The Elf Express and Full-Scale Models

The Elf Express and Full-Scale Models

The Elf Express and Full-Scale Models

Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Elf Express mascot, wants you to hop on board wit  the Lions Club.

Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Elf Express mascot, wants you to hop on board wit
the Lions Club.

I must guiltily confess that although I knew the Manchester Lions Club did all sorts of good deeds for the community, I was a little hazy on the details. So I was glad when Neil Post paid a visit last week to fill me in. Neil is very excited about their wonderful holiday event, the Elf Express, which was such a huge hit with area families last year, that the Lions are doing it again this year. He tells me he expects a sell-out.

The festively decorated train will depart from the depot at RK Miles on Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22, taking its passengers on a memorable one-hour trip, complemented by merry song and dance routines enthusiastically performed by theater and dance students from BBA, dressed as elves. The train’s mascot, Christopher Pop-In-Kins, will be peeking out of the greenery adorning the old-timey train cars, on the look out for naughty and nice. But the kids will be having such a good time, it’s not likely he’ll see any bad behavior. And Christopher is far too cute to pose much of a threat, anyway. Santa and the Missus will be there too, with a gift for each child. How magical. I’d like to be four again, please.

Call soon for tickets and scheduling information; tickets must be purchased in advance, and seating is limited. Visit or call the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce at 800-362-4144.

Even if you’re no longer a toddler, or don’t have one to take on the train, you can have fun with the Manchester Lions while helping for a great cause. They are also responsible for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon in September, as well as staging an auction of goods in August and launching a holiday appeal for donations at the end of the year.

Proceeds from these events go right back to the community, to worthy causes like the Manchester and Arlington Food Cupboards, United Counseling Services, Second Chance Animal Center, the Interfaith Coucil, BART Adaptive Sports Center, the BBA Performing Arts Department and more.

If you like to shop, the Manchester Lions also now has a shopping website with thousands of stores: Walmart, Sears, Best Buy, Apple and the Home Depot, to name a few. When you make a purchase on, royalties from your purchase go towards their fundraising efforts, and you get to earn up to 35 percent cash back on qualified purchases. There are also some fun, interactive ways to be involved on a more global basis, through the International Lions Club website,

Keeping it local, you can join the Lions Club. Neil tells me they’re always looking for volunteers. In Manchester, they meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Sherrie’s Cafe, and it just so happens they’re holding a Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, November 13, for those interested in joining. You can call him at 201-965-4098 if you’d like to come.

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