got,” said Szuba. The park engineer said the money is a pleasant surprise for

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Camp Turner, located on the Quaker Run side of Allegany State Park, off ASP Route 3, is slated to receive upgrades thanks to an investment from the state through New York Works.

the camp as the repairs it covers would not be possible under normal budget constraints. “Unfortunately, we only have about a million dollar capital budget for the whole region,” he

said. “As you can imagine, our typical budget doesn’t go very far, so we’re going to try and do as much as we can with this additional funding.” Through the New York

Works initiative, Allegany State Park received over $3 million in 2012 and almost $6 million in 2013.

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$1.3M upgrade completed ASP Red House Restaurant and administrative offices get makeover BY RICK MILLER Special to The Press

Red House — A $1.3 million insulation and renovation project at the Red House Administration Building in Allegany State Park took place over the winter — just in time for the summer season. Second- and third-floor offices had walls and portions of the ceilings removed so they could be properly insulated and ventilated. The work, performed by general contractor Kinley Corp. of Allegany and subcontractors for electrical, heating and plumbing, started last fall. Yellow pine panels on the walls of the Red House Restaurant on the second floor have been painstakingly replaced. They were removed and numbered so they could be put back in the same place. More than 90 percent of the boards were able to be reused, while others were damaged during removal. There is also a new maple floor in the restaurant. The new refrigerators and stove for the restaurant were delivered in early May. “Now we’ve got to get someone to move them up to the second floor,” Brad Whitcomb, director of the Allegany Region for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said with a smile upon delivery. “I hope the new stove won’t be as much trouble as it was to remove the old one.” New furniture was ordered for the restaurant operated by John Marino of J. Con Inc., the park concessionaire, and was the final piece to arrive, Whitcomb said. The restaurant is expected to be open for the summer season, as of Memorial Day weekend. Whitcomb said many of the employees whose offices were

being renovated due to the insulation and ventilation project were located in temporary offices behind the Administration Building. They have since returned to their old offices. Others doubled up in other offices, and some were housed in the basement. Park Police, who operated out of the Park Commissioner’s Meeting Room, have also returned to their offices. “There was some cleanup,” Whitcomb said. “There was some dust. The contractor finished ahead of the May 15 deadline.” The insulation and ventilation project was necessary after there was still ice buildup on the slate roof of the Administration Building after it was replaced a few years ago. There was a general lack of insulation in the building. The attic spaces in the building were filled with bat guano — lots of it. It was removed by workers with plastic suits and respirators because of the danger posed by the dust. The next phase of the building’s renovation will be windows and doors — all of which

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Brad Whitcomb, director of the Allegany Region of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, stands in the newly renovated Red House Restaurant. It was part of a $1.3 million insulation, ventilation and renovation of the Red House Administration Building.

are original from the building’s construction in the 1920s. “I don’t know whether they will be replaced or be repaired and renovated,” Whitcomb said. “It’s a historical building. We would have to keep the same motif.” There’s currently no timetable for that work.


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‘Sample Salamanca’ at this year’s Rock the Park event BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Red House — With Allegany State Park right in Salamanca’s backyard — or perhaps vice versa depending on your perspective — officials are planning an event that will highlight the best of each location. The Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce together with the park has announced a unique take on Rock the Park held annually at Red House Beach. The event in the past has featured only music, but this will year showcase some of the best of what Salamanca businesses and organizations have to offer. “We are trying to highlight different businesses in Salamanca and also orient campers who don’t realize what Salamanca might offer them,” said Gary Quattrone, a park manager at Allegany State Park. The Rock the Park Event, which is scheduled this year for July 11, will feature music as it has in years past. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and will include classic rock band Marshmellow Overcoat headlining the entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to bring

their lawn chairs and enjoy the music with Red House Lake as a scenic backdrop. Beginning earlier in the afternoon, vendors will set up their stands near the Red House Beach. A farmer’s market is expected, allowing both daytime visitors as well as campers at the park a chance to get fresh produce and homemade goods. Also present will be several Salamanca vendors, a collaboration called “Sample Salamanca.” Those in attendance are expected to be Salamanca businesses and organizations to highlight what the city has to offer. “We are very excited about this opportunity to serve our community and achieve the goal of bringing visitors to Salamanca,” said John Sheehan, executive director at the chamber. Quattrone said having organizations available at the park will give park visitors a chance to see opportunities that are available downtown, especially on a rainy day at the park. Rock the Park, featuring Marshmellow Overcoat as well as vendors part of Sample Salamanca, will be held on Friday, July 11 at the Red House Beach Area.

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Roadhouse Rebels performed their own brand of southern rock, blues and classic rock to a crowd at last year’s Rock the Park event. This year, Marshmellow Overcoast is scheduled to headline when Rock the Park takes place Friday, July 11. The event will also feature several Salamanca vendors in coordination with the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce.

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Satisfy your craving for ribs at the Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Salamanca — One of Salamanca’s newest summertime traditions, the Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest, is set to return to Veteran’s Memorial Park for another year of delicious ribs, musical entertainment and various vendors. The festival will be held this year on Friday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 17 and is expected to feature a variety of ribs from around the region. “We’re excited for the third annual Ribfest,” said Tim Flanigan, president of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an event that we expect to grow in leaps and bounds. Last year was much better than the first and we’re looking for more growth this year.” During the event, rib tasters will

have the chance to have their voice heard for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Awards in past years have also included Best Sauce, Best Pulled Pork, Best Ribs and overall Rib Master. On Saturday, the Ribs ’N’ Rides Car Show will return for its second year. The contest, which is open to all types of cars, will also include prizes. Musical entertainment will begin Friday night and continue throughout the weekend. Among the acts include headlining bands Porcelain Busdrivers on Friday night and Goodbye Dawn on Saturday night. Those shows are scheduled for 6 to 9:30 p.m. each night. The third annual Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest will take place Friday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Press file photo by Rich Place Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admis- Tim Carlson,of Hog Wild BBQ Co. from Warren, Pa., puts some ribs on the grill during last year’s sion to the event is free. Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest.

