May 18, 2005 |
Soupy Island exists in a time warp. With its old, wood-covered slide, its grand carousel featuring 52 hand-carved horses, and its stately pavilions, the place evokes a mix of nostalgia and wonder. But the Sanitarium Playground - its official name - is no ghost town. During the months of July and August, the 16-acre park along the Delaware River in West Deptford teems with as many as 500 children a day. And there is always soup. Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, when the sprawling playground is open for general admission, children line up at a soup kitchen for Saltines and a bowl of Campbell's vegetable beef or chicken noodle.
September 1, 1988 |
Despite the presence of three billed stars, the production of Carousel at the Valley Forge Music Fair doesn't turn very smoothly. What keeps this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical popular is not the story line, which is ultimately unsatisfying, but its fine score, peppered with such favorite songs as "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone. " The very ordinary voices of the three stars make none of these songs memorable, and the vocal efforts of the entire company are thwarted by an annoying sound system that somehow manages to muffle and echo voices at the same time.
July 4, 1993 |
Bill Kromer remembers visiting the carousel of his youth as if it were yesterday. It sat on an amusement pier in Ocean City, N.J., surrounded by the attractions of a bygone era - the "scary house" and the "pretzel ride" - with the surf roaring under sun-bleached wooden planks and seagulls crying overhead. More than anything, though, Kromer remembers the music from the carousel organ that resonated for blocks. "It was like a magnet. The music seemed to call out to you, 'Come ride the merry-go-round,' " said Kromer, 64, of Wayne.
June 14, 2001 |
When a farmer built something 100 years ago, he built it to last. And I mean to last. One of the things that got heavy use in the barnyard was the trough used for watering cows and horses. Many farmers out in Lancaster County created their water troughs out of solid hewn red sandstone. Ray Burkholder has spent more than 40 years collecting red sandstone water troughs, rain spouts, porch post rests, pillars, steps, walks, land markers and more. At 11 o'clock Saturday morning, Witman Auctioneers will put the Burkholder collection up for bid. The highlight of the sale will be a rare pair of red sandstone pillars with wrought iron gates, designed by famed architect Sanford White.
July 16, 1989 |
The Haddon Heights Summer Theater will raise the curtain on its second season this week with a production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday and July 27 through 29 at Haddon Heights High School, Second and Garden Streets. The summer theater was started last year by Scott Glading, a teacher at Haddon Heights High School, and is under the auspices and funding of the borough's Board of Education, said Lynda Glading, Scott's wife and an associate producer of the summer theater.
October 26, 2002 |
Carved wooden animals will be the focus of two auctions next week: carousel horses and related mounts next Saturday at Chadds Ford and decoys tomorrow in the Shore community of Belmar. The carousel critters are being offered by Gordon Riewe Auction Associates of Lapeer, Mich., and Ken and Barb Weaver of Spring City at "an Auction Under the Big Top" starting at 11 a.m. at the William Bunch Auction Gallery. The two companies decided to move the sale from Michigan to the Chadds Ford site "because this is where the market is," Ken Weaver said yesterday.
March 18, 1992 |
Onkyo has grabbed the brass ring with three new carousel CD changers (two in the upscale Integra line) that sound great and run performance rings around rival models. Carousel changers are the most favored form of CD players today, for good reasons. They're more flexible than single CD spinners, and lots easier to use than magazine-style CD changers. A music lover can sprinkle a set of discs around the carousel's motorized tray, hit one button and walk away. The tray slides back into the player and automatically commences play, with enough material stockpiled for a full evening's worth of music.
July 17, 2014 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS - In a light-blue Ford Falcon convertible, Floyd Moreland used to drive across the country in the 1960s from Berkeley, Calif., to Seaside Heights. Every summer, he was drawn back to work on the carousel, built in 1910, housed on what is today known as Casino Pier. It was his seasonal job to operate the carousel, from high school through graduate studies. He was paid $1.25 an hour. He couldn't give it up. He loved the carousel, which now bears his name, and still does.
December 14, 2014 |
The wooden animals, sanded and painted to resemble the 109-year-old originals they replaced, are waiting for visitors at the end of a restored railroad line in Pottstown. The horses, giraffes, and reindeer on the Derek Scott Saylor Memorial Carousel are part of a merry-go-round meant to be more than an amusement. The attraction - and the similarly restored old train that will drop visitors at its doorstep - are the centerpieces of a downtown revitalization effort for a slumping Montgomery County borough taking steps toward a comeback.
August 23, 2011 |
Norma Bergstrom Menghetti, 87, of Newtown Square, a veterinarian who helped restore a historic carousel, died of complications from cancer Friday, Aug. 19, at Wellington Terrace in West Chester. Dr. Menghetti grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and in Spinnerstown, Bucks County. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Teachers' College of Columbia University. Since she had experience caring for horses and working on farms in Bucks County, her professors at Columbia encouraged her to become a veterinarian, her daughter, Linda Dempsey, said.