28th National Garden Railway Convention August 14-19, 2012

Wednesday Ice Cream Social

Sponsored by:  Excelle Lubricants Div. of Phoenix Unlimited

An Ice Cream Social has been a NGRC tradition for decades.  We are pleased to announce that Jory Hutchens (who played the fiddle at the Hobo Dinner during the 2005 Convention) will perform again at our Ice Cream Social.   At age 8, Jory started playing fiddle as a "hobby". He had joined Suzuki Violin, after completion of a couple years of lessons, he was ready to try something new. To a 9 and 10 year old, classical just wasn't fun. After getting second place in a fiddle competition Jory was approached by Jeff Guernsey, who has won two national championships and has toured with Steve Warener and Vince Gill.  Jeff has been Jory's teacher for years now. In 2004 I had founded Kentucky Sassafras, we toured for 4 years and had a lot of fun.  He is now currently in College and continues to play the fiddle.

Sassafras Boys playing Love, Please Come Home - YouTube



Thursday night at Illinois Railroad Museum

During the evening at IRM, guests can expect the Nebraska Zephyr, the Coach Train, 2 street cars and 2 Interurban trains to be running.

Dinner will be catered by Fay's Pork Chop BBQ, to include a grilled pork chop and 1/4 chicken, coleslaw, applesauce, baked beans and potato salad.  Iced tea, lemonade and coffee are also included.


Friday Night Dinner - Our Kind of town, Chicago Is!

Photographer, Bruce Moffit will be speaking on the history of trains in Chicago.  Bruce is a life-long Chicago resident and has been an active local transit enthusiast since his grade school days. His main focus has been the Chicago Transit Authority and its predecessors, especially the rapid transit or ā€œLā€ system, followed closely by the interurban electric railways that used to connect Chicago and suburban areas.  Bruce has written a number of books on the Chicago ā€œLā€ system and also two on the Chicago Tunnel Company, which operated a narrow gauge electric railway beneath the streets of downtown Chicago.  He is presently employed by the Chicago Transit Authority and is in charge of the Signage department.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour.  Dinner will include a garden salad, roast sirloin of beef with mushroom sauce, potato and vegetable.  Dessert will be carrot cake with cream cheese icing.



Saturday Night Banquet - 

The Speakeasy! (SShhhh - do you know the password?)

Sponsored by :  Aristo-Craft Trains

Historian, Rich Lindberg  will be speaking at tonight's "Speakeasy" themed banquet.   Rich is a lifelong Chicagoan, well-known author, research historian and public speaker who has published 16 books dealing with the aspects of city history, politics, criminal justice, sports and ethnicity.  He is a past president of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, the Society of Midland Authors and is an authority on Chicago's historic, criminal underworld of legend.  His presentation will deal with the Prohibition era and the history of the Chicago Underworld.  Mr. Lindberg will have a book signing after his presentation.

Attendees are welcome to dress up in  1920's attire.  You will see numerous Mobster's and Flappers as the evening goes on, but don't be alarmed - all of our Mobsters are a bit friendlier than that of Chicago's past.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour including cheese and vegetable trays, and dinner will be served with a choice of beef, chicken or fish.  Dessert will be an Apple Strudel with Cinnamon Anglaise sauce.