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Falling Leaves Festival set for Oct. 3 to 5 in Salamanca BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Salamanca — Fresh off its first year of organizing Salamanca’s most popular festival, city officials are ready to present the 37th annual Falling Leaves Festival this October. Last year, the city assumed responsibilities of the festival, which had been organized by the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. Now, the city has had a year to plan. This year’s Falling Leaves Festival is scheduled for Oct. 3 to 5 and will take place again in Jefferson Street Park in downtown Salamanca. Expected back again this year include various art and craft vendors, plenty of food and unique contests and games. The kids will be able to enjoy facepainting and bounce houses, with various other attractions. A car show will likely return to Main Street during the weekend and city officials plan to hold a cancer awareness walk on

Saturday, Oct. 4. Plenty more activities are expected to be coordinated throughout the summer. The highlight of the festival will be the annual Grande Parade, scheduled this year for the early afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 5. Past years have included dozens of groups from community organizations to area bands. The festival was created by the Salamanca Positive Action Committee (SPAC) in 1976 to celebrate community spirit in the city. The event has changed hands numerous times, including the chamber, the city, the mayor’s office and sometimes ad hoc groups of volunteers. For additional information on the Falling Leaves Festival as the event approaches, contact the mayor’s office at (716) 945-3110. Additional updates will also be provided in The Salamanca Press as the event draws nearer. Press file photos

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Summer productions set for Ray Evans Seneca Theatre BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Salamanca — The Ray Evans Seneca Theatre is ready to host its first full-scale performance in four years, and it’s looking to go above and beyond by producing not one but two shows this summer. The Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association (CCLAA), with a new board of directors, has announced “West Side Story” and “Rent” will be performed at the theater in July and August. “I totally feel there is something in the area with (the theater) that people want to keep it alive and just rejuvenate the whole thing,” said Todd Wagner, a member of the CCLAA board and director of the two shows. “It’s kind of picking back up where we left off.” Where the CCLAA left off was an August 2010 production of “Ragtime.” As many of the theater’s seats fell into disrepair and electric issues plagued the building, shows there were put on hold.

Since 2010, the theater has only hosted small events like the Salamanca Kiwanis’ annual Halloween Costume Contest. In December, the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce began showing monthly movies using a projector, its own sound system and a makeshift screen. But with the CCLAA’s goal of eventually getting theater productions back to the city’s landmark, the organization in October hosted an informal wine and cheese party to gather those interested and begin organizing a new board of directors. Before a performance could be scheduled, however, the board needed to ensure the theater would support such an endeavor. The informal process of working on the theater began with a team of volunteers who repaired dozens of broken seats in the building. That effort was finished by the time the theater hosted the movie showing of “The Lemon Drop Kid” in December.

Because the work was performed by volunteers, a $7,500 grant received by the CCLAA from the Ray and Wyn Evans Foundation originally earmarked for seat repair could go elsewhere, according to longtime board member Linda Freaney. She said the money was used to purchase new LED lighting for the stage. The benefit of the new energy-efficient lighting is two-fold: it replaces an outdated lighting system in the theater while also saving electricity costs. The CCLAA was also one of seven community organizations which received a share of the city’s casino revenue sharing payments through a grant program city officials set up earlier this year. It was awarded $10,000, which Freaney said will go toward sound equipment like microphones and a new sound system. Although the CCLAA still has a wishlist of other items to be repaired or replaced — new curtains are among the top of the list — the group feels it has

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what it needs to host theater productions there again. Wagner said he chose the two productions, “West Side Story” and “Rent,” in part because of the theater’s condition. “We don’t have a multi-million set or that kind of stuff, we are very limited,” he said. “One of the reasons I wanted to do ‘Rent’ is because it should be an easy transformation from ‘West Side Story.’” The show performances this summer begin another chapter

in a long history of the Ray Evans Seneca Theatre, which originally opened as Schine’s Seneca Theatre in 1942. In the ‘40s and ‘50s the theater hosted graduations, bingo games and other community events but became only a weekend and summer destination by 1967. The CCLAA has announced “West Side Story” will be performed at the theater from July 17 to 20 and “Rent” is scheduled for August 14 to 17.

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Sing-along at hootenannies each Thursday at the Quaker Amphitheater BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Quaker Run — Last summer, 356 people gathered at the Quaker Amphitheater on a Saturday in August to sing 18 verses of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.” The event broke a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for most people to sing the song at one time. If that sounds like good, old fashioned fun, there’s plenty more opportunities to be part of the entertainment this summer. There are no new world records on the horizon this year, but Sally Marsh, well known for her more than 40 years of hosting the hootenannies, will be leading interested park visitors in song again each Thursday this summer. “It’s a tradition — and we don’t have a lot of traditions anymore,” Marsh says. “And it’s fun. Everyone says they can come and have fun. That’s the part I like. Where else can you go to have that much fun?” The weekly hootenannies take place at 8 p.m. each Thursday at the Quaker Amphitheater, beginning the last Thursday in June and continuing until Labor Day. The only exception is the week of July 4, when the weekly hootenanny will be Wednesday.

Marsh is now in her 43rd year of hosting the event — an event that has withstood the test of time and has changed little during the last four decades. For many, that’s what makes it timeless. Cell phone reception is either spotty or nonexistent in the Quaker Area, and the hootenannies feature visitors, many of whom are campers at the park, gathering together for old fashioned singing. Some of the proceeds from the sale of special T-shirts commemorating the “Old MacDonald” record will be used to purchase a projector in hopes of showing movies at the Amphitheater on Friday nights. Such an event would bring back an old park tradition, Marsh said. She said a different projector, purchased from money raised during the record-setting event last year and some fundraising expected this summer, will soon be used to display words on a screen instead of using songbooks. Those interesting in purchasing a T-shirt are asked to mail the order form on this page or purchase one at the hootenannies this summer. And be sure to mark your calendars: if it’s a Thursday during the summertime, chances are there will be singing at the Quaker Amphitheater.

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Sally Marsh leads guests in song during a hootenanny last year. The events will be held again this year each Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Quaker Amphitheater.

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Summer lineup in Eville

Schedule of events

New events; old favorites

Summer 2014


Ellicottville — The summer lineup for Ellicottville is full of old favorites and new events. As a kickoff to summer, the village’s largest event by far is the Summer Music Festival, which is back even bigger. The three-day event, starting Friday, July 4, and continuing through Sunday, July 6, will once again host the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on the slopes of Holiday Valley accompanied by Fourth of July fireworks. New this year, on Friday, there will also be a topof-the-mountain party with an “adult carnival” theme. “People can take a chairlift ride up to the top of the hill for what’s going to be an awesome event,” said Heather Snyder, media and communications coordinator for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. “At the top, an adult carnival will be set up with different activi-

ties, like people can pop a balloon with a dart and win a margarita, and fun things like that.” Tickets are $40 per person and include chairlift rides up and down the hill and a dinner buffet. Also new this year is the Ellicottville Cycling Weekend, which will be hosted by both the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and Holiday Valley. The event is slated for June 7 and 8 and will include events for both road and mountain bikers. A special appearance by Chris Clark, a bicycle stunt artist, is also scheduled for the weekend right in the heart of Ellicottville. Clark will give several performances throughout the weekend and will raffle off a mountain bike to one lucky event goer. Holiday Valley will be organizing group road bike rides of varying lengths and difficulty. Rides are geared toward level 2 and 3 riders who regularly take on 30 to 50 mile rides with

some steep hills. The cost of registration for the weekend’s road bike events at Holiday Valley, including accommodations, is $259, $170 for commuters. And old favorite has made its way back on the Ellicottville summer lineup after a two-year hiatus. The IBO World Bowhunting Championship will return to Holiday Valley Aug. 7 to 10. and will bring thousands of qualified archers from around the world to shoot for the world title as well as cash and prizes. Vendor booths, and practice and defense ranges open on Aug. 7 with qualifying rounds starting on Aug. 8. The Holiday Valley Archery Festival will also be held the same dates for non-qualified shooters who would like to try out the ranges. This event is open to all archers. Admission is $45 and you must be pre-registered. There’s lots to do year-round at Ellicottville. Keep updated at

