The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will again kick off the holiday season in Ticonderoga and Port Henry. The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 3:50 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will again kick off the holiday season in Ticonderoga and Port Henry.
“The magic of the Holiday Train is phenomenal,” said producer Randall Prescott, who is into his 10th year of putting together the entertainment. “To be able to bring this level of talent to thousands of people on this musical roadshow for food bank programs is very special and something I am proud to be a part of.”
The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 3:50 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.
Following the train stop, the town Christmas tree will be lit on the Ticonderoga Community Building lawn at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include music and refreshments.
This will be the seventh year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. It has stopped in Port Henry the past six years.
Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney suggests people park at Fort Ticonderoga and take a shuttle bus to the train station.
Ticonderoga police will be located at the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga directing traffic, Malaney said.
In Port Henry, there will be parking at the town hall, Wheelock’s, the Knights of Columbus, NuWay Laundry and along Main Street. There will be handicap parking only at the train station. Buses will also transport people from Moriah Central School to and from the train station.
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.
As part of the program the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce on Montcalm Street will accept food donations for the local pantry.
Now in its 11th 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 $5.6 million and generated almost 2.45 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves. Cash donations from North Americans totalled close to $750,000 last year alone.
Performers on the holiday train this year are Willy Porter and Sydney Grigg.
Porter released his debut CD in 1990. In 1994, he released his second independent CD, “Dog Eared Dream.” The song “Angry Words” became a top-10 staple on Triple AAA radio stations around the country. He would ultimately sign with Private Music/BMG in 1995. European and American tours with Rickie Lee Jones, Tori Amos and The Cranberries followed over the next year and a half.
Porter regained momentum in 1999 when he signed with San Francisco-based Six Degrees Records and released the folk-pop gem, “Falling Forward.” National tours commenced with legendary artists Paul Simon, Sting, Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull.
Porter’s combined experience at both major and independent record labels ultimately fueled the drive to release a wider variety of music on a more frequent basis, and led Porter to start his own imprint, Weasel Records, in December 2005. Since then he has released, “Available Light” and “How to Rob A Bank” through this independent label, as well as produced and released two discs for singer/songwriter Natalia Zukerman.
Grigg moved from Toronto to Nashville in 1997. It was there that she began her flirtations with country and folk music. After having been singing for most of her life, she taught herself guitar as a senior in high school. She headed to Knoxville to start her college career at the University of Tennessee, and spent the next couple of years discovering the skill and craft of songwriting and guitar playing.
At 20, Grigg returned to Nashville and paused her education to concentrate her focuses on music and began getting involved in the Nashville songwriting community. In that same year, Sydney accepted a six month-long internship with Universal Music Group and Lost Highway records.
In 2010, she traveled to Ottawa, Ont. to link up with Kelly Prescott where she would take her recent crop of songs to be recorded at Lakeside Studios. During this month of fine-tuning her style and discovering her sound came her debut EP “A Perfect Kind of Bad.” Grigg wrote and co wrote four of the five songs with help from Kaylen Prescott (of Prescott) and Capital recording artist Eric Paslay.
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