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Caboose supporters kick up their heelsby Julie Druker
Over 60 supporters of the Sharbot Lake caboose fund project gathered at Oso hall in Sharbot Lake for the second official fundraiser to pay for the costs associated with the caboose that landed in Sharbot Lake in mid-May. The acquisition of the caboose was part of a project begun by the Central Frontenac Railway Heritage Society (CFRHS).
Supporters were treated to an evening of song and dance with the Old Tyme Fiddlers & Friends, who included Art Barker of Mountain Grove, who called the square dances. In total over $600 was raised, which together with a number of generous private donations has seen the funds soar to $19,000 - just $1000 short of its $20,000 goal.
Sally Angle, chair of the CFRHS, said she is considering doing it again. “We were very pleased with the turn out and the generosity of people in the area, which shows ongoing widespread interest in this project.” She also expressed her thanks to Lois Webster, who helped to bring the musicians from Kingston to the event.
There are plans in the works for a second supper fundraiser this spring and on Labour Day weekend the society will be holding a membership drive at the Sharbot Lake post office on Friday September 3. There will be an official Caboose Open House on Saturday September 4. Everyone is welcome.