Spend some fun in the sun at Allegany State Park at the 9th annual Beach Party Aug. 18! The day kicks off at 3 p.m. at the Quaker Beach area with a Seneca-Salamanca Chamber of Commerce-sponsored showcase featuring local vendors and organizations. Come check out the many great things that are available in the local community. The chicken barbecue will begin at 4 p.m. (until sold out) hosted by J-Con Concessions. While there, make sure you hit the beach!
At 4:30 p.m., Keith James gets the music going. Keith is an accomplished pop singer/songwriter from Buffalo, New York. His soulful vocals and infectious stage presence have brought him success not only on the local stage, but the national one as well. One of Keith’s most notable feats was appearing on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice”. Since then he’s gone on to do special events for the Buffalo Sabres, Bills, and many others in local and regional venues. Keith will be followed by park Artist in Residence Sean Patrick McGraw at 6 p.m. Sean is a singer and songwriter who gained national recognition in 2004 as a semi-finalist on USA Network’s Nashville Star. Since then, Sean has continued to perform as well as write songs that have been licensed by ESPN, recorded by major country artist Montgomery Gentry, as well as others that have been placed on TV programs such as HBO’s True Blood and Sons on Anarchy.
At 7:30 p.m., headliner Kevin McCarthy takes the stage. Kevin is a singer and songwriter and has been living his dream career as a professional musician for over 16 years. Kevin has played in the band “Hollywood” and then co-founded McCarthyizm with his brother, which quickly became one of the top bands in Western New York. About 10 years later, Kevin began his solo career, playing throughout Western New York and Canada. He was twice voted top solo artist and was inducted in to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He is an active songwriter and has released numerous CDs with McCarthyizm and won high praise with his first solo CD “High on You.”
This family-friendly event will also feature activities for all ages. Park Naturalists will man an “Ask the Naturalist” table. So bring your nature-related questions and check out some cool interactive displays. There will be craft activities for the kids, and who knows? We might even break out the Limbo stick! But the night’s not over. The Quaker Beach will be open to swimming from 11 a.m. through 6:45 p.m. and the snack bar will be open from 11 a.m. through the start of the fireworks.
Be sure to stick around as we end the evening with a beautiful fireworks display over the waters of Quaker Lake –definitely a sight not to be missed! The launch site for the fireworks has been relocated to a field just off ASP 3 at the midpoint of the lake between the Quaker toll booth and the intersection of ASP 3 and Cain Hollow. This change is required to be in compliance with Federal regulations restricting the distance fireworks can be launched from the newly established eagle’s nest in the area. The best vantage points are at both ends of the lake, a couple of areas on each side of the lake, as well as the Quaker Beach down near the sand area. Patrons planning to view the fireworks at the beach should plan to arrive early as the parking lot has limited capacity and will be closed once it is full.
Be sure to check the Allegany State Park Facebook page for a map of the best viewing sites. For more information contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716)354-9101 ext. 236 or check out the Allegany State Park Facebook page.