Trains pulling in for holiday exhibit


Family: events, activities

November 27, 2003|By Meredith James

Model trains

All aboard! Get on the right side of the tracks for the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum's Annual Holiday Model Train Exhibit opening tomorrow. Acquire a little bit of history at the "First Thirteen Miles of the B&O," a 40-foot HO scale model, enjoy everyone's favorite animated train with a G scale Thomas the Tank Engine layout, and experience two other models, a G scale Outdoor Garden and a 300-foot, multilevel O scale model.

The show opens tomorrow and runs through Feb. 1. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-24 and Dec. 29-31. The museum will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for children 2-12 and free for children under 2. The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum is at 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-461-1944.

Caillou, the musical

Caillou, the animated and imaginative cartoon pre-schooler, comes to life for a full-length musical tomorrow at the Lyric Opera House. The curious 4-year-old takes center stage for Caillou's Big Party. Caillou is excited, but he is unsure as to what type of party to have. Everyone joins the fun, including his cat and the audience, to offer suggestions for the best festivities. In the end, Caillou learns that it doesn't matter what kind of party he has, as long as he is sharing it with friends.

Tickets are $17.50-$27.50 and are available at the Lyric Box Office by calling 866-597-4200 or online at More information, including rates for groups of 20 or more, is available by calling the Lyric at 410-685-5086. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.

AVAM Art Market

Get your taste buds into the holiday mood Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum's Holiday Art Market and Bake-Off. Shop holiday craft offerings from more than 50 vendors in the Museum Shop, a four-time winner of Baltimore magazine's "The Best Museum Shop in Baltimore."

Art for sale includes furniture, sculptures, collages, paintings, scarves, masks, blown glass, ornaments, wind chimes, garden art, dolls, wire creatures and mosaics. Visitors can vote for the best baked goods between noon and 1 p.m. as part of the AVAM Bake-Off.

The market is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. There is no cost to get in. For more information, call 410-244-1900.

Festival of Wreaths

Don't miss the unique wreaths at the Carroll County Festival of Wreaths. With 161 decorators registered to create in the sixth annual celebration, there looks to be a wide array of decorations. In addition to bidding in a weeklong silent auction, patrons can also vote for their favorite, including a "Kid's Choice" category. The festival starts Tuesday and runs through Dec. 6. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Carroll County Arts Council. In addition, holiday movies, kids crafts and refreshments will be available tomorrow and Saturday. Bidding on the wreaths ends at 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Winners need not be present.

The newly renovated Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St. in Westminster. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-848-7272.

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