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Fall Nature Photography at Allegany State Park

Nature Photography at Allegany State Park
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Allegany State Park is a beautiful place to enjoy fall foliage. Want to learn how to capture the colors and scenery? Join Park Naturalist, Tom LeBlanc, for an in-depth talk on Nature Photography.  We will go for a short hike to find objects to photograph. This program will meet at the Summit Warming Hut from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on October 16, 2019.

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Night Lights Extended at Griffis Sculpture Park

Night Lights 2019 at Griffis Sculpture Park
Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:30pm - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 9:30pm

Night Lights extended!  Come see the lights one more time on Friday and Saturday night!

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4th Annual HoliCross Cyclocross Race at Holimont

HOLICX Four poster
Sat, 10/19/2019 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Bicycle riders love the fall. The colorful landscape, the cool crisp air and smell of nature….Ahhhhh. Now add a zig zag course, with a splash of mud.

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3rd Saturday Treks at Allegany State Park

3rd Saturday October 2019 Hike in Allegany State Park
Sat, 10/19/2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Get out of the house and come join in the fun as Allegany State Park continues its series of hikes called “Third Saturday Treks.” As the name implies, these free, family-friendly hikes take place on the third Saturday of each month from April to October.

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By the Fireside Series at Allegany State Park

Dave Stayner performing
Sat, 10/19/2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Music by the Fireside takes place on third Saturday of each month in the Red House Administration Building lobby from 7:00-8:30 PM from October to March.  It is a free event. For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or check out the Allegany State Park Facebook page.

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Mysteries of the Night at Pfeiffer's Eshelman Property

Sunset at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Fri, 10/25/2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a star lit stroll around the Eshelman property as we listen for our night time neighbors and learn about their nocturnal habits and habitats.  Following the walk, we will have a spooktacular camp fire with s’mores and ghost stories being shared by master story teller Jim Piatt.

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October StrOlean

Strolean October 2019
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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Spooky Family Fun Bike Ride at Allegany State Park

Fat Bike Spooky Ride at Allegany State Park
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

With Halloween and Fat bike season right around the corner, the Environmental Education and Recreation Department wanted to put a twist on the traditional Halloween party. On Saturday, October 26th, kids of all ages will have the opportunity to dress up their bikes or wear a bike safe costume at this family fun event.

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Granny's Boot Antiques Holiday Open House

front entryway photo by John Hartig Photography
Sat, 11/02/2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Are you looking for a good time that the whole family can enjoy? Do you want to be in a beautiful setting, with music, food and fun?

We have just the place for you!  Where: Situated on almost 4 acres in a rustic rural setting but minutes from major roadways, you will find all that and more at 10761 Miller Road (Old 219) Springville between Henrietta and Peters Rd.  

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The Amazing Life of Spiders at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Spider on its web at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 11/16/2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Join wildlife enthusiast, Barb Busack as she takes us along on a journey to learn about the fascinating life of spiders.  Barb will share with us the adaptations that spiders have developed to be successful in the world. The goal of the program is to provide us humans an opportunity to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for these much maligned animals. 

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Randolph's Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Randolph's Holiday Craft Show at the School 2019
Sat, 11/30/2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Looking for a great opportunity to pick up the perfect one of a kind gift for the holidays?  Randolph Central School is excited to announce the 8th annual RCS Arts and Crafts Show will take place at the High and Elementary School GYMS of Randolph Central School District.

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Randolph's Country Christmas 2019

2019 Randolph Country Christmas
Fri, 12/06/2019 - 7:00pm - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 5:00pm

Randolph’s Country Christmas Weekend is an annual event that takes place during the first full weekend of December. A weekend full of tradition and Christmas surprises. Stop into Randolph and enjoy the Festival of Trees; the "Light up the Night" Christmas Parade presented by EPAC; the Memory Tree Lighting; visit with Santa Claus, and so much more.

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"Christmas in the Park" at Allegany State Park

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm

The holidays are fast approaching and there's no better way to get into the spirit than by spending some time in Allegany State Park. Join the Environmental Education Department on Saturday,

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5th Annual New Year’s Day Hike For Your Health at Pfeiffer Nature Center

First Day Hike 2020 at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Wed, 01/01/2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am

“When snow falls, nature listens.” Antoinette Van Kleeff.  Looking for a great way to enjoy nature and the benefits of some outdoor exercise?  Then join us on our 5th annual winter’s day hike at Pfeiffer Nature Center!

