Thursday, July 19, 2018

Working on the Patterson Park Display

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 several Train Garden Committee members continued their work on the Patterson Park display. As can be seen by the pictures below this new Patterson Park display will have new features such as a swimming pool, Pulaski monument, row houses, just to name a few. The members were Terry Maillar, Geoerge Lambillottee, and Jessica Markiewicz. Jessica took these pictures.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Creativity by Carol

Carol Hartke, one of the Train Garden volunteers, created row houses for the Highlandtown display and the Patterson Park Display. Enjoy the intricacies of the houses and imagine the time and patience she must have had to create them. Great job Carol!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Volunteers Are Rearranging the Train Tracks

On July 4, 2018 the volunteers - Terry, Scott, Jessica George, and Joe (taking the pictures) - were deciding on the new train layouts for this year.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Configuring Items for the New Highlandtown and Patterson Park Displays

On Sunday, June 24, 2018 members of the Train Garden Committee met at the Engine House to figure out where to put buildings, roads, etc. in the new Highlandtown and in the new Patterson Park Displays. Pictured are Terry Maillar, Scott Eggleston, Carol Hartke, Doug Campbell, Joan Campbell (seated), Jessica  Markiewicz, and Joe Manfre (photographer).

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Making All the Platforms Even

On June 17, 2018 several members of the Highlandtown Train Garden Committee worked on elevating the once Christmas scene platform to match all the other platforms and deconstruct the Thomas The Tank Engine display. George is removing items from the Thomas The Tank Engine display. Carol and Jessica are removing staples to make the platform smooth.  Scott is handing tools to Terry. Terry is under the garden bolting the new legs to help even out all the platforms. Joe is also helping out lifting the tables and taking the pictures.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Making Changes for an Exciting Highlandtown Scene

On Saturday, June 10, 2018 volunteers - Scott Eggleston, Carol Hartke, Terry Maillar, and Joe Manfre - deconstructed the Christmas scene in the Train Garden that had Thomas the Tank Engine.

Also the Frozen River was removed. The pictures below to the left show the before and the pictures below to the right show the after. This year a new and exciting Highlandtown scene will be constructed in its place.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Another Train Garden Meeting

Many members of the Train Garden Committee met on April 8 to make final plans for updating the Train Garden. After the ideas were discussed it was decided to meet on May 6 to begin the process of "deconstructing" the Train Garden so changes could be implemented and be ready to construct a new 2018-2019 Highlandtown Train Garden.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The First 2018-2019 Highlandtown Train Garden Meeting

The Train Garden volunteers below met on Saturday, March 3, 2018 to discuss ideas for the 2018-2019 Highlandtown Train Garden. Since this year will be out 10th the volunteers offered thoughts about what changes need to be done to celebrate the 10 years of the Train Garden.

The volunteers are from left to right Joe Manfre, Jessica Markiewicz, Joan Campbell, Adam Maske, Doug Campbell, Scott Eggleston, and Terry Maillar who took the picture. Carol Hartke was also present but she had to leave before the picture was taken.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Highlandtown Train Garden Volunteers Enjoy Getting Together

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 most of the Train Garden volunteers visited Vinny's Cafe for their last get together of the 2017-2018 Train Garden season. Many of them were discussing plans for the 2018-2019 Train Garden and how to celebrate the 10th season.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Results Are In!

This year, the ninth year,  4578 persons visited the Train Garden. This includes 1005 students from the various surrounding schools who saw the Train Garden. Fifty-six businesses and associations were sponsors for the Train Garden. This year 16 persons volunteered their time to help at the Train Garden. These volunteers from October to December 2017 gave 1,304 hours of their time to make the Highlandtown Train Garden a success. Thanks to all!

Arch McKown has won the Disney Train Set at the Highlandtown Train Garden.

Mr. McKown winning raffle ticket was drawn at the Train Garden on Monday, January 1. He was the winner of the Disney Train Set. He has not been able to pick up his prize because he is on jury duty. A picture of Mr. McKown and his prize will be posted when available.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Arch McKown and his two sons, AJ and Andrew, stopped by the Engine House to pick up their raffle prize. All seemed very happy with the Disney Train Set. Mr. McKown told his sons that he would help them assemble the train set.

Richard M. Segel from Gough Street is the winner of the Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set

Mr. Segel's raffle ticket was drawn on Monday, January 1 at the Highlandtown Train Garden. When called he said he never wins anything. But on this day he did. His grandchildren, he said, will really enjoy the train set.

A Happy Goetze's Basket Winner of the Train Garden Raffle - Lynne Ebbs from Reisterstown MD

On Monday, January 1 the winner of the Goetze's Basket at the Train Garden raffle was Lynne Ebb. She said every year her family visits train gardens after Thanksgiving. Shown here is Ms. Ebb and her two grandchildren. Congratulations.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Students from the Surrounding Schools Visit the Train Garden

This year over 1000 students from the surrounding schools visited the Train Garden. They were preK, K,1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade students. All the students and their teachers and chaperones had a wonderful experience.

Matt Kelly - Human Being Productions Visits the Train Garden

Friday, December 8, 2017

Videos of the Highlandtown Train Garden - the Main Platform and the Thomas the Tank Engine Platform

School Children Visit the Train Garden

During the weeks of December 3 and December 10 students from the neighboring schools visit the Train Garden with their teachers and adults. They are scheduled for a 30 visit and can see several landmarks that are in their neighborhood. From the pictures below you can see how much they enjoyed the Train Garden.

Santa Visits the Highlandtown Train Garden

On Saturdays - December 9, 16, and 23 Santa visits the Train Garden. He will be there from 11 am to 5 pm. Visitors are welcomed to take pictures with Santa and he has a gift for every child that visits him. In the picture below you can see how happy Santa is with his elf friend.

We Ae Open For Business

On November 25, 2017 the Highlandtown Train Garden opened its doors at 11 am. Visitors viewed the new displays - the Great Halloween Parade,the Conkling Street Garden and an entire platform dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine. They enjoyed working on the scavenger hunts, whether the easy, medium, or hard hunts. They also witnessed the raffle items which are a Disney Train Set, a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set, and a beautiful filled basket donated by the Goetze Company.

Thank You Sponsors

As of  December 8, 2017 over 50 businesses and community associations have donated to the Train Garden. With the help of the Southeast Community Development Corporation and the Baltimore City Fire Department - especially Engine House # 41 - the Train Garden will be a great asset to the community and to the city as well. If you want to know more about these businesses and associations look to the right on this page  and you will be able to click on their names to visit their web sites.