Harrison Trains LLC presents a train garden at Richardson's Farm Market, 5900 Ebenezer Rd. in White Marsh. The second annual garden is noteworthy not just for the seasonal magic it conveys. It is the promise to deliver love and hope to ailing children that sets it apart. A simple sign above a nearby donation box reads: "Voluntary Donations are Gratefully Being Accepted to Benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center — 100% of Money Donated Will Go Directly to Help Johns Hopkins Help the Children — Thank You." Harrison Trains and Richardson Farms happily work together to provide a venue to help make it happen.
Randy Harrison and Tom Edmonds are retired cousins and the owners of Harrison Trains. Along with their family and friends crew of train-building elves , they spent more than 216 hours assembling the display. When asked for their thoughts on the results of their labor, Tom said, "It's a lot of work but a lot of fun." Randy said "I'll second that and well worth it because of Hopkins children." Their six weeks of hard work paid off in a garden chock full of great things. Walking along the garden from the right hand side, you see food themed displays like the vintage Mel's Drive-In, an old school McDonald's with a sign advertising 15-cent hamburgers and Chef Ben's Cooking School (in honor of Richardson's Executive Chef Ben Simpkins). Moving along to the business area, a Baltimore Orioles truck is parked near ta Home Depot and the Railway Express Agency). Two trains loop in concentric circles around the length of the display. Next, an Ice skating plaza is followed by a fire station, a horse stable and an end cap to delight children of all ages — the North Pole!
Colorful red and green cars happily click-clack around the North Pole perimeter as reindeer practice flying above Santa's workshop. To add to the wintertime fun, the sliding hill ticket booth and Coke stand feature polar bears sliding downhill above ice skaters on a large pond. In the foreground, the water of a working fountain with cherubs manages not to freeze in the midst of the snow scape. Reindeer Flight School, is placed near sledding hill and Snoopy sledding. As you leave the North Pole area, you pass by the Tinkertown Toy Factory.
On the opposite side of the garden, a farm's pasture is occupied by barnyard cows, pigs and sheep. See a vintage ESSO Gas Station, a school and beyond that lies Halloween land with Snoopy, the Great Pumpkin and the Skull River Ride. Next, you see the peaceful serenity of a large, calm lake and the pastimes it involvesYour visit around the garden ends at Disneyworld with a working carousel, the contemporary resort featuring a monorail train, Cinderella's Castle and a huge K'nex roller coaster.
Don't miss the train garden and adjoining retail space occupied by Harrison Trains . Everything the train enthusiast needs is offered along with friendly tips and train garden advice to go with it. Worry not if you can't visit before the holidays, you have until Jan 15 to get there. Richardson's Farm Market is open 363 days a year: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve (Monday, Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Monday, Dec. 31) 8 a.m -5 p.m., closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For information, call 410-335-5900. Please don't forget to place your donation in the box for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. For more info on the children's center, go to http://www.hopkinschildrens.org. !
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its annual Shrimp and Bull Roast on Jan. 11at Columbus Gardens in Perry Hall. Tickets are $40 person. Call 410-335-5112 to purchase yours.
The Perry Hall Improvement Association, which did not meet in December, will get together at their usual time Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., in Perry Hall.
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