Rediscover Gowanda Schedule of Events

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Gold Sponsors:

Gernatt Asphalt – Dan Gernatt Jr.

Seneca Nation Council



Silver Sponsor:

The Gowanda Press



Bronze Sponsors:

Cattaraugus County Bank

Designer Pools

J & J Outfitters

Johnson Plumbing

Tim Hortons


Patron Sponsor:  Community Bank


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Friday May 19   

8am –  2pm    Indoor yard and plant sale St Joes 71 East Main

9am   Kiwanis geranium& hanging basket sale Community Bank (until sold out)    

9am  Sidewalk Sales most stores to stay open until 8pm

          Vendors in the downtown district

          Under Hollywood Marque tickets for Motorcycle Raffle & August Concert

 10am – 4:30pm Gowanda Library Herb & Bake Sale

 4pm – 9pm Carnival Rides Downtown

7pm Navajo Code Talkers movie at The Gowanda Historic Hollywood Theater (FREE)

Saturday May 20

 8am – Noon    Indoor yard and plant sale St Joes

 9am  Sidewalk Sales most stores to stay open until 5pm

            Vendors in the downtown district

 10am – 3pm   Gowanda Library Herb & bake sale

                     Bake Sale Love Inc

                    Under Hollywood Marque tickets for Motorcycle Raffle & August Concert

11:30 am till sold out Drive thru chicken BBQ St Joes 71 East main

Noon – 9pm Carnival Rides Downtown

1pm  New York and Lake Erie Railroad train ride with Civil War re-enactors

1pm  Last Letters Home movie at Gowanda Historic Hollywood Theater (FREE)

 3pm  Inside the Green Berets Movie at Gowanda Historic Hollywood Theater (FREE)

  3:30pm  New York and Lake Erie Railroad train ride with Civil War re-enactors

  5pm  Meat Raffle at Gowanda Moose – Seth Howard 572-9427

  4:30 to 8:30 pm Chang Hu Park – Community Jam Session sponsored by J B Martin & Smoking Dogs

6pm Chang Hu Park – Wine Tasting provided by Merritt Estate Winery

 At Dark FIREWORKS by Skylighters of New York


Sunday May 21

Carnival 12 noon to 5pm

Class of 2019 Pancake Breakfast 8 am to 11am at Gowanda Legion

18th Annual Crouse 5k Challenge. Race starts at 12:00 (noon), registration at 10:00am  – Jen Gernatt –   860-8782   crouse 5k registration form 2017

1st Annual Bike Blessing at Gowanda Assembly of God  78 Allen Street 1230pm     Free lunch at 11:45am

Any questions please contact Janet Vogtli 982-1170



 For May 20th Train Rides during Rediscover Gowanda

NY&LE RR to Offer Military-Themed Train Rides for Rediscover Gowanda Festival

GOWANDA, NY – New York & Lake Erie Railroad and Love, INC. will offer two scheduled train trips to the Village of South Dayton’s beautifully restored Erie Railroad Depot on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 as part of the many festivities planned for the Rediscover Gowanda Weekend. The rides will feature Civil War re-enactors on-board to entertain and educate the passengers.

The 2 ¼ hour round trips will depart from the Gowanda train station, located at 50 Commercial Street, at 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. Coach seating is $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for children ages 3-11. Ages 2 and under ride free on the lap of a ticket holder. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. First Class seating in the Daniel Webster Dining Car is $20.00 Adult and $15.00 Child (3-11), with a snack pack and beverage included.

Due to limited seating, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Train tickets can be purchased in advance on-line until May18th at: Any unsold seats will go on sale starting one hour prior to each trip at the Gowanda train station. Questions may be directed to Love Inc at 716 532-3541 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 9 AM to 1 PM.

Contact: Barb Wilkins at Love Inc. Gowanda, NY 14070  (716) 532-3541


Rediscover Gowanda Bike blessing


Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater to host special guest Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul on January 26th


Invitation to Attend: 1:45pm Thursday

Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater

 GO-wanda on the Move!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently delivered his Annual State of the State address.  Each year following the address, the Governor dispatches members of his Cabinet throughout the state to present an abbreviated version of his speech.  This opportunity allows community residents to hear the Governor’s message firsthand and to share in our progress together.

