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The Carousel of Happiness is ready for grand opening

Anna Aughenbaugh
Fort Collins, Colo.

The Carousel of Happiness will celebrate its grand opening on May 19th.

Nederland’s Carousel of Happiness will celebrate its grand opening dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 10 a.m.

Both the 29th and 30th festivities and rides will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be free live music and entertainment. The fare for rides on this beautiful carousel will be just $1.00. Anyone who completes the scavenger hunt through some local businesses will receive a free ride.

When Scott Harrison was a Marine in Vietnam, he calmed his nerves by listening to a music box, playing Chopin, and dreamed of a carousel in a mountain meadow. This weekend his dream will come true, as Nederland celebrates the 36,000 hours of work that he has put into carving animals for the carousel. In 1986 Scott purchased what was left of the infrastructure of a 1910 carousel in Utah and has refurbished the frame, iron center pole, bearings and gears to hold his animals. A 1915 Wurlitzer calliope has 12 player rolls with 88 instruments that start to play when the carousel begins to turn.

In spite of having no formal training in carving, Scott’s menagerie of 36 animals is historically correct and awesome. He used two inch thick bars of Basswood 8 inches to 16 inches wide. He glued and clamped the pieces so perfectly that the animals seem to have been carved from one piece of wood. Now a zebra, rabbit, moose, donkey, and more brightly painted animals are ready to be ridden by kids of all ages. A gorilla on a bench is wheel chair accessible. Scott’s twirling girl in a red dress will stand on the top center of the merry-go-round, orchestrating all of the action.

Scott has a board of directors and a non-profit organization, to which he has donated the carousel and calliope. With the help of donations of cash and physical help, the building to house the carousel has taken shape on land donated by Will Guercio in the heart of Nederland, Colo. The 12-sided building has an attached gift shop that will showcase artists from the region and the world. The mezzanine connecting the two buildings will provide a cozy reading area and there will be a sunny place for birthday parties and other special gatherings.

The carousel will be open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Winter hours will be announced later.

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No matter which direction you go from, the ride to Nederland takes you through beautiful scenery and after having a ride on the carousel, it will be a day to remember for young and old alike.

For more information call (303) 258-9246, email carouselofhappiness@indra.com or go to http://www.carouselofhappiness.org.

Nederland’s Carousel of Happiness will celebrate its grand opening dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 10 a.m.

Both the 29th and 30th festivities and rides will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be free live music and entertainment. The fare for rides on this beautiful carousel will be just $1.00. Anyone who completes the scavenger hunt through some local businesses will receive a free ride.

When Scott Harrison was a Marine in Vietnam, he calmed his nerves by listening to a music box, playing Chopin, and dreamed of a carousel in a mountain meadow. This weekend his dream will come true, as Nederland celebrates the 36,000 hours of work that he has put into carving animals for the carousel. In 1986 Scott purchased what was left of the infrastructure of a 1910 carousel in Utah and has refurbished the frame, iron center pole, bearings and gears to hold his animals. A 1915 Wurlitzer calliope has 12 player rolls with 88 instruments that start to play when the carousel begins to turn.

In spite of having no formal training in carving, Scott’s menagerie of 36 animals is historically correct and awesome. He used two inch thick bars of Basswood 8 inches to 16 inches wide. He glued and clamped the pieces so perfectly that the animals seem to have been carved from one piece of wood. Now a zebra, rabbit, moose, donkey, and more brightly painted animals are ready to be ridden by kids of all ages. A gorilla on a bench is wheel chair accessible. Scott’s twirling girl in a red dress will stand on the top center of the merry-go-round, orchestrating all of the action.

Scott has a board of directors and a non-profit organization, to which he has donated the carousel and calliope. With the help of donations of cash and physical help, the building to house the carousel has taken shape on land donated by Will Guercio in the heart of Nederland, Colo. The 12-sided building has an attached gift shop that will showcase artists from the region and the world. The mezzanine connecting the two buildings will provide a cozy reading area and there will be a sunny place for birthday parties and other special gatherings.

The carousel will be open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Winter hours will be announced later.

No matter which direction you go from, the ride to Nederland takes you through beautiful scenery and after having a ride on the carousel, it will be a day to remember for young and old alike.

For more information call (303) 258-9246, email carouselofhappiness@indra.com or go to http://www.carouselofhappiness.org.

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