In the April 2021 issue of the FoMoCo Times, we are going to highlight the Convention tour and the Dance that will occur on Wednesday, July 28th.
For the Wednesday tour, we will be traveling outside of Des Moines and headed to the fine city of Boone, Iowa. Boone also happens to be the home of noted Iowa author and CVA member, Bill Jepsen.
We will be lining up in the hotel parking lot at 10:00am. At 10:15am the caravan of cars will begin the trip towards the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum. We will start an on your own tour of the railroad museum at 11 :30am. According to the museum, this will take about an hour to go through. There is food on-site that will be available for purchase. We will start to board the train at 1 :00pm for a 1 :30pm train ride that will last until 3:15pm.
Once we arrive back at the hotel, we will have Donna and the picture crew setup for car pictures. Please gather into a line so that we can get everyone's car photographed.
At 7:30pm, we will have our annual dance. This year we are featuring the band, Felix and Fingers.
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum
The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a beautiful 9,000 square foot facility featuring a research library, theater, and displays featuring memorabilia from all eras of railroading in Iowa. With extensive collections of track equipment, toy trains, dining car china, passenger train timetables, lanterns and more, the museum is sure to have something of interest to everyone!
From Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad apparel to Day Out with Thomas merchandise, jigsaw puzzles and stuffed animals to glassware and books, the gift shop has something sure to satisfy the train fan in your life. The gift shop also features a variety of sandwiches, chips, candy bars, soft drinks and more. Be sure to stop by before or after our ride.
The Fraser Train travels from Boone to the old coal mining town of Fraser (and return) in 1920's era coach cars, experience what it was like to ride the rails in a caboose, get an unparalleled view of the river valley from our popular open-air car, or enjoy the view from climate-controlled comfort from our former Chicago & North Western bi-level coach car. En route you will cross the 156' tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge as well as the Des Moines River.
On most trips, their concession car is open for business. It features items such as: hot dogs, corn dogs, various chips, cookies, ice cream treats, and beverages for children as well as for adults.
Dance Featuring Felix and Fingers
Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos is an All-Request Show, meaning that we are able to request any song! Sinatra to Gaga, Bublé to Bieber, F&F make sure that everyone is singing and dancing. No two shows are the same, and the all-request show means any audience can be accommodated! They are putting together a fantastic '50s show that you will not want to miss.
Felix and Fingers began when Dave Radford and Mike Potts came together for the first time in 2010 at a Chicago fundraiser (The Chill Event) for respiratory health.
Dave had recently garnered himself a Top Ten Male Finalist position on American Idol Season 5.