ELLINGTON - The traditionally quaint and tranquil town of Ellington will soon become abuzz with activity beginning this weekend.
A number of events, many of them happening for the first time, are scheduled to be held in the Ellington town square over the coming months. According to Tamara Miles, deputy supervisor and councilwoman of Ellington, the activities available to area residents are meant to increase traffic through and awareness of the rural town.
"The goal is just to have more people come out to Ellington, and see this little town grow," Miles said. "Ellington is just such a quaint little town. It's a nice, quiet little place to come out and have a picnic over the summer."
Pictured is the town of Ellington’s new tree sculpture in the town square. The sculpture represents each of the four school districts served by Ellington through the depiction of their mascots, including: Randolph’s cardinal, Cassadaga Valley’s cougar, Pine Valley’s panther and Falconer’s falcon.
Ellington’s bandstand is situated in the heart of the town square, and will play host to several featured musical acts over the summer.
The activities kick off Saturday with a townwide lawn sale at the town square, with the next major event taking place the following Saturday, June 14, in the form of a car show and farm toy show around the park. Miles said the two shows are being sponsored by the Farman Free Library, and will operate in conjunction with one another from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"They'll be running simultaneously, and the town is going to have a table for kids' games; and the kids can plant some flowers and things like that," Miles said.
Another feature which is making its summer debut at the park is the newly dedicated tree sculpture, which represents each of the four school districts served by Ellington's 49-square-mile township with depictions of their respective mascots - a cardinal for Randolph, a cougar for Cassadaga Valley, a panther for Pine Valley and a falcon for Falconer.
What: Celoron Rib-Fest
When: Today, 3-10 p.m.; Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron
For More Info: 487-4175, or www.celoronribfest.com
What: Infinity PULSE Poetry Slam
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Cafe, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown
For More Info: 664-0991, or www.infinityperformingarts.org
What: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Screening
When: Today, 8 p.m.
Where: The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Cost: $5 per ticket
For More Info: 664-2465 main office, 484-7070 box office, or visit www.reglenna.com
What: The Resource Center Art Exhibit Opening Reception
When: Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Where: The Dykeman Young Gallery, 100 E. Second St. (third floor) in Jamestown
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For More Info: 483-5772, or www.creationsartprogram.com
What: "Jamestown Thunder" Drum Circle
When: Sunday, noon-3:30 p.m.
Where: Ellery Town Park pavilion, Heineman Road in Greenhurst
For More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, or "Jamestown Thunder Drum and Dance Circle" on Facebook
"The tree sculpture is what we're really proud of, and we always encourage people to come down and check it out," Miles said, adding that Zoe Boni of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway, Pa. - the chainsaw carver who created the piece - will be painting it in the near future.
Ellington's summer concert series will begin June 28, with a performance by The Backwoods Bluegrass Band. The series will continue with Generic Grass on July 5, the Mountain Railroad Band on July 12, Sunny Side Up on July 19 and Ben Westlund on July 26 - whose performance will conclude the series.
The main attraction for summer visitors will be the 102nd annual Ellington Town Picnic, scheduled for Aug. 1-3. The picnic is features entertainment, food and games for all ages. A parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, followed by a church service in the park taking place Sunday morning; all of which will culminate in the third annual tractor pull at the Main Street ball field Sunday afternoon. Admission is free to all events.
On Aug. 21, a free rabies immunization clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets will be open to the public from 5-7 p.m. at the town highway building.
Additionally, the Ellington Fire Department is sponsoring a chicken barbecue on the third Thursday of each month through October.
For more information, call the town hall at 287-2026 or visit the town of Ellington website at: www.ellingtonny.org.