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Dinner by the Tracks scheduled for Oct. 23

The Orient Express, that famous luxury train that wound through 13 countries in the European landscape, will be coming to the Thomson Depot platform.

Or at least it will seem that way.

The annual Dinner by the Tracks sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce will feature an evening of luxury and elegance based on the 1935 era of the Orient Express. The event is scheduled Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

Guests, who will be seated in stylish mock ups of the dining cars, can get a glimpse of the opulence and elegance that defined the Orient Express, also known as "The king of trains and the train of kings."

The dining car "windows" will be decked out with beautiful travel posters that will actually look like Paris, Vienna, Budapest and other European countries, said Renee Wright who is in charge of decorations.

"An evening on the Orient Express takes on a myth-like quality in our current times of functional travel," she said.

The route of the Orient Express varied, although the train is most famous for its trip between Paris to Istanbul, a distance of 3,186 kilometers. Passengers dressed stylishly for the occasion and enjoyed gourmet meals in dining rooms that were on par with the Ritz, Mrs. Wright said.

As part of the evening, entertainment will be provided. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and the community will act as the wait staff, said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert.

"This will be a fun evening," she said.

Tickets are $30 per person, and $240 will reserve a table for eight. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber, 597-1000.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the historic Thomson Depot.



Web posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004


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