The last time I went to Lily Dale, New York, was three years ago, with my friend and colleague, the late Natalie Smith-Blakeslee, and her husband Steve. It was during the “off season” so there weren’t a lot of people around. We went to “the stump,” a tree stump on which mediums stand and give messages.
Natalie told me that giving readings from the stump was considered an honor, and could be done by invitation only. “I see you giving readings from the stump one day,” she told me.
I went to Lily Dale again this past Saturday. This time it was during it’s “open season.” Lily Dale is a spiritualist community, and people go there during open season to attend the daily and weekly events that are not available during the off season. I went there for the same reason. During the open season there is a $10 gate fee to enter the grounds (this fee doesn’t apply in the off season). I was there with my friends Linda, Val, Emmalee and Tyler. Since Emma and Tyler are both below a certain age, the fee didn’t apply to them.
We found a place to park and saw on the schedule of events we were given that readings at the stump were going on, so we decided to go there first. While I was standing there listening to the readings, I kept hearing the souls telling me not to stay, so I left. Linda, Val and the kids followed me shortly thereafter. We decided to come back for the readings at 5;30 that afternoon.
We walked around the grounds, looked in a couple of the stores, went to the Lily Dale museum, and attended a Spiritualist service, which was a first for me. We sang songs, listened to a sermon, and a medium/clairvoyant gave readings.
Afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat, then decided to go the stump early to avoid the crowds for the 5;30 service. I was taking pictures of the stump when I heard someone calling my name and it was Gina Marie, someone who’s been a “Facebook friend” of mine for a few years now. I wondered if this was the reasons the souls didn’t want me to stay for the earlier service. We might not have come to this one if my friends and we had stayed (a “been there, done that” sort of thing).
Gina Marie and I sat on one of the front benches talking when a young woman named Celeste came up to me and asked me if I would give messages during the service as a “visiting medium!” I was floored, and literally sat there with my mouth open before I declined the invitation.
I was asked on Facebook if I turned down the invitation because of “stage fright.” The truth is that I actually enjoy public speaking. I declined because it was the first time being at Lily Dale during their open season, and I wanted to watch readings being given, and perhaps receive one myself (which didn’t happen) rather than giving readings. I do plan on going back since Lily Dale is only a little more than an hours drive from where I’m staying in Erie, PA. When I do, I’d be more than happy, and honored, to give readings in front of the stump (due to its age, no one stands on the stump any longer to give readings).
All in all, I had a great time. As I said before, I plan on going back again, perhaps several more times before the season ends. If you’re there and you see me, please stop me and say “hello.” Who knows, you may just receive a stump reading from me while we’re there!
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