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Children and Their Families Invited to Come Aboard Frostburg Pirate Express

The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre, FrostburgFirst and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad are teaming up to provide pirate tales, trains and treats throughout the day during the Frostburg Pirate Express Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The day begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Western Maryland Station in Cumberland, Md., with a ride aboard Mountain Thunder, an event that includes train songs and rhymes to entertain passengers on their journey up the mountain to Frostburg. Once the train arrives in Frostburg, buses take participants to the Frostburg Palace Theatre on Main Street for a talk by children’s author and illustrator John Manders, who will speak about his book, “Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies.” Those who are unable to ride the train are welcome to join the free Frostburg fun by registering at City Place at 11 a.m.

A flurry of activities including face painting, craft workshops, sidewalk art, storytelling, a treasure hunt, a costume contest and store visits continue throughout the day on Main Street. The Thrasher Carriage Museum will also be open for walking tours. Train passengers gather back at the Frostburg Depot for the return trip to Cumberland at 2:30 p.m.

Train tickets are $10 each and will be available for purchase starting Monday, July 2, at Main Street Books in Frostburg, The Book Center in Cumberland and the Children’s Literature Centre in 207-6 Framptom Hall on the FSU campus. For those needing financial help, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available, courtesy of SECU Credit Union. For more information about the complimentary tickets or other details, call the FSU Children’s Literature Centre (301) 687-4420.

This event is made possible through the assistance of FrostburgFirst, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, SECU Credit Union, FSU’s Summer School and Frostburg City Parks and Recreation.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office call 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589