I organized a meet in the Niles area a Fremont, in the east bay area of California, to ride the train, have some tea, and watch some silent films. We met around 11 this past Saturday at the train station. The train depot was a little hard to find, but everyone managed to get there.
We had lots of fun on the train, but it could have used a tunnel a tunnel or something to jazz it up a bit. Maybe it would have been more fun if we had got off in Sunol, explored a bit, and then rode it back. Don't sit near either the front or back of the train though; the horn was really loud and the conductor had a lot of fun blowing it whenever any of the cars on the road beside the track asked or just for fun. I hope to get another meet together to ride the special Christmas light train, which should be awesome, and maybe the pull cars and single electric cars they'll have in like August or October.
All the workers on the train dressed up like this gentleman I'm posed with here. They're volunteers, and usually only run the train on Sundays. But, they decided to try some Saturday trains, and we rode the first one.
A lot of people liked our outfits. one lady kindly agreed to take a group shot. We were running late, so my boyfriend didn't have a chance to get dressed, but he changed later.
After the train, we checked out the train museum and some antique shops. Then, it was tyme for tea.
The name of the tea house is Tyme for Tea, and I highly recommend it. The food and tea was sooo good and infinitely better than Crown and Crumpet in SF. We had the Victorian tea service. It included a black tea with kiwi and rasberry in it that tasted amazing with one lump of suger added. Everyone loved it. The lemon ginger scones were amazing and even more delicious with any of the three toppings provided (rasberry jam, apricot butter, and something else.) The sandwiches were also a-maze-ing and more substantial than the ones found at Crown and Crumpet. There were cucumber sandwiches, these awesome spinich/garlic/cheese triangles, artichoke and cheese bread, mushroom pockets, and chicken salad. it was all so good we ate it up before we even thought to take pictures. >_< We managed to grab some of the desert plate though. There were these amazing little cakes that looked like box chocolates, some nut covered sweets, and some biscuits.
The atmosphere was really nice too! Much quieter than Crown and Crumpet and the workers monitered our table really well. As soon as we were done with something, the next thing was brought out. I highly recommend Tyme for Tea. If you're ever in the bay area, you should check it out. Much more relaxing and better food and service than Crown and Crumpet. The windows are also covered, so you won't get all hot if you sit near one. It's also an antique store, if you notice the pricetags on the mirrors behind me. Most of their stuff is overpriced; you can find it cheaper at other shops in the Niles area.
After the tea, we headed over to a nearby park with a manmade "lake" while we waited for the silent films to start.
We played some Victorian parlor games and everyone went home with fabulous prizes. Look at those smiles!
Then we walked around the "lake".
There was a womping willow...
And everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with me eating one of the candy bow ties...
Then we headed back down to the shops where the Essenay Silent Film Theatre was. Tom ran into his twin:
In the Silent film museum store. The dogs danced and sang for us. There's video of it in my flickr.
It was a long day, so we were all pretty tired, but I hope everyone had fun! I kind of slept through the first two films because I was really tired. They spent like half an hour talking before the films, perhaps because it was a special event film festival for Bronco Billy. They handed out some award and decided it was an awesome idea to name everyone who had previously won the award. Yeah, they really liked to talk. They did send special thank you out to us though for dressing up and seemed to really enjoy our outfits. Then, the films finally started. The first film was about two guys trying to get this guy with a dog who witnessed them murder someone. The second was a little messed and seemed to be covering the US army. The third was a Charlie Chaplin comedy, I think, and it was pretty funny and engaging enough to wake me up. After a 10 or 20 minute intermission, the feature film was played. It was a comedy featuring Mabel Normand. The Extra Girl. it was really good and showed why Mabel Normand was a star. All the films were accompanied by a guy playing the piano live. Apparently he hadn't even seen the films and was just kind making up the accompaniment as he went; he was pretty good. The film theater is pretty awesome; just a warning that they do like to talk a bit. Most of it was interesting information about the films, but some of it was "really? Can we start the films sometime today?"
I hope everyone had as good a time as I did or better, I hope to plan some more east bay and south bay meets, maybe one at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, if there's any Santa Cruz lolis who want to plan it or help plan it. And I was considering making a facebook group for east and southbay meets.