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Monday, June 26, 2017

Tuesdays @ the Train Kicks Off this Week

The concept is slightly reminiscent of yesteryear when wives driving station wagons would meet their commuter husbands at the train station.

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Only this idea is gender equitable and more vibrant. It’s for mom and dad commuters getting off the train in Saugatuck to meet with their spouses and children for dinner, games and to hear live music.

Dubbed “Tuesdays @ the Train,” the first of the three summer gatherings begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. at Luciano Park.

The idea of Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce who created the Dog Festival and Slice of Saugatuck, future Tuesdays @ the Train are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 8.

“The idea is to have families come and meet their commuter at the train and then stay for live music, local food, a beer and wine garden and play all sorts for games,” Mandell says about the event which has free admission.

“And it’s not just for commuters,” he added. “Anyone can stay or come to enjoy friends, neighbors and family.”

The event is being sponsored by First County Bank and Canine Fence, and food vendors will include Tarry Lodge, Viva Zapata’s and Dunville’s, plus Phil & Tom’s Ice Cream truck, Mandell said.

He said family fun games include bocce, Corn Hole, target toss, badminton, “and there will be two giant Jengas and a giant Kerplunk, which I built.”

“Yes, I’m handy,” says Mandell.

Live music will be provided by Outside Chance, a local band that played at Slice of Saugatuck last year.

Why Tuesdays?

Mandell said that Wednesday nights were already booked for children’s night at the Levitt Pavilion this summer, and he did not want this venue to compete. And, he added that Tuesday nights are usually the slowest nights of the week.

“This is a great way to change the routine,” Mandell said.

— James Lomuscio

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