Song - Artist - Album
Black Betty - Ram Jam - s/t
Alas, my planned project for the Summer of 2010 was derailed by a recurring health issue which has taken almost four months to resolve. Happily, however, my health has been restored and I shall return to the WHUS Radio schedule, in the 10AM to Noon slot on Wednesdays, beginning September 22 .
I have long had an interest in the old ‘Classic’ wooden carousels remaining in the Northeast States, particularly those with an integral, working Band Organ. Taking account of just those relevant installations which are both operational and open to the public on a regular schedule – nominally between Memorial Day and Labor Day - I compiled a roster of 33 sites to visit across the Northeastern States. The eight states meeting my selection criteria are: Connecticut; Rhode Island; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and Maryland. In compiling this roster I have taken full advantage of the extensive, highly detailed, and frequently updated ‘Census of Operating North American Carousels’ published online by the National Carousel Association at http://nca-usa.org .
Although a few of my targeted carousels operate through Columbus Day, or even later, I am going to have to wait until next year to pursue a thorough research venture. In the meantime I’ll continue to collect published writings and recordings relevant to a unique experience which, for most of us, begins in childhood and may remain with us, actively or not, well into old age. My most recent ride was in Saratoga Springs, New York, last year; if I recover the video I’ll put it up.
Stay tuned for more on Carousels.