See the magic of trains at auction

NEIGHBORS

April 19, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Don't you just love those trains chugging around the Christmas tree?

Train sets, lovingly unpacked each holiday season, whirring mightily as the gifts are unpacked, are an enduring tradition in many families.

Some do the same thing year after year and others make a different show each Christmas. The custom varies from home to home.

Greenburg Shows and Auctions are wonderful places for "train families" to visit and the rest of us succumb to the magic if we venture in, too.

Trains are a large part of Sykesville's past, so what could be more fitting than an auction of these trains in its fire hall?

The bidding begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sykesville-Freedom fire hall on Route 32.

The preview period begins at 9 a.m.

This is not a train show, it's an auction. So, if you love auctions, this is where the action is.

If you just love trains, you get the auction, too.

"The items we're selling are mainly collectibles," said Joe Armacost of Greenburg Shows. "Many people collect trains, and they'll enjoy this auction. We'll have some very unique trains and accessories."

"Modern Era" Lionel sets -- those made after 1970, -- make up roughly half the consignment items. American "S" Gauge, "O" Gauge and "HO" Gauge -- made between 1946 and the mid-1960s -- make up the balance.

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Freedom Elementary School is gearing up for its first "Family Science Night," at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the school on Route 32.

"A lot of people are intimidated by science, which is a shame," said Pat Reed, a Freedom fourth-grade teacher. "This is to encourage parent involvement and to instill the excitement and joy of science, the thrill of discovering new things."

Ms. Reed was a demonstrator for a similar program at Robert Moton Elementary School, and she enjoyed the experience so much that she wanted to bring it to Freedom Elementary.

"I saw how much parents and children really enjoyed themselves and that is what science is all about," Ms. Reed said.

Ms. Reed's class has been involved for weeks.

"My class has been completely responsible for the promotion," she said. "They've made posters and hung them in the halls, speeches, written persuasive essays and read them aloud on the school TV. They've risen to the challenge wonderfully."

Those who participate will have to choose two workshops out of the seven that will be offered.

Beekeeping, geology and art, making terrariums and aquariums out of recyclable materials (two workshops), reptiles and amphibians, a lab materials demonstration, and chemistry are on the agenda.

Deanna Hoffman, a Piney Run Park naturalist, will join several parents or parents of former students as a presenter.

"I knew that some of the parents had special abilities and interests," Ms. Reed said, "so I asked if they would like to do this. The beekeeping and chemistry workshops will be done by parents who have experience in those fields, and we even have one grandparent involved, who will be teaching the geology and art program."

Ms. Reed said the interest is very high. "We sent home permission slips, and those that return them can get tickets," Ms. Reed said. "The response has been terrific."

"Everyone can come and have fun in a nonthreatening way," Ms. Reed said. Nonschool members of the community are welcome to attend, but they must call the office to obtain a ticket. Class sizes are limited.

For information, call 795-0848.

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