Silverhill Heritage Day Oct. 16

Looking for a family event this weekend, away from the high-energy concerts and boat races at the beach? The town of Silverhill, north of Foley, would love to welcome you to their free Heritage Day festivities on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Of course you will find the vendor booths tempting you with delicious food, souvenir merchandise, games and terrific local arts and crafts. And of course there will be live musical entertainment. But take note of all the extras that make this day even more fun:

  • Motorcycle Show 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.—and you are welcome to show your bike for a $10 entry fee.
  • A morning visit by an Elvis impersonator.
  • Marching bands and more in the kick-off parade at 10:00 a.m.
  • Relics from Silverhill’s history, honoring Czechoslovakia, Finland, Norway and Sweden will be on display in The Little Hall.
  • Demonstrations of RC racers, including airplanes and on- and off-road cars and trucks.
  • Karaoke.
  • Tours of some of the local businesses.
  • Little Miss Silverhill pageant for first graders.
  • Martial arts demonstrations.
  • Inflatables and train rides for the kids.

Join the small town of Silverhill in their big celebration of the year, located at the Silverhill Ball Park and Little Hall. And feel the satisfaction of helping to generate funds for the Silverhill Kids Park and Silverhill Ball Parks. You’ll find the town about 10 miles north of Foley, just west of Hwy. 59 on Hwy. 104. For more information, call Silverhill Town Hall at 251-945-5198.

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Ride Thomas the Tank Engine

Mention the word “choo-choo” and the older generations may smile with memories of the upbeat 1940s song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” But the younger generations will likely become excited about a particular blue locomotive named Thomas.

Wales West Light Railway welcome Thomas the Train. Enjoy a full day of family fun Saturdays and Sundays through May 9.

Regardless of which generation you are part of, there is no denying the appeal of Thomas the Tank Engine and the wildly popular, internationally televised series Thomas and Friends.

Over the course of three spring weekends, your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews can let their imaginations soar as they ride on the beloved train. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The $18 admission fee for ages 2 and older includes a 25-minute train ride, videos of the television show, a chance to meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt (head of Thomas’s railway), storytelling, building with Mega Bloks, live music, temporary tattoos of Thomas and his friends from the Island of Sodor, the Imagination Station with coloring and art projects, and a model train club demonstration.

Plan now to attend Day Out with Thomas—The Celebration Tour in Silverhill, Alabama at Wales West Light Railway, America’s only authentic Welsh narrow gauge railway.

To reach Wales West from our Gulf Shores area beaches, follow Highway 59 north to County Road 32. Turn left (west) and continue 5.6 miles to County Road 9. Turn right to travel north 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to assigned train departures (every 45 minutes), but you may also purchase at the door. The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. and the final train at 4:15 on Saturdays and Sundays through May 9. Cameras and strollers are welcome for this family event.

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