Schedule of Events 2020

April

Special Note: As of April 6th, 2020 Rail Tales will continue its normal scheduled hours of operation under the small Brick and Mortar Retail store exception with the following restrictions:
1) We cannot allow more than 10 patrons in the store at any given time. We will enforce this.
2) We are taking extra steps to keep contact surfaces clean.
3) Customers must maintain social distancing from all persons except those you arrived with. We will also be enforcing this, including distances from staff.
4) We are asking all our customers to minimize their time in the store. This is the exact opposite of what we normally encourage but it is a necessary step to help keep everyone safe.
 
All of our events are being cancelled for the foreseeable future.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

March

Special Note: As of March 30th, 2020 according to the new governor’s order of this date, Rail Tales will continue its normal scheduled hours of operation with the following restrictions:

1) We cannot allow more than 10 patrons in the store at any given time. We will enforce this.

2) We are taking extra steps to keep contact surfaces clean.

3) Customers must maintain social distancing from all persons except those you arrived with. We will also be enforcing this, including distances from staff

All of our events are being cancelled for the foreseeable future.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 
 

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales delivered the Brooklyn Project (see our Gallery). We are working on the N scale logging operation which we began at the end of last month. That should be delivered this month as well. After that, we will begin preliminary structure and design work on two more layouts. This work will all take place in our workshop.

Note on all Demonstrations: Due to personnel shortages, we will only hold demonstrations if we have persons who have confirmed they are coming on the day of the event by 1 pm. You must confirm on the day of the event! The 2 pm to 4 pm time frame is the period in which the demonstration will occur. The actual duration may be less depending on subject matter and store traffic.

Saturday, March 7th: No Demonstration. Bret will not be in the store.

Saturday, March 14th: Rail Tales will host a session of its regular weathering and painting demonstration from 2pm until 4 pm. By special request, we will be doing this as an airbrush demonstration in the workshop (unless the person who made the request does not show) but report to the store first. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Saturday, March 21st: Cancelled. Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying and wiring. Our intention is to lay track and/or do wiring installation on a new Narrow Gauge module but the principles are the same for all sizes of flex track. We may instead do a simple installation on a section of module provided to us. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm. This demonstration may take place in the workshop.

Saturday, March 28th: Cancelled. Rail Tales will host a scenery building demonstration from 2 pm to 4 pm. This will continue our work on the store demonstrator. The subject is to be determined: we have the option of doing diorama detail work. This work may take place in the new workshop but report to the retail space first. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

 

Gaming News:

New Regular Event! Cancelled Every Sunday, Rail Tales will host Lazy Sunday Magic (LSM)! This is a constructed event so you have to have your own deck or borrow one from a friend. The fun starts at 1 pm and runs 3 rounds, so we usually finish about 4 pm. The entry fee is $5. We give out 1 pack per match win to all match winners so even if you go 1 and 2, you still get something. We are also giving out 2 promo packs per event (NOT per person!). The current format for this event is Pioneer.

Every Friday: Cancelled Friday Night Magic (FNM) will be Theros: Beyond Death (TBD) format except for the 13th (see below).  This is a booster draft event which starts at 6:30 pm and costs $14.00.

Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th: Rail Tales will host a special booster draft for the Mystery Booster format. The start time is 6:30 for both events and the cost will be $17.00. Note that due to a shortage of product, the prize pool will be customer choice of regular boosters (no Modern Horizons or Mystery Boosters!).

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. All Board Games remaining are 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

New for 2020: Asmodee (the maker of most of the board and miniature games you love) has decided to distribute directly to game stores and we have set up an account. We will probably be ordering every week so we can get all Asmodee games for our customers! Will will also be stocking both Star Wars Legion and the new Marvel Crisis Protocol miniature games if customers ask for it so let us know if you are interested in these products.

 

Club News:

Saturday, March 14th: This event has been cancelled. The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30.  As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify. As our club has grown in size (yay!), we may have to move the meeting to our workshop. Report to the store as normal and we will make the decision to move based on attendance.

Sunday, March 29th: This event has been cancelled. The Jefferson Railroad Club will conduct its regular monthly workshop and meeting at 1 pm. This meeting will be in the workshop.

 

February

General News:

All Month: For this month Rail Tales will be working primarily on our ongoing Brooklyn Project (a quarter scale model of a part of Brooklyn). We will also be finishing up a variety of other projects left over from 2019. Our next big layout is an N scale logging operation which we hope to begin this month. This work will all take place in our workshop.

Note on all Demonstrations: Due to personnel shortages, we will only hold demonstrations if we have persons who have confirmed they are coming on the day of the event by 1 pm. You must confirm on the day of the event! The 2 pm to 4 pm time frame is the period in which the demonstration will occur. The actual duration may be less depending on subject matter and store traffic.

Saturday, February 1st: Rail Tales will host an airbrush demonstration from 2 pm until 4 pm. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm. This demonstration will take place in our workshop space but please report to the store first.

Saturday, February 8th: Rail Tales will host a session of its regular weathering and painting demonstration from 2pm until 4 pm. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm. The model club meeting will immediately follow.

