BY JENNIFER CROWLEY
Wondering what there is to do around Scottsville this summer? Well, I was. So I looked into it and am happy to share my research findings. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot happening right here and just up (and over) the road. You will never remember it all so feel free to cut this out and hang it on your fridge. Or take a picture with your phone. You know, that still doesn’t sound right to me. Anyways lots to do the rest of this month so get out there!
Friday July 13 – It’s the first annual Community Scavenger Hunt at the Big Springs Museum in Mumford starting at 6:00 PM. Mumford is Scottsville’s village neighbor to the west. The museum has curated an impressive collection of artifacts reflecting the area’s rural/farming history. Friday’s Hunt will feature teams of 3-5 people searching for items and completing tasks to earn points (note: photo proof is required). A donation of $30 per team will help support the needs of Big Springs.
Saturday July 14 – The Scottsville Free Library is presenting a children’s musical program on African drumming. Come hear stories of Africa as presented through music and dance. The program starts at 11:00 and though primarily aimed at kids ages 4-8, are all welcome to participate. Stop by the Scottsville Diner (just doors down) afterwards to grab lunch. The chicken souvlaki plate is to die for!
Sunday July 15 – After spending the afternoon watching the World Cup final and barely caring who wins, you might be hungry for pizza. If so, go over to Salvatore’s Saloon at 5:30 and catch a free show by The Magic Guy. Think of it like an old-style dinner-and-a-show.
Monday July 16 – Have you heard of Notorious RBG? As in Ruth Bader Ginsburg? She’s wonderfully colorful and seemingly unstoppable – and that’s why a best seller was written about her. If this sounds like your kind of gal, give Notorious RBG a read and then head in to the Scottsville Free Library at 6:30 to join a lively book club discussion.
Tuesday July 17 – Did watching the World Cup ignite a desire for more soccer in your life? Well you are in luck because the Scottsville Revolution U12 boys’ soccer team is playing their last game of the season tonight. Show your support for the Revs and their passionate coaches as they take on the Gananda Bandits at 6:30 PM (front field, Wheatland-Chili High School).
Wednesday July 18 – If it’s a summery Wednesday then it’s Scottsville Midweek Farmer’s Market time. Come down to the American Legion parking lot on Main Street every Wednesday from 4-7 PM to shop from a variety of local merchants. Choose from fruits, vegetables, honey, hard cider, baked goods and more. This week additionally features essential oils expert Katy Steele who will be talking about the uses and benefits of oils such as lemon, peppermint, lavender and more.
Thursday July 19 – Got kids? Are they driving you crazy? Do you want them to go read some books? Thought so. Well, here’s an idea: bring them to the Scottsville Free Library and get them registered for the Summer Reading Challenge. This annual program engages kids in summer reading through fun incentives such as challenges, games, and prizes.
Friday July 20 – Rush is Scottsville’s neighbor to the east, only a short drive away. Tonight the town’s annual Fireman’s parade is on at 7:00 PM. The carnival with food, games, and rides is open as well (and again on Saturday). Are you in need of more exhilaration than a carnival ride? Then consider stopping off at Scottsville’s Canawaugus Park on your way home to take a jump off of the George Bridge into the Oatka Creek below, at your own risk of course.
Saturday July 21 – It’s Civil War re-enactment weekend at the Genesee Country Village Museum in Mumford. If you have never been to a re-enactment, this is a nearby and entertaining opportunity to see what they are all about. The museum will open at 9:30 AM for this realistic event. Want to brush up on local Civil War history ahead of time? Then give Wheatland Town Historian Barb Chapman’s recent book on the lives of local soldiers a read. You can pick it up at the Scottsville Free Library.
Sunday July 22 – Maybe you went to the Genesee Country Village for the Civil War re-enactment and now have a hankering for local history. Then you are in luck since today Scottsville’s Sage-Marlowe House is open from 2-4 PM. Comes and see this fully restored and furnished 1830s workingman’s house at 69 Main Street. Can’t make it today? That’s ok, it will be open next Sunday too.
Monday July 23 – Do something good today. It’s the third annual Patrick Carr Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer Association. The event honors the life of ‘Lil Fighter’ Patrick Carr, an eleven-year-old boy who passed away in 2015 from neuroblastoma cancer. The tournament starts at 8:00 AM at Chili Country Club on Scottsville-Chili Road. The $90 fee includes golf, a cart, lunch, and a steak dinner.
Tuesday July 24 – There’s been so much to do. Why not give yourself a much-needed break and enjoy any one (or more) of 100 frozen custard flavors at the iKON ice cream shop located on Main Street?
Wednesday July 25 – Another Farmer’s Market evening at the American Legion parking lot. Tonight you can learn about the Wheatland Historical Association and ways you can get involved to help preserve interest in educating the future about our past.
Thursday July 26 – Remember that time you jumped off of the George Bridge? Or thought about it? Did you happen to notice the trail adjacent to Canawaugus Park? That is the Genesee Valley Greenway trail, a former railroad bed that stretches more than 80 miles. The trail is serene and very walkable. Give it a go and then grab a smoothie or iced coffee at the nearby Artisan Café afterwards.
Friday July 27 – And it’s finally Friday. Tonight Scottsville resident Amanda Stone and her band Blonde Over Blue return to the Salvatore’s Saloon stage to perform what they call “a fun upbeat repertoire of singable, danceable, entertaining songs.” The show starts at 9:00 PM. Go and show Amanda some love.
Saturday July 28 – Wheatland’s Stokoe Farms is known for it’s pumpkin patch, fall festival, and massive Christmas tree farm. But tonight offers a unique occasion: dinner in the farm’s gorgeous open air barn. The rain or shine event is field-to-fork and will feature live music, wine and beer tastings, and a four-course dinner. Visit https://www.stokoefarms.com for ticket information.
Sunday July 29 – Like ribs? Well then save the date because it’s time for the American Legion’s Summer Rib Fest!
Monday July 30 – July has been busy. It might be time to slow things down and to reflect on your achievements. Join life coach Joy Dennis at her 10 Main Street office for a Meditation Monday session. The program runs from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and is a great way to start a new week.
Tuesday July 31 – It’s Tuesday. It’s probably hot. You probably don’t want to cook. So that’s why Taco Tuesday at Dirty Dave’s bar at 26 Caledonia Avenue is a good idea. This night features tacos that cost $1 each and taco salads for $5. And if today happens to be your birthday then enjoy some free chicken wings too!