LILY DALE - The close of the 134th program season is hours away at the Lily Dale Assembly. Sunday marks the final day of activities. Soon, there will be no more last-minute dashes for sandwich and dessert yummies at Monika's Delites, or daily specials at the Sunflower Cafeteria.
However, several post-season workshops are on the agenda in September, and visitors are invited to stroll the grounds. The Bargain Shop on East Street remains open year-round, each week including Sundays, opening daily at 10:30 a.m., says Robert Coons, who also points out "this has been one of our best seasons ever.''
The Crystal Cove on Cleveland Avenue will remain open throughout September and October, opening daily at 11 a.m., with exception of Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to owner Jana Potter. More details area available at 595-3750 .
Visitors gather for a guided tour of the Fairy Village, before the close of Lily Dale Assembly’s summer season. In foreground are Natalie Larson, left, and Connie Dutcher, founders of the fairy complex, shown with Sundie Wilcox of Cassadaga.
And, for a limited time, pastry chef Sharon Russell promises Cup O' Joes on Cleveland Ave., will keep the coffee pot brewing and plenty of baked and breakfast goodies on hand. The favorite spot will remain open through Sept., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
Lily Dale's executive director, Susan Glasier chalks up the 2013 season as highly successful.
"We had great turnouts at our events, even though we got off to a rainy start, and some cooler-than-usual temperatures early on, the assembly has had a wonderful summer,'' she said.
Lily Dale residents Connie Dutcher and Natalie Larson, who about six years ago founded the Fairy Trail, this spring moved the wee people and their dwellings from a hilly site a short distance away to a level forested area approached on East Street, near the Lily Dale firehall.
"Unfortunately, with all the rain, it was slow-going with grading and pathwork but the new Fairy Village was worth it,'' Dutcher said. Larson also noted the project has grown from ''six or so'' houses to more than 200 - many of intricate design.
Highlighting post-season programs are Gary Renard and Cindy Lora, who will present a two-day workshop, "Spiritual Awakening Through Reinterpreting Everyday Living.'' Classes will be offered at the auditorium, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Renard, author of "The Disappearance of the Universe," and Lora, his wife - a spiritual psychologist - will offer guidance on meditations, and how to spiritually awaken through changes in perceptions.
On Sept. 7-8, Patricia Price, a Lily Dale registered medium for 28 years and international lecturer, will present a workshop, "Mediumship Awareness." Participants are urged to bring cameras to capture spirit images and orbs. Class will include messages from deceased loved ones, spirit guides and guardian angels, and will take place at the Leolyn Hotel Garden Room.
"Women's Empowerment Weekend - Finding (Allowing) Alignment With Your Inner Spirit," a workshop also at the Leolyn Garden Room , will be presented Sept. 13-15 by Shirley Calkins Smith, Lily Dale registered medium and teacher of Transformational Breathwork, and Joan McElligott. Classes focus on individuals learning to embrace themselves as they really are rather than the type of persons they think they are supposed to be.
Details on workshops and on the Lily Dale Assembly are available at www.lilydaleassembly.com or 595-8721.