…so here we are again, Friends of Freeman Station volunteers in the 2016 Burlington Santa Claus Parade. Nice day, mild temperatures, no rain. What more could the intrepid volunteer parade participant ask for? Well, a reliable ride, what else? And a good time was had by all…
(Intrepid photos: Bob Miller)
Leslie Dawe and her Mother arrived at the Burlington Junction Station from England by ship and train in 1956. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of that occasion, Leslie invited 35 of her closest friends and relatives to meet her at the Freeman Station. The rest, they say, is history.
She was greeted this time by the Mayor of Burlington, Rick Goldring, and Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed-Ward. Greetings were also read from Hon. Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington, and Hon. Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington.
The family presented Leslie with a Whinstone named in her honour, and Friends of Freeman Station endowed her with a Lifetime Honourary Membership. “I remember arriving at the Station warmly dressed in fur-lined coat and boots, expecting to step out into a cold Canadian November,” Leslie said. “That’s what Grandma had prepared us for. Instead the temperature was in the 60’s, and we were sweltering!”
Well, Leslie, we couldn’t quite replicate that day’s weather for you, but we did pretty good: temperature around 45 degrees F and partly sunny, so really a nice day. So congratulations and thank you for thinking of Burlington Junction Station as the venue for your 60th commemoration!
P.S. If you, dear reader, or someone you know would like to come past the Freeman Station on your nostalgic occasion, we’ll be happy to accommodate you. Just send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange it.
John writes, ” last Wed., Thurs., and Friday Ken Brooks and I completed the remaining installation of clapboard siding on the oval-window wall, plus the areas above the triple windows on either side of the oval window wall. Denny and Ken finished the exterior painting in these areas except for some narrow trim that can wait until Spring. This area is now all buttoned up for winter and really looks good. Thanks to everyone who helped out in this area over the last year.”
And thanks to Bob M., Gord, and Denny, who worked under Ken Brooks’ tutelage to carefully remove the 110-year-old inside wall planks in the baggage room, thus enabling insulation and wiring to be installed. Another section of the building moving toward completion…
Now, we’re not tax experts, and we hate to be the bearer of “bad news,” but tax time is almost upon us.
So if you need tax deductions to offset income, let’s discuss how you can help the restoration effort at Freeman Station, memorialize a family name or a specific family member, fund a memorial Whinstone, or otherwise set up a tax-deductible donation for tax year 2016, and make a lasting contribution to the Friends of Freeman Station’s efforts to restore/renovate/manage an important historic landmark in the City of Burlington.
YOU can make a difference and leave a lasting legacy for this community, and deduct 100% of your contribution off your income tax return. Yes, there are many tax-deductible funds appealing to you for a donation, but none offers a more intimate and meaningful opportunity to do something to preserve a piece of Burlington’s early days, make a niche for your family surname, honour an ancestor, or just make a darn good gesture for your Burlington neighbours. Even a contribution which establishes naming rights to a certain facility or feature within the Station can earn you a receipt for a 100% tax deduction.
Email email@example.com to get started.
On Tuesday, November 15th, BDRC team members were invited to present our vision for the historic Lower Level Railway Diorama which we are planning to build in the basement of the Freeman Station to depict life in the hamlet of Freeman and surrounds in the 1920’s, to the Peel Scale Modelers (PSM) monthly meeting.
We invited PSM to join us in the design of the diorama, the state-of-the-art audience involvement features we are planning (including lighting, sound effects, and computer control), and construction of specific models, buidings, vintage autos, horses and wagons, and early Twentieth-Century scenes which we will depict as the diorama grows and evolves over the next several years.
We were greeted enthusiastically by the more than 30 attendees, and several came forward to offer help. Thanks, Peel Scale Modelers!
(Does anyone see a problem with the rail line in this mockup picture of the LLRD? A 2017 free annual membership [value $ 20] to the first person who emails firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct answer!)
P.S. Thanks very much to the Burlington Gazette for its recent excellent write-up on our plans for the LLRD. We are looking for one or more sponsors who share our vision and would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to help defray our construction costs. We are at approximately $ 14,000 against that goal, and all construction effort will be done by volunteers — no one is paid. Our target budget is $ 100,000 for a first-rate, state-of-the-art award-winning experience for our guests. (By contrast, another project in Toronto, much more elaborate, has a million dollar budget. We are not proposing that!)
Please email email@example.com if you would like to get involved, or would like to contribute.
On Saturday, November 19th, well-known professional storyteller Pauline Grondin again worked her magic as she related, first-person, her story of life around Freeman Station. The year was 1920, and the Burlington Junction Station in Freeman was a vibrant hub of community business. Pauline brought history to life for us as she related what’s happening around the village. (A bit of gossip here and there?)
Thanks, Pauline, for your many hours of research and preparation to bring this image of life around the Burlington Junction Station in Freeman back to life.
As a non-profit corporation, Friends of Freeman Station held its Annual General Meeting of members and interested friends on Wednesday, October 12th. Agenda included reports of the Executive, election of Directors, and other business.
Friends of Freeman Station has received a generous donation from Burlington's Mikalda Farms Ltd. (Norton family) to sponsor the passenger Waiting Room at the restored Burlington Junction Station in memory of their McMillan ancestors, Alexander Donald and Charlotte Campbell McMillan and their descendants, including daughter Effie McMillan, and her son Frank McMillan and wife Lillie May Boniface McMillan.
The "McMillan Room" Waiting Room at the Freeman Station will be available as meeting space for use by small groups. Completion of its restoration to early Twentieth-century appearance is now assured, and is almost finished, including newly paneled and painted walls, flooring, restored ceiling treatment, and reconstruction of the original windows including the distinctive Jane Irwin oval window at the end of the room.
Read the story of "A.D. McMillan, Fruit & Vegetable Grower" at http://www.freemanstation.ca/families-freeman/stories/ad-mcmillan-fruit-vegetable-grower/
Our thanks to the Norton family for their generous support.
Friends of Freeman Station is coming to the LaSalle Park Pavillion on Monday, August 1st for Joseph Brant Family Day, 11 AM – 4 PM.
Something for the entire family.
Join us for an update on the Friends of Freeman Station project to restore the 1906 Burlington Junction Station.
Special treat: renowned story-teller Pauline Grondin relates the history of the Burlington Junction Station and its importance to the Freeman / Burlington community. Children 12 years and older would probably enjoy the story with their adults.
Then for the little ones… say hello to Thomas
the Tank Engine!
Colouring books for the youngsters, too!