Trolleyfest rolls in Saturday
SHELBURNE FALLS — Spend the day with Trolley No. 10, its riders and the things it carried as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum celebrates “Trolleyfest” on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A $4 all-day pass ($2 for children) gives you access to trolley car and pump-car rides. Also, the caboose will be out for its once-a-year travel down the trolly track. No. 10 used to ferry people, textiles and farm goods. The trolley car was built for the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway Co. (SF & C) in 1896, and transported people and freight from 1896 to 1927 along a seven-mile route between Shelburne Falls and Colrain. The route included a trolley bridge that is now the Bridge of Flowers.
This year, re-enacters will play “passengers” from the original trolley area, in period costume. Also a melodrama called “No. 10 Rides Again” will be performed on the grounds.
According to Marie Bartlett, author of the children’s book, “Little Yellow Trolley Car,” the play is comic and written in the melodrama style of the earlier part of the last century. It also presents the trolley’s history within the context of the play.
In its working days, the No. 10 carried people, apples, cotton, dairy goods and textiles from Colrain’s Griswoldville mill, so there will be demonstrations of butter-making, apple cider-making, weaving, tool-making and vinegar-uses of years past. The Burrie Jenkins band will play railroad tunes throughout the afternoon.
The museum is trying to raise money to build a metal storage barn for the trolley, and raffle tickets will be available. Raffle prizes include a pair of tickets on the Cape Cod Central Elegant Dinner Train and a “Trolley Freight basket” of local foods and gift certificates.
For online information, go to: www.sftm.org