Jacksonville in Miniature for the Holidays
Senior Center Demonstrates Power of Age in Creating Holiday Display
Towson, Maryland (November 26, 2013) – In 2011, the Jacksonville Senior Center Council was still settling into their one-year-old facility on Sweet Air Road in Phoenix, Maryland. Connected to the new Jacksonville Recreation Council gymnasium, the senior center offered ample parking, outdoor trails, a fitness room and indoor space for expanded activities and classes. However, one of the big challenges was getting the center "on the map" since the relocation. The council was determined to reach out to more seniors in the area, offer new and exciting opportunities to members, and celebrate Jacksonville as both a historic and growing community.
Annual Holiday Train Garden
In January 2011, the idea of an annual holiday train garden was proposed. The concept involved creating a Lionel-size model train display with local Jacksonville landmarks crafted by senior center members. Both experienced and beginner modelers within the senior center lent their talents to the creation of the display to invite the public to visit Jacksonville in Miniature and to learn of the other exciting activities offered at the center.
An Animated Wonderland
Now in its third year, Jacksonville in Miniature has grown into an animated wonderland. Train Team members combine their talents to create replicas of local landmarks, scenes of "life in Jacksonville", and, of course, operating model trains. The 2013 display is also expanding beyond Jacksonville to include the Ocean City boardwalk and the Washington D.C. Mall.
New for adult visitors this year, homeowners will be entered in a free drawing to have their home modeled and included in next year's train garden.
Dates and Times
The Jacksonville Senior Center Council invites everyone to visit our special holiday display:
- December 15 – Opening Day with Santa (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- December 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 31 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- December 18 and 30 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Contact the Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, Maryland 21131 or call 410-887-8208.
About the BCDA
The BCDA strengthens lives by connecting individuals to community resources, programs and services. Throughout the County, BCDA operates 20 senior centers and the Maryland Access Point for Baltimore County (MAP). Visit the BCDA website for more information on the various programs offered by the agency.