The Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club continues its train display at the Museum of Aviation through Sunday. For the past seven years, club members and vendors have hosted the “Planes and Trains” exhibit in the Century of Flight Hangar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, The annual Thanksgiving week display is one of Georgia’s largest model train shows and is free to the public.
The display is HO-scale and features up to nine trains continuously running through miniature landscapes including cars, buildings, river features and even an airport. An added feature this year is an expanded version of a circus that was first shown last year. Also on display will be a large N-scale layout with a 1950s style drive-in theater. There will also be an O-scale Lionel train display where spectators will be delighted with “hot box” fires with the railroad cars, a “Thomas the Tank” Engine display on Sodor Island, a distinctive floor display in G-scale, and a modern train set on the “World’s Greatest Hobby” layout.
Jim Kerr, spokesman for the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club, says that club members will be on hand to answer any questions about model trains and the model railroading hobby. “Our club continues to make “Planes and Trains” an even larger display each year, and 2014 will be no exception in our continuing effort to make the largest model railroad event in Middle Georgia,” Kerr said.
There also will be vendors at the show with trains and related railroad items. For those spending the day to take in the model train display and touring the museum, the Victory Café is open for lunch and snacks from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except on Sundays, although the rest of the museum is open on Sundays.
The Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club started in the 1970s and has a membership of about 30 railroad enthusiasts. They meet every third Tuesday monthly at the IHOP restaurant, 2710 Watson Blvd., in Warner Robins. “We invite anyone interested in learning about model railroading to come to the meeting,” Kerr said. For more information about the club, visit www.mgmrc.org or contact email@example.com.
“A Genealogy-Kinda Holiday” will be celebrated and hosted by the Central Georgia Genealogical Society on Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will be at Flint Energies, 900 Ga. 86, Warner Robins. Attendees are encouraged to share their memories, family traditions and favorite dish for the holiday, particularly something from your family of origin or heritage. Holiday stories discovered during genealogy research also are invited, particularly those of an ancestor born on Christmas Day or a treasured ornament symbolic of your family heritage. Call 478-922-2965 to sign up for a dish or storytelling. More information is available by visiting www.cggs.org.
The Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club will host its third annual New Year’s Eve Gala 2015 on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The formal event will be at the Warner Robins Conference Center at the Courtyard by Marriott, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway, in Warner Robins. Live music will be presented by A2Z- the Ultimate Band for party goers to dance and enjoy. The cost is $50 per person to enjoy the evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffle, free champagne and a cash bar. Tickets are available at www.wroptimist.org with checks being made out to Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club. Further information about the New Year’s Eve event and the Optimist Club is available by contacting 478-718-0789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted by calling 478-922-5100 or emailing email@example.com.