• June 7 & 8 Bicycle Weekend • June 14 Holiday Valley Mudslide • July 4, 5 & 6 Summer Music Festival • July 16 Eddie Szpaicher Golf Classic • July 25, 26 & 27 Ellicottville Jazz & Blues Weekend • August 2 The Art of Rescue • August 7, 8, 9 & 10 IBO World Bowhunting Championships • August 16 & 17 Taste of Ellicottville • August 23 Tuscan Moon - A Tribute to Mike Kerns • September 19, 20 & 21 Rock N’ Roll Weekend • October 11 & 12 Fall Festival

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Go ‘Sky High’ at Holiday Valley this summer

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Ellicottville — Ski season may be over, but Holiday Valley is worth the trek year-round with Sky High Adventure Park. This is the park’s fourth year of operation, and the second year for the Climbing Forest, which was added last summer. “The Climbing Forest went over well (last year),” said Jane Eshbaugh. “It’s like a climbing wall only it’s 3D.” Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Participants must be at least 5 years old and 30 pounds. Individual rates for the Climbing Forest are $15 for an hour, and $5 for each additional hour. The Climbing Forest is open weekends, and daily starting June 20. Sky High also includes the Aerial Park and Mountain Coaster, for those looking for a little more speed. The Aerial Park is comprised of platforms and “bridges,” with each course containing at least two zip lines. The 14 courses vary in

difficulty, including a new black diamond trail — the second most difficult level — just added this year. “You can challenge yourself as much as you want,” said Eshbaugh. “You can always get better.” Participants must be at least 7 years old and under 265 pounds. Reservations are required on weekends and suggested for weekdays. A single pass is $48 per person. Visitors can also try the Mountain Coaster, a roller coaster where one or two riders ride their “car” down the rails and can adjust their speed to their preference. “There are brakes on the cars for the Mountain Coaster, so if you’re looking for a more leisurely ride it’s a beautiful view,” said Eshbaugh. Drivers must be at least 54” tall, and be able to demonstrate they understand driver instructions. Children must be at least 3 years old and over 38” to accompany a driver at least 16 years old. A single ride costs $8. Both the Mountain Coaster and the Aerial Park are open now until Nov. 2.

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Park provides plenty of ways to stay social Managing Editor

Red House — In a park of more than 45,000 acres, it’s easy to take a break from the digital world and immerse oneself in the beauty of nature. After all, cell phone reception isn’t even able in many areas of the park. But that doesn’t mean Allegany State Park isn’t connected on social media. In fact, some of its many Facebook pages are updated multiple times per day and its largest page has more than 27,000 “likes.” For many, the Facebook pages — which total at least nine that are directly related to the park — are an outlet to stay up-to-date with Allegany State Park events, photos and more. For those visiting the park, it’s a simple way to know what’s going on. For those outside the area, visiting the pages takes a user on a virtual trip back to the park. The park’s first page, an unofficial Allegany State Park page, was founded in April 2008 and has fans from people around the world. The park’s official page, which is updated by park management, has more than 10,000 likes. Paul Crawford, a park enthusiast, took over the moderation of the unofficial park page in 2013. He

keeps the page updated daily or, more often than not, several times per day. He hosts various activities on the page, including “Guess the Cabin” contests and a “Monday to Monday” photo contest that allows users to submit their own photos with the chance of having it featured on the page for the week if it earns the most likes. There’s also been some other unique activities, such as asking users to post their favorite photos of their mom in the park or a wedding photo they had taken there. “It’s raising an awareness and giving people things to do,” Crawford said about some of his posts. The Allegany State Park Historical Society’s page, which has more than 2,800 likes, is updated several times a week with old photos, newspaper clippings and various facts about the park. Other pages offer users with unique ways to keep in touch, learn more about the park or get the latest information about a road closure. Together, they provide a virtual network of fans with at least one common interest — Allegany State Park and its various organizations — to stay in touch.



Allegany State Park (Unofficial) Allegany State Park (Official) Friends of Allegany State Park Allegany State Park Historical Society Allegany State Park Nature Pilgrimage Camp Turner at Allegany State Park Allegany State Park Hootenanny Allegany State Park Shops & Restaurant Allegany State Park GeoBash Cattaraugus County’s Tourism Page

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Plenty of entertainment this summer at the Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca — The Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel has again lined up plenty of entertainment and musical acts for its “Summer Rush 2014” schedule. Among those musical acts visiting the Salamanca casino this year include John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Survivor, KC & the Sunshine Band, An Evening With Yes and Martina McBride. Comedians coming include Jeff Dunham, Jim Gaffigan and Larry the Cable Guy. On Friday, June 13, R&B and soul singer-songwriter John Legend will come to the Seneca Allegany Events Center as part of his intimate and acoustic “All of Me Tour.” After a sold-out performance of boisterous rock in July 2011, Melissa Etheridge returns to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, this time as part of her subdued and acoustic “This Is ME Solo” run of intimate, live shows. She will perform on Sunday, June 22 at 5 p.m. To close out June, one of the most popular comedians from last year’s summer lineup in Niagara Falls returns to Western New York, including a performance in Salamanca. Jeff

Dunham will bring his worldfamous ventriloquism routine with a hilarious cast of characters to Seneca Allegany on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Independence Day weekend will rock at Seneca Allegany Events Center with the addition of Survivor at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. The group is best known for the No. 1 hit “Eye of the Tiger” in 1982, which was the theme song to the classic film Rocky III. They also produced the chart-topping hits “I Can’t Hold Back” and “The Search Is Over,” and wrote the song “Burning Heart” for the film Rocky IV. Disco and funk lovers will “shake, shake, shake” the night away as KC and the Sunshine Band perform on Saturday, July 12. Spend an evening with the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist whose decade-long string of No. 1 hits like “That’s the Way I Like It,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” and “Get Down Tonight,” inspired a generation to get up and dance. Enjoy “An Evening with YES” on Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m. and witness a legendary, influential rock band that, after over four decades, keeps fans

coming back for more. Experience their groundbreaking album Fragile in person and discover the genre-bending, trendsetting album all over again. Closing out July at the Seneca Allegany Events Center is comedian Jim Gaffigan, who had a sold-out Niagara Falls crowd in stitches back in April 2013 and comes this time to Seneca Allegany on Saturday, July 26. Fellow comedian Larry the Cable Guy will host two shows at the casino at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Martina McBride will perform at the Events Center on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. One of the leading ladies of country music, McBride is just off a 12th studio album “Everlasting” that features her covers of some of the greatest soul and R&B songs in history. ZZ Top with Jeff Beck will perform an outdoor concert at the casino on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., marking the first time an outdoor concert has been held since the Seneca Allegany Events Center opened in March 2008. ZZ Top’s songs are ideally suited for celebrating sum-

