“Polar Express” Volunteer Elf Night

Come out and volunteer to be “North Pole” elves for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Railroad’s “Polar Express” train. Afterwards we will meet at Fisher’s or the Winking Lizard for food and drinks at 8:30pm. Dress for the weather as we will be outside for an hour and a half.

***Update from the elf training session on 11/2:  Arrive between 6:45 and 7pm to get your elf costume.  Come to the "garage" that is located directly across the tracks from the Lock 29 parking lot, to get your costume between 6:45 and 7pm.  After getting costume, walk over to the back of the building that is the bathrooms for Lock 29.  We will then get instructions and spread out into different zones to greet the train when it comes by.  Two trains will come by, then we will return the costumes and get a free cup of hot chocolate and cookies.  When we are "done" here we will go over to the Fishers for food and hanging out.***

***Well-behaved dogs are welcome.  Children are welcome but you have to keep watch over them.  While we need your help at this event, you are welcome to come up and serve as an elf on any evening they do the Polar Express train.***

Details: The “Polar Express” train will stop nightly at the Peninsula train depot. Passengers will remain on the train, but will be able to look out the windows. The park service will decorate the area to look like the North Pole, and they need up to 100 volunteers each night to dress up and act like Christmas elves. You have to be over 18 to participate so please do not bring children and no dogs.

They have enough costumes for 100 volunteers but if you happen to own an elf or santa costume you’re welcome to bring it. They will instruct us how to act when we get there, but basically we will be acting out vignette’s like pretending to build toys, bake cookies, etc. We will act for two Polar Express trains (one from Rockside and one from Akron), for about 15-20 minutes for each train, and the rest of the time we will be standing around waiting for trains to arrive, receiving instructions, etc.

Important sign up info: besides RSVPing here, you need to be over 18 and complete an online volunteer form – lots of fields so best to do over a computer and not over a smart phone. If you are not able to sign up here you will have to fill out a form once you get there that night and you’ll have to bring your driver’s license or government ID. Please try to sign up ahead of time though if you can.

Click this link to fill out volunteer form (will take a minute to fill out)

http://crew.cvsr.com/vol_application.php

Scroll to bottom of page and click “Apply now over age 18”, then click “accept and continue”. Fill out form. For “how did you hear about us” write in “Spokes N Jokes.” For “interested in” select “special events” then submit.

If you have any questions, Moses (the leader of Spokes N Jokes meetup group) and I will be attending an Elf orientation session for group leaders (yes, for real) in early November so you can ask either of us if you need more info; if you need to call me (Becky) you can do so at[masked]-4724.

Please invite your friends – we can take up to 100 people. Just let us know how many will be coming, and everyone who comes has to be over 18 and fill out a volunteer form.

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  • Cynthia

    Anyone planning to go tonight(Wed) and become an elf-sicle? I'll be there.

    December 11, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I was really looking forward to doing this but I had a last minute change of plans. I will go on my own next week, anyone else planning on doing this some night next week?

    December 5, 2013

  • Colleen

    The weather is playing a factor for me.

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Ellen

    I'm very disappointed I have to cancel tonight as I have a wake to attend.

    Hope there's more opportunities to do this. Sounds like fun!
    Enjoy the night.

    December 5, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Looks like the rain is remaining well to our south (more by Columbus / Pittsburgh). Temps tonight around 40 degrees. See you all tonight.

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Theresa

    I'm disappointed that I can't make it. Hopefully I can volunteer another night. Such a great event!

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Rebecca

    12/1 update. 40% chance of rain is forecast for Thursday. This event is rain or shine and I plan to go regardless. I figure that I can find cover except for when the trains go by, and when they go by I can bring an umbrella. We'll see, the weather people are wrong most of the time. Look forward to seeing you all.

    December 1, 2013

  • Colleen

    Anyone out tonight from MeetUp. Can't wait to Thursday.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Quick update. To clarify, they have costumes for us, you don't have to bring a costume. Just show up at location named above at 6:45 to get costume. We are meeting rain or shine. Dress warm as we are outside whole time. I believe Moses is going to be at Fisher's before hand around 5:30 if you want to meet up before too. I will not be there before. If you do go early, remember to get your costume at 6:45pm. Thanks!

