Wise Av­enue Train Gar­den de­lights young and old

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NICOLE ROD­MAN nrod­[email protected]­pub.com

A well-loved lo­cal hol­i­day tra­di­tion has re­turned to light up the sea­son.

The an­nual Wise Av­enue Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Christ­mas Train Gar­den has re­turned for its 39th year, de­light­ing vis­i­tors of all ages with a dis­play in­clud­ing hun­dreds of build­ings, trees, an­i­mated fea­tures — and tiny town res­i­dents to en­joy it all.

The suc­ces­sor to the train gar­den once hosted at the Dun­dalk Fire Sta­tion, the WAVFC train gar­den

has be­come a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors from across re­gion. Thou­sands de­scend on the hall each Christ­mas sea­son to view the de­tailed dis­play dur­ing its hol­i­day run.

But mount­ing such an im­pres­sive dis­play is no easy feat.

It takes ap­prox­i­mately six weeks for many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers to as­sem­ble the at­trac­tion, rais­ing the gar­den from plat­forms on the floor to a daz­zling dis­play of trains, lights, an­i­mated fea­tures and more.

The WAVFC Christ­mas Train Gar­den , at 214 Wise Ave., is open ev­ery week­day from 6 to 9 p.m. and ev­ery week­end from noon to 9 p.m., ex­cept for Christ­mas Day, Tues­day, Dec. 25, when it will be closed. The at­trac­tion will re­main open through Jan. 7.

A do­na­tion of $1 is re­quested for all vis­i­tors over the age of 7. Pro­ceeds di­rectly ben­e­fit the WAVFC.

For more, visit www.wavfc.org.

PHOTO BY NICOLE ROD­MAN

A stream trick­les down a snow-cov­ered moun­tain.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Ruth Todd-Boggs, of the 12th gen­er­a­tion, wel­comes the fam­ily and friends and gives a brief his­tory.

PHOTO BY JOHN G. BAI­LEY

Thou­sands visit the Wise Av­enue Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany’s Christ­mas train gar­den each year.

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