Each year about this time, when business is slow and the Main Street business district is quiet, it is time to reflect on who we are, what we do, what we offer as well as what is there to do in our “sleepy” little Palmyra.
Visitors at the museums are almost nonexistent, however, we are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. The museums are ready for tours, and most of the visitors come for special events or night tours. But, during the day we are focusing on the new exhibits and giving everything a thorough cleaning. We are open for business and information, and invite you to come on down to the Palmyra Historical Museum for your tour of all museums.
The holidays are over and we seem to be snuggled in for our long winter’s nap. Well, February is here and things are happening every day. Our Main Street businesses are open and getting the new items and treasures to stock up their shelves. The old things are ready for discounted prices and sales.
But is that all that is happening? Not by a long shot.
All of the churches are busy helping and raising spirits, feeding stomachs and offering clothing to those in need. The Pal-Mac Lions Club is collecting eye glasses, offering eye screenings and helping other organizations like the Good Neighbor Fund and the Palmyra and Macedon food pantries. The churches are organizing a new undertaking with a helping the homeless program, and Rotary just finished its very successful Murder Mystery Dinner.
The Palmyra Main Street merchants, which includes Historic Palmyra, our five museums and the sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are busy at meetings and looking for ways to attract more visitors. We at Historic Palmyra recently offered our Alling Coverlet Museum for a merchant/museum meeting. We attempted to inform all merchants and hope that those unable to attend or did not get the memo will attend our next meeting in May.
Information will go out for notification or you can contact me at 315-597-6981. We invite all merchants to come and are welcome to this unified planning session.
What is happening in the community of Palmyra to keep you busy this winter? Historic Palmyra is having its Third Thursday programs from 7 to 9 p.m. March 16 with Tracy Murphy discussing the Fox sisters. Christopher DiCesare will speak on his trauma at SUNY Albany in 1985 with the spirit world during his “The Ghost Boy of Geneseo” on April 20, and Marge Perez will host an Underground Railroad walk and talk May 18. All programs, except for the April 20 program, are no charge. The programs are held at the Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William St., Palmyra.