posted on August 14, 2018 by melindacurtis

A Love of Carousels

by Melinda Curtis

When I was a kid, carousels were magical experiences. The animals – mostly horses – were beautiful and there was something exciting about riding around in a circle and waving to the spectators. One of my favorite carousels used to be at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California, where you could ride the horses on the outer circle, lean out to catch a brass ring as you passed, and then throw it at a target on the other side!

Last year, I had the chance to visit the newly opened Historic Carousel & Museum in Albany, Oregon. This charming place offers visitors a chance to ride the carousel and to witness (or help) new carousel animals be created. Volunteers include engineers, wood carvers, and painters. The animals are incredibly whimsical and immediately captured my imagination. Why? I happen to coordinate a holiday project with Harlequin Heartwarming authors every year set in fictional Christmas Town, Maine, and we are always in search of a theme to write about. My visit to the Historic Carousel & Museum helped create the premise for this year’s collection of romances. We brought a carousel in need of restoration to Christmas Town and added a wedding for the woman spearheading the restoration.

I’m posting some of my favorite carousel animals, as well as a picture of one in process – a tiger (see the picture up on the wall?).

If you know someone with a love of carousels, send them to the Historic Carousel & Museum (even if it’s only a visit to their web site). And if you enjoy carousels and holiday stories, check out the 12 Heartwarming Days of Christmas collection this year. I’d love to hear about your carousel experiences or perhaps which animals I’ve posted are your favorites. One lucky commenter will win an autographed copy of Love, Special Delivery and a postcard from my visit to Albany!

 

Melinda Curtis

Melinda Curtis

Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance for Harlequin and indie-pubbed sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to relax with her husband over home remodeling projects. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

Melinda Curtis Contest

Melinda Curtis is giving away a copy of SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (autographed in the U.S.) and an autographed postcard from her holiday release — SANTA SCHOOL, to celebrate the “almost here” release date of THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION.

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One thought on “A Love of Carousels”

  1. Patricia Barraclough says:

    Kingsport, TN has a carousel. Several years ago the decided they wanted to refurbish one. Volunteers attend classes on how to make carousel figures and then carved all of the figures and other enhancements on the carousel. All but one had no experience and the results are unbelievable. It is open to the public and you can ride it. It is amazing what dedicated novices can accomplish. More information and pictures cam be found here: https://engagekingsport.com/kingsport-carousel/
    https://engagekingsport.com/kingsport-carousel/kingsport-carousel-history/

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