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Monday, November 07, 2005

You spin me right round, baby, right round - holyokemerrygoround.org

On Sunday SG and I took our three nieces to Holyoke, Mass. to ride the Merry-Go-Round. Many shouts of glee insued from my nieces for the thrill of the ride, and many shouts of glee for the $1 a ride ticket price insued from me.

This is a beautiful, historic merry-go-round, with hand-carved and painted horses. It moves at a good clip, enough to thrill any under ten year old. There are both stationary horses (popular with parents and aunties going along for the ride) and more adventurous up-and-down horses. There's even two sledges for those who just want to sit comfortably and let the world spin past.

Adding to the experience is the cheap popcorn and soda, which can be enjoyed inside or outside in Heritage park.

The merry-go-round arrived in Holyoke in 1929 where it was a fixture of Mountain Park, a privately owned amusement park with wooden roller-coasters and spinners. When the park closed in 1987, the people of Holyoke raised the money through private donation to move the carousel down from the mountain and into Heritage park, across the street from the police station.

The merry-go-round is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and several holidays (including Veteran's Day this Friday).

1 Comments:

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Laura said...

What a nice auntie! I can just imagine the glee. E, A, and B are SUCH CUTIES!

 

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