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A Walk in the Park

As I wrote in my previous blog post , we attended a family reunion at Bald Eagle State Park.  On Saturday, July 9, Bob, his sister Cynthia and I went for a drive to nearby Bellefonte, PA.

Cynthia discovered the opportunity for free distillery tours, on Saturdays only, for guests of The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, while reading the Nature Inn’s “welcome to Nature Inn” book in her room. Our destination in Bellefonte was Big Spring Spirits.

While Bob and Cynthia sampled adult beverages, I went for a walk in Talleyrand Park. Bob and I took a walk in this park two years ago, when we attended the Bell Family reunion for the first time. The park was beautiful two years ago.  The park is still beautiful!

_LG23757 4x6Big Spring Spirits is located in the red brick building.
I walked across the railroad tracks into Talleyrand Park.

_LG23759 4x6Spring Creek runs through Talleyrand Park.

_LG23764 4x6George Grey Barnard Sculpture Garden

According to a nearby sign, the George Grey Barnard Sculpture Garden was formerly a gas station.  The site was donated by Gulf Oil Corporation in 1978.  In 1983, the Talleyrand Park Citizens Committee installed the bust of Lincoln, cast from the original plaster head sculpted in 1917 by the famous sculptor George Grey Barnard (1863-1938).

_LG23780 4x6A suspension bridge crosses Spring Creek.

I enjoyed watching the ducks, during my walk through the park.

_LG23771 4x6I wasn’t alone.  Others enjoyed watching the ducks as well.

_LG23767 4x6a Mama Mallard Duck and a Duckling

_LG23778 4X6Talleyrand Park features a small waterfall on Spring Creek.

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This brick walkway is just as beautiful, as it was 2 years ago.

As I reached the end of the park, I received a message from Bob. Bob asked “Are you hungry? We’re having a snack.” I telephoned Bob and told him I would return to the distillery in about 15 minutes, to please save some of the bread, meats and cheeses for me.

20160709_163304925_iOS 4x6I joined Cynthia and Bob for a light snack at Big Spring Spirits.

From Bellefonte we made our way back to The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, arriving there around 2:00 pm.

A Day Spent with Cynthia

Bob’s sister, Cynthia, was in town last week.  Cynthia spent the past week visiting with family members, and at least one friend, and doing genealogy research.   On one afternoon Cynthia delivered a painting by Esther Boyd of the Warren Train Station to the Warren Public Library for permanent display in the Wetmore Gallery, where it was first displayed in 1958.  Cynthia came into possession of the painting by purchasing it via an online auction.  The painting, which had been in storage on the west coast, was water damaged, had flaking paint, and was dirty.

painting1This is the condition of the painting, when Cynthia received it from auction.

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This is what the painting looked like, after Cynthia had it restored by an art conservator and framed with archival materials.

Now that I have laid the groundwork for a day spent with Cynthia, I will move swiftly forward.

Bob and I accompanied Cynthia to Lily Dale, New York (official website) this past Saturday.  Lily Dale is located in Chautauqua County at the north end of Cassadaga Lake, next to the village of Cassadaga.  Lily Dale was established in 1879 and is a community dedicated to the religion of Spiritualism.  Lily Dale became the center of the Spiritualist movement when the childhood home of Kate and Margaret Fox was moved from Hydesville, New York to Lily Dale in 1916. This established Lily Dale as the home of Spiritualism in the United States.  Lily Dale is a place of pilgrimage for many Spiritualists and others interested in the paranormal. A large population of mediums and Spiritualist healers reside in Lily Dale.

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Here is a map of Lily Dale, which I snipped from the community’s official website.  If desired, you can view a larger-size map by clicking here.

Upon reaching Lily Dale, our first destination was the Leolyn Woods.

PB092847 4x6The Leolyn Woods is located in the southeast corner of Lily Dale.

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Found at the end of the Leolyn Woods is Inspiration Stump.

PB092850 4x6Cynthia at Inspiration Stump

Inspiration Stump is a spiritual retreat.  This stump dates from 1898 and is believed to be an energy vortex in the community.  According to Lily Dale’s official website, it “is not unusual to become more aware of the spiritual energies while in this open and receptive state at the Stump.”  Services are held here twice daily from late June to early September.  “Demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the mediums giving short messages to those in the audience…As well as possibly receiving a message of meaning at Inspiration Stump, you may well renew your own Spiritual energies.”  Participants in the services report that they feel an unusual power when sitting in the clearing around the stump, and that they have clearer visions and are able to meditate or commune with spirits much more easily here than anywhere else.  For the record, I didn’t feel any unusual power while at the stump.  I didn’t commune with any spirits.

Please note that Inspiration Stump stands surrounded by a metal gate.  This wasn’t the case in October 2007, when my stepdaughter Stacey and I visited Lily Dale.  That October day in 2007 was my first visit to Lily Dale.  Saturday’s visit was my second visit.

