Saturday, January 15, 2011

And The Winner Is....

Danielle Craven-Slaski

The Amtrak Raffle winner is Danielle Craven-Slaski  shown above with her prize.  Danielle who lives in South Baltimore and works in Highlandtown was thrilled to win 2 round trip tickets to New York on the Amtrak.  

Sunday, January 9, 2011

If You Missed Getting Aboard, You Can Catch It Next Year

There is no question that the second year of the Highlandtown Train Garden was again a huge success!

· 4 dedicated community volunteers built the garden over hundreds of hours

· 31 local sponsors gave money and in-kind contributions

· 20 additional volunteers decorated the firehouse and greeted visitors

· The garden opened to the public for 93 hours (in all types of weather)

·8 engines ran on over 110 feet of track past more than 150 tiny people in the recreated streets of Highlandtown

. About 300 school children enjoyed coming to the train garden from three Baltimore City Public Schools - # 47 (Hampstead Hill Academy), # 215 (Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School - Clinton Street) and # 237 (Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School - Eaton Street)

  · 2107 visitors of all ages with smiles on their faces witnessed it all.

Here are some of their comments from our guest book...

I felt like a kid again! Spectacular! Fantastic! One of the best! Terrific! Very detailed! The kids loved it! Outstanding! Very nice! Brings back memories! Thank you! Great fun! Fabulous! Made my day! Keeping a tradition alive! Wonderful to have it in Highlandtown! Fun! Very beautiful! Great! Lots of hard work! Wow! Nice setup! Excellent! Even better than last year! Loved it! Great job! Super! Epic! Festive! Awesome! Kool! Wonderful!

And the comment written more than any other (with a varying number of exclamation points following it) was.. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks to CSX, AMTRAK, The Southeast Community Development Corporation, all of our community sponsors, our gracious hosts at Engine Co. 41, the volunteer engineers, greeters and decorators and to all the visitors. See you next year!

The Highlandtown Train Garden Committee