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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Work and Events => Topic started by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 30, 2018, 06:31:12 PM

Title: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 30, 2018, 06:31:12 PM
http://m.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-brainstorms-together-time/99662

Awesome job, Steve!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Mike Fox on March 30, 2018, 06:35:33 PM
And this is what you get by suggesting simple things. While Steve made his presentation about what events and schedules he was planning for this year, I suggested an Alna day. My thought was simply a free ride. He took the idea and is really improving on it to include so much more.

Very well done Steve. I can't wait to participate in this..
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 30, 2018, 06:38:55 PM
I can't wait to participate in this..

So you'll be in the Museum vs. Town Officers softball game!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 30, 2018, 07:07:18 PM
Nice job, Steve!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Mike Fox on March 30, 2018, 07:12:22 PM
I can't wait to participate in this..
So you'll be in the Museum vs. Town Officers softball game!

What ever it takes to help for the day..just don't expect to be on the winning team if you play with me...
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 30, 2018, 08:23:30 PM
An excellent idea.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bob Holmes on March 30, 2018, 09:22:36 PM
Steve, you have such great ideas!!  Could this be worked somehow so that the Conservancy is also involved (to further our relationship with them)?  Just a brainstorm thought.

Bob
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 31, 2018, 09:50:34 AM
What a great community team building idea.

Although, reading the article makes me wonder if Steve P and Steve Z got together to “egg” on the fire dept team with a yet to be named ringer?
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on April 01, 2018, 09:38:57 AM
What a great community team building idea.

Although, reading the article makes me wonder if Steve P and Steve Z got together to “egg” on the fire dept team with a yet to be named ringer?

HWMNBN? :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on April 01, 2018, 11:08:41 PM
Hi Folks,

Thanks for the accolades, but I've been hearing people around the railway asking for something like this for some time, so I took what I had heard, molded it a little bit and brought it to the select board at Liz Brown's (our Town Clerks) advice. Historically, the railroad was about bringing people together, by connecting communities through transportation, communication, and commerce. Today, we aim to do the same thing.

At the meeting we got to hear more feedback from town residents. Suggestions (both from the meeting and elsewhere) included the following:

-free passage on the railway for town residents
-displays by town organizations and businesses (which would certainly include Midcoast Conservancy)
-Alna History committee displays
-Alna VFD displays
-Some sort of a picnic luncheon
-Some sort of community games
-Some sort of a food drive for an area soup kitchen

We're going to have a great event for the residents of the town and we are looking forward to hosting them, as they have been 'hosting' us for many years now.

Steve

Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Ken Fleming on April 02, 2018, 07:47:39 AM
Clam bake at A.C.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: John Kokas on April 02, 2018, 08:01:08 AM
Steamers are O.K. but Lob-sta (aka bugs), salt potatoes, and roasted corn are the way to go.  If we do that, I'll definitely come up and help cook.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Joe Fox on April 02, 2018, 06:38:41 PM
Thinking more into it, this event may be too large to have a dedicated mixed train, so maybe we could set up a "display" train with signs telling visitors what they are looking at to better understand how the railway was a huge part of the Sheepscot Valley, and how mixed trains were used?
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on May 06, 2018, 12:41:36 AM
If all goes well, you ought to be able to set it up for next season and have TWO trains, 1 freight and 1 passenger! ;)
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 07, 2018, 07:06:29 PM
From today's press release: This Saturday, May 12 at 6PM a meeting is being held at the Alna General Store to plan for Alna Day. Town businesses, organizations, and residents are invited to attend and discuss ideas for the the upcoming celebration. Some ideas include a potluck picnic, a softball game, and a town-wide scavenger hunt.
Alna Day will take place June 16th at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum. It is inspired by the role the Railway plays in connecting the communities, businesses and people of the Sheepscot Valley with one another.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: John Kokas on May 07, 2018, 08:02:48 PM
Softball:  Fire Department vs. Railroad  (in period clothing/equipment) would be a sight to see!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 08, 2018, 12:42:32 PM
Probably would be hard to fill all of the positions since there is a lot of carryover between those two groups!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 08, 2018, 07:20:58 PM
How about members versus Board of Directors?  They have nine members, after all.  ::)
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 18, 2018, 06:53:54 PM
Recent Wiscasset Newspaper article:   http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/public-invited-alna-day-meeting-may-19/101891

