By Colleen Mahoney

Community Events for Everyone

Straddling summer and fall, September is the bridge between good weather and winter and marks the kick off for many fall outdoor events. Springville is packed with activities to keep residents and visitors entertained..

After the Labor Day weekend, on Sept. 6, the Springville Center for the Arts will be reopening its Harold L. Olmsted Gallery to visitors. The gallery exhibit, Homecoming, will welcome back hometown artists including Tom and Mary Irish, Doris Palmer Morris and Judson Brown. Visitors can view local artists’ work in the newly renovated gallery.

The Harold L. Olmsted Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 37 N. Buffalo St., in Springville.

The Springville Center for the Arts “encourages participation in the arts by all segments” of the community, according to its website. It offers an array of art programs that include performance workshops, gallery exhibits and educational programs. For more information on the Springville Center for the Arts, including the fall schedule, visit

If you have unwanted and confidential papers hanging around, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Community Shred-It event will give you the opportunity to securely dispose of them. To be held Sept. 10 beginning at 10 a.m., the event will feature a shredding truck for community members, residents and businesses to destroy their sensitive paperwork. The truck is being provided by Shred-It, the world’s largest document destruction company, according to the event’s Facebook page. To shred documents, the hospital is asking for a donation of $5 per grocery bag and $10 per box of documents. The truck will be located at the hospital, 224 E. Main St., in Springville. For more information, contact Kara Kane at (716) 592-2871.

The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest returns for its 11th year on Sept. 24 at Fireman’s Park. Returning this year will be the German Car and Motorcycle Show from 2-5 p.m. Authentic German food and craft beers, local wines, Spar’s European Sausage, bratwurst and brat burgers, sauerkraut, German potato salad and pretzel rolls also will be available.

Entertainment for the event comes from the Springville Jazz Orchestra, The Frankfurters, Michael Nugent and Joe Wagner, with a fireworks show in the evening.

For the competitive at heart, this year’s Oktoberfest will see the return of the Best Apfel Dessert and Best German Costume contests and will feature the inaugural Wurst Obstacle Course.

Springville Mayor William Krebs will tap the keg to kick off the festival just after 2 p.m., and the beer tent will serve those 21 and older. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and the event will take place rain or shine. Local vendors will also be on hand to showcase their business. Oktoberfest is held from 2-11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, 70 Nason Blvd, in Springville, just off Waverly Street.

The BCH Women’s Fashion Show, supporting the Hospital Foundation, will be held on Sept. 25 to raise funds for both the hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. Models will wear clothing and accessories from local businesses, showcasing what the area has to offer.

The event takes place at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall, 405 w. Main St. at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the BCH gift shop or from any member of the BCH Women’s Association.

Springville-Griffith Institute will celebrate Homecoming the week of Sept. 26, beginning with girls and boys varsity soccer games. The girls team will take on Holland at 5 p.m. on Monday, followed by the boys squad against Global Connect at 6:30 p.m. The celebration continues Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a high school open house at 7 p.m.

The SGI capital improvement project vote also takes place on Sept. 27; polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Closing out the week will be the varsity football game against Jamestown on Friday, Sept. 30. Before the Griffins take the field, the community is invited to attend the annual homecoming parade, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year’s Pop Warner Hall of Fame class will be inducted before the game.

The Springville Elementary School Parent Teacher Association is hosting its second annual SES Color Run on Oct. 1. The 3k and 5k run and walk helps raise money for school events and equipment.

Participants will get a tee shirt and a color packet to throw during the race. Throughout the run and walk, participants will get blasted with a non-toxic color dust made from cornstarch, ending the race in a colorful mess. The run and walk start at 10 a.m. at SES, 283 North St., in Springville. Anyone looking to participate is asked to register online and can do so by visiting the SES PTA Facebook page. For more details, see page 5).