Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adirondack Family Time: Carousel Grand Opening

On Saturday, May 26, will be the grand opening for the only year-round carousel in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Carousel has been a labor of love for many and according to President Marge Glowa it would not be possible without all the volunteers that have stepped up to dedicate time and money toward the completion of this project.

With 20 original paintings, 24 hand-carved Adirondack animals (18 working and six in reserve) and a handicap chariot in the shape of a mahogany Spencer, The Adirondack Carousel will finally open its doors. Adirondack carver Karen Loffler, who dreamed of a wooden carousel made of Adirondack indigenous animals, conceived the project and will also be at the event.

“We have many things happening that day. There will be politicians here, but also the carvers, artists and the volunteers that have made this happen,” says Glowa.

To include area school children the Adirondack Carousel board members held a animal naming contest with winning entries of “Bug Eye” for the black fly and “Flipper” the large-mouthed bass to name a few. On Saturday, 15 children representing Saranac Lake schools will also be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The carvers will get the first ride and the school children will get the second ride,” Glowa grins. “I don’t think it would be right to make the kids wait any longer than that. Though all the artists will get to go third. I will be reading off all the names of the people that have helped out. The list is going to be a long one.  We have had hundreds of volunteers. I have been surprised by what these people have accomplished. Some have come back every day. It boggles my mind.”

“We will open on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and thanks to generosity of Stewart’s Shops, the rides will be free all day. They are donating the first day of carousel rides,” says Glowa. “It has been so heartwarming how much the community has given.”

“We want this to be everyone’s carousel,” say Glowa. “It has never been just about providing rides. The opportunities for this project are endless.”

Each of the carved animals is a one-of-a-kind work of art that the Adirondack Carousel believes will allow people to connect to nature and the Adirondack environment through hands-on learning.

 The Adirondack Carousel, William Morris Park, Saranac Lake, will be open on weekends (Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) until July. For the summer, the Adirondack Carousel will be open every day but Tuesdays throughout the summer. Tickets are $2/ride with discounts available.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.




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