My turn

All aboard the Springfield express

2013-04-10T00:00:00Z All aboard the Springfield expressJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
April 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Indiana and Illinois seem to have an ongoing feud over which state can claim Abraham Lincoln.

When I lived in Indiana, we learned about Abe’s time in the Hoosier State. Now as an Illinois resident, it seems this is the Land of Lincoln.

Maybe a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Museum will help clear up the issue.

We have a 5 a.m. wake-up call this week to pack up and join my husband’s family for a day trip to Springfield, Ill. It’s extra special because we are riding the Amtrak and it’s our son’s first train ride.

I’ve seen little kids who are obsessed with all things that choo-choo and when we first found out we were having a boy, other parents told me to prepare for “Thomas.”

Although he’s not there yet, our little guy does enjoy watching “Thomas the Tank Engine” from time to time and he loves visiting Tyler’s Tender train restaurant in Schererville.

Maybe a little train ride to our state capital is the push he needs to become a full-fledged train addict and maybe I can finally figure out which of my home states wins the Lincoln debate. I’ll keep you posted.

My first Amtrak ride was in November 2001 when I ventured to New York City two months after 9/11 to visit my best friend who had just moved there.

While I was visiting, a smaller plane crashed nearby and freaked me out enough that I decided to buy a train ticket home.

The trip took 10 hours via train as opposed to my originally scheduled two-hour flight time, but it was worth it.

Tickets still available

On Friday, my husband and I will be helping out at LARC’s annual appreciation dinner.

Tickets are still on sale for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive in Schererville.

The dinner celebrates LARC’s continuing tradition of serving people with developmental disabilities in Lansing and other south suburban communities.

We attended the dinner last year and met some wonderful people, enjoyed the good food and had a fun night out.

Tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeurves, plated meal and open bar throughout the evening.

Try your luck at the cash raffle, pick-a-prize raffles and silent auction. It’s always fun to go home with a prize and all funds raised help LARC.

For more information contact Garry Buell or Lisa Vale at (708) 474-1540.


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