Family Entertainment

Family Entertainment

Family Entertainment Events

Salamanca's Silver Bells Festival

silver bells slogo
Sat, 11/21/2015 - 11:19am - Sat, 12/19/2015 - 11:19am

The Seneca Salamanca Chamber and the Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation are here to help usher all into the Christmas season. Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Craft Show at the Allegany Community Center on November 21st from 10 am to 3 pm. On December 4th at 6 PM, Santa and Mrs.

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Movies at the Ray Evans Theatre

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Come to the Ray Evans Theater for 2 FREE movies sponsored by the Weast Insurance Agency!  Free popcorn and water will be given out to kidsat the 2:00pm showing, courtesy of Salamanca's Kiwanis Club.  If you bring a non-perishable food item donation to either showing, you will receive a thank you gift from Weast Insurance Agency, while supplies last.

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Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Paint Class at the Inkwell

Santa Painting
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:49pm

Come paint Santa! This all new class is for ages 6 - 96 for a fun night out with Moms or Dads. Or bring the family! The best part of this creative experience with your child is making paintings that go together, along with fun memories. This class will include all supplies, 11x14 canvases, aprons, instructions, even a pizza break to let things dry!

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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Woods at Bear Creek

Thanksgiving Poster
Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

No time to cook this Thanksgiving or having too many family members for one house?  Let the Woods at Bear Creek treat you and your family this Thanksgiving with their special Dinner.  This is served Family style and includes Turkey, mashed potato, homemade stuffing, yams, corn pan gravy, cranberry sauce, garden salad, rolls with butter and a slice of pumpkin pie!  Yummy!

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Christmas in Ellicottville 2015

folks shopping on a snowy day
Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:00am - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 7:00pm

Who needs all the hustle and bustle and stress of spending Black Friday at the Mall when the whole family can enjoy Christmas in Ellicottville.

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GOACC's Santa Claus Lane Parade 2015

Santa Clause at 2014 parade!
Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE WILL BE A PARADE!  This is the festive Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving and the traditional kick-off to the holiday season.  Santa will be in attendance and light up thousands of lights in Lincoln Park and downtown Olean when he parades through town in celebration.  Despite the recent construction

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Christmas in Allegany

Poster for the Event
Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

On the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 PM Allegany celebrates a "Christmas in Allegany". The event is held at the Santa House located next to the Village of Allegany Municipal Building at 106 East Main Street, Allegany, NY. Santa, Mrs.

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Visit With Santa At His Cottage in Olean

Santa Claus
Wed, 12/02/2015 - 6:00pm - Wed, 12/09/2015 - 8:00pm

Santa Claus will be back in the Town of Olean at his cottage in Lincoln Park.  Despite being so busy this time of year, Santa will available for kids to visit with on December 2nd and December 9th from 6-8pm thanks to the GOACC, City of Olean, Home Depot, and Duggan and Duggan Contractors. 

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Visit Santa at his House in Allegany

Santa's House
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:00pm - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:00pm

Santa will be making four stops to his house in Allegany to visit with kids from around the area!

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Christmas in Gowanda 2015

Christmas in Gowanda
Fri, 12/04/2015 - 4:00pm - Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:00pm

Gowanda is a a beautifully quaint community nestled among the hills surrounding Cattaraugus Creek and is coming together for a Christmas Celebration with movies at the Hollywood Theater, Santa and his reindeer, a parade and Princess Elsa!

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Ellicottville's 2015 Christmas Stroll

Living Nativity
Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:00am - 7:00pm

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Living Nativity, complete with a camel, all in the Village. The Ellicottville  A Christmas Stroll was created in 1987 by a group of citizens who wanted to organize such an event in the village.

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SBU Theater director to perform ‘Christmas Carol’ to benefit Warming House

Ed Simone
Sat, 12/05/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Dr. Ed. Simone, director of the theater program at St. Bonaventure University, will offer his unique take on a holiday classic next month in a performance to benefit the Warming House, the nation’s oldest student-run soup kitchen.

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Swan Street Florist presents their Christmas Spectacular

Santa Claus
Sun, 12/06/2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Teach your children the meaning of the season, by bringing non-perishable food items for the local food pantry and enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, a horse drawn wagon ride (11am-2pm) and refreshments.  The gift shop will be open so spend some time browsing for those unique holiday gifts.

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Mission to Mars- buy now to receive NASA patch before Christmas!

Poster for the event
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 12:00am - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 2:00pm

Need a Christmas gift that is OUT OF THIS WORLD?  How about a mission to Mars with the Dresser Rand Challenger Learning Center!  There is an upcoming Simulated Mission to Halley's Comet for adults and teens (8th grade and up) on Sunday, January 31, 2016.  As an "astronaut" aboard the Mission, you will use smarts, wits and teamwork to successfully navigate through space challenges

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Olean Theater Workshop presents Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 7:30pm - Sun, 12/13/2015 - 9:30pm

  Be sure and mark your calendar for the musical that will put you in the holiday mood - NUNCRACKERS : THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL. This is the 3rd time that the good sisters have graced the stage of the Workshop and the musical is being presented Thursday, December 10 through Sunday, December 13.

