By Alicia Dziak
April in the Springville area is a time to get some fresh air and celebrate spring and all it has to offer. From special events to outdoor activities to holidays, this is a month with something for everyone!
April 1 marks the opening of trout season. This area offers some of the best Steelhead fishing opportunities around, and no matter your experience and ability, there’s a place where you will surely be hooked! Visit www.dec.ny.gov for more info.
Looking for an adrenaline rush? With melting snow and spring runoff, April is the perfect time to try out whitewater rafting in Zoar Valley. Take a guided trip down the Cattaraugus and enjoy a wet and wild experience as you view the gorge from below. For more information visit www.ZoarValleyRafting.com, www.Adventure-Calls.com or CattRaftingAdventures.com.
April means the end of ski season and the beginning of golf season. Weather-permitting, you can do both on the same day at Holiday Valley April 9. Enjoy the last of the winter sports on the slopes, where lifts are open daily until 4:30 p.m. Then get out the clubs and get ready to golf when the course opens. Visit www.holidayvalley.com for more info.
Ready to get your run on? April means the start of race season, and there are some cool ones on the docket:
April 15, Bunny Hop
Head to the American Legion Post #362, 1 Legion Drive (off Center Rd near Beech Rd) in East Aurora for an Easter-themed run. Pre-registration is $20 through April 14 and includes a premium gift for the first 900 registered runners, and free food and beer after the race. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female in each age group is a chocolate bunny. For more information, visit www.earotary.org.
April 22, Tortoise and the Hare 5K and Fun Run
Sign up for this family event in Chestnut Ridge Park to benefit Earth Spirit Education. Run the 5K or walk in the park on a 1-mile course. Registration is $30 ($35 after April 1) for adults and $20 ($25 after April 1) for children/students ages 17 and under. Children 6 and under are free. Registration includes race and Jaguar chip bib, T-shirt and swag bag, and all Earth Spirit activities.
April 30, SAPS Race WNY Maple Festival
During Franklinville’s annual Maple Festival, burn off some of those calories in this 10K, 5K and walk. Entry fee is only $10 (for 10K or 5K), $5 for the walk. Day of race registration is $20 and $15. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. First 100 registrants get the Maple Festival T-shirt. Register at www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7011.
April is the time to start working on those spring home improvement projects, and there’s no better place for ideas and inspiration than the Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show, April 7-9. More than 80 of the area’s leading businesses are expected to exhibit their wares and services. Displays will include landscaping, patios, window replacement, siding, heating and air conditioning, pools, spas, furniture, computer technology and much more. Also, representatives from local banks, home builders and insurance companies will be on hand to meet show-goers.For more information on the Olean Home Show, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at (716) 372-4433 or email email@example.com.
April means spring break. If you’re not heading out of town, there’s plenty of fun to be had here!
Stay right in Springville and go shopping along Main Street, catch a movie at Joylan, get in a game of bowling at one of two bowling alleys, and top it all off with a meal at one of the many great restaurants.
Explore & More in East Aurora is the perfect place to spend your staycation, visiting a different home country of a Buffalo immigrant population each day. From food sampling to craft making, games to performances, language activities, art projects, there’s so much to explore! See the world in a week, April 10-14! For more info, visit exploreandmore.org.
The school break is a great time to check out all the area museums. Visit the Buffalo Science Museum, the Buffalo History Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which has free admission on Friday, April 7.
April is chock full of holidays and ways to celebrate. Sunday, April 16 is Easter, and you can enjoy all kinds of fun Easter activities leading up to it. Visit the Broadway Market in Buffalo to get your butter lambs and chocolate bunnies, and be sure to stop by and say hi to the Easter Bunny himself.
On Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m., Easter eggs are on the loose again at the Collins Public Library. Children up to age 10 are invited to join in the great hunt to find all the lost eggs that have been misplaced at the library! Prizes and free basket raffle will also be available. For more information and to register please contact the library at 532-5129.
Allegany State Park’s second annual combined celebration of Arbor and Earth days, a family-friendly event, will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Red House Administration Building. With an interpretive hike planned and many other fun activities in the works, we are looking forward to a day of celebrating two things we cannot live without! As the event approaches, be sure to check out www.facebook.com/AlleganyStatePark or contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 for more information.
On Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grevepode Gallery presents the Earth Day Artisan Festival at Granny’s Boot Antiques and Grevepode Gallery, 10761 Miller Road in Springville.
April is full of other unique events as well.
Check out Springtime in the Country at the Hamburg Fairgrounds March 31- April 2. Ranked as one of the top 25 events in the nation, Springtime in the Country will feature products including garden art, metal works, women’s fashion, wall art, custom furniture, designer jewelry, home décor, spa and beauty products, gourmet foods, toys, pottery and more. For more info, visit www.the-fairgrounds.com.
Enjoy great food for a great cause at the Taste of the Southtowns on Sunday April 23 at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. Seven restaurants will be serving up some of their specialties including prime rib, salmon, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, been on weck, pulled pork, tacos, soups, peanut butter pie, apple pie, brownies and more, with food items costing $1 to $4. There will also be a Silent Auction, 50 basket Chinese Auction and two live bands, The Rustic Ramblers and Wagner & Winston. Get a massage from Eric Davis for $1 per minute. All proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, a 501c3 organization and the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the US with over 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans and over 70 different species. For more info, visit www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com.
April 29-30 is Franklinville’s 2017 WNY Maple Festival. Stop by to taste that mouth watering, freshly made maple syrup and learn the process of making it. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, demonstrations, a craft show, a petting zoo, antique gas and engine show, kids rides, a craft show, a parade, a library book sale, plowing demos, live entertainment, helicopter rides and the Miner’s Cabin will be open.
April is many things—warm, cold, wet, dry, snowy, sunny, but most of all—fun! Get out and have some fun this month!