Celebrate Art & Autumn in Colden!

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As the leaves begin to change, it is common for the citizens of Buffalo to head to the southtowns and gaze upon the hills. Seemingly ablaze with reds, yellow, and oranges, the peaks and valleys of the Southern Tier provide the perfect backdrop to a peaceful weekend drive. Beginning Saturday, October 3rd at 11am, the town of Colden will offer travelers an amazing and welcoming stop as they wind through the backroads heading southward.

The Colden Festival is a celebration of Arts, Community and Music. The main event is a juried art

The festival also features art from students at Colden Elementary School.  Photo from coldenfestival.com

The festival also features art from students at Colden Elementary School. Photo from coldenfestival.com

show, in which artists – painters, crafters and photographers – are able to showcase and sell their

work. The festival also draws many crafters and local businesses, who will be set up in the vendor area. The vendor area will also host several local acoustic music acts from different genres. Shoppers and dancers alike may work up quite an appetite, so Wendel’s Poultry Farm will be serving their famous chicken BBQ, along with festival fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and italian sausage. Colden eateries will be open, of course, and will be serving some of the area’s best food alongside drinks to fuel further dancing.

New to the festival this year is the Belle Starr Music Festival. The Belle Starr Saloon was once a world famous venue for blues and roots rock musicians. The club had hosted musical geniuses like Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gregg Allman before it was tragically lost to a fire. Carrying on the tradition, the Belle Starr Music Festival will host some great regional and national acts beginning Saturday afternoon with the Fredtown Stompers, and ending with the Skyla Burrell Blues Band. The Nashville Blues Society honored Skyla recently, writing, “”Skyla has one of those perfect, whisky-soaked-with-honey voices that is full of the passion and conviction that it takes to be a great blueswoman.” One of the most recognizable faces (or voices, as it were) in the local blues scene, Anita West, will MC the event under the big tent at the Colden Country Inn. The show is all-ages, and completely free, so be sure to stop in for some great music and stay for some great food.

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For nearly 50 years, the Colden Art Festival has been ushering the area into autumn. The diverse array of artists and musicians, partnered perfectly with great food and nestled neatly in one of the region’s most beautiful areas, makes the adjacent events perfect for a fantastic family weekend, and admission to both the Colden Festival and the Belle Starr Music Festival are completely free. Pile everyone into the car, put on some nice driving music, and bring the family down for a weekend of great fun. We’ll see you in Colden, Buffalo!

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