By BEN ROWE
---- — ROUSES POINT — Beginning on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28, Rouses Pointers will gather and celebrate the holiday season.
The Canadian-Pacific Holiday Train will arrive at the Rouses Point station on that date at about 9:15 p.m..
Lined with Christmas lights, the train delivers live entertainment on a boxcar stage, asking only for non-perishable food and cash donations in return.
The train is expected to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early, so families are encouraged to do the same.
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Tracey Brown will join the Ontario-based folk trio The Claytones as the performers for the train’s East Coast travels.
Another guest expected at the event is Mayor Francis Baker, who will be at the station to hand out hot cocoa and enjoy the festivities.
“I hope everybody gets out and sees it,” Baker said.
According to the Canadian-Pacific website, the Holiday Train has raised more than $7.4 million and collected more than 3 million pounds of food in the United States and Canada since the program began in 1999.
Along with Rouses Point, the train will make stops at 3:15 p.m. in Ticonderoga, at 5 p.m. in Port Henry and at 7:30 p.m. in Plattsburgh as it winds its way across the northern United States and southern part of Canada.
Then at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Rouses Point residents are invited to gather in Rouse Park on Lake Street for the annual Parade of Toys. Guests will follow Santa Claus as he marches toward the Peg Huchro Memorial Gazebo.
Once the crowd reaches its destination, the lights of the village tree will be lit. Children can enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and a chance to talk with Santa. The Dodge Memorial Library will also be at the event with Christmas books for the children.
Finally, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, the Toys for Tots train will make a stop at the D & H Railway Station on Pratt Street. The staff aboard the train will give toys both to families waiting at the station as well as to local charity groups for later distribution.
According to the Toys for Tots website, the organization has distributed nearly 16.8 million toys to more than 7 million children since 1947.