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Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. - The musicians have been chosen, the whistle stops selected and the lights soon will be hung on the boxcars with care for Canadian Pacific Railway's (CPR) U.S. Holiday Train and its goodwill journey for food shelves across the United States.
The Holiday Train will visit northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 26 at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton from 5:45 - 6:15 p.m., and visitors are advised to plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes early. The train will then depart Scranton for Binghamton, New York on the former Lackawanna Railroad's mainline, expecting to cross the historic Tunkhannock Viaduct between 7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Now in its 13th year of operation, the CP Holiday Train program, powered by an army of employee volunteers, has raised more than $5.6 million and almost 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food banks nationally. In 2010, the train raised over 2,000 lbs of food and collected $433 in cash donations in addition to a CP corporate contribution of $1000 to the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeast Pennsylvania.
Thousands of people gather trackside at depots, railroad crossings and other unusual venues along CPR's route to enjoy the arrival of the brightly decorated train lighting up the winter night at Steamtown NHS. The musicians, who ride in vintage private cars at the end of the 14-car train, hop out and climb aboard a boxcar in the middle of the train that opens to reveal a stage where they will perform a live holiday concert and invite visitors to sing along.
Headlining this year's musical spirit of the season is Willy Porter, a top-10 staple on Triple AAA radio stations across the country. Porter has toured the country with legendary entertainers like Paul Simon, Sting and Jethro Tull. Accompanying Porter is Canadian born singer songwriter and country and folk musician, Sydney Grigg.
This year, the CP Holiday Train is launching an activity program aimed to increase awareness of hunger issues by making children part of the solution. "Decorate & Donate" is a fun and educational way for schools and families to help feed their communities.All donations raised in our community stay in our community.
It's easy to participate:
1.Print and decorate one or more of the Holiday Train designs available at the CP Holiday Train website (www.cpr.ca - click the Holiday Train link and click on "Decorate & Donate" on the right side of the screen). The more creative, the better!
2.Wrap your art around an empty box, big or small, to be filled with food or cash donations.
3.Take a picture of your artwork and send it to the CP Holiday Train web site - they will post it for you on the CP Holiday Train "Decorate & Donate" photo gallery.
4.Bring your filled "Decorate & Donate" boxes to the CP Holiday Train at Steamtown NHS on November 26 and present them to the United Neighborhood Centers representatives.
From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) to Lackawanna Avenue, and follow the signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues; remember to plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to show time!For additional information, "B-roll" video, entertainer bios and digital images, visit the Holiday Train page at www.cpr.ca.
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