You can say I held a macro meetup today. Two other photographers came over and we took macro photographs in the pub room. I photographed a watch and some other odds and ends I have around the house.
My light table and light box work well for this stuff. Add my Carl Zeiss macro lens and I’m ready to take on any tiny project.
The First Monday Event is something I do on the 1st Monday of each month. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. I gather a bunch of photographers and we take pictures. It’s open to anyone with a camera, and it is usually free (unless there is an additional cost like lunch, paying a model, entrance fee to a museum, etc.) Visit Palmyra Photographic Workshops for more information – www.palmyra-ny.com
Palmyra – An Impressive Place
Palmyra is an impressive place. Some people drive through and think we’re just another hole-in-the-wall podunk village on NY State Route 31. Members of the Church of Jesus Latter-day Saints come here thinking the only thing to see are the church historic sites.
There’s a lot of untapped potential in this town. A lot of local folks don’t see it. They see the 2 weeks during pageant as a windfall for some businesses, and after that… nothing.
I moved here hoping to make a difference. I think I have to a small degree, but I still butt heads with many local folks. I’ve joined the Chamber of Commerce and I’m now 1st Vice President of the chamber, but it is hard to get people excited about volunteering on the chamber. We can’t change things for the better unless others get on board with this idea.
What Palmyra Needs
Palmyra Needs a few more anchor businesses. We’re rapidly becoming a haven for 2nd hand, antique and consignment shops. That’s okay, but let’s step it up a bit. Let’s bring in some businesses that will keep people walking Main Street and spending money.
Here’s my wish list for the Village and Town of Palmyra…
- A mid-scale restaurant like Olive Garden, Chili’s, Longhorn, Denny’s etc., located on the corner of Temple Road and NY SR 21 – next door to the Palmyra Inn. (The biggest complaint that I hear about the Palmyra Inn is there is no place to eat close by. And, even though they offer breakfast, some guests want more than they offer… like a hot breakfast.) It’s close enough to I-90 that with some signage it could draw business a couple of miles north.
- A fast food restaurant on the east end of the village – Taco Bell, KFC, Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, etc.
- A local sit-down sidewalk cafe in the 200 block East Main Street. Someplace with ample seating inside and free WiFi, and during good weather, outdoor seating. Mark’s Pizza is good, but let’s add some variety and class it up a bit.
- I’d like to see Lock 29 move, or class it up a bit. They could start by not allowing smoking on the sidewalk in front of their building. The group that hangs out in front having their smokes are a deterrent to many who walk down that street. I’ve even had my tenants complain about the cigarette smoke coming from the Lock 29 loiterers. Ideally, I’d like to see them move on to one of the side streets.
- I’d like to see street performers in the 200 block during the summer. It’s a beautiful village. Why doesn’t the Village sell permits based on an audition tape or YouTube video and let them come and perform for tips.
That’s enough for starters.