The 33rd Brunswick Railroad Days is quickly approaching and a veteran of 25 Railroad Days festivals offerers the following advice.
The festival this year is Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Make plans to arrive close to 10:00 am and park in the MARC Parking lot. You will then safely, and properly, cross the railroad tracks and be at Railroad Square.
Eat Breakfast. Even if you have lunch food for breakfast, there are many vendors, including our local non profits, who offer a quick bite to give you the energy you will need to power through the day. There are also local businesses who would love to see you if coffee and breakfast food is what you crave!
Buy your train tickets. I would suggest that you purchase your train tickets much earlier than the departure times of 1:00 and 3:00 each day. “Train Rides – Non-stop, round-trip from Brunswick to Buck Lodge, both days leaving at 1pm & 3pm. Ticket prices are $5.00 for children under 12 and seniors 60+, and $10.00 for adults. Tickets go on sale at 10am at City Hall, both days of the festival.” Enjoy your train ride!
Visit the Brunswick Heritage Museum. Located at 40 West Potomac Street, admission to the museum will be free this year thanks to sponsors. For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile rail yard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! The BHM can be seen as two museums in one. On the second floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived here. Recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece complimented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900’s. Upstairs on the third floor is our 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. The model railroad comes alive with many new interactive elements installed during the renovation of the layout in 2007.
Visit the heritage attractions. Enjoy the heritage of Brunswick while visiting such attractions such as model train displays and historical exhibits.
Eat Lunch! Enjoy lunch from one of the many vendors offering food. Some annual favorites are the Brunswick Fire Company and Hemp’s Meats . Don’t take my word for it, try to find your own favorite spot to get lunch.
Shop local! Browse the shops and businesses along the festival area. Brunswick is a Maryland Main Street Community and is home to some unique businesses. Visit them all to maximize your Railroad Days experience. New this year will be a Pop Up Shop in the Historic Kaplon Building. “This beautiful space will be the home of the first Made in Maryland Marketplace in Frederick County, a food and artisans market featuring homegrown products delivered straight by a Maryland farmer and a carefully curated artisans display of products made only in Maryland.”
Enjoy all of the other attractions. Enjoy kids activities, petting zoo, arts and crafts vendors, magician, businesses and civic groups, inflatables, pony rides, and much more.
Enjoy a snack. There are many vendors that offer a sweet snack for your enjoyment. My favorite is the potato candy at New Hope Church on South Maryland Avenue.
Enjoy the entertainment. This year enjoy Georgia Lea & Stone Cold, Culler Magic, Wynn in Doubt, Sub-Radio, His Dream of Lions, The Pocket Band, Madalyn Martin, Satyr Hill Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, ony maybe, Culler Magic, Jon Lewis Band, and Banjo Man Frank Cassel.
Grab a beer. Smoke town Brewery will be open and will have a beer tent as well.
Eat Dinner. Most vendors offer “to go” boxes so take some home with you.
Stay late Saturday. Enjoy the entertainment at Beans in the Belfry or have dinner at the Potomac Street Grill or King’s Pizza.
Sunday. Sunday is a great day to catch up on the activities you missed on Saturday, purchase that item you thought about all Saturday night, and to eat at food locations you didn’t get to on Saturday. Enjoy the turkey dinner at the Brunswick Ambulance Company.
The event winds down around 4:30 or so on Sunday and is a good time to reflect upon another great Brunswick Railroad Days.
I hope you plan to attend Brunswick Railroad Days!