FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 - or -
DAN CRANDALL - 216-635-3274
Everyone can enjoy saying �hello� to Conrad the
Conductor as he welcomes visitors to Cleveland Metroparks annual
�Train Day� event.
The free, annual Cleveland Metroparks �Train Day�
event is on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CanalWay
Center 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.
Train lovers, young and old, can enjoy model train exhibits
inside and out, railroad organizations and vendors, guided trestle
hikes, kids depot play area with train toys and videos, crafts and
face painting, a DJ playing railroad and summertime favorites, and
Plus, young visitors can enjoy a kid's trackless train ride
EarthWords Nature Shop is selling unique train items, and there
are refreshments for sale. And, the first 1,000 kids will
receive a free train whistle, too!
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 the hobos.
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, 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 them.
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.
CanalWay Center is located on Whittlesey Way, off the East
49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal
Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga
Heights - just off the I-77/Grant Avenue exit.
For more information, call 216-206-1000 or visit
Get on board and say �hello� to Conrad the Conductor at the free
�Train Day� event in Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life,