    November 29, 2013

  • Colleen

    I did this last night and it was fun!!!

    November 17, 2013

    • Cynthia

      I am going tonight for the first time, is there anything that I should know in advance? What do they provide as far as a costume (hat, tunic, pants, etc)?

      November 25, 2013

    • Colleen

      You will be provided with a tunic, hat and belt. I froze last night doing this. Dress warm. You will then get cocoa and a cookie at the end. The Akron train comes first followed quickly by the Independence train.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Update 11/17 - Moses and I made some reservations for the "after party" at Fishers. They will have food and drink specials for us. You're also welcome to go to Fisher's before the elf event but be sure to pick up your costume around 6:45.

    November 17, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Hi Everyone - to avoid confusion, for this event there is no training you have to attend. Just show up. When people have referred to training it is for additional things they want to do volunteering wise, like go on the train on other evenings. This event is just showing up on the night posted above and acting like elves and nothing more. You are more than welcome to volunteer more often with the CVNP and it is good to do so if you have time, but for this event just show up and no training is needed. Thanks! Rebecca

    November 12, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Attended the elf training yesterday, it was a lot of fun. The North Pole elves seem to have a pretty simple, low commitment job. The other positions definitely require commitment. The reader, assistant, and server elves all have to interact with and help keep the children and adults entertained for approx 2 hours. The North Pole elves can just show up, the other elves have to fill out a schedule.

    November 11, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Is anyone going to the Elf training today (Nov 10) at Rockside at 1:30? Were you able to print a complimentary ticket? I've entered the code and it still shows I'm being charged a fee, not sure what I'm doing wrong.

    November 10, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Who else is planning to participate more than once? Do you want to try to meet up on other dates?

    November 6, 2013

    • Colleen

      I am going on the 16

      November 6, 2013

  • Colleen

    Please view the discussion board message for the Polar Express days, dates and times. Elf training for the North Pole is tomorrow. Again...please view the message in the discussion board. Thanks.

    November 1, 2013

    • Colleen

      You can choose the day you want to go to the trainings. Riding the train counts as well as the outside training that is tomorrow.

      November 1, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Rick - correct you don't need to attend training. I apologize for just seeing your message. I posted above the update I got from going to the training.

      November 2, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Update also posted above - this is what I learned from the elf training session today:

    ***Update from the elf training session on 11/2: Arrive between 6:45 and 7pm to get your elf costume. Come to the "garage" that is located directly across the tracks from the Lock 29 parking lot, to get your costume between 6:45 and 7pm. After getting costume, walk over to the back of the building that is the bathrooms for Lock 29. We will then get instructions and spread out into different zones to greet the train when it comes by. Two trains will come by, then we will return the costumes and get a free cup of hot chocolate and cookies. When we are "done" here we will go over to the Winking Lizard for food and hanging out.***

    ***Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Children are welcome but you have to keep watch over them. While we need your help at this event, you are welcome to come up and serve as an elf on any evening they do the Polar Express train.***

    November 2, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Thanks Colleen. You did not need to attend the elf training session to come to this event, although a few of us did. I will add the updated info above. Kids and pets welcome but you need to watch them both. Arrive between 6:45-7pm.

    November 2, 2013

  • Colleen

    Went to the training today. Excited about starting!!! I am doing this more than once.

    November 2, 2013

  • Colleen

    This sounds like a blast. I love The Polar Express story. I rode the train with my family a couple of years ago and it was so much fun.

    October 3, 2013

    • Colleen

      Application filled out!!!

      October 3, 2013

    • Colleen

      My application was accecpted and my letter for training dates arrived.

      October 4, 2013

  • patti

    this does sound like so much fun. looking forward to it for sure. application has been completed. They approved it so i guess i am good to go...

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Patti D

    This sounds like so much fun! I love Christmas and can hardly wait to do this event!

    1 · October 2, 2013

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