Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce


The Chester Railway Museum, 10 Prospect St., Chester, MA, will present a multi-media program, “Railyard Rascals; Life of the American Hobo”, on Saturday, Sept 8, from noon to 8 PM.  The program will have something for all ages including music, folklore, demonstrations and re-enactments.

Dennis Picard and his living history troupe will stage the events.   Picard counts Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, Storrowton Village where he was Director and Westfield State University among the institutions where he has perfected his historic interpretation skills over 40+ years.

The day’s activities will culminate with a showing of “Emperor of the North”, starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, at 6 PM.  This film has been acclaimed as one of the most accurate portrayals of ‘life on the road’ ever produced.  Refreshments will be available throughout the event.  A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested; children under 12 free.

Also join Chuck Williams, a contemporary folk singer-songwriter who has performed at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa and written songs about the 5 time King of the Hobo’s “Steam Train Maury” and  “Riders of the Rails”

You can learn about Chuck and view a video of “Riders of The Rails” at:




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