Monday, January 14, 2019

Volunteers are appreciated.

The Village of Ashley Country Christmas ended the 2018 season with our volunteer appreciation dinner on Jan 6th.  We started the 2018 season with a bang when we celebrated our 100th North Pole Express train trip.  We started the evening with a lot of give aways and ended the night by giving the key to the village to SRI executive director Kim Springsdorf. 
2018 brought a new experience.  On Nov. 17th, while the North Pole Express was in Ashley, there was a derailment in Owosso.  The train could not get back to the station but the Owosso community responded with buses and drivers to pick up the passengers just outside of Owosso and deliver them back to the station. 
We wish to thank Duane Zammaron and Mlive for two cool video’s about the Country Christmas which you can find on our Facebook page or on You Tube.  We also received coverage from Channel 25 which sent a news team to Ashley to interview some of our volunteers.
Our volunteer appreciation dinner is the final event of the season.  We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers for all of their hard work.  This year we had 78 returning volunteers and 24 new volunteers.  Our volunteers don’t just work the five weekends while the train is in town.  We usually start our work bees in September and we have people who are there for every work day.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

3rd Weekend of 2018

One of our many faithful volunteers getting his own personalized name tag from the mayor. 

The exchange students from St. Johns were elves this weekend.  They asked Santa to join them as they pointed to their hometown on our "pin your hometown" map. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus waiting for the train. 

This is a view that never gets old. 

It's always fun to wave at the train as it comes into town and again when it leaves. 

The kids love meeting Santa.  And some bigger kids do too. 

Santa's sleigh. 

Putting their "first gift of Christmas" entry into the North Pole mail box. 

Making a train car in Santa's workshop.

Chain saw carving.

A couple of our painted chairs.  The students at the high school painted these for us. 

People have been adding their bells to our bell tree. 

A couple more painted chairs. 

We love our elves.  They were a big help in running the carnival.

People waiting to get their picture taken in front of the North Pole Express. 

One of our sponsors is the Chapin Telephone Company.

Kids playing in Candy Land.

This guy was having lots of fun with the kids at the haunted house. 

Face painting is always a popular thing to do. 

The Grinch waiting for the train.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Second weekend of 2018.

Mr. & Mrs. Santa and the elves waiting for the train. 

And here it comes. 

Making a toy at Santa's workshop.

Enjoying the animals. 

Street entertainment playing with fire. 

Checking everything out. 

A favorite thing to do is getting your picture taken in front of the train.  We have volunteers to help you out. 

Enjoy a ferris wheel ride. 

The school kids at Ashley decorate the trees for the festival of trees. 

Just a different view as the train is leaving town heading back to Owosso.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the elves went for a carousel ride.