mer, with classic rock anthems “Legs,”“Cheap Sunglasses,”“La Grange” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” The famous bearded trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, including 18 Platinum and Gold records. In Salamanca, they will team with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jeff Beck, who was ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of alltime greatest guitarists. On Sunday, Sept. 7, country star Kellie Pickler is coming to Seneca Allegany Events Center for a 5 p.m. performance. Far removed from her days of catch-phrases such as “pick Pickler” during the fifth season of TV’s “American Idol,” the 27 year-old Pickler is now building a career as a singersongwriter. Her first two albums soared to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and the songs “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Best Days of Your Life” all received industry awards. Tickets for all shows will be available at Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Seneca Allegany Casino Lineup June 13, 8 p.m. John Legend, $51 June 22, 5 p.m. Melissa Etheridge, $50 June 27, 7 p.m. Jeff Dunham, $70 July 5, 7 p.m. Survivor, $15 July 12, 7 p.m. KC & the Sunshine Band, $25 July 18, 7 p.m. An Evening With YES, $40 July 26, 7 p.m. Jim Gaffigan, $45 Aug. 16, 7 & 10 p.m. Larry the Cable Guy, $30 Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Martina McBride, $60 Aug. 29, 7 p.m. ZZ Top with Jeff Beck, $25 (outdoor concert) Sept. 7, 5 p.m. Kellie Pickler, $25

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Craig Morgan, Scotty McCreery highlight acts at 2014 Catt. Co. Fair Little Valley — The Cattaraugus County Fair will welcome two national country musicians to headline its grandstand entertainment for the 2014 season. Craig Morgan is set to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 and Scotty McCreery will take the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Tickets for both shows went on sale in April. Morgan has been on the country music scene for more than a decade, dating back to his self-titled debut album in 2000. He most recently released “The Journey (Livin’ Hits) in September 2013. Morgan has charted 17 times on the Billboard Country charts and his best known hits include “That’s What I Love About Sunday,� “Almost Home,� “Redneck Yacht Club,� “Little Bit of Life,� “International Harvester,� “Love Remembers� and “Bonfire.� Ticket prices for

Morgan’s show are $20 for grandstand, $25 for bleachers and $30 for track seating. McCreery of American Idol fame released his debut album, “Clear as Day,� in October 2011 after winning the 10th season of American Idol five months earlier. The 20-year-old musician has released two full-length albums and a Christmas album. His most recent album, “See You Tonight,� was released October 2013. His most well known songs include “I Love You This Big� and “The Trouble With Girls.� Ticket prices for McCreery’s show are $28 for grandstand, $30 for bleachers and $35 for track seating. Price of concerts does not include gate admission to the fairgrounds, which is $7 presale or $9 the day of the show. To order tickets, call (716) 9389146. This year’s fair is scheduled to take place July 28 to Aug. 3 at the fairgrounds in Little Valley. Other

Scotty McCreery will perform at the Catt. Co. Fair on July 31.

daily event schedule highlights include a demolition derby July 28, the Western New York Pro Farm Stock Tractor Pull July

29, a monster truck rally Aug. 1, the Big Rig Pulling Series Aug. 2 and the championship demolition derby Aug. 3.

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Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce has new home on Broad Street

Press photo by Amanda Grabowski

Chamber Executive Director John Sheehan stands in front of the chamber’s new Welcome Center on Broad Street Extension.

BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Salamanca — The Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce has moved from its Main Street location back closer to its former site on Broad Street Extension. Although this time around the chamber won’t be inside a caboose like it had for

years before its move to Main Street, the new offices will be located inside the Hotel Westgate. Visitors to the area can now find the chamber’s Welcome Center in Suite 103 of the Hotel Westgate at 734 Broad St. in Salamanca. John Sheehan, executive director of the chamber, and Tim Flanigan, the chamber’s

president, both said the search for a new location took about eight months. The chamber board had been looking to vacate the Main Street space primarily because of the lack of visitors there. “You can talk about ‘location, location, location,’” Sheehan said. “When you only get just a few visitors coming in per month, that’s really not a justification to your members. Our goal is to support the businesses and help them survive.” Sheehan said he estimates the chamber office at 26 Main St. saw less than 10 visitors per month. “The problem for us on Main Street is that the casual visitor to Salamanca right now is not visiting Main Street,” Flanigan said. “We felt that if we could be on the end of town where people are, we could better direct people.” As a leader of businesses itself, the chamber is the third establishment on Main Street to move to the western end of Broad Street in late 2013 and

early 2014. In December, Thrifty Mission moved from South Main Street to a building at the corner of Broad and Center streets. In February, Dessert Art Bakery moved from the storefront under the old pharmacy awning on Main Street to the Broad Street Plaza. “If we can be where the

traffic is that is visiting Salamanca, we are in a better position,” Flanigan said. “We weren’t getting that on Main Street.” The phone number of the chamber remains (716) 9452034, and the chamber is also online at salamancachamber. org.

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Several options for local golfing this summer

2014 ELKDALE SCHEDULE ■ June ■ June

1 — Elkdale Open 8 — MGA Gross & Net

Skins ■ July 15 — MGA Father-Son Best Ball ■ June 18 — Wounded Warrior Tournament ■ June 25 — Dr. Green Lawn Custom Turf Scramble ■ June 30 — Penn-York Jr. Golf ■ July 2 — Timberwolves Alliance Golf Tournament ■ July 4-6 — Ringer Tournament ■ July 9 — Ole Hickory Tavern Tournament ■ July 10 — Ladies Combo Day ■ July 13 — MGA Two Man Best

Ball; WNYPGA Jr. Tour ■ July 16 — Bob Reynolds Memorial ■ July 19-20 — Men’s Member/ Guest ■ Aug. 3 — MGA Two Man Scramble ■ Aug. 7 — Ladies Member/Guest ■ Aug. 11 — Salamanca Rotary Golf Tournament ■ Aug. 13 — Elkdale Country Club Two-Man Best Ball ■ Aug. 16-17 — Club Championships ■ Aug 25 — Monday League Scramble ■ Sept. 4 — Seniors Championship ■ Sept. 6 — Guys & Dolls ■ Sept. 8 — Police Chiefs Association ■ Sept. 9-11 — Fall Aeration ■ Sept. 14 — MGA Fall Scramble & Picnic ■ Sept. 15 — Chautauqua – Cattaraugus County Seniors ■ Sept. 20 & 27 — Home & Home vs. Wellsville C.C. ■ Sept. 21 & 28 — Mayors Cup

Press photos by Sam Wilson

Above, high school golfers prepare to tee off at hole No. 1 at Double Black Diamond golf course at Holiday Valley. Right, Derek Dux practices his putts at Elkdale Country Club.

