Museum hosts Easter Eggstravaganza and history talk Saturday

By Jessica Johnson

April 9, 2014

Saturday is a big day in downtown Mount Airy with the Spring Art Walk, and the museum is hosting multiple activities as well, including the annual Easter Eggstravaganza and a History Talk with local author Tom Perry.

The annual Easter Eggstravaganza begins with an Easter Bonnet Workshop at 10 a.m. for children ages 4 to 11.

Museum Executive Director Matt Edwards said the bonnet/hat workshop is intended for boys and girls. An assortment of hats will be provided as well as a variety of decorations, including traditional decorations like flowers and chicks as well as dinosaurs and other items.

After the bonnets are decorated, the children will walk in a parade, following the Easter Bunny, from the museum to the Robert Smith House nearby, where the Mount Airy Woman’s League will assist the museum, Mayberry Toy Company, and the Easter bunny in an Easter egg hunt for the children, in the garden behind the house. After the Easter Egg hunt, refreshments will be provided.

Edwards said the Easter Eggstravaganza is a long-standing program that began even before he joined the museum in 2004. “It’s one of our perennial favorites. It’s always a great time for folks to come on out and enjoy the spring weather.”

An adult should accompany the children to the Easter celebration. The entire event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until approximately 11:30 a.m.

Participation in the Easter Eggstravaganza is free for museum members and $5 per child for others. Advance registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Call the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History for more information at 786-4478.

History Talk on Dinky Railroad

A local author and historian, Thomas “Tom” D. Perry, will present a History Talk program at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The topic of the History Talk will be the dinky railroad that once ran through town. Perry has just released a new book, “A Dinky Railroad: The Mount Airy and Eastern Railway,” that tells the story of the narrow gauge railroad that ran from Mount Airy to Kibler Valley, in Patrick County, Virginia, from 1899 until 1916. The railroad hauled timber out of the valley while carrying passengers to stops such as White Sulphur Springs.

Perry and others set out on a quest years ago to find the path of the railroad and the book tells the story of that effort, along with surprises they found along the way, such as a quarter of a mile of railroad track still buried in the original railroad bed.

The talk will be focused on the history of the railroad and Perry’s efforts to find the 19-mile route.