Arts, Culture & History
Learn by doing! Join in an Amish Folk Art Class, with history of American and Amish quilting. Presented by the Leon Historical Society and Museum, you can make a traditional pattern quilt block with Amish and English instructors. In April's class, you will learn how to make a Log Cabin Wall Hanging and learn the significance of the different colors.
Join the Easter Bunny on an approximate 2 1/2 hour scenic train ride through the hills of Gowanda to South Dayton on Saturday, April 20. Departure is either at 10am or 2pm. Each child will receive a "Leggacy" keepsake and there will be a Jelly Bean contest on board.
The coming of Easter means the end of Lent. Polish tradition celebrates the day after Easter as well, called "Dyngus Day". Dyngus Day celebration is held by the Pulaski Club of Olean, located at 1104 N.
The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is presenting a Spring Lecture Series, beginning March 7th and continuing through May, with a series of informative, pertinent and timely range of topics. These events are free and open to the public. Each lecture will start at 6pm and generally continue for an hour to an hour and a half. The list of presenters for this year include Alyssa M
Olean Community Theatre presents "The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less". The Gods walk the Red Carpet. The Creation of Mankind is a botched subcontractors job. Man and Pandora try settling down despite an ominous wedding gift.
Stop by to taste that mouth watering, freshly made maple syrup and learn the process of making it! Experience two days of maple bliss in Franklinville NY with all day long festivities
Earth Day…Arbor Day… Two events that celebrate two things we couldn’t live without! This year the Environmental Education Department of Allegany State Park combines both these events into one celebration!
Hosted by Granny's Boot Antiques, home of the Grevpode Gallery, the first of the Country Gathering Festivals will take place Saturday, April 27th. Stroll the outdoor artisan vendors that will be selling unique hand made products as well as a few market place vendors with produce and home made goods. Then peruse the antiques, walk through the art maze, t
Stretch your muscles as you follow a path over, under and even through rocks that tower as high as 80 feet! You'll first enjoy the mighty sweep of the mountaintop view of 1000 square miles of Enchanted Mountains from "Signal Rock", once a long range signaling point for Indians.
The warm weather is here and now it's time to enjoy the feel of the sun on the large steel sculptures at one of Cattaraugus County's most favorite parks....Griffis Sculpture Park! The park features over 250 large scale sculptures dispersed through miles of hiking trails.
Olean Theatre Workshop presents "The Crucible". The action begins in the home of Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty lies unconscious and appears very ill.
Good cards for a good cause with a euchre tournament on Friday May 3rd! Raymour & Flanigan. the furniture and mattress establishment (7th & West State St., Olean) is sponsoring a Euchre Tournament for the benefit of the African American Center for Cultural Development (AACCD). Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the store's showroom. Fun for all!
Friends of Good Music and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in St. Bonaventure University presents the Manhattan Piano Trio.
Learn by doing! Join in an Amish Folk Art Class, with history of American and Amish quilting. Presented by the Leon Historical Society and Museum, you can make a traditional pattern quilt block with Amish and English instructors. In May's class, you will learn how to make a Trapunto Pillow, choosing from various designs.
There will be a Spring Psychic Fair at the Fannie Bartlett House on May 4th from noon until 5pm. Readers includ Donya, MaryBeth, Michael, Dorette, D-Dee, and Heidi. Pre-paid scheduled appointments are available at $30 for a 20 minute reading. There are still openings, please call 716-376-5642 to schedule or PM the Read more
The Symphony is happy to announce the dates for our upcoming season! More details on each series will be listed soon. Don't forget to put us on your calendar! Season 16 is titled "Wonder" and each series will bring a sense of that to the audience.
Series 3: Beethoven and Brahms, will be held on May 4th, at 7:30pm at the Olean High School.
Join artist Samila Sosic for the paint nights of 2019! This one will be held at Four Mile Brewing in Olean. Scene you will be painting will be announced soon. She will take you from your first dip of the brush to the finishing touches in creating your very own masterpiece. Bring a group of friends
Celebrate Mothers at the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center all day on Mother's Day. The Seneca are a matrilineal society so taking Mom to see the new Cultural Center is the perfect way to celebrate her. There will be a special tour of influential women in Iroquois history.
Hinsdale House Restoration Project Present this Exclusive 4 hour Ghost tour on Sunday May 12th 2019. Your experience will include a tour of the Grounds along with the historic building. You will get history and Stories from your guide Amy Perry Lane, as well as use of some ghost hunting equipment to see if we can connect with the other side.
Join in for Tufting Class with Samantha Jacobs at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. Classes start on May 16th and will run for four weeks (until June 6th). Classes run from 5:30-7:30pm and the cost is $200 with all materials included.