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Christmas Train Rides in Gowanda

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

The New York and Lake Erie Railroad will be hosting Train Rides in Gowanda for one day only on December 12th, 2015!  Times and Ticket information to be announced at the "Christmas in Gowanda" facebook page soon!

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Reindeer Day at the Salamanca Historical Society Museum

Poster for the event
Sat, 12/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Reindeer Day is here!  Kids can visit Dancer, in person, as well as Santa!  Santa and Dancer will be greeting guests outside the doors of the museum.  Adults can have some fun at the basket raffle and bake sale.  Baskets will be all sizes and shapes, filled with a variety of items.  Tickets are just $1 a piece or the price goes down the more tickets you buy!  The m

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Christmas Carol Dinner Theatre

Christmas Carol
Sat, 12/19/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Who doesn’t love attending a Theatrical performance of “A Christmas Carol” during the holidays?  Well, this hilarious twist on the Dickens’ classic begins with two of the show’s understudies returning from vacation only to find that the ENTIRE cast has contracted the flu and will not be able to perform this evening’s show!  After some clever script revision, the two actors decide

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Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show 2016

last years show
Sat, 01/23/2016 - 10:00am - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the 7th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show will be held January 23rd & 24th, 2016 at Good Times of Olean.

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Mission to Mars with the Challenger Learning Center

Poster for the event
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Join in a mission to Mars with the Dresser Rand Challenger Learning Center!  This is a Simulated Mission to Halley's Comet for adults and teens (8th grade and up) on Sunday, January 31, 2016.  As an "astronaut" aboard the Mission, you will use smarts, wits and teamwork to successfully navigate through space challenges to study Halley's Comet. 

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Olean Theater Workshop presents Driving Miss Daisy

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:30pm - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 9:30pm


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Holiday Valley's 2016 Penguin Paddle

Penguin Paddle
Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

The Penguin Paddle is a fundraiser where participants slide down the slope on their belly "penguin style" in a stylish garbage bag.

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Holiday Valley's Winter Carnival & Mardi Gras 2016

snow sculptures are part of the fun!
Sat, 03/12/2016 - 11:00am - Sun, 03/13/2016 - 12:00am

It's hard to believe that Holiday Valley can be even more fun, but wait 'til you come to Winter Carnival 2016!  Events take place on March 12 and 13 throughout the resort and in the Village of Ellicottville.

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Rock City Park Hosts 2016 Arts & Crafts Show

Vendor outside at show
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 10:00am - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 5:00pm

 Located at 505 Route 16 South in Olean, New York, Rock City Park is home to one of the largest natural displays of quartz conglomerate in the world and attracts thousands of global visitors each year. 

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58th Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2016

Pond Study
Fri, 06/03/2016 - 10:00am - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 2:00pm

Where nature enthusiasts have gathered since 1959.

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S.T.A.R.S. 39th Annual Rally and Airshow 2016

Picture of 3 radio controlled planes from
Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:00am - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 3:00pm

See hundreds of radio controlled aircraft fly through the skies at the Olean Airport on July 9-10, 2016.

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Portville Heritage Day 2016

activities at Portville Heritage Day
Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Car Show, food, games, raffles, chicken BBQ and family fun!  Visit the Pfeiffer Nature Center's booth to discover what upcoming nature adventures are in store for you. Heritage Day is sure to be “Good old fashioned fun for everyone”. The location is downtown Portville.

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2016 Taste of Olean/Art in the Park

Art in the Park
Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love on July 24th. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 67th Annual Art in the Park and the 26th Annual Taste of Olean.

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2016 Cattaraugus County Fair

Ride the ferris wheel
Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:00am - Sun, 08/07/2016 - 11:00pm

Come to Summer's Tradition for the last 174 years at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley!  View the animal barns and shows, ride the rides, tour the booths and games, or enjoy the day and night entertainment like the demos! 

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Taste of Ellicottville 2016

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:00pm - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:00pm

A "Taste Sensation" is enjoyed by all as Ellicottville's fine restaurants set up on the streets "cafe style" for your sampling pleasure. 

Noon to 4pm each day.

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Ellicottville's 2016 Rock 'N Roll Weekend

Part of the Rock n Roll Festival
Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:00am - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:00pm

Dust off the blue suede shoes, get out the poodle skirts and get ready for a weekend of Rock N' Roll in Ellicottville.

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Ellicottville's 2016 Fall Festival

Ellicottville's Fall Festival
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/09/2016 - 5:00pm

It's Ellicottville's oldest and largest Festival when the foliage of the surrounding hills is ablaze with color. Tens of thousands of festival goers make for a lively weekend of unique foods, crafts and much more.

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Rock City Park's 2016 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

2010 Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:00am - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:00pm

Columbus Day Weekend!  October 8 - 10.  Show Hours:  10am - 5pm.

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from around the world at the 9th annual Rock City Park Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show during Columbus Day Weekend.

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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