Silent Auction to Raise Funds for Railcar Restoration Supplies
A 3-D puzzle of Elvis Presley… a set of American Girl crafts and fun… and maple syrup from Livingston Farms are just a few of the many items that will be available for bidding on at the Silent Auction on Wednesday, August 26 starting at 6:00 PM in the St. Johns City Park Pavilion. This will be just before this season’s final Concert in the Park, featuring Matt King as Elvis – a hit every year!
The funds raised by the Silent Auction will ALL go to the supplies needed to continue the progress on the restoration of four historic rail cars through the Clinton Northern Railway Museum, a branch of the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC).
Progress is being made weekly on the three cars sitting downtown by the Depot: the roof of the green 1903 Railroad Post Office (RPO) is a major task nearing completion thanks to the efforts of the volunteer Railroad Crew. Another large project in process is the restoration of the exterior of the 1902 Sault St. Marie, which is sitting across from the cemetery on the property of the St. Johns Florist and Greenhouse, thanks to their generosity. When the exterior has been restored to its original beauty, the car will be able to join the other three cars. The cars at the depot attract many people weekly when they are open for viewing on Sundays, 1 – 3 PM, May through October.
Have fun finding special items (donated by area businesses) while supporting the efforts of the hard-working Railroad Crew of Clinton Northern Railway – and waiting for Elvis to start crooning.
The Clinton County Arts Council brings you the Concerts in the Park, the art gallery downtown, the railway museum, the Mint City Singers and the theater group: Homegrown Productions. CCAC is grateful to have received a 2015 operating grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, which includes a portion of money from the National Endowment for the Arts.