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Tuesday November 25th, 2014
The public is invited to an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th, at the First Methodist Church of Dunkirk. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, this service will give us an opportunity to give our personal tha
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Friday November 28th, 2014
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  You are invited to spend Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at the Audubon Nature Center. You can choose from many opportunities, both indoors and out, including shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, like this happy customer who is purchasing a Bald Eagle hand puppet. Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is expanding their winter hours ...
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Sunday November 30th, 2014
Marvin L. Henchbarger, Executive Director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western NY, Inc. will speak at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua on Sunday November 30. Henchbarger will talk about transgender youth, the way
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Friday December 5th, 2014
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Taylor Sheehan, left, as Sally Applewhite, and Andrew Vertucci, as Jake Lawrence, in a scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play.” The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance presents seven performances from Dec. 5 to 13 in Bartlett Theatre. A unique take on a Christmas classic will be offered at the State University of New York ...
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A variety of works created by five graduating fine arts students at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be on display when the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery hosts the exhibition “Collectively Independent” from Dec. 5 to 11.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the first ...
Fredonia Grange No. 1 58 West Main St. Fredonia NY 14063 8 PM - 11 PM Live Band: Alleghany Crossing Caller: Joe Kwiatkowski
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Saturday December 6th, 2014
Annual Christmas Raffle will Benefit Anderson-Lee Library      The Friends of Anderson Lee Library in Silver Creek are sponsoring their annual December Raffle to benefit the library.  There will be over 35 baskets and g
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Taylor Sheehan, left, as Sally Applewhite, and Andrew Vertucci, as Jake Lawrence, in a scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play.” The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance presents seven performances from Dec. 5 to 13 in Bartlett Theatre. A unique take on a Christmas classic will be offered at the State University of New York ...
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A variety of works created by five graduating fine arts students at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be on display when the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery hosts the exhibition “Collectively Independent” from Dec. 5 to 11.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the first ...
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Like these previous participants, you can learn to make a beautiful evergreen wreath at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wreath-Making Workshop on Saturday morning, December 6. Jamestown, NY – Making an evergreen wreath is a skill you can put to use at holiday time every year. You can learn this skill at the Audubon Nature Center’sWreath-Making ...
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he Third Annual Madrigal Feaste brings scrumptious food, costumed performers, rousing music and merriment on a grand scale to the Williams Center on Saturday, December 6. Seating is limited; tickets must be purchased by November 30. On Saturday, December 6, the School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance will present the third annual Madrigal Feaste ...
Saturday, December 6 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fire Hall, East Street, Lily Dale Charity event with handmade and gently used items, books, crafts, gifts. Lunch and snacks available from the Fire Department.
Saturday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. Williams Center (general seating) $65 for multiple-course feaste, musical and theatrical program Tickets must be purchased by November 24   This scrumptious multi-course feaste heralds in the holiday season
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When: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 thru Sunday, February 17th, 2013

WNY Train and Toy Show Attracts Collectors, Hobbyists, and History Buffs

HAMBURG, NY -Those interested in railways, depots cars, or WNY railroad history won’t want to miss the Western New York Railway Historical Society’s Winter Train and Toy Show, February 16 and 17 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

According to event chairman, Stephen Kocsis the show is the largest in the region and expected to attract 5,000 attendees as well as vendors from the Northeast to the Midwest. Now in its tenth year, it follows The Greater Buffalo Train and Toy Show in November, which has been on-going for more than thirty years.

Kocsis says the event helps to raise funds for the WNY Railway Historical Society, which was founded in 1980 and dedicated to the preservation of the “rich railway heritage of the WNY region.” The group recently found a home in the Heritage Discovery Center, located in South Buffalo, where it shares space with The Steel Plant Museum and Lighthouse Society.

According to Ed Patton, director of museum development for WNYRHS, the center is “about preserving our industrial heritage.” Quoted in Buffalo Rising Online, Patton said, “For the railroad and steel plant museums, it represents the dedication of so many people committed to preserving the importance of the railroad and steelmaking heritage of the region. While these industries are now a past memory, the Heritage Discovery Center will preserve them for future generations.”

While the show itself promotes the hobby of train collecting and retirees who, Kocsis says, “May have had their first train set in the 1950s,” it is also a favorite with kids who enjoy the popular children’s television series, “Thomas and Friends.”

Kocsis says nearly 400 tables of model trains, supplies, videos, collectible toys, dolls, miniatures, cars and railroad memorabilia will be on display. In addition, several large operating layouts, will be shown including an “O” gauge (commonly used for toy trains and model railroading) as well as “N” scale, which will be on exhibit by the Gowanda and Buffalo Model Railroad club.

Various historical groups will also participate at the show, “so there is a wide range of interests covered,” says Kocsis. “Equally important, is to grow the interest of future generations in our railway heritage, to keep the hobby vibrant and have an event where kids of all ages can gather and play with trains of all sizes.”

“Thomas” play tables and “Skittles” the Clown will also be available for the enjoyment of the kids attending. Where else, says Kocsis, “can you spend a day with your family for only $7 (kids under 12 are fee) and see so many operating train layouts and interesting items for sale?” With their parent’s help, kids can find a hobby that might last a few years or a lifetime, says Kocsis. There are many groups at the show where they can learn more about local history as well.

The WNYRHS Winter Train and Toy Show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete list of events, visit www.wnyrhs.com.
 

CONTRIBUTOR: Patricia Pihl
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