CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION WORKSHOPS – 2017
WORKSHOPS – ALL WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION
- June 17, 2017 – Flower Dye Art | Time: 1 to 3 pm
Join us and explore the intriguing craft of Flower Dye Art. Discover how to transfer the natural dyes of flowers and plants onto watercolour paper. Create interesting book marks, gift tags and small pictures. These can be used as accents for your handmade cards. All you need to bring is a hammer. Age 6 years and up. Children must be accompanied by adult. Facilitated by Diana Nickel who has over 20 years experience with the Devonian Botanic Gardens and headed the pressed flower division for five years. Cost: Children $10; Adult $15; Family $25.
July 22, 2017 – Pressed Flower Workshop | Time: 1 to 3 pm
Facilitated by Diana Nickel who has over 20 years experience with the Devonian Botanic Gardens and headed the pressed flower division for five years. Once you pick flowers from the station gardens, Diana will illustrate how to press the flowers and create a beautiful pressed flower card and a framed picture. No experience required. Materials needed: old phone book and a pair of tweezers. Cost: $20 per person.
CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION EVENTS
- May 13, 2017 – Opening Day for the Camrose Historic Railway Station and Park
Purchase delicious homemade cookies and beverages and find treasures in the White Elephant gift shop today and every Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm from Saturday, May 20, until Saturday, August 5. Artists and photographers welcome. Take a self-guided or guided tour of the 13 heritage gardens and exhibits in the station and other historic buildings on-site. Be sure to visit our extensive track car collection. Take part in a sing-a-long of railway songs at 2 pm. Children can ride on the Percy-like train and play in the Children’s Secret Garden. Visit the Garden Railway, which is a magnet for people of all ages, and watch the G-scale trains as they travel around the historic building replicas in the Garden Railway.
- May 27, 2017 – Plant Sale and Swap (10 am to 5 pm)
Purchase or swap plants from the many that grow within our organic managed station gardens or plants donated by community members. White Elephant gift shop open. Donations of plants, garden related items for gift shop are gratefully accepted. Carrot cake (regular and gluten free) and beverages available for purchase. A knowledgeable station gardener will be available to answer your gardening questions.
- June 7, 2017 – Save the Earth Day (9:30 am to 3 pm dependent on distance children travel)
This event is held at the Meeting Creek station in Meeting Creek, Alberta, for Grade 4 and 5 students. The day contains Social Studies, Environmental Science and Aboriginal curriculum components. Students through hands-on discovery and journalling tasks learn in the original historical buildings with role-playing characters and the Linear Park trail system rich in flora and fauna.
- July 10 to 14, 2017 – Booked Interpretive Garden Tours followed by a Victorian Dessert and Tea in the Station’s King George Room, Tea Room or outside on the patio, weather permitting. Small or large group tours welcome! Bus tours welcome. Cost is $12 per person.
- July 15, 2017 – Hobo Day (10 am to 5 pm)
The Camrose Heritage Railway Station is hosting a Hobo Jungle event on July 15 from 10 am to 5 pm. At this special fun day for all ages, visitors are invited to dress as hobos and meet the seasoned actors and musician hobos who will bring history alive with their stories and songs. There will be a prize for the best adult and child hobo costume. A hobo brunch will be on the menu in the Station Beanery from 10 am to 2 pm featuring homemade Sunny Boy bread, hobo baked beans, and other themed dishes. Tea time in the Beanery will be from 2 to 5 pm. Games for children are scheduled at 11 am and 1 pm along with a scavenger hunt, and a program from 2 to 3:30 pm will feature railroading and depression-era stories by seasoned actors. Children can get their faces painted, ride on the Percy-like train, play in the Children’s Secret Garden on the large wooden train, try old-fashioned activities and learn to ski on grass skis. All ages can enjoy the G-scale trains in the Morgan Garden Railway and its model buildings, replicas from the early Canadian Northern Railway. The station’s 13 heritage gardens with over 250 species of plants will be at their peak, and the station will have special displays on the effect of the Depression on the railway and the life of many men who spent time crossing Canada staying in hobo jungles.
- August 5, 2017 – Island of Sodor Day (1 to 5 pm)
Under the supervision of Sir Topham Hat, take a ride on our Percy-like train. Meet Thomas and all his friends as they go about their duties in the Morgan G-Scale Garden Railway. Children can dress up and play on a wooden replica of a train in our Secret Garden. There will be a scavenger hunt, face painting and other activities which will stir the imagination. Come and have a great Family Day at our Railway Museum/Park.
- August 19, 2017 – Camrose Heritage Station 150 Garden Party (10 am to 4 pm)
Be entertained by the amazing music by the Station Swing Band in a beautiful garden party atmosphere. Come dressed in garden party attire if you wish or just a favourite hat. Homemade pie and chocolate foods and beverages available to purchase. Event schedule listed here when available.
- August 26, 2017 – Last day of the regular season
Enjoy the gardens and all exhibits with family and friends on our last day of the season. Bookings for workshops, retreats and gatherings can be made in off-season.
- November 3, 2017 – Opening of the White Elephant Christmas Gift Shop Sale and Tea
Enjoy Christmas shopping from 10 am to 5 pm for unique items in our gift shop on opening day. Enjoy tea and scones in our beautiful seasonally decorated Station Tea Room. The White Elephant Christmas Shop will be open every Friday from November 3 through December 1. Donations of gift items are greatly accepted. Book the station’s Tea Room for your private event or Christmas party.
- December 2, 2017 – Annual Cookie Walk, Tea and Christmas White Elephant Sale (1 to 4:30 pm)
Within our beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, enjoy one of our major fundraisers for the year. Our volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other items including homemade carrot pudding and loaves. Enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts. Purchase special gifts in our Station White Elephant Gift Shop.
MEETING CREEK STATION EVENTS – 2017
- August 27, 2017 – Prairie Fun Days
Experience the beautiful Meeting Creek valley as you are taken back in time during a self-guided or guided tour of the 1913 station and elevator. Take a ride on a speeder or covered wagon. Hike or cycle the Linear Park trails along the abandoned right of way from Highway 56 almost to Edberg. Using Discovery Packs identify the flora and fauna along the trail. Walk the labyrinth in the grasslands restoration area. Read the signs that tell of the areas geological, wildlife and Indigenous peoples history. Light lunch with homemade pie, beverage and cookies available in the community hall from 10 am to 4 pm. Children’s fun activities are scheduled throughout the day. Adult musical entertainment at 2 pm.