EVENTS

 

Please note that we are closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation.   We hope to be open as usual in 2021, but please check this web site.    

2021 AVR AGM
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 am, via Zoom.  Members will get an e-mail several days before with an agenda & the link to the meeting.  


All following dates are tentative, to be agreed upon at the AGM, but will only happen if the COVID restrictions are lifted, and we are vaccinated!

 2021 Summer Open House Weekends
These are held the 2nd full weekend of each month, from June through October.
Please note the time change & the price changes (reluctantly increased to help defray increasing costs).

Saturdays: 11:00 – 4:OO     Sundays: 1:00 – 4:00

June 12/13, July 10/11, August 14/15, September 11/12 & October 9/10
(TENTATIVE)
Tickets
1 ride – $3,  2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event – older passes will be honoured)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

2021 AVR Dinner Train Weekend
September 18/19, 2021
(TENTATIVE)
Cost is $15 for adults & $12 for kids 12 & under.
DINNER TIMES
Saturday, September 18:  12:00, 1:30, 3:00 & 4:30
Sunday, September 19:  1:00, 2:30 & 4:00

How it works:  Participants eat on the train, 2 people to a car, up to 16 people per train.   The meal starts with refreshments (soft drink, coffee, tea, or water), nibblies & a fresh tossed salad with choice of dressing, for the first loop around the track.  The main course is a deluxe hamburger platter (or a hot dog platter), consumed over 2 loops.  Dessert is pie with ice cream or whipped cream, or a dish of ice cream, for the 4th loop.  Each meal lasts about an hour.
Reservations must be paid for ahead of time, starting on the June Open House Weekend,  with cash or by credit card, for specific times on a “first come first served basis”.  Phone Len at 204-832-3448 to reserve your seats & pay by credit card, or see Len or Gordon at an Open House to pay with cash or by credit card.  Reserve early to get the best time for you.  Last chance will be the Tuesday before the weekend, so enough, but not too much, food can be purchased!

2021 Hallowe’en Weekend Evening Rides
Saturday & Sunday, October 23/24
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(TENTATIVE)

For the 3 years before the 2019 weekend was cancelled due to the October storm damage, and the 2020 weekend was cancelled dur to COVID, the AVR offered Hallowe’en themed rides on the weekend before Hallowe’en. There were lights, pumpkins, skeletons, bone piles & lots of ghosts. Occasionally someone jumped from behind a tree to scare the passengers, but not too much!
Please note the time change & the price changes (reluctantly increased to help defray increasing costs)
Tickets
1 ride – $3, 2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event – older passes will be honoured)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Christmas Weekends Afternoon Rides 2021
(TENTATIVE)
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday, December 18/19
Sunday/Monday, De
cember 26/27
Saturday/Sunday, January 1/2, 2022

HOT CHOCOLATE  – 50 cents!
Tickets
1 ride – $3         2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

After Bill Taylor’s death in August, 2013, the Family & the AVR have simply not been able to do the massive amount of work that Bill did in maintaining the 100,000+ lights!   We’ve started to rebuild, & install around the station, some of the light frames with LED lights.  This is slow work, but is appreciated by riders.  We’ll gladly accept donations of LED lights & all types of extension cords, both short & long, indoor or outdoor, to use as we slowly rebuild the light display.
Please note that we’ve moved the times an hour later to take advantage of twilight, and have reluctantly increased the ticket prices to help defray increasing costs.

Meets
(TENTATIVE)

We will hopefully run an Operating Session/Fun Run Day this season for Members & invited guests.  This involves setting out rolling stock around the railway, setting up trains in the station area, then operating the railway using the Card Sort Method.  We usually have a hot dog lunch and charge a small fee to cover costs.  Further details will be posted if/when we choose a date…

Work Days
(None until restrictions are lifted)

Generally, some of the active club members get together to work, chat, share a beverage, etc on Saturdays, usually from around lunch time to mid or late afternoon, year-round. However, nobody is required to come unless they want to, so there are potentially days when nobody is there due to chance and circumstance.  If you are an Associate or Family member, or are interested in visiting a work session, feel free to drop by, but if you have a long way to come &/or don’t want to waste a trip, it would be a good idea to contact us and confirm people will be here!

Please don’t “Leave a Reply”. Instead, go to Contact Info on the Main Menu, and phone or e-mail the President, Len La Rue.

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