LilyDale200710_001Inspiration Stump, October 2007

After seeing Inspiration Stump, we drove through Lily Dale making a few stops along the way.

PB092865 4x6These stone structures are located next to the Bargain Shoppe at 14 East Street.  The plaque above the fireplace mantel reads: “For the communion of kindred souls”.  I attempted to find more information about these stone structures but to no avail.  Until I stepped near these stone structures, squirrels and blue jays were enjoying the peanuts and birdseed lying on top of the round stone.

PB092867 4x6A Facebook friend identified the design in this bird bath (?) as Celtic knots.  The bird bath is located on the grounds with the stone structures shown in the photograph displayed above.

Continuing on East Street we stopped at the Healing Temple.

PB092871 4x6Healing Temple

PB092872 4x6The Healing Temple dates from 1955. According to Lily Dale’s official website, it is “a place of peace for all those who come to renew their energies through  healing or quiet meditation and prayer… There is a sacredness to the energy of the Temple that many people feel just walking through the doors.”  On hindsight I wish I had determined whether or not it was possible to go inside the Temple.  I would have loved to have seen the stained glass windows from inside the Temple.

Located at the northeast corner of Lily Dale is the site of a memorial to the Fox family.  Earlier in this post I mentioned that Lily Dale became the center of the Spiritualist movement when the childhood home of Kate and Margaret Fox was moved from Hydesville, New York to Lily Dale. All that remains of the Fox home is a stone foundation upon which lies a memorial plaque.

PB092873 4x6Memorial to the Fox family

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I took a few photographs of the homes, most of which I believe are occupied by mediums, along Cleveland Avenue and Cottage Row.

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At the northern end of Cottage Row is the Lily Dale Auditorium.

LilyDale200710_026I didn’t photograph the Lily Dale Auditorium during Saturday’s visit, so I will share with you this picture that I took in October 2007.  I did, however, photograph the mushroom-shaped gazebo shown in the foreground of this picture during Saturday’s visit.

PB092887 4x6I posted photographs from our Lily Dale visit first on Facebook and have received a few questions about Lily Dale and pictures of interest.  I trust that this blog post and the links provided herein will provide answers for all the questions from my Facebook friends.

A Day Spent with Cynthia

Bob’s sister, Cynthia, was in town last week.  Cynthia spent the past week doing genealogy research and meeting up with some family members and a few friends.

Cynthia arrived in town on Sunday, November 4, and did not tell Bob and I that she was coming to town.  That evening  Bob and I went to Perkins Restaurant for dinner.  Of all people to run into at Perkins, we ran into Cynthia.  We would not expect to run into Cynthia anywhere in our hometown, as she lives about a 12-hour drive away from us.  Cynthia was on her way to our house to surprise us, when she spotted us on the highway.  Cynthia turned around and followed us to Perkins Restaurant.   Bob noticed that someone was following us.  He became a little concerned when the person who was following us pulled into the restaurant parking lot and began flashing their bright beams at him.  Bob pulled into a parking spot.  The car following us pulled up behind us.  Bob and I were both very surprised to see Cynthia behind the wheel.  We invited Cynthia to join us for dinner.   The next time we saw Cynthia was almost a week later.

On Saturday Bob and I spent part of the morning and afternoon with Cynthia. Our day began at the Horton House Bed & Breakfast, Cynthia’s lodging for the week.  Craig Scalise (one of the owners of the Horton House) and Cynthia gave us a tour of the Inn.

Horton House B&B

According to its website, the Isaac Horton family built this completely wooden (7,500 square feet) home in the late 1800’s. During the 1970’s upon retiring from Blair Corporation, N. Anthony (Tony) Scalise purchased the home as a retirement project. Due to ill health, the project was not completed. Anthony passed away in 1995. His wife, Silvia and their sons (Antonio & Craig), wanting to share this magnificent home, decided to open the Horton House Bed & Breakfast Inn. Today, the Scalise Family continue to reside in and operate the Horton House as the finest in overnight accommodations and breakfast.

Front Door View

Dining Room

The Music Room

This is one of the world’s largest playable electric guitars.
It was built by “Uncle Al” in the 1980’s.

Original Ballroom
Used now for ping pong, darts and games
Serves also as conference room for meetings

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The Horton House is a beautiful mansion.  Bob’s sister enjoyed her 1-week stay there very much.  I am certain that you would too.  So, if you are ever in the Warren area and looking for a place to stay, be sure and check out the Horton House Bed & Breakfast.

Our Saturday continued at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, New York, where Cynthia treated us to lunch. After lunch Cynthia doubled her money playing a slot machine.

Our day together ended taking in the view of Warren from the lofty vantage point of Washington Park.

Bob and his sister, Cynthia, with our hometown (Warren, Pennsylvania) in the background

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