RED HOUSE - Allegany State Park and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council team up once again for their annual Full Moon Family Beach Party on Friday from 6-10 p.m. The public is invited to the free event featuring live music and kids' activities at the Red House beach area.
The entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. with Kevin McCarthy, the park's artist in residence, a 2009 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee. McCarthy will give an acoustic guitar performance and is likely to grant song requests. The Hootn'Anges follow with their style of country music featuring husband-and-wife team Luke and Ange Marino and Greg Mach, all originally from Western New York. This headlining band is currently preparing for a cross-country tour. The group performs opening shows for country stars and has gained considerable attention on national radio.
Family-friendly activities will go on during the evening, which will include face painting by Arts Council staff and Kohl's Cares volunteers, and kids' crafts. Mark Baker of Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, in Olean, will be there with his live birds of prey and Empire Animal Rescue Society, a local animal rescue group that offers pets for adoption, will have a booth at the event.
Katie Vecellio from the park's recreation department said other entertainment provided by the park will include a limbo contest and the park's environmental education program will offer "Ladybug Crafts" for the kids where they can also learn facts about ladybugs.
Courtney Mealy, programs and grants manager for the CCAC, said the arts council does a fundraiser at the event every other year, but this year is in a non-auction year. The fundraiser helps support its free series of art classes at the park each summer.
In the past, the organization has displayed and sold Adirondack chairs, birdhouses and butterfly houses, painted by local artists, in a silent auction. Last year, they featured "works in wood," so next year they'll have some kind of auction.
Gary Quattrone, Red House Area manager, said not only will the concession stand be open, but attendees may also purchase a chicken barbecue set up next to the snack bar from 6-9:30 p.m. They may also bring in their own food for a picnic supper.
After the band plays its last set and darkness falls, the evening will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks display over Red House Lake. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a relaxed evening of family fun, music and fireworks under the stars.
For more information, call the arts council at 372-7455 or Allegany State Park's recreation department at 354-9101, ext. 236.