On the Rails
On the Rails
Welcome to EnterTRAINment Junction. It’s touted as the largest model train exhibit in the world, and it opens in West Chester this June. Don Oeters, owner of Watson’s (a supplier of high-end bar equipment, game tables and spas) is the man behind this 20,000-square-foot G-scale train layout, which will reach heights of 20 feet and cover a number of historical eras and vintage street scenes (including a modern city). A member of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society, Oeters is building this indoor public spectacle inside a converted warehouse. The $10 million attraction will feature a train depot, 17-foot mountains, 11-foot waterfalls, and two miles of track with some 90 trains running. Admission prices to be announced.

A Lenten Tale

FishCincinnatians take Lent seriously. If you ever doubted it, consider the good business that such restaurants as Newport’s Green Derby and Mt. Adams’ Fish House will do in February and March. And consider this piece of culinary trivia: The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich was invented solely to appease West Side Catholics during Lent. Way back in 1962, a Mickey D franchisee named Lou Groen created the sandwich at his North Bend golden arches because his burger business suffered so much during the religious season. The rest, as they say, is McHistory.

On the Hunt
Great wolfe lodgeIf your kids need a break from Wii™, take ‘em to MagiQuest, a new live action adventure game at Great Wolf Lodge. Mixing fairies, dragons, magic and treasure, it’s described as a high-tech interactive scavenger hunt. Players accumulate higher powers as they charge through this Renaissance-themed fantasy, solving riddles and hunting out clues as their magic wand signals for special effects and records their accomplishments. Also new: The Scoops Kid Spa, an ice cream themed bath and body works (complete with sherbet scrub, hot fudge bath fizz and strawberry pedicure). Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason. Open daily. The magic wand is $14.99. Cost of each game day is $9.99. (513) 459-8885 or www.greatwolf.com