Friday, September 11, 2009

Lily Dale: Off-Season

Lily Dale is now considered off-season, so there are no daily events, no gate entrance fee, and many of the public buildings are closed. Having made their happy pilgrimage to Lily Dale, many of the summer visitors have returned to their homes in other towns, other states, and other countries. But our little town is not empty.

Some of the mediums and residents stay on through the winter. A few of the gift shops may be open for browsing. Many of the guest houses are still open for boarders.

The churches offer their own Sunday services, workshops, and classes. The Church of the Living Spirit meets in the Assembly Hall. And the Lily Dale Spiritualist Church meets in the Healing Temple. Check their websites for more info.

If you are interested in having a reading, mediums are still available for readings in the off-season. At present, there are approximately 40 Registered Mediums. They have each been tested and approved by the Lily Dale Assembly. Each medium has their own distinct personality, has their own way of connecting with those in spirit, and keeps their own schedule. [This means: during the off-season some mediums live in Lily Dale year-round and are available for in-person readings in Lily Dale; some mediums are traveling or wintering in other climes. Therefore, appointments are strongly suggested.] You may see the list of Registered Mediums by visiting

Although the main hotels in Lily Dale are closed off-season, many of the guest houses are open and available for booking rooms. Most of the public buildings are closed, but visitors often remark on the wonderful peace and hush as they walk along the streets. In fact, some visitors deliberately schedule their time in Lily Dale for the off-season for some rest and relaxation.

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

The first week of September 2014 was my very first trip to Lily Dale N.Y. and I can say it was one of the best experiences of my life. When I got home I told my family and friends all about it and now plans are being made for next year only I wont be alone, so many have said they will be coming with. Words can not explain what I felt in my heart driving back to Indiana 7 hours alone, the peace, the happiness. I wasn't able to get an appointment with Willa but I did get to see her at the stump. Next year I will make my appointment early.