The Ray Evans Seneca Theater and the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association's presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this May! An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons.
What is Routes to Art? Routes to Art, on the weekend of May 18-19, 2019, is a self-guided open studio tour which takes place in artist studios in Cattaraugus County.
Join in for Bow and Arrow Class with Billy Abrams at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. Classes start on May 18th and will run for six weeks. Classes run from 10am until 1pm and the cost is $500 with all materials included.
The Southern Tier will be ready to dance when Billy Ray Cyrus performs at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on Saturday, May 18th at 7pm.
Ischua Valley Historical Society will host a Victorian Tea on Sunday May 20th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Miner’s Cabin on 9 Pine Street in Franklinville, New York. The cost is $20 and since seating is limited, reservations and payment are due by May 10th. Please call (716) 353-2355 for reserv
Experience a special day of Amish life in the country, with this auction full of Amish made furniture, tables, chairs, rockers, clocks, quilts, rugs, wall hangings, many handmade items, animals, outdoor items, farm equipment, gift certificates and much more!
Enjoy the City of Olean's Concert In The Park Summer Series, FREE to the public, at the Lincoln Park Gazebo.
"The Happening" - a motorcycle and live music weekend! Gowanda's largest party weekend of the year continues to happen! Save the dates - May 31, 2019 - June 2, 2019.
Join the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum for a day of Seneca Heritage! Celebrate the rich heritage of the Seneca-Iroquois people, there will be artists and craftors demonstrating and selling their work, an Atlatl competition, Traditional Foods contest, Storytelling, Traditional Dancing, local groups fundraisers, and Robert Griffing displaying his Artwor
Enjoy a good old-fashioned church festival at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, NY! Three big days of Faith + Family + Fun! We’ve been doing it for 48 years and can’t stop! Come enjoy the drive to the scenic Enchanted Mountain region where food, games, music and fun await you!
Join Para Expeditions for this overnight ghost hunt at the haunted Hinsdale House.
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues in 2019 with the start on June 13th! Jim Kimball, lecturer of music at SUNY Geneseo and director of the Geneseo String Band, will present of Fiddle Tunes of New York State.
Enjoy films from local filmmakers and vote for your favorite at the 1st Annual Gowanda Film Festival! This two day event will showcase the entries of short films from local talent, being shown on the big screen at the Historic Hollywood Theater!
Celebrate current and past Seneca Nation Presidents at the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center all day on Seneca Nation of Indians President's
Being held at Weeden Park in 2019, Randolph’s 76th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place rain or shine on Saturday, June 15th! The day is filled with entertainment, food and shopping! Over 60 vendors will be participating! Selling hand made arts and crafts!
Some featured events are:
Dive into the many museums scattered throughout Cattaraugus County on June 15th, 2019 – “Cattaraugus County Museum Day” to uncover exhibits that display our towns and villages Historic paths through time. Learn local history and the ongoing stories of your community, the landscapes surrounding you, and the United States as a whole. Feel the connection as you find your own
Come join the fun in the sun for this two day event. Saturday afternoon join Adventure Bound onthefly at Spruce Lake run for SUP and kayak paddling, music, food and fun. On Sunday morning come to our demo/paddle center 1 mile from the village of Ellicottville where we will have SUP's and Kayak's on hand for demo along with paddle clinics, seminars, SUP yoga and kids events.
Your Paranormal Investigation guides Spiritual Medium Peggy Gypsy and Within These Walls Ghost Hunter Lynn Czekaj will take you into every knook and cranny where the Spirits most like to hide and where the Paranormal Activity is High.
Join in for a traditional pottery workshop on June 25th, 26th, and 27th from 5:30pm - 8pm with world renowned Traditional Pottery Artist Pete Jones. The event will be held at the new Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center.
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues on June 27th! The Bent Brass Ensemble will be playing Music of the WWI Era.
All Summer at the Stone House events are free and open to the public. They start at 7pm and typically last an hour.
Brian J Cano, Dan Klaes and "Coyote" Chris Sutton, are returning to the Hinsdale House!
With number one hits like “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Beachin’” and multiple American Country Music Award nominations, Jake Owen is a country music superstar. You won’t want to miss his June performance at the Seneca Allegany outdoor show!
Peter Frampton is a Rock & Roll legend – pure and simple.
Grab your lawn chairs and head to Allegany State Park’s Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation’s independence! The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. on July 3rd with a chicken barbecue (until sold out). Later on, listen to live music, enjoy vendors and spend time at the beach!