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Local tournament schedules to keep golfers busy 2014 CARDINAL HILLS SCHEDULE ■ May 24 — Mike Benca Memorial Two-Man Best Ball ■ May 25 — Flag Tournament ■ June 7 — Ed Krieger ■ June 8 — Member Member Best Ball ■ June 12 — CSEA Outing ■ June 16 — Arrows Lacrosse Tournament ■ June 21 — Kenny Preston Memorial ■ June 22 — Little Valley Open ■ June 28 — Barton Tool League Midseason ■ July 8 — Macdonalds Senior Tour ■ July 10 — Pat Shinners Memorial Scramble ■ July 11 — Adams Reunion Tournament

■ July 12 — Lindsey Pedacchio Memorial Scramble ■ July 16 — Central Lanes Scramble ■ July 18 — Bettie Alexander Invitational ■ July 19 — Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye ■ July 26 — Mike Hill Memorial Scramble ■ Aug. 1-2 — Men’s Member Guest ■ Aug. 6 — The Clinton Open ■ Aug. 13 — Ed White Memorial ■ Aug. 15 — Kelly Jo Memorial ■ Aug. 22 — Bob’s Bar & Grill Open ■ Aug. 24 — Chautauqua Brick Scramble ■ Aug. 29 — Sweet Corn Open ■ Sep. 10 — Larry Sullivan Memorial ■ Sep. 11 — IRR Supply Open ■ Sep. 13 — Cajun Nut Scramble ■ Sep. 15 — Skillman Ladies Tournament

2014 HOLIDAY VALLEY SCHEDULE ■ May 23 — Ross A. Peters Memorial ■ May 27 — McDonald’s Senior Tour ■ May 31 — Tamarack Home Owner’s ■ June 10 — Skiers’ Golf Classic ■ June 13-14 — Italian-American Charity Event ■ June 17 — Holy Cross ■ June 19 — Investors’ Group Tournament ■ June 20 — WNY PGA PAT ■ June 26 — Buffalo Hospital ■ June 27 — Gin Mill ■ June 30 — Ellicottville Library Pro-Am

■ July 16 — Eddie Szpaicher Memorial Tournament ■ July 17 — NOCO Tournament ■ July 24 — M&T Securities ■ July 28-29 — Snowbirds and Friends ■ July 30 — Madigan’s Outing ■ Aug. 1 — I-Evolve; Dirito/Benish ‘Gotta Go Again’ Tournament ■ Aug. 4-5 — Worthington North ■ Aug. 14 — Great Southern Wood Preserving ■ Aug. 18 — St. Bonaventure Tournament ■ Aug. 23-24 — Club Championship ■ Sept. 16 — Olean Wholesale Tournament ■ Sept. 17 — NYS Convenience Stores ■ Sept. 22 — Seneca Allegany Casino ■ Oct. 4— Headstands for Humanity

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Interstate 86 closed between Exits 21 and 23 all summer long BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor




Salamanca — Drivers making their way to Allegany State Park from the east may find their commute a bit more difficult, but the result will be a much smoother ride when they return next summer. Interstate 86 — from exit 21 near the former site of the Salamanca District Hospital on Parkway Drive to exit 23 at Seneca Junction — closed in mid-May and is expected to remain closed until early October. Traffic has been re-routed from the four-lane interstate to the two-lane Route 417 as construction crews work on the $21 million project. “Due to the constraints of the job site and the proximity of the Allegheny River, the only feasible alternative to reconstruct this portion of the highway is to close both lanes in each direction,� said Darrell Kaminski, Region Director at the NYSDOT. Work on the project began in April in Salamanca between exits 20 and 21. That work, which is expected to continue into the summer, also includes the realignment of the eastbound onramp and offramp at exit 20

near the Seneca Allegany Casino to bring the ramps closer to the interstate. The project is the result of a continuing effort to repair a notoriously rough section of Interstate 86 on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Last year, the major aspects of a $29 million project between Salamanca and Steamburg were completed. This year’s project was originally scheduled to cost more than $40 million and stretch from exit 20 to the eastern Seneca Nation boundary near Allegany but was split into two projects over multiple years due to the cost, Kaminski told The Press earlier this year. To accommodate the increase in traffic on Route 417 this summer, the DOT has installed temporary traffic lights at two primary Route 417 intersections between Salamanca and Seneca Junction. One is at the Central/Wildwood Avenue intersection in Salamanca and the second is at the intersection of Route 417 and Business Route 219 near Seneca Junction. The state awarded the $21 million project to Union Concrete of West Seneca in January.



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Celebrate Seneca culture at the Marvin ‘Joe’ Curry Veterans Pow Wow BY RICH PLACE Managing Editor

Salamanca — The Seneca Nation and city invite visitors to Veterans Memorial Park on Broad Street from July 18 to 20 to celebrate Seneca and Native American Culture through the Nation’s Pow Wow. This year’s event will sport a new name: the Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow. Curry, who died in 2010, served two tours of duty during the Korean War and also served in the Vietnam War, according to his obituary. A member of the Seneca Nation’s Snipe Clan, Curry was born on the Cattaraugus Territory before moving to Buffalo and eventually enlisting in the Navy. He also served as ship superintendent at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park for many years.

He was a key leader in the establishment in 2005 of the Seneca Nation’s Veterans Memorial in Niagara Falls. The Pow Wow annually brings thousands of visitors to Salamanca for a weekend of colorful dance competitions and music. Various vendors featuring Native American arts and crafts are also available. The highlights of the event, the grand entries, take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and noon on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Admission is $10 for adults with $15 two-day passes available. Admission for students 5 to 17 and seniors ages 60+ is $5. Free admission for veterans and military (must show ID) and children 4 and younger. Admission is free on Friday night. For additional information, visit

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The Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow will take place this year at Veterans Memorial Park in Salamanca July 18 to 20.

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Drop your anchor in the reservoir at Onoville Marina Annual OnoFest, featuring music and vendors, scheduled for July 26

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Onoville — The time for boat owners to drop anchor is here, as Onoville Marina opened its doors May 2. Located on the Allegheny Reservoir and just west of Allegany State Park, Onoville Marina has 200 boat docks and 75 campsites available for rent during the season. However, if people haven’t booked already, it may be too late, according to Jim Welch, marina manager. By the beginning of May, every dock was already reserved and there is “a waiting list a mile long” should there be any cancellations. Registration opened the first of the year and Welch says Onoville Marina sold out in seven business days. Campsites at Onoville Marina park are completely filled for the months of July and August. May and June still had a few availabilities as of May. “This year was surprising; I couldn’t believe it filled up so fast,” he said. “Usually we would have a few sites available by opening, but when the economy is not the greatest people camp and boat more often. A dock for the season is the same as about

going to Disney once. You get the whole summer here for the same money.” A dock for the season costs anywhere from $520 to over $2,000. A Park-and-Launch Pass runs $220 for the summer and a day pass to launch a boat costs $6. Campsites are $27 per night, $115 per week and $175 for two weeks. The Marina, however, had a rough road to opening day due to some structural damage from the severe winter weather. “We’ve had quite a bit of damages caused by the ice to the docks,” said Welch. “The ice came so late this year and a late wind storm blew some in. We had to repair 6 winches and about a dozen broken anchor cables. “Luckily, all repair work was done in house and no new equipment needed to be purchased, costing only labor. “It put us back a bit financially, and we had to hustle to get ready, but we (are) open on time no problem.” Looking ahead to later this summer, Welch said plans for OnoFest, slated for July 26 this year, are in the works.

