Saturday events in Houghton and Angelica kick off July 4th extended holiday

A Seneca Lands educational day at Houghton and a Lavender Festival in Angelica tomorrow will herald the start to a four-day 4th of July celebration for many, with an abatement in air quality alerts for particles from the Canadian wildfires also being welcome relief despite higher-than-normal ozone readings.

Those seeking to participate in outdoor activities should keep an eye on the sky through Tuesday due to potential showers and thunderstorms, with strong to severe storms, including damaging winds and heavy downpours possible Saturday afternoon and night into Sunday.

Our exclusive Allegany Hope Weather Resources page is available through the link in the left column of this page, or at, making weather details available for local areas and around the nation.

Caneadea Field Day
The Seneca Nation and Stand With Seneca will host cultural and educational exhibits at Houghton in Caneadea, the only known Allegany County town with a permanent settlement of the Seneca People during the Town of Candeadea Field Day Saturday.

The schedule of activities, to be held the Caneadea Town Park at 9736 State Route 19, Houghton, includes:
— 10AM – 11AM: Welcome and flag raising
— 11AM – 11:15AM: Friendship dance
— 12PM – 12:30PM: Youth lacrosse exhibition game
— 12:45PM – 1:45PM: Traditional dance exhibition
— 2:00PM – 2:30PM: Men’s lacrosse exhibition game
— 2:30PM – 3:30PM: Hoop Dance Exhibition regalia showcase
— 3:30PM – 4:00PM: Master’s lacrosse exhibition game
— 4:00PM – 4:30PM: Wooden stick skill challenge
— 4:30PM – 5:00PM: Closing ceremony and honor dance

Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee.

Some of the history associated with this event is at

Angelica Lavender Festival
Lavender will be noticeable throughout the village, particularly in Park Circle, as the 15th Annual Lavender Festival, hosted by Project Lavender, features a market of lavender-inspired art, crafts, and other products, displayed against a backdrop of music, during the 9AM to 4PM event.

The activity was started by a group of women, including Sharon Rader, whose death earlier this year is being observed, Patricia Kaake, Fleurette Pelletier, and Marika Burke, who envisioned fields of lavender in Allegany County as a way to grow one of the most popular flowers.

Although Allegany soils rendered a tough territory, the determined women were convinced a festival celebrating lavender and lavender-inspired products would stimulate local business and bring visitors to the quaint town of Angelica.

The group gathered local artisans to display their handmade goods at the Festival and invited artists and farmers who either grow lavender or work with creating lavender-inspired, hand-crafted goods, to display their wares..

More than 40 vendors will be on hand, local mural artist and art teacher Corah Lorow will provide a free Crafting for Kids from 11AM to 2PM during which children can decorate a lavender-inspired candle to take home, and musical groups will perform, including Ukuladies from 9AM to 11AM, John Wise and Friends from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, and Harvey Fonda from 2PM to 4PM.

Friends IMProving Allegany County Trails, a nonprofit organization which helps maintain multi-use, year-round trails throughout the county, including those for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, will be the recipient of event proceeds.

Other activities
Additional major events through Independence Day will include a Tent Revival from 3PM to 8PM in Jasper in Southwestern Steuben County, and the Andover 4th of July celebration, starting with a parade at 10AM and continuing until dusk at the Andover Central School at 31 Elm Street, when fireworks will light the skies.

The Alfred Box of Books library also will be hosting a concert on the lawn at 1 West University Avenue from 5PM to 7PM Monday, with the Ukeladies putting in a second holiday appearance there, and the Cuba Lake Cottage Owners Association sponsoring a Tuesday, July 4, Boat Parade, starting at 1PM at the Lake Dam.

Other upcoming activities are available on our exclusive Allegany Hope Calendar of Events of free and primarily-free activities for individuals and families in Allegany County and beyond, found through the link at the top of this page or at