It’s never a good time to get a crown on your tooth…but three days before Christmas $$$? Really??!
How do you make a visit to the dentist fun? Lucky me, I have a great dentist who is located in a good book scouting town — Penn Yan, New York. So I usually find a way of working some book hunting into the mix when I have a dental appointment. Ron was with me this trip, so after my crowning we stopped to eat at one of our favorite little spots in town, the Tavern Restaurant. Let me repeat, my dentist is GREAT, so he didn’t numb me up too bad. I could even sip a Bloody Mary out of a straw afterwards!! AND eat lunch. Yay.
Penn Yan (the peculiar town name is a syllabic abbreviation of “Pennsylvania Yankee”) lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake, my favorite of the Finger Lakes. It is about seventeen miles southeast of our home and book shop. A pretty village of about 5,000 citizens, Penn Yan has two used book shops.
The Books Landing recently relocated to 9 Main Street after years in a small store on a corner at 1 Main Street. I was anxious to see their new digs! Unfortunately, they were closed. All we could do was press our noses to the window. (Fortunately, my return trip to get my permanent crown is scheduled for a Tuesday. Hope that works.)
The Books Landing, run by a very nice lady named Barb Mullins, has always leaned toward paperbacks and good reading quality books for the locals and seasonal visitors. But I have found enough unexpected hardcover collectible gems in that store to keep me coming back.
Next, we telephoned Eileen O’Reilly, proprietor of Belknap Hill Books at 106 Main Street. We found this store to be closed too, but with a sign taped to the door that said “Want Books? Call…” and of course we did! She and her wonderful dog (“Rosie”) were kind enough to come right over and open up for us.
Eileen has operated Belknap Hill Books out of this store since 1987. She and her husband have recently decided to put this three-story residential-commercial building up for sale. It may be the end of another book shop…and I will be sad.
Penn Yan is high on my list of favorite New York towns. Interesting shops, walkable streets, the clip-clopping of Mennonite horse & buggies, a most beautiful lake and lots of wineries nearby. It is quaint, historic, and just quirky enough to be interesting!