Cattaraugus County TOP PICKS

Saturday, Sept. 12th
Pfeiffer Nature Center
1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770
Soak in a myriad of sights and sounds as you are drawn to nature.  Helen Worth is back by popular demand by last year’s participants to continue her excellent showcase of watercolor painting techniques.  Whether your “eye for art” is new or experienced, this engaging workshop will inspire.
This workshop is for adults only.  Please bring along a camera/phone and a comfortable, lightweight chair to better capture your subject in the field or woods. Space is limited; reservations required. Program fee: $15 per participant.  Add an additional $8 if you would like to purchase a boxed lunch.  Please register by Sept. 8.
Saturday, Sept. 12th
War Vets Park
551 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760
This September, take a trip over to Olean to be “swined,” wined and rocked all day long for a good cause.  The United Way of Cattaraugus County and event sponsor, Five Star Bank, will host the fourth annual Swine, Wine & Music Festival, featuring a BBQ rib cook-off with teams competing for the title of “Best Ribs in the Southern Tier.”  Wash down your share of ribs with home brewed goodness – a beer and wine contest will also take place at the event.  And of course, live music will keep the vibe alive.  Bring the family and indulge in a day of fundraising deliciousness!
Sunday, Sept. 20th
Premier Banquet Center
200 Constitution Avenue, Olean, NY 14760
Get out your lederhosen and dirndls!  This day is set aside to enjoy everything German!  You’ll find German-American food and delicious desserts, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, German photo booth, kid’s corner with Bubble Mania and Kenson the Juggler, awesome basket raffles, 50/50s, pull tabs, the Bills/Patriots game on two huge screens and live German music by the Frankfurters.  Admission is $25 per person which includes a German or American Dinner plate. Children under 18 are FREE with accompanied adult (kids meal extra). Admission also includes entry into the door prize drawing of $1,000 / $500 and a Cutco Galley Set.  Tickets are available at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce office, Paul Brown, Chuckwagon, Prizel’s Pharmacy, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. For more information, please contact St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 716-372-5628.
Sept. 26th & 27th
At participating alpaca farms throughout the area
Alpaca farmers all across North America are opening their gates to the public during National Alpaca Farm Days.  This annual weekend of “everything alpaca” invites you to get up close and personal with the gentle giants.  Feel alpaca fleece, tour the farms, experience live demonstrations, learn about raising and breeding alpacas, shop for alpaca products, and enjoy a fun day with your family!
Two farms in Cattaraugus County that invite visitors to come explore include Mager Mountain Alpacas and their So Soft Gift Shop, 69 Mountain View Drive, Little Valley, NY (716-938-9077), and A Slice of Heaven Alpacas and their Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop, 11144 Pope Road, Randolph, NY (716-358-5242 or 716-499-0494).  Each farm boasts a large selection of alpaca products to cover you from head to toe, as well as a vast knowledge of alpaca farming that their owners are eager to share with you.
Can’t make it out during National Alpaca Farm Days?  Both farms listed here are open on a regular basis – look for their ads in this edition of The Autumn Local for days/times.  For other participating alpaca farms in Cattaraugus County, check out the website listed above.
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