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Don Felder “Formerly of The Eagles” at this years Summer Music Festival followed by the Buffalo Philharmonic on Sunday Evening with an exciting fireworks display!!!
The Ischua Valley Historical Society is offering a Unique Field Trip!
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues on July 11th! Dr. Anthony Evans, Director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau, will be presenting on a topic to be announced. Please check back for more information.
Olean Community Theatre presents "Titanic, the Musical". In a stunning chamber musical as massive as the ocean liner that shares its name, Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical, Titanic, tells the stories of the people on board the legendary steamer and the men who got them there.
Enjoy a golf tournament on the beautiful Double Black Diamond Golf Course at Holiday Valley for a good time and to show your support for Griffis Sculpture Park and the Essex Arts Center! Registration will take place the day of the event and starts at 9am.
Picture the scene: a beautiful summer evening in Allegany State Park, great live music -and you are
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues on July 25th! David Ruch, musician and performer, will be presenting on the Music of Buffalo's Waterfront. He is known for using music to teach core curriculum and inspire young leaners.
A Jazz and Blues Weekend in Ellicottville is a boutique experience. Wander through the village and choose from a variety of Jazz and Blues performance areas ranging from restaurants, bars & nightclubs and street-side July 26-28, 2019. Ellicottville has the shops and all the facilities you’d expect in an international class resort, the village is self-contai
Onofest 2019 welcomes back hometown favorites The Hootz! Fun in the sun with live music, food/craft vendors, RVs and Boats on display, exhibits, activities and fireworks! It costs only $10 a car load- so bring a big vehicle and pack friends and family in!
On Saturday July 27st from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm, come out and bring your four-legged furry friends to the Red House Picnic Area at Allegany State Park for the Second annual Dog Days of Summer event!
The 3rd annual Southern Tier Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert will be held Saturday, July 27th this year at the Allegany Fireman's Park. All money raised (100% NET) at this event will be donated to Wounded Warriors and Homeless Veterans. Live music on stage throughout the day Featuring Montgomery Gentry!
If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love. The Taste of Olean will be held on July 28th. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 70th Annual Art in the Park and the 29th Annual Taste of Olean.
Celebrate the one year anniversary of the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center opening on August 4th from 10am-5pm.
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues on August 8th! Linda Hunter, quilting instructor, lecturer, consultant, and appraiser, will be giving a presentation on Quilts: Past & Present.
Celebrate a day of creativity at the annual Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival! Enjoy the sculptures, listen to music, watch the performances and chow down on some good food!
Check back as the event gets closer to find out what bands will be performing!
Pawtographs for Pooches comes to the Hinsdale House along with special guests! Special guests include Pawtographs founder, Tim Maile, Tim Woolworth, John Cassidy, Tim Shaw, and Dan Klaes. Tim Maile created Pawtographs for Pooches as a way to give back to animal shelters after adopting his dog, Murray in 2006.
The Summer at the Stone House event series continues on August 22nd! Allen Hopkins, musician, will be presenting Cowboy Songs. He plays American traditional, Celtic instrumental, a bit of Yiddish, blues, bluegrass, old timey, and contemporary.
Learn by doing! Join in an Amish Folk Art Class, with history of American and Amish quilting. Presented by the Leon Historical Society and Museum, you can make a traditional pattern quilt block with Amish and English instructors. In September's class, you will learn how to make and quilt the Ohio Star in a Mug-Rug set.
Don't miss this fun-filled Rock N Roll Weekend, presented by Northtown Auto, that kicks off Friday, September, 13th 2019 in the evening with a ton of live entertainment in all of
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Learn by doing! Join in an Amish Folk Art Class, with history of American and Amish quilting. Presented by the Leon Historical Society and Museum, you can make a traditional pattern quilt block with Amish and English instructors. In October's class, you will learn how to make and quilt a 9 Patch Tote Bag, or Dresden Wreath.
Olean Community Theatre presents "Driving Miss Daisy". The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son that she must rely on the services of a chauffeur.
Join in for an evening of scary stories and local folklore at the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center. The event is open to the public and will include scary stories, local folklore, and craft activities for the kids.
Join us for Spooktacular Family Fun Day at the Museum, in its new location, the Cultural Center! Activities include Kid's Crafts, Food & Craft Vendors & the Annual Scary Stories in the Museum! This event is open to the public.
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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There are approximately 1,380 residents in Leon with the Amish Community comprising about 76% of that number. The Old Order Amish settled in Leon in 1949. They do not believe in the modern conveniences. They have no electricity in their homes + travel by horse and buggy.
If you are looking for someplace interesting to go, try the Leon area. It is right in the heart of Amish Country.