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Two Day Open House – Benefits The Longest Day

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Model train layout, garden stroll, and home tour,

Sunday 6/19 & Monday 6/20

Benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association

18 Browntown Rd.

Biltmore Forest, 28803

Each year on the summer solstice, the Alzheimer’s Association holds their Longest Day national initiative to create awareness and raise funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals and groups across the country gather for day long events.

On Father’s Day – Sunday 6/19 and the Longest Day – Monday 6/20, Biltmore Forest resident, Bobby Stricklin will host a two-day open house featuring an extensive operating model train layout, “Louise’s Garden” – a ¾ acre wooded landscape, and national park print art collection.

Visit and see trains running on Bobby and Louise Stricklin’s CELEBRATION STATION train layout. Remote controlled Lionel trains run on 600 feet of track that allows two or three trains to run independently. Separate displays geared to youngsters include an operating train set with Disney characters on board, an underground mine train, Thomas the Tank and Diesel, Happy Huff & Puff, and the “I Love Trains” set. Bobby and Louise’s entire collection can be seen during the tour. The operating layouts, train art, and collection are displayed throughout the 1200 square foot Celebration Station train room. View more than 100 pieces of Snow Village and Christmas in the City houses in a separate gallery and also in the train room.

Trains will run during all hours of the two day Longest Day Celebration. Lionel Collectors Club of America has designated the open house as one of their nationwide special events.

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As part of the open house, there is a silent auction for national park framed prints. Three area businesses are promoting, and supporting the event – Bruegger’s Bagels, Frugal Framer of Arden, and Read’s Uniforms.

Nearly 300 framed art prints are on display. Galleries throughout the house showcase National Park print art gathered during Louise’s and Bobby’s travels. Included are WPA style prints of the parks, reproduction art of Yellowstone NP and the Grand Tetons, postcard art for the Union Pacific Yellowstone Bears, photographic prints created by O. Winston Link about life along the rails of the N&W railroad.

We request a minimal donation from everyone attending. All monies from the tour and silent auction will be contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The open house “Celebrates Louise.” When the fourth generation of Alzheimer’s disease in Louise’s family arrived during 2007, Louise remained silently brave and gracious every day. With Bobby at her side, Louise passed away at home in December 2013. Louise’s gentle manner, wisdom, and laughter touched all around her. Visiting the home and garden provides a glimpse of Louise’s cheerful and energetic life. Her smile and love of life continued even in the face of adversity.

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