Tradition of ‘grapeness’


OBSERVER Assistant News Editor

SILVER CREEK – The Festival of Grapes is a long-standing tradition in the village of Silver Creek and the 46th year will not disappoint.

According to Festival of Grapes Committee Chair Lisa Romano there will be a great lineup of entertainment for the whole family.

“There has been a lot of entertainment changes for this year because we got a grant from the Heritage Foundation and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation for youth activities,” she said.

Saturday begins with children’s events and a free grape stomp at the First Baptist Church, followed by the comedy and juggling act of Clumsy the Entertainer at 11 a.m. in front of the gazebo. Eclectic Dance Company will perform in the same spot at noon and then Todd Nelson’s Magic Show will begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon will wrap up with a demonstration by Crino’s Martial Arts Academy and Karate Connection at 2 p.m. in front of the gazebo.

“It is going to be quite busy down there Saturday afternoon,” Romano said.

Romano said returning crowd-pleasers include the Grape Stomp on Thursday at 7 p.m. after the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Romano said visitors can look forward to the community grape stomp round as well as a round with WDOE and 96KIX personalities trying their skills in the barrels.

There will also be performances by the Divas Show Board Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Terry Buchwald as Elvis Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., all in front of the gazebo.

Romano also invited visitors to stop by the Festival of Grapes Headquarters located at the old Penny Saver office on Main Street. She said there will be chances to win prizes for guessing the number of corks in a barrel and the number of pieces of candy in a jug. In addition, headquarters offers program books, Festival of Grapes merchandise and Welch’s products. The office will be open Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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