By Alicia Dziak
August is a month full of summertime activities, special events and long days of fun. Whether you like an action-packed day of outdoor adventure, a relaxing evening of live music and tasty desserts or a competitive day on the golf course, Springville has got you covered this August!
If you like live music, you’re in luck! Right here in Springville, the Thursday concert series is underway. Concerts are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fiddlers Green Park gazebo in downtown Springville. Shows are free and open to the public. In case of rain, concerts are held in the town hall at 86 Franklin St. Check out these upcoming shows in August:
Aug. 9: One Song (vintage country)
Aug. 16: The Pyramid Band (big band)
Aug. 23: Low Blue Flame (rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues)
Aug. 30: Western New Yorkers (country music)
On Sunday, Aug. 19, celebrate a day of creativity at the sixth annual Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival from 2 to 7 p.m.
Headlining the festival is the Americana/folk band, Driftwood from Binghamton. Their live performances are making them regional favorites in Western New York and beyond. Driftwood has been described as “a band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind.”
Additional performers are: The Probables (roots rock from former Big Leg Emma members), Sly Boots Circus (African drum and dance group), Kaleidoscope Sky (reggae and rock) and poet Autumn Echo.
Music isn’t all that will be featured at this annual festival. Ten local vendors will be selling their creations and there will be a screen printing activity and three food trucks featuring crepes to barbecue.
The festival is a fundraiser for the park to raise money for a restroom building at the park. Admission will be $20 advance, $25 day of show for adults, and those 12 and under get in free. Gates open at noon. Tickets can be purchased online by searching for the event at eventbrite.com.
As always, the Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) offers workshops, performances and much more this August.
SCA and S.L.A.M. (Students Loving Art and Music) present the musical Pippin, performing now through Aug. 4. (S.L.A.M. is the summer theater workshop for area students entering high school or college.) This show won “Best Musical Revival” at the 2013 Tony Awards. It was written by Bob Fosse and Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
The young prince Pippin, who is heir to the Frankish throne, finds himself in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
Visit www.springvillearts.org for showtimes and ticket info.
SYI’s Spray Park on Franklin St. is the perfect place for the little ones to cool off on hot days. The park is open every day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the best part? It’s free!
The SYI outdoor pool on South Buffalo St. is open daily from 1 to 8 p.m.
Of course, anyone who lives in Springville knows another great spot to cool off is the creek at Sprague Brook Park. While you’re there, you can also enjoy the hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and open spaces for lots of fun lawn games. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it, or reserve your spot at the campgrounds to extend your stay. Call (716) 858-8355 for reservations.
Open daily throughout the summer, head to Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park.
Sky High is made up of three components: the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
The Aerial Park, the largest of its kind in New York state and third largest in the U.S., combines a series of platforms and bridges built in a four-acre section of the woods near the resort’s Tannenbaum Lodge. The Aerial Park includes 142 platforms, 170 elements and 43 ziplines, with the tallest platform at 68 feet and the longest zip line measuring 350 feet. For rates and to make reservations, visit holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high-adventure-park/.
Those ages five and up can enjoy the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and only one of three in the country. There are 10 trees outfitted with color-coded climbing holds and the difficulty ranges from very easy (yellow) to very challenging (purple). Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground.
There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about six feet up and climb back down.
For rate info, visit holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high-adventure-park/climbing- forest/.
The Mountain Coaster takes riders up the hill in their own car and lets them control their own speed on the way back down.
Or cool off this summer at Holiday Valley’s three-pool complex, open daily through Labor Day. Splash into a kiddie pool, a lap pool and an activity pool, featuring a diving board and slide, play a variety of poolside games, like giant Jenga or Cornhole, or grab a frozen drink from the Cabana Bar.
Enjoy a summer weekend on the lake by hiking up to Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake on summer weekends (weather permitting, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and enjoy standup paddleboarding, kayaking, SUP Yoga/Fitness or fly fishing with Adventure Bound on the Fly. Rent the equipment right there and plan for a fun day on the water. For more info, visit holidayvalley.com.
Summer will be gone before you know it, so make sure to pack in as much as possible before the days get shorter and cooler!