On Thursday, December 1, the Honeoye Falls – Town of Mendon Historical Society hosted its annual Christmas Holiday Social at its one-room Schoolhouse in Harry Allen Park.
Schoolmarm Miss Mary (Mary Lynne Parmelee) hosted the evening, filled with joyful Christmas caroling sing-alongs by Ann Mangan’s piano students; singing and guitar playing by Val Fowler; and a full set by the musicians and choir of St. Paul of the Cross Church. Hot Wassail and Christmas cookies were served to a constantly-rotating crowd of about 40 people.
The Historical Society’s Museum was open to the public during the event, where recently-discovered plats related to Rochester Junction and the Rochester & Honeoye Valley Railroad (predecessors to the Lehigh Valley Railroad) were on display.
The Society also recently announced its new slate of officers for 2017. Former Vice President Drew Saur will become the new President; former President Barry Quinn will serve as Secretary/Treasurer, and former Treasurer Wayne Menz will serve as Vice President. Society trustees, Dr. Bill Brorein and Bill Lane, renewed their positions through the end of 2019. Society members approved Charles Woolever to fill Douglas Morgan’s vacated two-year trusteeship, which along with Denise Dickinson’s, run through the end of 2017 and those of Gary Albright and Dee Kammermeier, which run through the end of 2018.
The Society extends its appreciation to Lynne Menz who has served as Secretary for ten years. She has served as a docent in the Society’s Museum, has led tours of the Honeoye Falls cemetery for Manor School 4th Grade students and two years ago, she organized an afternoon tour and program for the community at the cemetery, at which several amateur actors ‘came to life’ as some notable occupants of the cemetery who told about their lives in Honeoye Falls.
The speakers and topics for the Society’s 2017 monthly program meetings are expected to be finished soon and will be available for download on www.hfmhistorical.org.