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Farmer’s Market at Jefferson Street Park in Salamanca each Tuesday BY CHRISTA NIANIATUS Press Reporter

Salamanca — The Southern Tier Farmer’s Market has opened its Salamanca location for the season. A harsh winter brought some delays to the growing season as most farmers and gardeners were unable to plant until May, according to Phyllis Couture, head of the farmer’s market and co-owner of Fox Valley Greenhouse. “Especially this year with the late winter, some things have been delayed. It’s still pretty wet and cold to plant yet,” she said in a late April interview. “I would say the vegetables will be just fine, but the jury is still out on some of the fruit. I know there’s been some damage due to cold weather but I have not heard anything like a total loss. Some peaches and cherries were damaged, but I don’t know the extent. “But we’re still anticipating a good summer. Farmers are always optimists.” Couture said some of the

heartier vegetables could be seen as early as May, like lettuce and spinach, but many of the other fruits and vegetables they offer will come in June. She also said Fox Valley Greenhouse is providing a variety of annuals and mixed pots for sale at the market. As for the other market participants, Couture said it is a similar cast of characters including Sally Yoder with her Amish baked goods, Jennifer Smith with her jewelry and Briggs Hill Maple Farm. Gage’s Farms, which will be around later in the year by the time the more delicate fruits are ready for market, like peaches. The Southern Tier Farmer’s Market aims to make locally grown and made products readily available to the community. “(The farmer’s market) is just a great opportunity to purchase from people that you know,” said Couture. “Even if you don’t know us you will get to know us. You can ask us questions on how to cook food and how it’s grown. It keeps money local and provides things you know are

very fresh, some things picked as early as that morning.” They also make access to their products easy by accepting a variety of payment methods. “We will still be accepting the SNAP electronic benefits, the WIC checks, and the farmer’s market nutrition check, and we also accept credit cards in addition to just cash,” said Couture. The market also has a loyalty program, where patron receive a punch card and after five purchases they receive a discount on their next purchase. “It’s really a very generous program,” said Couture. “You could easily get five punches in one trip if you hit all the booths.” Later this summer the Southern Tier Farmer’s Market is looking to organize a children’s day and host the Cornell Cooperative Extension, although dates are not yet confirmed. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays until October in Jefferson Street Park.

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Grab a bite to eat in Salamanca BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT



See a breathtaking view of downtown Salamanca. New menu and owner at the former Fentier Village.

Freshly baked pastries, breads, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. Specialty cakes also available. New location in Broad Street Plaza.

A unique and historic destination with a tradition of good food in a cozy and comfy atmosphere.

380 Parkway Drive (716) 945-2083 CENTRAL LANES BOWLING & CRIST RESTAURANT Plenty of lanes for bowling, pool tables, great music and snacks and drinks for everyone. 191 Central Ave. (716) 945-4500 CLINTON BAR & RESTAURANT Juicy burgers, crispy chicken wings, great pizza and a variety of drinks. 200 Clinton St. (716) 945-0579 CLOUD & COMPANY A variety of food including pizza, subs, tacos, salads and ice creams. Also provides propane, tobacco products and beer. 636 Wildwood Ave. (716) 945-1234 CORNER DELI A cozy deli located in Salamanca’s east end and serving a variety of sandwiches, drinks, soups, salads and baked goods. Everything’s homemade! 53 Linden St. (716) 265-2010

679 Broad St. (716) 860-8419 GOOBER’S MAIN STREET GRILLE & CAFE Try delicious homemade soups, dinners and more. Located in Salamanca Mall Antiques downtown. 100 Main St. (716) 945-0500 GREAT WALL CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese food for dining in or carrying out. Features daily specials, a lunch buffet and more. 81 Main St. (716) 945-4351 LANGWORTHY ’S RESTAURANT Step back into the great, old-fashioned days of diners and soda bars. Homestyle meals and homemade pies. 6661 Route 417 Kill Buck (716) 945-9864

460 Wildwood Ave. (716) 945-3153 NAPOLI PIZZA Offers eat-in or delivery for a full range of pizzas, subs, wraps, dinners and appetizers. 219 Broad St. (716) 945-1000 OLE HICKORY TAVERN A little bit of Ireland on Salamanca’s east side. Enjoy a pint of Guinness and a meal with Irish fare. 56 Hickory St. (716) 945-4544 THE PYRAMID INN Local truck stop features a Sunday breakfast buffet, Friday night fish fry and a choice of beverages. Route 417 at Hardscrabble Road Kill Buck (716) 945-4722 PLAZA RESTAURANT Where locals hang out for good, down-home cooking. Open for breakfast and lunch. 689 Broad St. (716) 945-9859


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SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO & HOTEL Featuring the Western Door Steakhouse, the Fire Lounge Pub and Cocktail Bar, Thunder Mountain Buffet and Seneca Cafe.

Quick Phone Reference Bear Mountain Resort 945-2083

777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. (877) 553-9500

Crist Restaurant 945-4500


Clinton Bar & Restaurant 945-0579

Dine in or take out with a delicious choice of Chinese food. Special lunch, dinner and Sunday buffet deals.

Cloud & Company 945-1234

183 Center St. (716) 945-7777 TONY ’S Grab a hot dog, burger or milkshake at Salamanca’s beloved hot dog stand. 525 Broad St. (716) 945-8796 WILDWOOD GRILL & SALOON Stop by and enjoy a bite to eat and watch the game on one of many flatscreen TVs or catch a live band. 53 Wildwood Ave. (716) 244-6886

Corner Deli 265-2010 Dessert Art Bakery 860-8419 Goober’s Main Street Grille & Cafe 945-0500 Great Wall Chinese Restaurant 945-4351 Langworthy’s 945-9864 Myers Steakhouse & Inn 945-3153 Napoli Pizza 945-1000 Ole Hickory Tavern 945-4544 Pyramid Inn 945-4722 Plaza Restaurant 945-9859 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel (877) 553-9500 Seven Dragon Buffet & Chinese Restaurant 945-7777 Tony’s 945-8796 Wildwood Grill & Saloon 244-6886

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Stay a night or two (or more!) at one of these lodging options ALLEGANY STATE PARK


With 424 campsites, 375 cabins and three group camps, Allegany State Park offers lodging for weekend retreats to extended vacations and everything in between. There are year-round vacation rental cottages that are fully equipped with the latest conveniences located in both the Red House and Quaker areas.

This “Boutique Hotel” is a unique and cozy destination in Salamanca’s west end. Located near the Seneca Allegany Casino, Hotel Westgate offers a variety of specialized rooms.