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First Day Hike in Allegany State Park 2020

First Day Hike at Allegany State Park
Wed, 01/01/2020 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park for our Annual First Day Hike. Allegany’s First Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the cold air nipping at your nose. This First Day Hike will run from 10:00 a.m.

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Holiday Valley's Your Turn Women's Ski Clinic

Skiers at Holiday Valley
Thu, 01/30/2020 - 8:00am - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 4:00pm

Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring the 7th annual "Your Turn" women's clinic on Thursday and Friday, January 30 and 31, 2020 led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer and assisted by several of Holiday Valley's finest women instructors.

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Southern Tier Symphony's: Series II "Engage"

Southern Tier Symphony Logo
Sat, 02/01/2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Symphony is happy to announce the dates for their upcoming season! More details on each series will be listed soon. Don't forget to put them on your calendar!  Season 17 is titled "The Magic of Music" and each series will bring a sense of that to the audience. 

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Mountain Ski Fest at Holiday Valley 2020

Holiday Valley's Mountain Ski Fest 2019
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Mountain Ski Fest is a day full of skiing, snowboarding, activities and camaraderie for skiers or riders (age 21+) on Friday February 7th, 2020 from 8AM – 5:00PM. Ski Fest includes ski and snowboard demo equipment from local shops, recreational racing, breakfast, lunch and beer and wine and tastings.

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Holiday Valley's Telestock Day 2020

Holiday Valley Lodge at Night
Fri, 02/28/2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

A day of peace, love and telemark skiing at the Yodeler champagne Sundeck. Free tele demos. Brought to you by the City Garage, Dom’s Butcher Block, 22 designs, Scarpa, Telemark Skier, Free Heel Life, Fly Low. Special lift ticket rates for participants.

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Holiday Valley's 2020 Penguin Paddle

Holiday Valley's Penguin Paddle 2018
Sat, 02/29/2020 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

The Penguin Paddle is an annual fundraiser for Holiday Valley's Lounsbury Adaptive Program on Saturday, February 29, 2020. It is a day filled with wonderful auction items, delicious food and lots of laughs as people slip inside a garbage bag and slide on their bellies "penguin style" down the bottom of Yodeler slope. Here's a schedule of events...

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Holiday Valley's Spring Pond Skimming Party 2020

Holiday Valley's Pond Skimming
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

The zaniest of all spring events, Pond Skimming on March 28th challenges skiers and snowboarders to try to skim across an ice water filled pond at the bottom of Yodeler. Some will make it all the way across, but many end up getting very wet (and cold!). Prizes are awarded for the best skimmer, the best costume, the best kid and of course the most spectacular splash.

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2020 Greater Olean Area Home Show

Greater Olean Home Show 2019
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 5:00pm - Sun, 04/26/2020 - 4:00pm

The Greater Olean Home Show is where to go for the latest in products and services for your home! Each year, in one location, business experts gather with everything from kitchen and bath appliances to windows and siding.  Hundreds of homeowners will walk through the doors of William O.

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2020 Happy Half Marathon and 5k at Holiday Valley

Happy Half and 5k at Holiday Valley 2019
Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Organized by the same folks who brought you the fall EVL Halloween Half, the annual spring Happy Half is a serious race, but full of fun surprises along the way. The 13.1 mile route will start at Holiday Valley, take you through the rolling terrain of Great Valley and finish at Holiday Valley. There's also a 5K distance and 1 mile Beer Run.

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Southern Tier Symphony's: Series III "Amaze"

Southern Tier Symphony Logo
Sat, 05/09/2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Symphony is happy to announce the dates for their upcoming season! More details on each series will be listed soon. Don't forget to put them on your calendar!  Season 17 is titled "The Magic of Music" and each series will bring a sense of that to the audience. 

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Olean Area Sports, Recreation, & Fitness Expo

from 2016 show
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 10:00am - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 3:00pm

Whether coming off the big game season, enjoying winter sports, gearing up for spring fishing or looking to spend a fun day with family, everyone will enjoy the 11th annual Greater Olean Area Sports, Recreation, & Fitness Expo. It brings the whole idea of the great outdoors under one roof!

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June StrOlean

Strolean June 2020
Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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August StrOlean

Strolean August 2019
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 10:00am - 9:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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October StrOlean

Strolean October 2020
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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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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