The goal of the "Holiday Train" is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provides a box car stage, musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.
"CP Rail does this annual event to promote awareness of people who need help with providing food for their families," said Margaret Beuerlein of the Ti Food pantry. "Everyone attending is asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will go to the Ticonderoga Food Pantry to assist residents of Ticonderoga and Putnam."
Now in its ninth year in North America, Canadian Pacific Railway's two lighted "Holiday Trains" - one in the eastern U.S. and Canada and another in the Midwest - carrying live musical shows performed from boxcar stages in an effort to end hunger.
Since the "Holiday Train" program began in 1999, more than $4 million and 2 million pounds of food have been collected.
In the U.S. Northeast, the "Holiday Train" will embark on its journey Nov. 26 in Scranton, Pa., finishing Nov. 30 in Plattsburgh.
Prescott and Adam Puddington, along with guests Shaun Verreault and Willy Porter, will provide live music at each event stop.
Prescott is Kaylen and Kelly Prescott, a brother and sister duo. They are third-generation musicians and songwriters. As children and grandchildren of performers, they were immersed in touring life. They have performed on the" Holiday Train" in the past.
Puddington is a singer/songwriter from Almonte, Ontario. He grew up listening to the trains rumble through his town and continues to be fascinated by them to this day, as is evident in the lyrics of songs on each of his three solo releases.
Verreault is the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer for Canadian blues rock trio Wide Mouth Mason. WMM have sold hundreds of thousands of albums and toured with bands like AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. His solo music endeavors have taken him to Afghanistan, Greece and the Middle East.
Porter is a songwriter and recording artist who just released How to rob a bank. He has toured with artists as diverse as Jeff Black and Tori Amos.