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Fundraiser at Railroads on Parade attracts many

Guests at the Chester Library’s annual Cocktail Party fundraiser, held Aug. 9 at Railroads on Parade in Pottersville, take a tour of the model train museum established by set designer Clarke Dunham and his wife Barbara.

Guests at the Chester Library’s annual Cocktail Party fundraiser, held Aug. 9 at Railroads on Parade in Pottersville, take a tour of the model train museum established by set designer Clarke Dunham and his wife Barbara.

— The regional attraction Railroads on Parade hosted Chester Library’s 6th annual benefit cocktail party Aug. 9, and the event drew a substantial crowd.

No less than 76 guests showed up for this fundraiser for the library’s endowment fund.

In addition to socializing, the guests experienced the model train displays that have garnered national attention for set designer Clarke Dunham and his wife Barbara.

Guests at the fundraiser watched the 55 plus trains and trolleys go through their paces on the five spectacular displays, which include intricate sets of Manhattan, Weehawken N.J. and the Adirondacks. A new setting depicts Prince Edward Island, including tiny lobsters and a blue heron.

Dunham gave personal tours of the displays in the museum that has been hailed as a vibrant new attraction in northern Warren County.

The event included hors d’oeuvres catered by The Inn On Gore Mountain. A raffle was won by Noelle McCrum of Chestertown, and the prize was a trip for two on the North Creek & Saratoga Railway plus dinner for two at Trapper’s Restaurant at The Copperfield in North Creek.

Barbara Dunham said she decided to host the fundraiser because the Chester Library is so important to the North Warren communities.

“The library has made a positive difference in my life,” she said, observing that when she and Clarke opened their studio in Pottersville five years ago, there was only a bookmobile that occasionally traveled through town. She noted that the Chester Library offers a wealth of programs and materials, as well as a dedicated computer room.

Elisabeth Raine, Chair of the Library’s endowment fund, noted that gifts and donations can be sent to: Town of Chester Library Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 451, Chestertown, NY, 12817.

For details on Railroads on Parade, see: www.railroadsonparade.com or call 623-0100.

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