Tag Archives: Carnival Rides

Fun in the sun SUNDAY in Central Park

Sundays in Central Park are always a delight……..New Yorkers and tourists……….all “doing their thing”…..or trying to “out do” one another.  Sunning……boating……..running……..bicycling…………reading……eating…………walking the dog………..and slumming.

IT IS ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT ONE COULD POSSIBLY ASK FOR.

Tonight on the great lawn is Movie Time!  HORROR!  THE SHINING.  Thousands will gather for a picnic………wine and fine dine for some.  Others will just bring buckets of popcorn.  It is a warm night…..the stars will be out…….and New Yorkers will get free entertainment.  How great is that!

FETE PARADISO…….Turn of the Century PARIS

Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides……….have been brought to Governors Island for New Yorkers to enjoy this summer.  The collection was formerly owned by Francine and Fabrienne Marchal.  Francis Staub bought it at auction…….restored it…….and now we can enjoy whimsical Carnival in New York.

The Calliope [pipe organ]…..is so fantastic.

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As the organ makes music…….the delightfully carved wooden figures play their instruments.

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Yves works the mechanisms……….feeding a punched paper card into the Calliope.

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Francine rings her bell and beats the drum.

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This little tyke was enthralled by the organ.  Me too!

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I spoke with this charming lady……who was charmed by Yves!  Me too!

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Lovingly restored by D. Nalbert.

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Horses not on Carousels are scattered about the lawns. [ I want one for my art studio]!

KIDS CAROUSEL

FETE PARADISO on Governors Island is a fantastic collection of vintage carousels brought over to America for New Yorkers to enjoy.  The young people running the amusements have been trained by real “carnies”…….and are delightful to listen too.  All of them are very sweet.

This Carousel………..with all of the toys that children adore…..is the cutest ever.  Adults are not allowed to ride…..darn!  I wanted to sit in that pink cadillac with the tail fins.

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Francine is delightful…….and her French accent adds to the charm.

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Pluto was my favorite character.

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A family of French Artisans flew over to painstakingly construct these amusements.

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Horses that move up and down are called “jumpers”.

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Philippe was very sweet with all the kids.

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The alligator did NOT bite this sweet little boy.