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A Great Visit in Plymouth

July 12, 2011

Dear Mayor Senter,

    I was in Plymouth on Sat. July 9th and I just had to drop you a line to say how incredible my day was!  My girlfriend had to work in town so I rode down with her and decided to explore your city.  I had forgotten to bring the information that I had printed from your website, so I decided that the visitor’s center would be a good start.  Unfortunately the center was closed, so I decided to stop at the library. The ladies there were so helpful and so nice! I told them I was only in town for the day and asked if they had  suggestions on any points of interest I might be able to see.  They pointed me to the museum, Centennial Park, a couple of cemeteries and the Chief Menonnimee statue and wetlands.  By the time I left I had printed maps, hand written directions, pamphlets and a head full of ideas! 

    Next, I stopped at the museum.  I was the only person inside other than the employees so I got to take my time and actually read the information on the exhibits, something I seldom get to do when with my girlfriend.  The two ladies working that day were friendly and more than helpful also.  They also gave me plenty of information to leave with.  On a side note, I saw an old picture at the museum of a small diner on the Lincoln Highway called Chuck and Marie’s.  My parents names happen to be Chuck and Marie, so if there is any way to get a copy of that picture I’d appreciate any information you could send me.  Thank you in advance.

    After the museum I stopped at a large cemetery on Michigan Road.  It was so peaceful and pretty!  I was amazed at all the elaborate decorations and flowers on and around the headstones.  I got some great photos of some old headstones.

    My last stop was Centennial Park.  I kid you not, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw all the baseball and softball fields!!  I love softball, bicycling, hiking, canoeing, photography; almost any outdoor activity so I instantly fell in love with the park.  I spent the rest of the day walking the paths, taking pictures and soaking up the sites and sounds.  I must have seen four or five family reunions, a baseball team or two and numerous walkers and joggers, and yet the park still seemed so open and inviting.  I had no problems what so ever finding a parking place, and everyone I met smiled and said hi! I had a short but delightful conversation with a little girl from one of the reunions who asked me to take a picture of an ant, and a nice young man who was jogging stopped and chatted with me for a few by the river. 

    All in all I had a wonderful trip!  I had expected a little Podunk town with maybe an old cemetery or two and maybe some back road photo opportunities, but what I got amazed me.  You can really tell that your citizens care about their community.  Everything is so pretty and well kept.  Folks are friendly and the environment is inviting and welcoming.  I’m telling everyone I know about your “little” town!

    I was born and raised in Michigan City, IN.  I went to college in Fort Wayne.  Afterwards I returned to Michigan City and have been here ever since.  I can’t believe I’ve missed out on such a gem all these years, I will most definitely be back to explore all the things I didn’t have time for this trip.  Thank you for overseeing such a fine and welcoming city, and I wish you all the best in the future, as I know Plymouth has a bright one ahead of it!  Oh, and if you could, give my thanks to the staffs of the museum and the library as they were more than helpful and friendly.


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