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Holiday train to kick off Christmas season

Thanksgiving stops planned in Ti, Port Henry

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, is scheduled to pass through the North Country on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The train will arrive in Ticonderoga at 3:15 p.m. and stop in Port Henry at 5 p.m. Times are approximate.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, is scheduled to pass through the North Country on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The train will arrive in Ticonderoga at 3:15 p.m. and stop in Port Henry at 5 p.m. Times are approximate. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will again visit the area, this time bringing holiday cheer on a holiday.

Decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, the train is scheduled to pass through the North Country on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

The train will arrive in Ticonderoga at 3:15 p.m. and stop in Port Henry at 5 p.m. Times are approximate.

This will be the eighth year the train will stop in Ticonderoga. It has stopped in Port Henry the past seven years. It will stop at the train station in each community.

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.

“Folks are asked to bring non perishable food items for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry, and cash donations can be made as well,” said Margaret H. Beuerlein, director of the Ti Food Pantry. “Due to the large increase in visitors to the local pantry this event is even more important this year.

“The Ticonderoga Food Pantry and Canadian Pacific are proud to announce the 2013 Holiday Train will be riding the rails to raise money and awareness of hunger issues in Ticonderoga and Putnam,” she said.

Now in its 13th 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 — carry live musical shows performed from boxcar stages in an effort to end hunger.

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has raised $7.4 million and generated more than 3 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.

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