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 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.
The entertainment on the Holiday Train this year will be The Claytones and Tracey Brown.
Formed in the heart of the Ottawa valley, The Claytones spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of country soaked roots music with old school sensibilities. A collaborative project, Kelly, Adam and Anders write and arrange their songs together making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts.
The young band recently released its debut album.
The three full-time musicians have released eight full-length recordings of original music under the names of Kelly Prescott, Prescott, Anders Drerup, The Van Meters and Adam Puddington. The National Post listed them as one of the top five Canadian acts to watch in 2012.
“The Claytones come across as if they’ve been best friends all of their lives,” said Sue Tennant of Music On McLean House Concerts. “Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup and Adam Puddington are the ultimate performers. They put on a phenomenal show; their sweet harmonies and instrumental prowess guides us through a nice mix of genres. Their professionalism oozes well beyond their years, like a comfy sweatshirt swaddling the crowd offering a memorable experience to all they encounter.”
Brown is a member of a family of celebrated musicians. She was part of Canada’s most awarded country group, Family Brown, before forming the Juno award winning, Prescott-Brown. The Family Brown toured extensively and had a syndicated TV show for 13 years.
During her career, Brown has released more than 20 albums and was nominated for a Juno as Best Country Female Vocalist in 1999. She is also a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
She and husband, Randall Prescott have been actively involved in production of the “Holiday Train” since 2004, as well as performing on many of the tours.