By Kellen M. Quigley
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day not to only recognize your mom but all the moms out there for their love, support and sacrifices over the years.
While Mother’s Day is only one day, that doesn’t mean Mom isn’t just as important the other 364 days of the year.
To treat your mom this spring and summer by taking her to some great opportunities for women of all lifestyles to reconnect, rejuvenate and relax in the Enchanted Mountains.
Come this June, there are three weekends of women-centric activities planned that shouldn’t be missed.
Girls Getaway Weekend, May 31 — June 2
This first weekend in June, take part in the third annual Ellicottville Girls Getaway Weekend.
Head out to the village for a welcome reception on Friday night, May 31, at the EllicottVillas and meet up with some other ladies looking for that getaway weekend as well. Enjoy amazing hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings.
Spend Saturday, June 1 in activities like pound class, jewelry making, sushi making, a bit of wine pairings and even fashion show. An outstanding brunch, cocktail party and amazing shopping specials will all be included in your registration price.
Reserve your spot today by registering at ellicottvilleny.com. Pre-registration is required. No registration will be taken the day of the event.
Women in the Outdoors, June 8
All women are invited to the Women in the Outdoors for a day of fun outdoors including fly fishing, archery and crafts at Erie County Conservation Society in Chaffee on June 8.
Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are welcome to sign up and learn a new skill — no experience is required.
The Springville Strutters chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), headquartered in Springville, is hosting this event.
Registration is $65 and includes a hot catered lunch. Pre-registration is required by June 1.
“Our chapter has hosted this event for 20 years, and we work to ensure everyone feels at ease,” said Becky Werchowski. “In a judgment-free zone, everyone can learn and have a good time. If someone hits a bulls-eye, everyone cheers. But if they miss the target, everyone cheers anyway. It’s a lot of fun.”
Knowledgeable instructors will teach activities, including archery, fly fishing, kayaking, painting flower pot, shotgun, canoe camping and more.
Local and state NWTF chapters host thousands of similar events nationwide each year through its Women in the Outdoors Hunting Heritage Program.
Many families enjoy hunting together and pass traditions on from one generation to another. Hunting also is important for the health of our nation’s wildlife and habitat because of the hunters fund conservation.
Wild turkeys and the management and hunting that go with them contribute $2 billion to the American economy each spring.
For information about the Women in the Outdoors event, contact Becky Werchowski at 864-0529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Estelle Greene at 941-6775.
Women’s Day Retreat, Aug. 3
If you attended last year’s inaugural event, you’re very likely like the organizers: anxiously awaiting this year’s return of Women’s Day Retreat on Aug. 3. This second annual event is organized by Jessica Raymond, owner of rSpace yoga studio in Colden and held at the Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, located at 9324 Lake Shore Road in Angola.
Women’s Day Retreat was originally created to produce a place where women of all ages could come together to share, restore, reflect and grow. But what they didn’t see coming was all of the healing, connections and empowerment that the day provided.
With over 12 different styled movement classes — ranging from SUP Yoga to POUND to African Dancing — and 15 holistic healers, discussion groups, local vendors and more, the day was packed with excitement.
In addition to these great features, organizers have added more for this year, including a Friday Night Sleepover, ropes course and rock wall, guest speakers, Mala bead making, mediations and more.
More details will be coming in the new few weeks. Pre-sale tickets are now available May 1.