FREMONT The Hayes Presidential Center's "Hayes Train Special" model train display marks its 19th year of enchantment when it opens Sunday.
Eight model trains all styles that have significance to President Hayes and his family travel throughout a 12x24 course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside, and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains' movements and some of the display's animated features.
The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 6, is made possible through funding from title sponsors the Gordon W. Knight Family. Additional funding is provided by Memorial Hospital.
Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibition of the snowflake art of Mary Gaynier. The Toledo artist holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Toledo. Her work often is compared to "Scherrenschnitte" (scissors cutting), a traditional German art form.
Her exhibition runs concurrent with the "Hayes Train Special."
Gaynier is to teach a paper snowflake workshop 2-4 p.m. Dec. 27 in the Hayes Museum. The cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6-12, and free for younger children. Participants must pre-register. The deadline to register is Dec. 21.
Admission to the Hayes Train Special and Mary Gaynier snowflake exhibits is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 60 and older, and $3 for children ages 6-12. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
As a finale to exhibition of the Hayes Train Special, a model train clinic is set for 1-4 p.m. Jan. 5. Admission to the clinic is $2 per person.