LODI — For the first time in its history, the Lodi Railroad Museum will host a benefit concert Sunday afternoon.
“There is a guy named Ted Riser who is performing a benefit concert for us here at the depot,” committee member Mike Mace said Thursday. “It is going to be Sunday from 2-6 p.m., rain or shine.”
According to Riser’s website, the musician is known for playing classic rock tunes by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band and Neil Young.
Mace said there are two reasons why museum officials decided to host the family-friendly event at the former Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Depot built in 1909.
“First, obviously, to be able to hope to continue the restoration on not just the depot, but we are about to start working on the caboose that is sitting down there,” he said.
Mace said the museum’s goal is to restore the caboose so museum visitors can tour the inside.
“We have other projects coming up that will involve the caboose and the depot together,” Mace said.
He said the second reason the museum, which houses a collection of railroading memorabilia and artifacts ranging from old lanterns to a telegraph machine, opted to host the concert is to become more involved in the community.
“We are part of the community. We are happy that we have been able to accomplish as much as we have with the depot, and we are looking forward to helping to showcase Lodi,” he said.
Although the depot was donated to the group by Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway in 2008, it was not until recently that restoration efforts began to make headway.
In addition to leveling the floor, which was sloping about 9 inches, all the building’s windows were replaced, it was rewired for electricity, and handicap-accessible restrooms were installed by a group of volunteers.
“I have never seen any dollar stretched more with better results than what this crew has done working on this building,” Mace said.
He said while funding has been tight, the museum has been fortunate to receive donations from businesses and private individuals that allowed work to continue.
“According to some of the railroad people who have stopped by and written about it, (it is) one of the best railroad museums in the entire region,” Mace said.
“There will be refreshments available, (and) hopefully we will have different drawings,” he said. “We are scared of the weather, but we have a tent.”
The Zydeco Bistro food truck will be on hand with Cajun-style food offerings.
For more information about the Lodi Railroad Museum, 204 Railroad St., visit lodirailroadmuseum.org.