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10:30 am and 11:30 am, Saturday, Apr. 26. Concert designed to introduce very young audiences to musical instruments. Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Avenue, Dunkirk. 716-673-4628. FREE
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SHERMAN, NY, April 26th. A benefit will be held for Iona Burkholder at the Stanley Hose Company Fire Department in Sherman on April 26th. Doors open at 1pm and an Italian Pasta Bar will be served from 2- 7pm. The Red Cross will be there to hold a Blood Drive in Iona’s honor. Each donor will receive a free tee shirt and gift card to Tops. Iona was diagnosed with acute ...
Food Is Our Medicine Project, in coordination with Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Diabetes Foundation, present the HONORING MOTHER EARTH 5K RUN/WALK on April 26, 2014 at 11 am. Starting line is the Seneca Nation Early Childhood Learning Center a
5K ANew Run and Walk April 26, 2014 The Salvation Army Anew Center Start Time: 9:30 am.   Registration: 7:30 am to 9:00am The Salvation Army Gym 83 South Main St. Jamestown, NY Entry Fee: Pre Register by 4/17: $20.00 w/shirt, $15.00 no shi
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Jason Kinem and Diane Pugh enjoy a game of Scrabble at Prendergast Library, which will hold its second annual Scrabble tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Admission is $15 to benefit the library. Sign up at the Information Desk or in the Fireplace Room the morning of the event. There will be refreshments for sale and prizes for winners. The library is ...
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Event will focus on online databases and the best way to use them DUNKIRK, N.Y. – More people than ever before are trying to learn about their own family history. That’s largely due to the popular Ancestry.com website along with the NBC TV Show “Who do you think you Are?” - which helps celebrities learn more about their ancestors. Rhonda Konig ...
DUNKIRK, NY - The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society is hosting a seminar focusing on researching Family History on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The event will help people learn more about various free, online resources that can be used when researching their own family history. It will also provide important things to know when doing online research. Featured speakers include research ...
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FREDONIA, NY - On Sunday April 27th, SUNY Fredonia Anime Club with the help of SUNY Fredonia Gamers Guild will be hosting the first ever Fredonia Pokemon League from 12:00a.m to 11:30 p.m. in Fenton Hall rooms 159, 153, 154 and 158! Members of the community are invited to come challenge our Pokemon League, including 8 Gym Leaders and the Elite Four, just like the famous Pokemon games. The League ...
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Saturday, May 3, is the date of the annual Birdathon Fledglings Fundraiser sponsored by the Education Staff of the Audubon Center and Sanctuary and their friends. The event raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship. Ryan is pictured here in the center back with one of his Summer Day Camp groups – with the bluebird nest box they built and decorated. ...
A sure sign of spring in the area is the return of the Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, May 3rd. The event will take place this year at the Sheridan Community Center (Formerly St. John Bosco Hall), 2773 Main Rd., Sheridan, from 10AM-5PM. Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? The Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show will have a nice mix of hand-crafted gift booths and small ...
Kennedy Pride to host a Victorian Tea Herb Garden Theme Saturday, May 3rd from 2-4 pm Held at Kennedy First United Methodist Church $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 6-12 Bring your own teacup, prizes for the most unusual Children come dres
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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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