2373 ASP Route 1 Salamanca (716) 354-9121


MYERS STEAKHOUSE & INN Looking for a place to sleep with a rustic feel and the amenities of home? Myers offers a good meal at its legendary steakhouse and a comfortable place to stay for the night. The current owners are only the fourth to carry on the tradition that has been part of Salamanca for more than a century. 460 Wildwood Ave. Salamanca (716) 945-3153

734 Broad St. Salamanca (716) 945-1807

Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, this bed and breakfast is just minutes away from Salamanca and Allegany State Park. 5286 Route 353 Little Valley (716) 938-6106 ELKDALE RV RESORT Travelers will find RV sites at Elkdale as well as furnished cottages, roomy cabins and elegantly decorated guest rooms for rent. The resort is located only minutes from downtown Salamanca. 4768 Route 353 Salamanca (716) 938-6136



Come slumber and tarry at this beautiful bed and breakfast, where the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Tax-free and boasting a friendly staff and clean and comfortable rooms, the Holiday Inn & Suites is just a free shuttle ride from the Seneca Allegany Casino. A free, deluxe continental breakfast, free Internet and

141 Broad St. Salamanca (716) 945-3123 T HE INN AT ONE BANK STREET This quaint inn is located in a renovated historical firehouse in downtown Randolph, a short drive from Allegany State Park. 1 Bank St. Randolph (716) 358-2022

indoor pool and whirlpool will help you make the hotel your home-away-from-home for one night or weeks at a time. 779 Broad St. Salamanca (716) 945-7600

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While you’re here, check out these great events... ■ May 25, 7 p.m., Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $25. ■ May 30, 5 to 11 p.m., 2014 Bradner Bash, Bradner Stadium at 550 E. State St. in Olean. Music, food, fun and games. Music by Barry Brothers (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and Porcelain Busdrivers (8 to 11 p.m.). Call (716) 372-4433.

■ May 30 to June 1, 56th Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2014, Camp Allegany at Allegany State Park. Wide variety of walks, workshops and tent programs to learn more about nature. Visit or call (716) 569-2345. ■ May 30 to June 1, Gowanda’s Hollywood Happening 2014, downtown Gowanda.

Features the area’s largest threeday motorcycle event. The 15th annual event has live bands, vendors and more. Call (716) 5326103. ■ June 6 to 8, Lou Eibl Club 2014 Spring Trail Ride, ASP Route 2 Camp 12 in Allegany State Park. Three trail rides; all participants welcome to join with their horse. Visit the ride on Facebook or call (716) 6552045. ■ June 6 to 8, Cycling Weekend at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. Showcasing many of the routes and rides in the Ellicottville area. Activities include several rides and vendors. Visit ■ June 7 & 8, Lake Lane Getaway Annual Free Fishing Derby, Lake Lane Getaway at 1339 Windfall Rd. in Olean. No fishing license required. Food vendors and snacks available. Visit ■ June 13 to 15, 2014 Church Festival, St. Mary of the Angels in Olean. Three big days of a traditional street festival in Olean on W. Henley and N. Union. Local food favorites and plenty of entertainment. Visit or call (716) 372-4841.

■ June 13, 8 to 10 p.m., John Legend, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $51. ■ June 14, Holiday Valley Mudslide Obstacle Run 2014, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. Participants must navigate eight obstacles along muddy 3.5-mile or 5.4-mile courses. Preregister at Visit or call (716) 699-2345. ■ June 14, Gowanda HarleyDavidson Women’s Fun Run 2014, Gowanda Harley-Davidson in Gowanda. Departs at 11 a.m. Visit or call (716) 532-4584. ■ June 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Randolph Arts & Crafts Festival, downtown Randolph. Held rain or shine, free event featuring several handmade items, local artists, food and more. Visit or call (716) 358-9701 ext. 208. ■ June 19 to 22, Thomas Merton Conference, St. Bonaventure University. Celebrating the life of religious nonfiction author Thomas Merton with guest speakers, worship experiences and tours. Visit sbu. edu. ■ June 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2014 Olean General Hospital Auxiliary Strawberry Festival and Health Fair, Olean General Hospital lawn. Food, bake sale, crafts, local entertainers and more. Call (716) 375-6119.

■ June 20 to 22, Ischua Valley Summer Fest 2014, Hinsdale American Legion Post 1434 in Hinsdale. Three-day event includes motorcycle scavenger hunt, dice run, horseshoe tournament, music, vendors and more. Call (716) 397-1110. ■ June 21, 11 a.m., Bits ‘n’ Spurs Trail Ride, Allegany State Park. Bring your horse and join the group for a summer ride. Lunch on the trail; $5 fee for non-members. Call (716) 6765720. ■ June 22, 5 p.m., Melissa Etheridge, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $50. ■ June 24 to 28, 77th Annual Old Home Week sponsored by the Allegany Fire Department, Allegany Fire Department grounds in Allegany. Call (716) 372-6232. ■ June 27, 7 p.m., Jeff Dunham, Seneca Allegany Events Center, $55. ■ June 27 to 29, Summer Party, 2990 Oregon Rd. in Olean. Formerly Meltdown Music Fest. Three-day event with various musical acts. Cost $20 for entire weekend. Family friendly festival. Visit on Facebook or call (716) 244-2142. ■ June 28 & 29, Raccoon Rally Cycling Festival Weekend 2014, Camp Allegany at Allegany State Park. Competitive cyclists from several states compete during weekend races. Visit Continued on Page 45

The Salamanca Press Continued from Page 44 ■ July 3, Fireworks at Allegany State Park, Quaker Beach. Public is invited to bring lawn chairs for evening of food, fireworks and fun. Call (716) 3542182. ■ July 3 to 6, Ellicottville Championship Rodeo 2014, 6319 Sommerville Valley Rd. in Ellicottville. Showtimes July 3 to 5 at 7 p.m. and July 6 at 2 p.m. Gates open two hours prior to browse vendors. Visit or call (716) 699-4839. ■ July 4 to 6, Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival 2014, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. Performances include Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra ( July 5) and The Gin Blossoms ( July 6). Tickets are $25. Visit or call 1-800349-9099. ■ July 4, City of Olean’s Fireworks Display, Bradner Stadium in Olean. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Music, food, entertainment and more. Visit ■ July 4, 7 p.m., 2014 Freedom Daze Demolition Derby at Little Valley Speedway. Fireworks immediately following. Visit ■ July 5, 8 p.m., Survivor, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets are $15. ■ July 11 to 13, South Dayton Fire Department’s 24th Annual Tractor Pull, South Dayton Fireman’s grounds. Call (716) 988-3688.

■ July 11, Rock the Park, Allegany State Park’s Red House Beach area. Music, vendors, dancing and more. Visit Allegany State Park on Facebook or call (716) 354-9101 ext. 236. ■ July 12 & 13, S.T.A.R.S 37th Annual Rally & Airshow 2014, Cattaraugus County/ Olean Airport in Ischua. Featuring hundreds of radio-controlled aircraft. Free admission, $5 parking donation. Visit or call (814) 366-2497. ■ July 12, 7 p.m., KC & the Sunshine Band, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $25. ■ July 13, Six Hours of Power 2014, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. Annual test of endurance and stamina for mountain bike racers. Visit ■ July 18 to 20, Seneca Allegany Casino Veterans Pow Wow 2014, Veterans Park in Salamanca. Family event to celebrate culture and heritage. Visit or call (716) 945-8558 ext. 4200. ■ July 18, 7 p.m., An Evening with YES, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $40. ■ July 19 & 20, Festa Italiana 2014, St. John’s Church at 931 N. Union St. in Olean. Enjoy Italian-American cuisine, food and music. Call (716) 372-5313. ■ July 24 to 26, Ride on a Wagon Train, Leon Community at the corner of Route 62 and Cherry Creek-Lion Hill in Leon. Ride your horse or in a wagon in a wagon train. Visit or call (716) 225-2270.

