I'm not normally a fan of crawling out of bed early on a Saturday morning, but I was glad I did last weekend.
For the first time, my girlfriend and I attended Doors Open Jamestown, and we had a blast. Every place we went was packed, and none of them disappointed.
We started the morning with a trip to the Fenton History Center to see the "Dear Santa" exhibit. Joni Blackman, Fenton director, said the exhibit is the Fenton's most popular, which is why the history center keeps it open through Doors Open every year.
The highlight, in my opinion, was the upside down Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling of one of the rooms.
Next year, I'm hoping to check out "Dear Santa" before Christmas, when I'm still in the holiday spirit.
Following our Fenton visit, we drove up the hill to the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum before heading across the street to the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center. We witnessed several local families having a good time at the air museum and the Lucy-Desi Center.
Much like the Fenton, there is a lot to see at the Lucy-Desi Center. We rushed through all of our stops on Saturday, but one could spend hours at many of the local attractions.
The Erie-Lackawanna Train Station was our next stop. The newly reopened station drew one of the larger crowds of the morning, and it looks pretty sharp in there.
We finished off the day with visits to the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. The Jackson Center's current exhibit, "A Hometown During War," runs through the end of the month, while RTPI's big attraction is the Randolph mammoth, a 13,000-year-old fossil of a Colombian mammoth skull. Both stops were worth our time.
Several other local businesses and attractions participated in the event.
We didn't make it to them all, but if you did, good for you. I thought it was a great day downtown, and I would recommend Doors Open 2014 to anyone.