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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Open Mic Night at the Carousel!

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A Family-Friendly Songsters' Showcase

Join us Friday, June 4th, for Salem's newest open mic stage opening!

Do you play? Do you sing? Come join us for a night of music-making and revelry, with the colorful carousel as a beautiful backdrop to an evening of entertainment! Bring your friends and your songs... let's make music!

Sign up begins at 5:30PM, and our first performer will take the stage at 6! Performance slots are given on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to get there early! (And friends, let's sing songs our mothers would be proud to hear... there are kids in the park.) See you there!!!