SOUTH PARIS — The McLaughlin Garden will host its annual Trees and Trains exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13.

The exhibit will showcase G scale trains in a track set up with dozens of historic stations. Head conductors Ed and Brenda Leslie will oversee a winter wonderland of trains and stations in the historic 1840s barn. Local train stations, some historic and some still present, were created using natural elements. They were crafted many years ago by the children of SAD 17 and have been repaired by volunteers of school age and adults alike over the years.

There will be a suspension bridge made with sticks and pine cones as well as the liberal use of buckwheat hulls as a staple decoration. Twinkling lights and the sound of train whistles will fill the barn.

This year, in conjunction with the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, the event will also feature decorated trees from local businesses and attendees can vote for their favorite tree. The Garden Gift Shop will feature train themed items for children as well as other gifts. Coffee and hot cocoa will be for sale. Businesses that are interested in decorating a tree as part of the event may contact Michael Desplaines prior to the event dates at 743-8820.


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