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Popular Model Train Holiday Show Rolls Into Wilton To Delight Families

Wilton Historical Society’s Great Trains Holiday Exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 25, from noon - 4 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed/Takeshi Sergel
The Wilton Historical Society's Great Trains Holiday Exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 25 from noon - 4 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed/Takeshi Sergel

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Historical Society is to host a six-week holiday exhibition aimed at children, adults and train lovers of all ages.

The “Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland” is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Society’s home at 224 Danbury Road/Route 7. The exhibit is to run through Jan. 16.

The opening event, scheduled from noon – 4 p.m. Friday, is to feature a program and book signing with Brian Floca, the Caldecott Medal-winning author of “Locomotive,” from 1-2 p.m., according to the Society.

From 1-2 p.m. the following day, the exhibit will feature a musical performance from Tom Hooker Hanford, organizers said, adding that the troubadour will be signing songs from “Fiddle Dee Dee: Children’s Folk Songs of Old New England.”

Hanford’s program includes music, storytelling and a number of colorful painted masks, organizers said.

During the remainder of the exhibit the trains will be running from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays – Saturdays, and from noon – 4 p.m. on Sundays. Children and Society members will be admitted free while non-member adults will be charged $10.

The exhibit, which takes place inside the Society’s decorated 18th and 19th century buildings, is to include eight different train layouts winding through model towns with a variety of buildings and tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels.

According to organizers, the interactive display “enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable ‘train engineers’ on hand to ‘talk trains.’”

A special section of the exhibit aimed at young children is to feature Thomas the Tank Engine trains and a set of Brio trains for “hands-on fun.”

On Saturdays, the Society plans to offer an art project that will allow families to paint wooden train engines (about the size of a Christmas ornament), according to organizers. Society members will be charged $5 per child with a maximum $15 per family while non-members will be charged $10 per child with a maximum $30 per family, according to organizers.

For more information about the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit, find the Wilton Historical Society online.

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