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Best things to do in Lyons

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Movie Theater
“ History of the Ohmann Theatre The Ohmann Theatre was built in 1915 by Burt Ohmann in Lyons, New York. Burt operated the theatre through the 1930's. His sons Robert and Myron took over the management of the theatre together through the following twenty years. Robert continued to run the theatre as the sole proprietor and theatre manager until the late 1980's. In 2005 his oldest son Bob brought the theatre back to the Ohmann family with a complete reconstruction. Through its long and proud history the Ohmann Theatre has been a live theatre house, the site of vaudeville and musical entertainment, and even a venue for amateur boxing. Of course, the movie screen was always there, lighting the faces of the finest actors and the most touching cinematic moments, from the earliest silent films through the talkie era and beyond. Now back in the Ohmann family and renovated to modern standards but still with the old-fashioned charm and character of the original house, the lights are shining brightly at the Ohmann Theatre again. Highlights of the Renovation Reconstruction of interior, with reconfigured seating, restored woodwork and trim, new flooring, and bathroom facilities. New seating, built to match by the Irwin Company, the same firm that built the original seating in 1914. Original seats were saved for use in the balcony. New projection system, with both film and DVD capabilities. New sound system, with special surround-sound and digital stereo. New stage sound and lighting. News Clippings, 1915: Construction and Grand Opening of Ohmann Theatre click image to enlarge Storefronts Along William St., 1916 click image to enlarge Ohmann Theatre Interiors, 1916 Renovation of Ohmann Theatre, Summer 2005 Bob Ohmann presented with Theatre Historical Society Award On July 19, 2006, Bob Ohmann was presented with the Theatre Historical Society Honorary Member of the Year Award, for his efforts in renovating and reopening his family's historic theater. The 1,000-member theater society seeks to record and preserve the architectural, cultural and social history of American theaters. The group praised Ohmann for his efforts to bring the theater up to modern standards while retaining its old-fashioned charm. Approximately thirty-five people attended the presentation, including representatives from Lyons National Bank, employees of the Ohmann Theatre and from St. Lawrence Homes, the project manager from contractor Chrisanntha Construction, State Assemblyman Robert Oaks, the Mayor, Supervisor and several members of the Ohmann family. An article also appeared in the Finger Lakes Times, July 20: "Ohmann honored at Ohmann". Lyons Mayor Corrine Kleisel, Honoree Bob Ohmann, Wayne County Supervisor Jim Fabino, Assemblyman Bob Oaks, and County Historian Pete Evans. Assemblyman Robert Oaks, THS President Karen Colizzi Noonan, and Honoree Bob Ohmann”
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Miscellaneous Shop
“Artisans, fine crafters and small cottage industry display their work. Antiques on the bottom floor. Sweets and coffee shop inside.”
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History Museum
“The Museum of Wayne County History, run by the Wayne County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, is located in the historic town of Lyons, NY. About us: The museum is housed in the former Wayne County Jail and Sheriff's residence built in 1856 and used until 1960. The 24 cells are still intact with the original inmate art work on the walls. Learn the stories of some of the inmates that served time at the jail, and tour the three floors of exhibition space, such as Lyons Pottery & Clyde Glass, the Military Room which spans the War of 1812 to Vietnam War, a Child's 1856 bedroom and much more. The museum is located at 21 Butternut Street; a short walk up from lock #27. Guided tours available daily, large groups please call in advance. A two story carriage house is also available to tour weather permitting. Admission into the museum is $4 adults, $2 students and Wayne County Historical Society members are free. The building was also the only place in Wayne County where a man was hanged. In 1860 William Fee was convicted of the murder of an unknown woman traveling through Clyde. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang. Many of our paranormal investigators say that he just might be still walking the cellblock. Because of this, we have been included on the Haunted History Trail of New York State. Click HERE to be brought to their website. Our professional staff and the strong support of our volunteers help make us an invaluable educational resource in Wayne County. Our Mission: It is the mission of The Wayne County Historical Society: * To encourage an appreciation of the history of Wayne County * To disseminate historical information about Wayne County and the surrounding area * To preserve the heritage of the area and help individuals explore history and its meaning in relation to their lives WELCOME! We have a large photo collection pertaining to Wayne County available for research Lyons Pottery ”
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Travel Agency
“The Lyons Farmers’ Market, the oldest and largest in Wayne County, has been formed to provide healthy, fresh food and horticultural products to the County and surrounding areas, and to encourage commerce, entertainment and trade in Lyons. Located on Church Street in front of the Wayne County Courthouse, the Market is open every Saturday morning, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., mid-June to late October. Many of our vendors accept WIC coupons. The 2016 Farmers Market opens June 18th and runs through October 22nd.”
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Store
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Park
“South-Side Canal Park South-Side Canal Park offers a peaceful respite in the middle of a bustling downtown. Listen to the waterfalls and relax A favorite fishing spot Easily reached by a driveway at the south end of the Route 14 Canal Bridge A very short walk from MacDonald’s Restaurant Great views of Erie Canal Lock 27 Overlooks the falls where the Canandaigua Outlet flows into the Erie Canal Has a pavilion, picnic tables and benches overlooking the water Check out the monument to the first settlers of Lyons”
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Bakery
“H JUICY HALF-CHICKEN SLOWLY SMOKED OVER HICKORY WOOD. ALF CHICKEN FLAVORED WITH A LIGHT DRY RUB AND HICKORY SMOKE. 6.95 B 1/3 POUND BEEF BRISKET HAND RUBBED AND SMOKED OVER HICKORY WOOD EEF BRISKET FOR 12 HOURS. SERVED OPEN FACED OVER HOMEMADE BREAD. 7.95 DRY RUBBED AND SLOW SMOKED OVER HICKORY WOOD FOR OVER 5 HOURS. PORK RIBS MOIST AND JUICY RIBS THAT WILL FALL OFF THE BONE. 11.50 FULL RACK 16.50 HALF RACK ST. LOUIS STYLE 2 SIDES 3.00 EACH 2.00 PASTA SALAD COLESLAW APPLE SAUCE SALT POTATOES MAC & CHEESE BBQ BEANS OPEN FACED P 1/2 POUND PORK SHOULDER/BUTT ROAST HAND RUBBED. SMOKED OVER HICKORY AND ULLED PORK APPLE WOOD. FLAVORED WITH A TANGY BBQ SAUCE AND SERVED ON HOMEMADE BREAD. 7.95 T”
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Locality
“Nestled alongside the historic Erie Canal, Lyons is waiting to be discovered by you. Midway between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, Lyons is the seat of Wayne County, surrounded by gently rolling hills. Once known as “The Peppermint Capital of the World” due to extensive essential oil productions, the village is regarded as the Peppermint Village. An old fashioned business district is located in the heart of the village. Nearby, Central Park, containing a bandstand and water fountains, is the site for the village’s festivals such as Peppermint Days, Pumpkin Palooza and Peppermint Winter Wonderland. And here in summer the Lyons Farmers’ Market is held, the oldest in Wayne County. Beautiful architecture, murals, parks and trails all add to the atmosphere of this canal side village.”
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