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The Women Who Created
Getting Ready for Visitors

by Lynne Belluscio

The 2017 season has already started. Since January we’ve had visitors from 33 states*. Last week we had a couple of families from Utah and visitors from Lithuania and Uzbekistan.  We’re now open seven days a week and will be closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.  The weather has been weird this year, but when the snow finally melted, we took the chain down across the stairs into the Jell-O Gallery. The “winter entrance” sign has been taken down. Cora the cow was moved upstairs tonight and moved into the gift shop. Every morning she is wheeled out to the porch. She spends the winter in the basement with the carriages and sleighs.  I can’t even imagine how many times she’s been photographed. I probably should get a postcard made of her. The barn quilt on the porch blew down during the wind, and hopefully we’ll get it back up this week.  When the weather warms up a bit, we’ll get a coat of paint on the railings and the wooden benches.  Those benches came from the Donald Woodward Airport – actually the metal brackets are all that’s left – the wooden slats are replacements. Bob Stefani is designing a new Jell-O Gallery sign for the A-frame out by the street.

Terry has ordered more T-shirts from LP Graphics and the golf balls have arrived. I just picked up our order of Jell-O boxer shorts.  We’re ordering kids’ aprons this year.  We just received a small order of Jelly Shot books. (They used to be called Jell-O Shot books, but Kraft Foods doesn’t allow the authors to use the trademark Jell-O.)  The recipes look great and I can’t wait to try a few. I stopped by Walmart and bought a couple hundred boxes of Jell-O.  I’ve ordered 55,000 brochures for distribution and signed the contract with Brochures Unlimited who will distribute them all over Western New York.  The Strong Museum called and asked us to ship brochures to them and we have to send a box of brochures off to the visitor center on Route 81 coming up from Pennsylvania.