About Salem's Riverfront Carousel

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Salem, Oregon, United States
Inspiration: Salem's Riverfront Carousel project was inspired by a trip Hazel Patton took in 1996 to visit family in Missoula, Montana. While there she went to see the first old-world style carousel built in the U.S. since the Great Depression. When Hazel rode the carousel, she knew it was more than the music and motion of the ornately carved and hand-painted horses that created magic in Missoula. The real beauty was how the carousel united the community by combining history with the creative talents of Missoula's citizens. She knew that the citizens of Salem could bring similar magic to the banks of the Willamette River. Vision: The vision of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to touch the hearts, spark the imaginations and ignite the creative spirits of a broad spectrum of volunteers by creating a work of art that will stand as a historical landmark and an enduring symbol of community pride and cooperation. Mission: The mission of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to enhance the quality of life in the Willamette Valley by invigorating community cohesiveness, fostering cultural and educational opportunities, creating a living history, and increasing tourism.
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Reaching Out

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Salem Carousel's volunteer Kathy Martell has been working hard for SRC on getting the word out to the Salem community and surrounding areas. Kathy takes you on the journey of the creation of Salem's Carousel starting with the inspiration all the way through to today's Carousel.

Coming up, Kathy will be speaking at the ESA Leadership
Convention www.esaintl.org this weekend, August 29th in the southern Oregon coast.

Kathy even has events booked out to April of 2010! We are so blessed to have Kathy as part of our team of hardworking volunteers.

If you are interested in having Kathy speak at one of your events on behalf of the Carousel, please contact us - 503-540-0374 or email Kathy directly @ kathy_martell@hotmail.com.

A Brand New Coat of Paint

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On Wednesday, September 9th Salem's Carousel will join forces with Marion County Department of Children and Families staff for a United Way ‘Days of Caring’ community service project. Marion County staff are coming to the Carousel to put a fresh coat of paint on the carver workshop and on the lower half of the event room!

Thank you Marion County!!!

Protecting the Carousel's Display Room

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We are finally installing the film/window coverings on the windows in the display case at the Carousel. This film will protect the horses displayed in that room from sun and heat damage. Installation will take place this week.

Thank you to our contributors for supporting us! Keep the dream alive!

Back to School Fun Day at the Carousel

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Saturday, September 5th @ 10a-7p
Salem's Riverfront Carousel has a deal for all Carousel visitors!!! Come by the Carousel on Saturday September 5th during open hours (10a-7p) and purchase rides for only $1 each! And, receive a 10% discount on purchases in the Gift Gallery (merchandise only).

Happy Hour Fridays (for families)!

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Friday Happy Hour
Only $1 per ride every Friday from 5-7pm!