Kiwanis Jingle Bell Express puts the holiday spirit in all
Rockland — Hearts and minds were filled with the spirit of the holiday following the fourth annual Jingle Bell Express sponsored by Rockland Kiwanis Dec. 6 and 7.
The two-day, five-trip event took believers of all ages from Rockland's Maine Eastern Railroad to visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and their team of elves at the North Pole.
The trip included a view of Santa's workshop, holiday stories and carols along the way, and each child received a commemorative bell to remember their journey. Cookies and hot cocoa awaited the believers upon their return.
More than 100 volunteers team together to produce the event, according to Gordon Page, Kiwanis Club member. The four-car trains were sold out and filled with young believers wearing their pajamas and eagerly awaiting a visit from the jolly bearded man in red.
The purpose of the Jingle Bell Express is to provide a unique experience and create memories, according to committee co-chair Margie Kinney in a press release.
While the local service club retains a portion of the ticket revenue for their charitable giving efforts, the remains of the proceeds go to cover the cost of the train's operation. The use of the North Pole locations is donated by the Thomaston Historical Society.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.