The Village of Gowanda is excited to announce that Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will be visiting us this Thursday, January 26, 2017 to give a special presentation of the Governor’s State of the State address.  The event will take place at the Historic Hollywood Theater. All are welcome to attend.


Special Guest: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul

Thursday, January 26th at 1:45pm

Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater

39 West Main Street, Gowanda, NY

Refreshments will be served, No RSVP needed, Guests welcome.

(We encourage you to arrive by 1:30pm, doors open at 1:00pm)



Village Trick or Treat Hours and other Area Fall Activities

VILLAGE TRICK OR TREAT HOURS October 31, 6pm – 8pm


GOWANDA FIRE DEPARTMENT Annual Costume Parade, October 31 at 5:30pm

This year the annual parade will walk down West Main Street!  Line up starts at 5:15pm on North Water Street business parking lot.  Parade begins at 5:30pm ends at Chang Hu Park where Best Costumes will be awarded.  Gowanda Fire Department will also provide Cider and Donuts!


Reserve your tickets today!


Dates and Times: Saturday, Oct 29, 2016
Location: 50 Commercial Street
Gowanda, NY

Description: The New York and Lake Erie Railroad and Love INC will be having a “Halloween Express” train ride out of Gowanda on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

The train will depart from the Gowanda Depot at 50 Commercial Street, Gowanda, at 11am and make a 20 mile, approximately 2.5 hour trip to South Dayton and back.  There will be a short layover in South Dayton.  Passengers are invited to dress in costume, and prizes will be awarded in several categories.
Train tickets prices are $15 per person for adults, $10 per person for children age 3-11 yrs (children 2 and under may ride on the lap of a ticket holder.)   If there are any unsold seats, they will go on sale starting at 10 am, the morning of the trip, at the Gowanda Depot.  Questions may be directed to Love INC at 716-532-3541 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9am-1pm.

GOWANDA’s HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD THEATER Horror at the Hollywood, October 28, 29, 30 & 31

The Haunted Theater funs from Oct. 28th – Oct. 31st 6pm-9pm. Admission is only $5.00! Come out and support the Hollywood!

GOWANDA FREE METHODIST CHURCH  Trunk or Treat, October 31 4-7:30pm

Gowanda’s Trunk or Treat is back! Halloween Night! 4-7:30pm. Over 1,000 people came through last year!  Free Candy, Coffee, Cider and Donuts!! 
Gowanda-area residents are invited to participate. Simply bring your dressed up Trunk and a bunch of candy to the GFMC Main Parking Lot by 3:30pm.
Stop by and warm up as we will have burn barrels going throughout the night!


The Collins Regional Historical Society will once again be hosting a FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY for ALL residents (ALL ages) from the township of Collins, including; past residents, residents of the Village of Gowanda, the Cattaraugus Reservation & both Springville & Gowanda School Districts.

There will be spooky sound effects & spooky Halloween music to enhance the FREE pumpkins for children (of all ages) to decorate with markers. There will also be FREE cookie decorating, create your own spooky cookie and other crafts for the younger crowd (or the young at heart!). We will provide bags for the children (again any age) to march around (weather permitting outside, weather not permitting, inside) trick or treating in a safe, fun environment!  Residents who enjoy the holiday are urged to participate by bringing bags of treats to hand out to the trick or treaters! Come in costume, ready made or made from your own imagination. Check out the other costumes for ideas for next year! We will provide FREE snacks and cider throughout the event.

We urge adults who have old pictures, photographs, postcards, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, diaries or advertising memorabilia concerning the town (including all areas aforementioned) to bring them to share with us.  Those who grew up in the area, or have lived in the area for many years, or those who have moved away and are stopping only for a visit, share your memories with us, write them down, or simply tell one of our members & they will transcribe your memories for you.

Those who share anything from candy for the trick or treaters to any memories, or physical property belonging to Collins’ by gone era will receive a FREE one year membership to the historical society. Those whose items or memories appear in our upcoming book; Collins’ Tales, will also receive one FREE copy of the book on publication (additional books will be available for a nominal fee).

Event to be held at the L. K. Painter Community Center at 2355 Main Street in Collins, NY 14034 on Sunday, October 30 from 1:00-4:00 pm.