MAY 11, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI OR DAN CRANDALL
216-635-3200, EXT. 3263 OR EXT. 3274
All the hobos enjoy "Stone Soup Sally Huttner's" tasty
stews. Chug over to Cleveland Metroparks "Train
Day" event to smell what "Stone Soup Sally Huttner"
The free annual Cleveland Metroparks "Train Day" event is
on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CanalWayCenter in
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Hts., just below the
massive, 2,000-foot long bridge that carries more than 40 trains a
day across the valley.
Kids, as well as adults, can enjoy model train exhibits (G-scale,
HO-scale, N-scale, S-scale, Legos, and more), exhibits with local
train organizations, guided trestle hikes, listening in to train
traffic conversations, crafts, movies about trains, storytelling,
Visitors can listen to bands playing live music on the R&R
stage, featuring Barb Withee & Jon Mosey at 10:30 a.m., First
String Band at noon, Ed McDade at 1 p.m., and First String Band
again at 3 p.m.
Plus, kid's train rides, ($1/person), EarthWords Nature Shop
selling unique train items, and refreshments for sale.
Event-goers can also take a stroll down the Hobo Trail to discover
what life was like for America'straveling workers, discover the
hobo code through the hobo signs and strike up a conversation with
Travel back to the 1930s when hobos rode the rails and Cleveland
had Shantytown. Follow "Conrad the Conductor" as he
introduces you to a select few of the hobos along the Hobo Trail
and how they live. Meet "Stone Soup Sally Huttner,"
the cook and storyteller of the group from the south. If you
ask, she may share the story of her name sake. "Pete
Moss," ex-pullman worker and ex-farmer, who now is looking for
The Big Rock Candy Mountain and will sing and play this song for
you on his harmonica. "James 'Professor' Young,"
who the hobos go to for advice and wisdom; he has a lot to say, but
he is a mystery as to where he has traveled and where he lives.
And, "Apple Annie Reynolds," who travels alone
on the rails, loves children, and tries to sell her apples to
everyone, even though we are not sure where she gets
Hobos were very good about helping one another through codes.
Visitors can walk the Hobo Trail to view over 30 hobo signs to see
some samples of how the hobos would communicate to each other by
using secret messages.
And, while there, visitors can enter-to-win family 4-packs of
passes for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad,
DennisonRailroadDepotMuseum, EnterTRAINment Junction, and Hocking
Valley Scenic Railroad.
CanalWayCenter is located on Whittlesey Way, off the East 49th
Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant
Avenue and Canal Road in CuyahogaHeights - just off the I-77/Grant
For more information, call 216-206-1000 or visit
Stop by the hobo camp at "Train Day" in Cleveland
Metroparks - part of your life, naturally.