In 1952, there were no smartphones, no videogames, not even color TV. What on earth did people do for fun?
In the small towns northwest of Boston, they were tinkering with model trains.
That year, a group of enthusiasts founded the Nashua Valley Railroad Association, and more than half a century later it’s still going strong. This weekend, the Shirley-based group is holding Railfair 2017, featuring model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers and train rides.
It takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. Two-day admission is $6; children under 12 are free. For more information, go to www.nvrra.com.
The NVRRA operates its own layout modeled after the Boston and Maine Railroad during the early 1980s. “We use a dispatcher to dispatch trains between locations and keep trains from having problems,” says Peter D’Olimpio, chairman of the NVRRA’s board of directors. “We haven’t had any major collisions but we sure have had some traffic jams and foul ups just like the real railroads!!”
As the autumn air grows chilly, warm up Saturday with a bowl of clam chowder at the Ipswich Lions Club’s 22nd annual Chowderfest. For $10 (kids under 10 are free), you can sample tastings from several local restaurants, listen to music, and enjoy craft brew from the Ipswich Ale truck. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Downtown Riverwalk. For information, go to e-clubhouse.org/sites/ipswich_ma.
With the school year in full swing, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is hosting two community events this week aimed at addressing substance abuse on college campuses and mental health issues among high schoolers.
On Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m., the hospital will host a forum reviewing strategies at local higher education institutions that address the misuse of opioids, prescription drugs, and alcohol. And on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the hospital will host a Resilience Project Summit on how to support the development of good mental health in adolescents.
Quincy residents who want to learn about efforts to address opioid abuse are invited to a meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, state Senator John Keenan, and public safety officials will speak, and there will be time for public comment.Leslie Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.