Spring has sprung in Sunol—but you would
not have noticed if you lived in the higher elevations, which
received quite a bit of snowfall just a few days before. It’s
always an unexpected joy to see those white flakes accumulating
everywhere. The snow usually doesn’t stick to the ground
or stay around very long before melting, but not this time.
The kids on Upper Kilkare Road enjoyed making snowmen from
the dusting of snow we received and one of them even made a
snowball and stored it in the freezer. She takes a peek at
it every so often just to make sure its still there.
The much-anticipated railway link to Niles has created a historic
frenzy for the Niles Canyon Railway. After many years of hard
work and planning by members of the Pacific Locomotive Association,
passengers who board the train in Sunol can now depart in the
historic hamlet of Niles, take a tour of all their antique
shops, gift shops and restaurants then hop back on the train
for a return trip to Sunol. Passengers can also board the train
in Niles and visit Sunol as well. What a great way to spend
a beautiful spring day. The grand opening of the Niles Station
will be April 9th when PLA members will re-enact the “Golden
Spike” ceremony. If you plan on attending the event you
must board the 10:00 a.m. train in Sunol which will take you
to Niles for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Check out Niles Canyon
Railway’s website, www.ncry.org, for their regularly
scheduled.arrival and departing times.
Niles Canyon Railway gets very busy when the weather turns
sunny and of course there are lots of annual springtime traditions
such as the School Trains. Each year volunteers lead school
children through an informative presentation on railroading
and rail crossing safety. The children then get an exciting
and interesting trip aboard the train. This educational field
trip is presented every Wednesday in the months of April and
May. There is a small fee per person. Please call 408-249-2953
to make reservations for your school.
Another annual event on the Niles Canyon Railway is “A
Toast to Spring”, when they offer wine tasting on board
the train as you travel down Niles Canyon. A different local
winery will be pouring every Sunday (except April 16 and May
14) through May 28 at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. beginning
this Sunday with Elliston Vineyards. Then it’s Little
Valley Vineyards on April 9, Wente Vineyards on April 23, Fenestra
Vineyards on April 30, White Crane Winery on May 7, Murrieta’s
Well Winery on May 21 and Chouinard Vineyards on May 28.
The Sunol 4-H is holding their 40th annual Pancake Breakfast
this Sunday at the Sunol Glen School’s cafeteria from
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. They are also offering a bake sale,
plant sale and prize drawing during the breakfast.
Another spring ritual is Sunol Regional Park’s 4th annual
Wildflower Festival being held on April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. The festival will take place at the Old Green Barn
Visitor Center where you will enjoy a slide show presentation,
nature exhibits and naturalist led wildflower hikes. They will
also have arts and crafts and face painting for the children.
It is suggested that you bring a picnic lunch. Best of all,
besides a small parking fee, this event is free. For more information
please call 925-862-2601.