Looking forward to this event!  Thanks Steve for all your work on this, and Mike for the suggestion of the event.  Hope work lets me volunteer for the event.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Mike Fox on May 18, 2018, 07:06:55 PM
Steve, as I said before, has really taken my simple idea and tried to turn it into something fantastic. He has gone to the town, met with several townspeople, and organized the event . This event will not only be a meet and greet for people and the railroad, but also friends and neighbors that may not see each other often. A real community event.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 17, 2018, 09:35:05 AM
On another front, there were many smiling faces today and first timer Alna residents as well. Steve P is due much praise for his efforts. Annie deserves our gratitude for not physically harming us for taking Steve from his very new newborn. Since Steve has already modestly minimized his efforts I will also thank all those who contributed to today’s success on behalf of Steve.
I have already received a cc of an email from one of the selectmen to Steve praising his and our efforts. I continue to be proud to be associated with the WW&F volunteers and family!

I couldn't agree more.  I thought the event yesterday was very well done, thanks to all the groups and individuals who participated.  It was busy, but it wasn't too busy.  On train crew, I had time to talk with a lot of our visitors, running from very young families to retirees.  All were having a good time, and most were very interested and amazed in all the museum has accomplished and our plans to get to Route 218.  I enjoyed seeing many old and new friends.

I hope Alna Day becomes an annual tradition.  Thanks to Mike for the idea and everyone who saw it through to fruition.  Steve P. did a fantastic job organizing it.  I look forward to the concert series Steve has developed for this year -- should be fun, family events!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Mike Fox on June 17, 2018, 10:32:25 AM
I think the seed has been planted for future Alna days. Steve turned my free ride for residents into a great event. Just wish I had time to enjoy it. Hopefully next year..
I was glad to see the cooperative efforts of all the participants that were there yesterday, as well as Stewart for bringing his small fleet of fords over for display..
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 17, 2018, 11:00:06 AM
From what I have been reading and hearing from others in the tourist railroad industry, special events such as these are what draw visitors, not just a plain Jane train ride. Well done to everyone who had a part in making Alna Day happen.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: John McNamara on June 17, 2018, 12:54:18 PM
A great Father’s Day present from a great new father!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Bob Holmes on June 17, 2018, 06:59:21 PM
I too hope that Alna Day becomes an annual event for the town, naturally centered on the railroad.  Many other Maine towns have annual days which have lasted for years and years.  Hopefully we'll remain -- at least for now -- the organizing force to make it happen again and again.  It really does generate town spirit and energy, and should continue to grow.

Many thanks to the town participants, especially my favorite farm market vendors Amy and Toby.

In furthering intra-Alna cooperation, it would not hurt to offer some of our ALNA neighbors the opportunity to display and sell their wares at Sheepscot Station.  That would be a win-win for all!!
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: John Scott on June 18, 2018, 02:12:42 AM
I know a tourist railway that runs a Sunday Market in the station grounds. I think they make more money from that than from train rides. The results are excellent rail preservation.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: John Kokas on June 18, 2018, 08:25:50 AM
I don't know what Wiscasset has for a farmer's market (if any), but I would concur that a market opportunity could be a great thing for the farming families of Alna, Head Tide, Whitefield, etc.  I would also encourage partnering with our local food purveyors for the concert series.

We might want to consider a flea market and sell tables/spots, but only once or twice a year.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: Mike Fox on June 18, 2018, 12:09:15 PM
The minutes of the BOD meetings since February have not been posted yet, or you would be able to read the cooperative efforts that are already going on, and some in the works. Local farming is making a come back.
Title: Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
Post by: James Patten on June 18, 2018, 08:50:13 PM
The Wiscasset News has an article up: http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-day-debuts/103400 (http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-day-debuts/103400)

Nothing yet from Lincoln County News (a reporter was there Saturday), I suspect it won't be on their website until Wednesday.