Saturday, February 15th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying and wiring. Our intention is to lay track and/or do wiring installation on a new Narrow Gauge module but the principles are the same for all sizes of flex track. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Saturday, February 22nd: Rail Tales will host a scenery building demonstration from 2 pm to 4 pm. This will continue our work on the store demonstrator. The subject is to be determined but will involve rough scenery structure and scultamold work. This will take place in the new workshop but report to the retail space first. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Saturday, February 29th: Rail Tales will not be holding a workshop on this Saturday because of the Old Dominion Open model show in Richmond.

 

Gaming News:

New Regular Event! Every Sunday, Rail Tales will host Lazy Sunday Magic (LSM)! This is a constructed event so you have to have your own deck or borrow one from a friend. The fun starts at 1 pm and runs 3 rounds, so we usually finish about 4 pm. The entry fee is $5. We give out 1 pack per match win to all match winners so even if you go 1 and 2, you still get something. We are also giving out 2 promo packs per event (NOT per person!). The current format for this event is Pioneer.

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will be Theros: Beyond Death (TBD) format.  This is a booster draft event which starts at 6:30 pm and costs $14.00.

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. All Board Games remaining are 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

New for 2020: Asmodee (the maker of most of the board and miniature games you love) has decided to distribute directly to game stores and we have set up an account. We will probably be ordering every week so we can get all Asmodee games for our customers! Will will also be stocking both Star Wars Legion and the new Marvel Crisis Protocol miniature games if customer ask for it.

 

Club News:

Saturday, February 8th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30.  As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify. As our club has grown in size (yay!), we may have to move the meeting to our workshop. Report to the store as normal and we will make the decision to move based on attendance.

Sunday, February 23rd: The Jefferson Railroad Club will conduct its regular monthly workshop and meeting at 1 pm. This meeting will be in the workshop.

 

January

General News:

All Month: For this month Rail Tales will be working primarily on our ongoing Brooklyn Project (a quarter scale model of a part of Brooklyn). We will also be finishing up a variety of other projects left over from 2019. Our next big layout is an N scale logging operation which we hope to begin next month. This work will all take place in our workshop.

Note on all Demonstrations: Due to personnel shortages, we will only hold demonstrations if we have persons who have confirmed they are coming on the day of the event by 1 pm. You must confirm on the day of the event! The 2 pm to 4 pm time frame is the period in which the demonstration will occur. The actual duration may be less depending on subject matter and store traffic.

Wednesday, January 1st. Rail Tales will be close for New Years. Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 4th: Rail Tales will host a figure painting demonstration from 2 pm until 4 pm. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Saturday, January 11th: Rail Tales will host a session of its regular weathering and airbrushing demonstration from 2pm until 4 pm. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Saturday, January 18th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying and wiring. Our intention is to lay track on a new Narrow Gauge module but the principles are the same for all sizes of flex track. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

Sunday, January 19th: Rail Tales will be closed to regular traffic in order to host the Pre-Release for the MtG “Theros: Beyond Death” card set. You may still pick up orders and completed work or drop off items to be worked on but due to a necessary re-arrangement of the store, we cannot accommodate browsers. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, January 25th: Rail Tales will host a scenery building demonstration from 2 pm to 4 pm. This will continue our work on the store demonstrator. The subject is to be determined but will involve rough scenery structure and scultamold work. This will take place in the new workshop but report to the retail space first. Persons interested should confirm they are coming on the day of the demonstration no later than 1 pm.

 

Gaming News:

New Regular Event! Every Sunday (except for the 19th this month), Rail Tales will host Lazy Sunday Magic (LSM)! This is a constructed event so you have to have your own deck or borrow one from a friend. The fun starts at 1 pm and runs 3 rounds, so we usually finish about 4 pm. The entry fee is $5. We give out 1 pack per match win to all match winners so even if you go 1 and 2, you still get something. We are also giving out 2 promo packs per event (NOT per person!). The current format for this event is Pioneer.

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will be the Throne of Eldraine on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th. FNM will change over to the new Theros: Beyond Death (TBD) format for the 24th and 31st.  The draft starts at 6:30 pm and costs $14.00.

Sunday, January 19th: Rail Tales will be closed to regular traffic in order to host the Pre-Release for the MtG “Theros: Beyond Death” card set. You may still pick up orders and completed work or drop off items to be worked on but due to a necessary re-arrangement of the store, we cannot accommodate browsers. Thank you for your understanding. As always, the first 18 people to pre-register will receive some sort of promotional product (not sure yet but probably deck boxes) and if at least 18 people attend, we will as is our custom, provide free pizza. Registration starts at noon, the event itself starts at 1 pm and runs until completed.

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. All Board Games remaining are 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

 

Club News:

Saturday, January 11th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30.  As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify. As our club has grown in size (yay!), we may have to move the meeting to our workshop. Report to the store as normal and we will make the decision to move based on attendance.

Sunday, January 26th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will conduct its regular monthly workshop and meeting at 1 pm. This meeting will be in the workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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