Train display, Peekskill, NY - December 2003

Tim Trewhella, who used to participate here, asked that I post this:
UPDATED DUE TO WEEKEND WEATHER- OVERIDES PREVIOUS INFORMATION
Toy Trains on the Move
The Classic Toy Train Display, once again located at 21 S. Division St.
in
Peekskill, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13. The evening session will follow the city's tree
lighting ceremony, which was also postponed due to inclement weather
over
the weekend.
Tree lighting festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at Jan Peek Square, Park
and
South Division streets, with caroling led by the Hand to Mouth Players.
Free hot chocolate will be provided, the Peekskill Police Department's
DARE
officers will offer a drunken driving demonstration and fingerprinting
for
youngsters. Santa will make his entrance atop a fire truck bringing
candy
and stopping long enough to hear what children want for Christmas.
Revelers will then make their way down Division Street to the Classic
Toy
Train Display for its seventh annual presentation of Lionel trains from
the
1940s and 50s. Mayor John Testa will throw the switch put everything in
motion.
Trains will then run Sundays, from noon to 3 p.m., and from noon to 3
p.m
and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays through January 11. For more information
call
914-739-7257 or visit our website at
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Last year the trains rolled through space now occupied by the Peekskill
Coffee House, and Tim Trewhella, organizer of the event said that he was
glad to move out and make room for a new business.
"That's part of what we're trying to do, to show people the great retail
space available in Peekskill, and to encourage people to come downtown
and
explore the city," he said. The Peekskill Business Improvement District
sponsors the display.
For older visitors the display provides a chance to revisit their
childhood as they watch the big trains roll through detailed scenery on
the
200 square foot layout, built in homage to the department store layouts
of
yesteryear. For children it's a chance to enter a new world of sound and
motion the as trains through city and country, passing more than two
dozen
animated accessories, which literally includes all the bells and
whistles.
The display does more than entertain. In cooperation with the Marine
Corps
Reserves Toys For Tots program it collects new, unwrapped, toys for
needy
children. All are invited to donate a toy but it is not necessary for
admission, which is free.
The press is invited to join us at any time after 11 a.m. on Saturday
Dec.
13th, during our normal operating hours, or by appointment. Thank you
for
your interest.
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Peter King
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