Christmas Trains in the Village
Christmas Trains in the Village on December 4th & 5th at the South County Historical Society's IOOF Hall
Running Model Trains and Festivities will also be featured during that Sunday's Elegant Christmas in the Village of Arroyo Grande.
A special Christmas model train show is being presented on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th & 5th, in the Village of Arroyo Grande. The San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association and the South County Historical Society will sponsor this 4th annual family event at the Society's Historic IOOF Hall at 128 Bridge Street. The model layouts will be placed within the Hall's current history exhibits which feature "Early Pismo, Vignettes and Photographs" and "Routes and Roots: Cultivating Filipino-American History on the Central Coast." The events are free although a $2 admission donation is requested. Activities will include running model trains, festive holiday decorations, raffles and gifts for the kids.
This will be the perfect weekend for children, families, history buffs and train enthusiasts to visit Arroyo Grande's popular Historic IOOF Hall. The Christmas Trains in the Village event will take place from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Saturday and from noon until 8:00pm on Sunday. The IOOF Hall festivities will conclude on Sunday as part of the annual Elegant Christmas in the Village community gathering throughout the AG Village from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Attendees and volunteers are encouraged to dress in Victorian and festive holiday costumes and enjoy entertainment, drinks and snacks at all the Village shops including the IOOF Hall. Numerous sweets and a chocolate fountain will provide tasty treats for IOOF visitors on Sunday night during the Elegant Christmas event.
The SLOMRA displays will once again be specifically crafted and decorated with children and the holidays in mind. Model trains of various sizes will be displayed and run for the delight of all within the holiday trapping of the IOOF Hall. Most of the layouts will detail winter scenes and Christmas trains will be abundant. Three model scales will be represented: Lionel, On30 and N scale. The On30 layout will feature Pacific Coast Railway modules designed and built by Dennis Pearson along with a special On30 Christmas themed train. The N-Scale layout will feature custom Christmas themed engines and rolling stock detailed by SLOMRA members.
Railroad conductor hats and gifts from Amtrak will be available for the kids. The first youngsters who arrive each day will receive wooden train whistles compliments of Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab! The SLOMRA will also conduct a daily raffle for complete train layouts. All donations and proceeds from the raffles will be split between the SCHS and the SLOMRA. The Historical Society will have their building and exhibit area all dressed up for the holidays. Historical books, photographs, calendars and cards will be available for sale throughout the weekend for those still needing to fill Christmas stockings!
For further information please call the Historical Society at 489-8282 on weekday afternoons. Information is also available on the following websites:
South County Historical Society: www.southcountyhistory.org or San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Assoc.: www.slomra.org Elegant Christmas in the Village information can be found at: www.arroyograndevillage.org