Open house draws 400
- Hi Gang,
The weather was perfect and the visitors numerous at the first
annual "Gardenvale Short Line" open house held in the MacHan / Simard
garden last August 29-30. More than 400 smiling and enthusiastic
neighbours and friends, new and old, joined Marthe, my sister-in-law,
Muguette and me to watch our 4 trains glide over the Gn3 layout and
to explain the finer points of building a wonderful garden w/ponds &
tracks in 6 weeks.
The weekend was exciting to say the least but even more fun for
Marthe and me was the visit the week before the open house by the
editor of the local weekly newspaper (Journal de Saint-Bruno) along
with his staff photographer. They were so amazed by the GSL and the
VECRR (yes they visited the indoor layout too) that they spent 2.5
hours with us. The editor had so much material that he produced 3
articles that were printed in the Saturday August 30 edition. The
paper even ran my photo on the front page. The articles covered the
GSL, the VECRR and an intriguing human-interest piece on how Marthe
rekindled my passion for model trains. It was called, "Taming the
Monster", a reference to my reaction when Marthe surprised me with my
old model train collection for my 30th birthday. I told her that she
didn't know the monster that she had just awoken!
The open house was so successful in fact that we're planning a
special holiday open house in December. Hopefully there won't be too
much snow and the special Santa Claus train will be able to make it
around the trackage under the twinkling Xmas lights.
See the home page of the VECRR for a photo of the front page. It's
also in the photos section.
VECRR and the Gardenvale Short Line
- Congrats on a successful event! That's a fine picture on the front
page. This is the sort of thing that will draw newcomers to the
hobby; i suspect many still think of model trains as 'toys on the
floor' and don't realize the opportunities for their creative side
until they see an actual fully sceniced scale layout in operation.
Then the mindset switches from 'toy' to 'serious adult hobby'.