Elfing for the Polar Express
Spoiler alert for all you kids at heart: Those elves that greet the Polar Express at the "North Pole," AKA the Peninsula train depot on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, are not real elves. They are volunteers who dress up as elves to wave to the children on the train, sing, dance, and have fun. Join Suburban Ski Club as we bring out our inner elves on Thursday, December 12. No experience required.
The park needs lots of volunteers to be elves. You can be creative and design your own costume or the park has plenty for you to use. Do dress for the weather. The trains will begin to arrive around 7:30 and we will be finished by 8:30. Of course, we will visit the Winking Lizard after for libations and camaraderie.
If you’ve never been an elf, here’s the routine: Park in the official parking lot at Lock 29 (1648 Mill St., Peninsula, OH), Lock 29 Overflow or wherever you can find a legal spot (Peninsula Police Dept keeps an eye on parking issues). Join other elf-dressed volunteers and get to the “barn” (down the way from the Train Depot in Peninsula). Just ask … you will be given directions. Once in the barn, you have these primary responsibilities:
- Sign in at the desk.
- Getting your tunic: Unless you wear your own costume, once you have signed in, you will be handed an elf tunic to wear for the night which you will return at the end of the night. Feel free to bring some holiday bling to add to your elf costume - hats, antlers, lights etc.
- Safety Briefing: Hang out in the Barn until CVSR Polar Express staff has given their briefing to all participants. This is mandatory information for safety issues.
- Waiting for the Train: This is when you may realize that you did not wear enough underclothing (sweaters, coats, raingear etc). So, watch the weather and dress accordingly. The tunics are oversized. You will actually be out in the weather for two periods, once for each train (one comes from Akron the other from Independence). The elfing lasts 15-20 minutes for each train (as the Santas secretly gain access to the train).
Remember this is for the kids and their families – elves are secondary, but essential,l to making the experience extra special for the train passengers .
Enjoy the Night. Learn to dance freely, wave excessively, sing endlessly.
Come join your SSC friends for an elfin good time at the “North Pole.”
Park in the official parking lot at Lock 29 (1648 Mill St., Peninsula, OH), Lock 29 Overflow or wherever you can find a legal spot (Peninsula Police Dept keeps an eye on parking issues). Join other elf-dressed volunteers and get to the “barn” (down the way from the Train Depot in Peninsula). Just ask … you will be given directions. Look for Melinda by the sign at the station in the barn.
Free. Dutch treat at the Winking Lizard
No. Just show up and sign in at the desk.