Bring your kids to the carousel that night, and for $10 they’ll get a wristband that will give them unlimited rides on the landmarked carousel and the new Woodhaven Express Train Ride.
There will also be a magic show and a host of raffle prizes geared towards kids. It’ll be a great night for the whole family, one they’ll remember for many years to come.
And thanks to the generosity of the Forest Park Carousel, all proceeds from the event will go to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to support various community projects.
For instance, there’s the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery, two regular monthly meetings, the recording of oral histories of Woodhaven residents, and the development of the Museum of Woodhaven History, as well as the production of a new Woodhaven History book.
All of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society’s events are free and open to the public, including a few upcoming walking tours of Woodhaven. It is through the generosity and kindness of residents that the society thrives and survives, and we hope you’ll come out to the carousel next Friday to support it.
The Forest Park Carousel is the perfect place for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to host a party. For over a century, the carousel in Forest Park has been part of the tradition of growing up in Woodhaven.
In many families, several generations have fond memories of riding on the carousel as children, and have passed along that tradition by taking their own children or grandchildren for their first ride.
Historically, the Forest Park Carousel is particularly notable as it was the handiwork of the legendary master carver Daniel Muller.
Muller came to the United States from Germany as a child in the 1880s. As a young man, he and his brother worked for Gustav Dentzel, a renowned carousel builder in his own right.
Dentzel’s father built carousels back in Germany dating back to the mid-18th century. Muller took advantage of the opportunity to learn all of these old-world skills from Dentzel, and blended it with his own realistic style to carve out a name for himself.
In 1903, the D.C. Muller and Bro. Company was founded.
Muller’s carvings were notable not only for being very beautiful and realistic but in some cases the carvings were militaristic, with horses sporting bugles, swords and canteens.
Over 14 years, D.C. Muller and Bro. created over a dozen carousels but, sadly, today only two remain: one in Cedar Point, Ohio, and the one right here in Forest Park.
The Forest Park Carousel is a terrific piece of hand-carved art, and we are very grateful to the operators of the ride for generously offering the space to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society for this fundraiser.
Since they took over the carousel five years ago, the operators have not only been wonderful caretakers of this landmark, they have been good partners with our community.
And now that summer is here, the Forest Park Carousel is open seven days a week. There are free clown and magic shows every Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m., and two years ago they added The Woodhaven Express.
This year will see the addition of the Frog Hopper, and if it’s up and running by the 23rd, it will be part of the “Pay One Price Party”. They have also added a ring toss game and a basketball shootout.
All of a sudden, our Forest Park Carousel has turned into a mini-amusement park with lots of fun things for the family to do.
We hope you have a great summer and hope you decide to kick it off by bringing the family to the Forest Park Carousel on June 23!