Magic Mall Moments!

By Mary Jo

I'm not a great lover of shopping, but every holiday season, I make sure to  IMG_1120 visit Kenilworth Bazaar, IMG_1121a small friendly mall near me.  Every year, volunteers create a wonderful train garden with multiple trains and lots of different scenes.

This year's train garden covers all eras from cheery dinosaurs to a cow napping space ship!   The garden is large and there is always a crowd around the plastic walls as people of all ages delight in the whimsy and spectacle.

And watching the people is as much fun as watching the trains!  Have you ever seen a train garden?  If not, would you like to?

Mary Jo

 

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55 thoughts on “Magic Mall Moments!”

  1. Mary Jo-I was just mentioning train gardens to my friend, Kathy. She had no idea what I was talking about; I tried to explain. But getting back to your post, I have indeed been to the train garden at Kenilworth. It never ceases to amaze me how a placid looking pool in a mall can morph into such wonderful creation. Now I’ll ask you a question: have you ever been to see the fabulous train garden at the Glen Avenue firehouse? It’s about 2 miles from my house, in Baltimore City. Every year, the firefighters create a train garden, with all the scenes focusing on a central theme. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to pay a visit. Just sayin’…

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  2. Mary Jo-I was just mentioning train gardens to my friend, Kathy. She had no idea what I was talking about; I tried to explain. But getting back to your post, I have indeed been to the train garden at Kenilworth. It never ceases to amaze me how a placid looking pool in a mall can morph into such wonderful creation. Now I’ll ask you a question: have you ever been to see the fabulous train garden at the Glen Avenue firehouse? It’s about 2 miles from my house, in Baltimore City. Every year, the firefighters create a train garden, with all the scenes focusing on a central theme. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to pay a visit. Just sayin’…

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  3. Mary Jo-I was just mentioning train gardens to my friend, Kathy. She had no idea what I was talking about; I tried to explain. But getting back to your post, I have indeed been to the train garden at Kenilworth. It never ceases to amaze me how a placid looking pool in a mall can morph into such wonderful creation. Now I’ll ask you a question: have you ever been to see the fabulous train garden at the Glen Avenue firehouse? It’s about 2 miles from my house, in Baltimore City. Every year, the firefighters create a train garden, with all the scenes focusing on a central theme. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to pay a visit. Just sayin’…

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  4. Mary Jo-I was just mentioning train gardens to my friend, Kathy. She had no idea what I was talking about; I tried to explain. But getting back to your post, I have indeed been to the train garden at Kenilworth. It never ceases to amaze me how a placid looking pool in a mall can morph into such wonderful creation. Now I’ll ask you a question: have you ever been to see the fabulous train garden at the Glen Avenue firehouse? It’s about 2 miles from my house, in Baltimore City. Every year, the firefighters create a train garden, with all the scenes focusing on a central theme. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to pay a visit. Just sayin’…

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  5. Mary Jo-I was just mentioning train gardens to my friend, Kathy. She had no idea what I was talking about; I tried to explain. But getting back to your post, I have indeed been to the train garden at Kenilworth. It never ceases to amaze me how a placid looking pool in a mall can morph into such wonderful creation. Now I’ll ask you a question: have you ever been to see the fabulous train garden at the Glen Avenue firehouse? It’s about 2 miles from my house, in Baltimore City. Every year, the firefighters create a train garden, with all the scenes focusing on a central theme. If you haven’t been, I encourage you to pay a visit. Just sayin’…

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  6. Janice, it seems to be a regional thing–I’m told they have train gardens in Pittsburgh and I know they have them around Maryland. Traditionally they were done at firehouses, partly to give the fire fighters something to do and also as entertainment for the neighborhood. It’s a lovely tradition.

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  7. Janice, it seems to be a regional thing–I’m told they have train gardens in Pittsburgh and I know they have them around Maryland. Traditionally they were done at firehouses, partly to give the fire fighters something to do and also as entertainment for the neighborhood. It’s a lovely tradition.

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  8. Janice, it seems to be a regional thing–I’m told they have train gardens in Pittsburgh and I know they have them around Maryland. Traditionally they were done at firehouses, partly to give the fire fighters something to do and also as entertainment for the neighborhood. It’s a lovely tradition.

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  9. Janice, it seems to be a regional thing–I’m told they have train gardens in Pittsburgh and I know they have them around Maryland. Traditionally they were done at firehouses, partly to give the fire fighters something to do and also as entertainment for the neighborhood. It’s a lovely tradition.

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  10. Janice, it seems to be a regional thing–I’m told they have train gardens in Pittsburgh and I know they have them around Maryland. Traditionally they were done at firehouses, partly to give the fire fighters something to do and also as entertainment for the neighborhood. It’s a lovely tradition.

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  11. Alison–yes, Kenilworth is doing well as mall go. It helps that it’s relatively small. But there have been changes. For example Stebbins Anderson has been replaced by a Trader Joe’s, and very popular that is, too!

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  12. Alison–yes, Kenilworth is doing well as mall go. It helps that it’s relatively small. But there have been changes. For example Stebbins Anderson has been replaced by a Trader Joe’s, and very popular that is, too!

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  13. Alison–yes, Kenilworth is doing well as mall go. It helps that it’s relatively small. But there have been changes. For example Stebbins Anderson has been replaced by a Trader Joe’s, and very popular that is, too!

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  14. Alison–yes, Kenilworth is doing well as mall go. It helps that it’s relatively small. But there have been changes. For example Stebbins Anderson has been replaced by a Trader Joe’s, and very popular that is, too!

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  15. Alison–yes, Kenilworth is doing well as mall go. It helps that it’s relatively small. But there have been changes. For example Stebbins Anderson has been replaced by a Trader Joe’s, and very popular that is, too!

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  16. Mary Jo-A while ago, I saw a TV program that featured the world’s largest miniature (multi-level!) train garden. It’s called Nothlandz and it’s in Fleminton, New Jersey. Nothlandz.com.

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  17. Mary Jo-A while ago, I saw a TV program that featured the world’s largest miniature (multi-level!) train garden. It’s called Nothlandz and it’s in Fleminton, New Jersey. Nothlandz.com.

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  18. Mary Jo-A while ago, I saw a TV program that featured the world’s largest miniature (multi-level!) train garden. It’s called Nothlandz and it’s in Fleminton, New Jersey. Nothlandz.com.

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  19. Mary Jo-A while ago, I saw a TV program that featured the world’s largest miniature (multi-level!) train garden. It’s called Nothlandz and it’s in Fleminton, New Jersey. Nothlandz.com.

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  20. Mary Jo-A while ago, I saw a TV program that featured the world’s largest miniature (multi-level!) train garden. It’s called Nothlandz and it’s in Fleminton, New Jersey. Nothlandz.com.

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