It’s been a tough year. But there are always silver linings if we look hard enough, and one of the silver linings at the village was the day Bob Krist offered to volunteer his time and incredible filmmaking talents to tell our 2020 story….Thanks Bob! We think you are amazing!
| Dear Members and Friends of the Boothbay Railway Village,|
We are delighted to notify you that your 2020 Boothbay Railway Village Memberships were not lost! Covid-19 has taken away so much from our normal lives and the many activities we have cherished year after year. Fear not. The Board of Directors and Staff at the BRV are pleased to honor current 2020 memberships through the 2021 season. All memberships set to expire June through December 2020 will be valid until your expiring month of 2021.
We have been busy during this shutdown to make sure the buildings and grounds are in tip-top shape for your impending arrival next season. We have had changes in staff with retirements to celebrate and new faces to learn the ropes. Everyone is working behind the scenes to reintroduce the beloved Railway Village to the community. We are so much more than a train ride! Our generous donors have added to the BRV collection and we hope to show off our new collections next season.
The General Store is being revitalized to it’s new beginning and you may be able to shop for wonderful antique items in the aptly named Iron Horse Antiques & General Store for Christmas this year! We will follow the State Mandated guidelines as we have all been introduced to, but what a great way to end the 2020 year. Breathing new life and excitement into the cherished Boothbay Railway Village Museum!
Thank you for your support and loyal patronage. We hope you will continue to consider us for future donations as we move towards an exciting 2021 Season!
Not a current member but interested in becoming one? We would love to welcome you! CLICK HERE for all of the details, or contact our Business Manager, Donna Brewer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we prepare for our new and very exciting Iron Horse Antiques and General Store, we will be having Pop Up Shopping Events between now and the official store opening in May 2021. The first one is tomorrow, September 10th from 10am-1pm.
Shoppers can come to the Boothbay Railway Village (586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, Maine) during these hours and park in the parking lot next to the store. Staff will greet shoppers on the porch and welcome them inside as social distancing guidelines allow. Masks will be required. Cash or check only and all sales are final. Select items are on sale up to 75% off. Featured items for September 10th sale: Kids toys.
Boothbay, ME: The 53rd Annual Fall Foliage Festival scheduled for October 10th and 11th, 2020 at the Boothbay Railway Museum, has been canceled due to COVID-19.
‘After thoughtful and careful consideration, The Railway Village and the Boothbay Region Information Center have made the difficult decision to cancel the 53rd annual Fall Foliage Festival. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the Fair and the health and safety of all participants. The Fall Foliage Festival is a family tradition in Mid Coast Maine, and we look forward to continuing the tradition in 2021.’ Boothbay Region Information Center
Community Support: The Boothbay Region Information Center and The Railway Village wish to extend a very special thank you to all participants, volunteers and attendees who have made the festival a fall tradition in Maine. We also wish to thank all vendors and our event sponsor, Geico Maine, who signed up this year, in spite of these very difficult times.
Fall is undoubtedly the most beautiful season to visit Maine. The crisp, clean air and the vibrant foliage provide perfect conditions for outdoor recreation. Our beautiful peninsula offers endless options for lodging, dining, shopping, adventure, arts, entertainment, and Maine’s best seafood! Our community is waiting to welcome visitors this fall, and we hope our festival fans will still come and support our wonderful local businesses.
The Fall Foliage Festival is a major fundraiser for the Boothbay Region Information Center, which has welcomed visitors and tourists to the Boothbay Region for over 61 years. For those who wish to offer support due to the loss of their 2020 fundraiser, donations can be sent to P.O. Box 187, Boothbay, ME 04537 or visit www.Boothbay.org for more information.
Dear Village Friends, Members, “Family”, Volunteers and Supporters –
The Boothbay Railway Village entered into 2020 with bright expectations for the year ahead. This year we secured funding for a new education initiative which would bring in a new Director of Education and create an interactive online access to explore our curated collection. We planned an exciting line up of events to celebrate Maine’s 200th year and eagerly anticipated seeing old faces as well as new return to enjoy the Village.
And then along came COVID-19………
As 2020 evolved, the planning of the Village’s fifth-sixth season continued with the staff working hard on various improvements to our displays as well as infrastructure. The Village secured a coveted grant to aid in our “Maine 200” celebrations at the Village showcasing artisans on the grounds as well as new events to highlight Maine’s history. We began our search for the new Director of Education & Curator and were fortunate to add to the Village’s resources Lori Reynolds to further develop our events as well as shape our messaging through social media. Agreements were in place for a couple of major donations to improve the Village’s collection which included a 1923 Buick (we hope to have on the grounds by June) and improvements to the Village model railroad display were ongoing with the addition of a G scale display in the works. All in all, the Village was buzzing in January and February away from the public eye with aggressive programs and goals ahead for 2020.
After months of the Board and staff wrestling with the realizations and impact that COVID-19 meant to the Village (both to the safety of our staff and guests), the Board met on Thursday, May 28, 2020 and voted to close the Village for its 2020 Summer season – suspending its public programs, opening and our “Maine 200” celebrations planned for June to September 2020 to the Summer of 2021. The Board viewed the crisis that COVID-19 imposed as an opportunity whereby the Village’s full-time staff could be focused solely on tackling much needed upgrades and repairs to the Village’s buildings that “good weather” during the Summer months would afford without the public being on the grounds day-to-day. The Board’s decision included its recommitments to those goals made in October 2019 to (a) developing an outreach program with a full-time Director of Education by October of this year, (b) upgrading the Village’s website as well as its social media platform or content, (c) further developing our capacity to be a venue for private events and gatherings, (d) cataloguing our collection as to be available for others to view, (e) improving the Village’s displays and collections, (f) hiring an additional full-time buildings and grounds staff member as well as a full-time railroad shop member, (g) continuing the preservation of our railroad rolling stock with the restoration of Maine’s last narrow gauge RPO coach in existence (Coach No. 11), (h) a new business model for the Village store, and (i) to offer an “Adopt-A-Project” program for those who wish to volunteer this year. The Village’s planned “Capital Campaign” will be rescheduled for 2021 but we will still be actively pursuing any available grants to support the Village’s 2021 programs. The Village will resume its public availability (pending on Maine’s guidelines that may evolve over the next three months or so) as to still be the venue for the Boothbay Charities’ auction in September, hosting the Fall Foliage Festival on October 11-12, 2020 with the Boothbay Information Center and hold the Village’s ever so popular North Pole Express from Thanksgiving weekend into December. Furthermore, all memberships that expire in 2020 will be extended an additional year (into 2021) – with the hope that those who are not members, you will consider the Village as a non-profit you will adopt and support.
Even though the Village will not be open to the general public this Summer, know the Village will be very much alive and moving forward – we welcome your involvement and inquisitiveness. Feel free to call the Village if you have an interest in volunteering this year and check our website or Facebook page periodically to see what will be evolving over the months as we are closed. We look forward seeing you on the grounds the next few months and particularly at those Fall and Winter events being held this year at the Village.
Charles E. Bamberg
President, Board of Directors
Boothbay Railway Village