Page 45 ■ July 25 to 27, Ellicottville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2014, downtown Ellicottville. Streets of village will be alive with performances throughout the village. Visit or call 1-800-349-9099. ■ July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living History Days, Leon Historical Church and Museum, 62 Main St. in Leon. Visit or call (716) 296-5709. ■ July 26, Seventh Annual Onofest, Onoville Marina at 709 W. Perimeter Rd. in Steamburg. Live music, vendors, exhibits and more. Visit onoville. org or call 1-800-331-0543. ■ July 26, 7 p.m., Jim Gaffigan, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $45. ■ July 27 to Aug. 3, Cattaraugus County Fair, 501 Erie St. in Little Valley. Visit or call (716) 938-9146. ■ July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Taste of Olean/Art in the Park 2014, JCC’s campus in Olean. Featuring food, entertainment and art show. Visit oleanNY. com or call (716) 372-4433. ■ Aug. 1 to 2, Allegany Heritage Days 2014, downtown Allegany. Call (716) 372-2918.

2014 Vacation Guide ■ Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., Michael Israel - The Art of Rescue, Ellicottville Brewing Company in Ellicottville. A heart-pounding art and musical experience. Works of art auctioned to benefit local ski patrols. Tickets $125. Visit ■ Aug. 8 to 10, International Bowhunter’s Competition at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. More than 2,000 bowhunters from 20 countries expected at competition. Twenty-four ranges are created in woods

and along ski trails at Holiday Valley. Championship round is Saturday. Call (716) 699-2345. ■ Aug. 8 to 10, Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Sportsmen’s Rendezvous, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley. Featuring several displays, live seminars and more. Call (716) 557-2523. Continued on Page 46

2014 Vacation Guide Continued from Page 45 Aug. 8, 6 to 10 p.m., Full Moon Beach Party at Allegany State Park’s Red House Beach area. Free family event. Visit or call (716) 372-7455. ■ Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gowanda Harley’s 2014 Kustom Kruise In, Gowanda Harley-Davidson in Gowanda. Car and bike show. Visit or call (716) 5324584. ■ Aug. 9, St. Joseph’s Mahrajan Festival, St. Joseph’s Church at 1102 Walnut St. in Olean. Featuring Lebanese and American food, kids games and more. ■

Page 46 ■ Aug. 15 to 17, Third Annual Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest, Veterans Park in Salamanca. Featuring several “ribbers,” vendors, crafts, music and more. Visit or call (716) 945-2034. ■ Aug. 15 to 17, 2014 Gus Macker Tournament, downtown Olean. Visit or call (716) 372-4433. ■ Aug 16 & 17, Taste of Ellicottville 2014, downtown Ellicottville. Sample dishes from a various of Ellicottville restaurants. Visit or call 1-800-349-9099. ■ Aug. 16, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., Larry the Cable Guy, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $30.

■ Aug. 16, 2014 Limestone Volunteer Fire Department ATV Dice Run. Visit or call (716) 945-8813. ■ Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Allegany State Park Trail Ride, Lonkto Meadow in Allegany State Park. Hosted by Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Chapter of the New York State Horse Council. Call (716) 962-5462. ■ Aug. 20 to 24, Rally in the Valley 2014, Bradner Stadium in Olean. Several motorcycle vendors and related events. Presented by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit or call (716) 372-4433. ■ Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Martina McBride, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $60. ■ Aug. 23, 6 p.m., 2014 Mid-Summer Classic at Little Valley Speedway. Visit or call (716) 938-9146. ■ Aug. 24, noon to 5 p.m. Wild Wing Festival to benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary. Located at the sanctuary at 5067 Townline Rd. in Delevan. Free guided tours of 700 birds and 65 different species. Visit or call (716) 942-6835. ■ Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, Little Valley Rider’s Annual Labor Day Trail Ride. Bring your horse or rent one from The Crosspatch. Camping available by reservation. Call (716) 3079091.

The Salamanca Press ■ Aug. 29, 7 p.m., ZZ Top with Jeff Beck, Seneca Allegany Events Center. Tickets $25. ■ Sept. 6, Ischua Valley’s Falling Leaves Regatta, Hinsdale American Legion at 3727 Route 16 in Hinsdale. Amateur dice run regatta. Visit or call (716) 557-8716. ■ Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Swine, Wine & Music Festival, War Vets Park in Olean. A rib cookoff, winemakers and brewers competition and more. Visit or call (716) 3723620. ■ Sept. 7, 100 Years of the Cattaraugus County Museum, The Stone House at 9824 Route 16 in Machias. Celebrate centennial of the museum’s dedication. Civil War brass band, lecture, Civil War re-enacters and more. Visit ■ Sept. 13 to Oct. 31, Pumpkinville, 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley. A variety of homemade items, baked goods, sixacre corn maze, hayrides, apple cider press, pumpkin selection and more. Visit pumpkinville. com or call (716) 699-2205. ■ Sept. 13, 6 p.m. WNY Super Late Model and 348 Modified Doubleheader at Little Valley Speedway. Visit or call (716) 938-9146. ■ Sept. 19 to 21, Ellicottville’s Rock’n Roll Weekend, downtown Ellicottville. Car show, live music and more. Visit or call 1-800-349-9099.

■ Sept. 24 to Oct. 11, Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park, 6902 Mill Valley Rd. in East Otto. Sculptures are exhibited with creative lighting. Visitors can walk trails and night. Cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bring a flashlight! Visit ■ Sept. 27, XTERRA EPIC ASP and EXTERRA ASP races at Allegany State Park. Triathlon competitions consisting of swim, bike ride and run. Visit for additional details and prices. ■ Sept. 27, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leon’s 2014 Down Home Days, Legon Town Barns. Driving and riding obstacle course, a cowboy obstacle course and small livestock obstacle course. Call (716) 225-2270. ■ Sept. 27 & 28, National Alpaca Farm Days, various alpaca farms in Cattaraugus County. Open houses to learn more about alpacas. Call (716) 358-5242. ■ Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10th Annual Bonagany Festival, downtown Allegany. Celebrating the friendship between the village of Allegany and St. Bonaventure University. ■ Oct. 3 to 5, Salamanca Falling Leaves Festival, Jefferson Street Park in Salamanca. Featuring vendors, Native Roots Artists Guild, live music, contests and more. Call (716) 945-3110. ■ Oct. 3 to 26 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Nightmare Hayrides, 6319 Sommerville Rd. in Ellicottville. Scariest hayride in Western New York. Visit or call (716) 699-4839. ■ Oct. 11 & 12, Ellicottville’s Fall Festival, downtown Ellicottville. The village’s oldest festival comes alive with autumn colors. Featuring craft vendors, unique foods and more. Visit or call 1-800-3499099.

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