Historical Society’s Great Trains Holiday Exhibit On Track to Open with Surprises

This weekend is the Grand Opening of the Wilton Historical Society’s Great Trains Holiday Exhibit:  An Interactive Wonderland. After the familiar Thanksgiving rituals of parades, turkey and football, children of all ages are invited to an entrancing afternoon with trains and live entertainment, when the exhibit begins on Friday, Nov. 24, from 12-4 p.m..

Dressed for the holidays, the Wilton Historical Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with many different train layouts winding through tiny towns with a variety of different kinds of buildings, tunnels–and even two working Ferris Wheels. The interactive display enchants visitors with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.” Plus, an expanded new LEGO set up makes its debut this year, and in a special train room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore plus Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio sets for hands-on fun.

Opening weekend fun continues on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 2-3 p.m. with a special Puppet Performance by Jim Napolitano.

For thousands of years, man has manipulated puppets to tell stories for a variety of reasons:  religion, education, and entertainment. One of the oldest and most wonderful forms of puppetry is shadow puppetry. As a puppeteer, Napolitano may may be not recognized even though he has appeared on millions of television screens nationwide. He has performed for the PBS show “Between the Lions,” Disney’s “The Book of Pooh,” and Nickelodeon’s “A Show of Hands.”  There is no charge for this performance.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 25, children can enjoy an art project, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. They can paint a wooden train engine, perfect for using as an ornament for those who celebrate. The fee to participate is $5 per child for members, with a maximum of $15 per family; and $10 per child for non-members, with a maximum of $30 per family.

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit will run from Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.  Hours of admission are Wednesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays 12-4 p.m.. Admission is free for adult members of the Society, and $10 for non-member adults; there is no charge for children under 12.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..