Summer events 2017

Dear Islanders,

Summer is officially here

June may be the most popular month for weddings, but it’s also the month of graduations, pool parties, picnics, strawberry picking, and baseball games. Social media is overflowing with pictures of people smiling, sunburned, and full of barbeque. Grand Island thrives in the summer, as many waterfront towns do. Yes, in WNY, the summer is short, but it’s spectacular. No hiding away in air-conditioned tombs for us. We are out in the sun, free, like untrained puppy rushing out of an open gate.

My office is compiling a list of summer events happening on Grand Island. So far we have everything from concerts to food trucks to farmers markets, but we’re looking to include even more opportunities. If your group is hosting an ongoing or one-time event, send details to my assistant, Emily, at to be added to the list—barring any safety or other concerns—which we will post online.

Here’s a snapshot of upcoming events:

● July 1: 10am-2pm: Farmers Market, 2487 Long Rd.
● July 1-4: 10pm: Fireworks show each night, Fantasy Island 2400 Grand Island Blvd.
● July 4: 9:00 am: 4th of July Parade Grand Island Blvd.          
● July 5: 7-9pm:  Wednesday Night Music Series featuring Tom Bender, Dick and Jenny's, 1270 Baseline Rd.
● July 5: 4pm-dusk: Oarhouse Eatery food truck, Momma De’s Mixing Bowl 1879 Whitehaven Rd.
● July 7: 11:30am-2:30pm: Food Truck Fridays, Great Foodini, Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd.         
● July 7:  7-10pm: Radisson Summer Concert Series featuring: Steelhorse, 100 Whitehaven Rd.
● July 9: 10am-4pm: Garden Walk, maps available at Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Rd.
● July 10: 4-7pm: Farmers Market Market Mondays, 2487 Long Rd. 
● July 12: 4pm-dusk: Oarhouse Eatery food truck, Momma De’s Mixing Bowl 1879 Whitehaven 

● July 12: 7-9pm: Wednesday Night Music Series featuring Dave Nolf, Say Cheese, 1771 Love Rd.
● July 14: 11:30am-2:30pm: Food Truck Fridays J&L Boulevard BBQ, Town Hall,2255 Baseline
● July 14: 7-10pm:Radisson Summer Concert Series featuring Doubleshot, 100 Whitehaven Rd.   
● July 15: 9-11pm: Outdoor Movie Series featuring Trolls, Elderwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd.      

As you can see, there’s 14 events already listed for the first two weeks of July; that’s an average of nearly one per day! I will have Emily post the list on our town website and Facebook page later this week, and update it throughout the summer.

“What’s Happening Grand Island”

In an effort to make more people aware of the many things to do on Grand Island, Corey McGowan and I have made two game-show-style videos about Island events. Check out my Facebook page for new episodes. I believe in clear accessible communication, and I’ll use every tool I can think to encourage productive dialogue.

Sure, the videos are goofy, but they get the message across. Intersting things are happening on Grand Island. It’s a win-win; these great events get publicity, and residents and visitors can peruse a list of Island happenings.

A side note

You know we are working on a community center feasibility study. Here are a few updates:

I’m currently in discussions with the owners of the Grand Island Plaza at the intersection of Baseline Rd. and Grand Island Blvd. Management of the plaza expressed interest in having the 50,000 square feet considered as an option for the potential community center. To make matters more interesting, two major fitness chains are already entering dialogue with hopes of opening a location in the plaza.

I bring it up now because the owners of the property are not being shy about it. They have come to the town, openly expressing their wish to be chosen. And having a new national fitness center in that old Ames space after all these years would be fantastic. Whether or not we end up building a community center there (or anywhere else) will have to be determined later, pending the feasibility study and community input. But these developments should be considered as we move forward.

Warmest regards,

Nate McMurray