Village of Williamsville officials, in cooperation with the Williamsville Business Association, have planned an event to mark a new beginning for the community following the completion of recent construction projects on East Spring Street and Main Street.
“Homecoming on Main: Experience Williamsville” will be held throughout the day and early evening on Saturday, June 1, beginning with the weekly Farmers Market and culminating with the return of the Taste of Williamsville.
“This is a long awaited grand opening of Main Street and the business district as it was designed to function,” said Williamsville Mayor Dan DeLano. “Although we had a Main Street ribbon cutting last year, this event is the showcase of how Main Street and the core were designed to operate.”
DeLano added that he and the Village Board are excited to present to the region a reinvigorated Williamsville through the Homecoming on Main event.
The Farmers Market, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature about 30 local vendors and live music in the lot between the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., and the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St.
In the same lot, the Taste of Williamsville will return, set for 4 to 8 p.m. with more than a dozen local restaurants participating. The event, which traditionally took place in August, was not held for the past two summers due to a decline in volunteers and attendance.
Throughout the late morning and early afternoon, Homecoming on Main’s offerings will include a dunk tank and other family activities supported by the Williamsville Library and the village’s Youth and Recreation committee. The activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the library.
Planning for Homecoming on Main was initiated in January and committee members included area business owners, members of the Williamsville Business Association and village officials.
Other attractions during Homecoming on Main include:
- Tours of Williamsville buildings, including the Meeting House, 5658 Main St.; Village Hall, 5565 Main St.; and the Lehigh Valley train depot, 86 S. Long St.
- An open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamsville Fire Department
- A walking tour of historic village properties; the tour will be led by Explore Buffalo
- Free horse carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Earth Day and Arbor Day activities provided by the village’s Environmental Advisory Council and Tree Board
- Beautification Committee volunteers working in the village Pocket Park and offering a membership drive
- Hawk Creek Wildlife Center demonstration from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of the Eagle House Restaurant
- A double-decker trolley to transport visitors to and from locations along Main Street
- Local organizations offering information booths near Village Hall
- Restaurants and retailers offering special discounts and sidewalk sales