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If you are not familiar with the work of Michael Israel, it can best be described as a Cirque du Soleil performance that ultimately results in a Jackson Pollack-like life sized canvass of creativity.   Israel is more than just a painter.  He is a performer who gives the audience an artistic experience unlike any other.  And he is coming to the Ellicottville Brewing Company this August.

With expansive forests all around us and an area indigenous to tall Maples, Cattaraugus County offers up some of the best Maple syrup you can please your tastebuds with. In fact, we love Maple syrup so much, we have two weekends devoted to our Maple farms, when they invite visitors to learn about their process 

As the saying goes … “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  The Osmond family has been proving that for over five decades.  Three of the Osmond Brothers - Merrill, Jay and Jimmy - will be bringing the songs and memories of the past 50 years to the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY for five shows in May.


Thoughts of Spring fill the air as we shake off the grey days of winter and look forward to the sounds of the returning song birds, the bloom of wildflowers, updating our home décor, and getting outside to hike and bike the mountain trails of the Allegheny National Forest Region in northwestern Pennsylvania. 

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into February. January flew by, which just validates the saying “time flies when you’re having fun.” Plenty happened over the month of January.

What started as an all-girls themed shopping night at the Powder Room snowballed into a major outreach event, touching lives throughout the community and region. Boarding for Breast Cancer - B4BC - will return to Holiday Valley Resort on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The tendency to help others runs deep to the core of Holiday Valley Resort’s persona. Constantly hosting events, Holiday Valley rarely makes it about itself and all about the organization that needs help. This year, two events stick out - one is in its inaugural season, the other a well-known tradition - but both will raise money to help others. I highly encourage you to come out and support Aspire WNY’s “Ski the Valley” event and the always-anticipated Penguin Paddle! 
Ever wonder how skiing and snowboarding support the needs of the community?  For the United Way of Cattaraugus County, every skier and snowboarder counts at the organization’s annual Ski Day for United Way, held each March at HoliMont Ski Area in Ellicottville, NY.  This year’s event is slated for Thursday, March 6.
Chances are, if you're visiting Ellicottville, NY during the winter months, you're here to ride or ski our two great ski resorts - HoliMont and Holiday Valley.  Subsequently, it's safe to say you're also spending some time shopping in some of the great ski/snowboard specialty shops in the village, looking for the best of the best in hardgoods and softgoods.  This month in SNOWED-IN, we're dropping by The Boardroom to look at one of the best boot lines on the market, produced by none other than Nike.
As a shop employee, I can tell you just how messed up the ski and snowboard industry buying cycle is. We’re barely through this winter, and we’re already putting orders together for next season. It’s stressful. It’s chaotic. But … it’s awesome. 
From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity.   Cleansing the body has become a necessity today, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term aggravations.  
Ellicottville as you know has a variety of bars and restaurants, but if you're looking for a cozy, quiet atmosphere to enjoy a dinner that rests on the finer side, The Silver Fox Steakhouse is the spot for you. SNOWED-IN stopped by to check in for this month’s Bartender Spotlight.
Our local ski and snowboard population is becoming more adept at mastering alternative disciplines, one of such being telemark skiing. There are well-known pockets of telemark skiers in the US, and The City Garage has turned itself into the go-to spot in the area for those who wish to learn/progress on the free heel. 
It won’t be long before all eyes are glued to televisions around the world as the 2014 Winter Olympics (officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games for those savvy in Roman numerals … or the 22nd Winter Olympics), are scheduled to take place from Feb. 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  The Olympics need no further explanation - some of the most exciting sports, coupled with the best athletes, make for some of the most memorable sporting accomplishments in history.  
Art is a pretty subjective topic.  It’s incredibly difficult to define and even harder to produce at a substantial level.  Art can be a painting, a drawing, a poem, a sculpture … the possibilities are really endless.  Art can even be a large slab of wood.  At least, it can be if you put it in the right hands.
For February’s edition of SNOWED-IN, I have chosen a very straight-forward, simple, yet elegant dish.  This plate of “meat & potatoes” carries so many levels of flavors and profiles that by the last bite, you’ll wish you had more, but will be pleasantly content. 

Cattaraugus County is otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains, for its vast countryside, serene landscapes, and picturesque hills and valleys.  While many nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts call this corner of WNY home, we also boast diverse artistic talents, fine theatrical performances, and a rich history all-around.  If you are growing tired of being out in the cold, but do not want to feel trapped indoors, consider attending one of our scheduled events, or enjoy a full day of perusing a museum or gallery.
Country singer-songwriter, Gary Allan, will be making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY on March 29 with a sense of complete renewal. For Allan, the past 17 years of his career has led him to what he feels is his most personal and evolved work yet with his latest album titled, “Set You Free.”

February is the time to celebrate romance and friendship. Wine, chocolate, gourmet food and the music of a great jazz-rock band are a few of the highlights offered when you visit the Allegheny National Forest Region during February. 

HoliMont Ski Area officially opened for the 2013-14 ski season on Saturday, December 14th; eleven days earlier than last year’s Christmas Day opening. Since then, the Village of Ellicottville has 1) been buried in beautiful lake effect snow, 2) seen an increase in temperature that all but wiped out the natural snowfall, and then 3) witnessed a Christmas comeback as winter returned just in time to blanket the slopes with enough snow to give the area the winter look that we here at HoliMont love so much.

The dish I have chosen for this month’s SNOWED-IN special is quite a bit lighter than last month’s. Although the garnish for 
this dish screams winter, the scallops tend to offer a more delicate feel on your pallet.  Come dine at John Harvard's Brew House during the month of January and experience it for yourself!
Tired of watching your friends hit the slopes while you sip hot cocoa and watch from the lodge?  Bundle up, grab some skis or a snowboard and join them in January as the nation celebrates “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.”  Both Ellicottville resorts are offering great incentives to get you off the couch and onto the hill.

A new product making headway in all facets of the sports world, Noggin is a gel-filled elastic covering similar to a swim cap that is worn underneath helmets, and is said to reduce impact by 22%. According to Noggin Sport CEO Alex Abramov, “Noggin Sport is dedicated to providing the highest level of protective headwear, to be worn with certified helmets, to protect against the occurrence of head injuries and minor traumatic brain injuries.”

What happens when skiers and Harley-Davidsons get together at Holiday Valley? A day full of engine-revving, slope-swishing fun during the second annual Harley-Day Valley, set for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10am-7pm.