Youngsters and the young at heart are invited to experience the wonder of a miniature train wending its way around a pint-size track at the Hayes Presidential Center’s Hayes Train Special model train display.
The display, now in its 19th year, will be on exhibit through Jan. 6, 2013. Eight model trains in styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family travel throughout the 12 x 24 course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside, and villages.
The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains’ movements and some of the display’s animated features via a series of buttons.
|The snowflake art of Mary Gaynier.|
Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibition of the snowflake art of Mary Gaynier. The Toledo artist holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Toledo. She began experimenting with cut-paper art in 2001 and since has had her work accepted into more than 100 juried national and international exhibitions. She is winner of numerous awards. Her work often is compared to Scherrenschnitte (scissors cutting), a traditional German art form. However, Mary never heard of Scherrenschnitte when she began cutting paper snowflakes to decorate her home for a family gathering. As an artist with a penchant for detail, Gaynier soon developed more refined cutting skills using an X-acto knife instead of scissors, while maintaining the basic circular or “snowflake” form. Her exhibition runs concurrent with the Hayes Train Special.
Gaynier will teach a Paper Snowflake Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 in the Hayes Museum. The cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12, and free for younger children. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Dec. 21. Class size is limited to 50 people. All materials needed to create a cut-paper snowflake are provided.
Admission to the Hayes Train Special and Mary Gaynier snowflake exhibits is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 60 and older and $3 for children ages 6-12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
As a finale to exhibition of the Hayes Train Special, a Model Train Clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Admission to the clinic is $2 per person. In the event of bad weather the clinic will be canceled.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.