Bushnell Park Carousel 103rd Birthday
- The Bushnell Park Carousel, 1 Jewel St, Hartford
People of all ages are invited to the 103rd birthday party for the historic Bushnell Park Carousel featuring family entertainment, birthday cake, and free rides all day. The event will take
People of all ages are invited to the 103rd birthday party for the historic Bushnell Park Carousel featuring family entertainment, birthday cake, and free rides all day. The event will take place on Saturday, July 22nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carousel’s pavilion in Downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park. Activities will include face-painting, music, carving and painting demonstrations, miniature train rides around Bushnell Park, magicians, balloon twisters, and costumed characters to entertain visitors.
Stop by to take a celebratory ride and stay to enjoy the wonderful, family- friendly activities. At 11 a.m., the event will kick-off with the crowd singing Happy Birthday to the Merry-Go-Round. Birthday cake will be served at 1:00 p.m. at no charge, while supplies last.
“Each year the New England Carousel Museum has produced a Birthday Party for the Carousel for everyone who loves the color, music, and excitement of our treasured Bushnell Park Carousel,” explains Louise DeMars, Executive Director of the New England Carousel Museum of Bristol, Conn., which manages the carousel for the City of Hartford. “This is a wonderful opportunity to see the 48 wooden horses and two chariots that we recently restored to bring the carousel to its grandeur of 102 years ago, and to hear the fine-tuned sounds of a band organ that was manufactured in 1925.”
The Bushnell Park Carousel is one of less than 200 antique wooden carousels that remain in operation in the U.S. – down from thousands at the turn-of-the-century.
The Bushnell Park Carousel was created in 1914 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, owners of the Artistic Carousel Company of Brooklyn, New York. It is one of only three Stein & Goldstein carousels left in operation in the U.S. that still provides rides for the public. The carousel features 36 jumper horses (going up and down), 12 standers (stationary horses), two chariots, and a newly refurbished Wurlitzer 153 band organ. It operated outside of Albany, New York until 1940 when it moved to Meyers Lake Amusement Park in Canton, Ohio, where it gave hundreds of thousands of rides to children of all ages. In 1974, Hartford’s Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford as part of the revitalization of the downtown area.
The Bushnell Park Carousel is available for birthday parties held during public hours in the “Carouselabration Station” areas. It can be rented for receptions, weddings and special events, and for photo opportunities. The new Function Room in the pavilion is a great place for showers, meetings, parties, and small weddings. Carousel lovers can join the Friends of the Carousel membership, which includes free rides on the Bushnell Park Carousel and unlimited visits to both facilities. Becoming a member, taking a ride or buying a bag of popcorn all help to support the Carousel.
(Saturday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm