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Model Trains Layout, Green Ave. Paving, Student Musical This Week

Wreath sale, wine tasting, student-directed performance of 'Anne of Green Gables, The Musical' in week ahead.

Madison contractor and preservationist, Carmen Toto, Jr stands at the entrance of his vintage 1928 Railroad Express baggage car, the home of the “New Madison Central Railroad” O gauge model train layout. Credit: Submitted photo
Madison contractor and preservationist, Carmen Toto, Jr stands at the entrance of his vintage 1928 Railroad Express baggage car, the home of the “New Madison Central Railroad” O gauge model train layout. Credit: Submitted photo

Wreaths, Trains, Music & Wine The Madison Historical Society’s Annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Benefit is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Madison Forum Club, the Villa Rose Wine School and the new Madison Central Railroad.

This year's events, including a wine tasting and a chance to see a working O-guage model train layout, are located on the property of Carmine Toto Jr., just east of the Madison YMCA main parking lot off Kings Road.

The YMCA graciously agreed to allow event parking at that east end of the lot, organizers said. The cost, which covers all events, is $10 per person.  There will be no charge for children 12 and under.

“This year’s sale will feature a wine tasting at the Villa Rose Wine School and the chance to see a working O-gauge model train layout, which is being constructed in Toto’s vintage 1928 Railroad Express baggage car by members of the West Jersey High Railers club, a division of the Tri-state Railway Historical Society," historical society vice president and program chairperson Cathie Coultas said. "There will be as many as seven or eight model trains running simultaneously all afternoon over more than 750 feet of track."

Coultas said parents are encouraged to bring their children to see the train exhibit and to visit the 1928 Erie Lackawanna coach car located next to the train exhibit. The car was converted by the railroad to a "Training Safety Car" in 1945 and currently is being restored by Toto.

Members of the Forum Club will also describe the history of the club and give demonstrations of the popular Italian game of bocce on the Toto’s bocce court. Weather permitting, children of all ages will be given a chance to play a little bocce, Coultas said.

President Linda Connors added that “a large number of beautiful wreaths and table and mantle decorations will be displayed at the Forum Club and will be offered for sale."

The wreaths and decorations are made through the efforts of members of the Madison Historical Society, the Madison Garden Club, and Madison High School art students.

Light refreshments will be served by members of the Society and entertainment will be provided from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. by the “Four Old Parts” barbershop quartet.  All proceeds from the event and sale will go to support Society programs and activities.

For more information about the Madison Historical Society call 973-377-0722 ext. 8 or visit www.madisonhistoricalsociety.org.

Green Avenue Paving Paving of Green Avenue, originally scheduled for last week, is planned Monday and Tuesday and Madison police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

Anne of Green Gables Madison High School sophomore Kathryn McManus is directing "Anne of Green Gables, The Musical," which will be performed on 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Madison Community House.  The suggested ticket donation is $10 person and all proceeds go to benefit the Community House and Grace Church, which partnered with McManus to produce this show.

"Anne of Green Gables" features 10 young parishioners from Grace Church, where Kathryn is an active chorister and acolyte, and several other boys and girls from Madison and surrounding communities.  This is the second show McManus is directing. Her first was "Laurel’s Gift," a drama McManus wrote, which was performed at Grace Church in 2012.  

McManus recently appeared in "Midsummer Jersey" at Madison High School. She also appeared in "Shrek, The Musical" last July with the Pixie Dust Players at the Summit Playhouse, last year’s "Music Man" at Madison High School and "Into the Woods, Jr." in 2012 with the Pixie Dust Players.

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