A great night for a great cause
by Ed Wendell
Jun 11, 2019 | 2188 views | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special “Pay One Price Party” at the Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village this Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Just $10 gets you unlimited rides.

That includes the famous New York City-landmarked Carousel, Woodhaven Express Train Ride, wildly popular Frog Hopper, and the new Woodhaven Wheel, a Ferris wheel for little ones.

There will also be a magic show, and a host of raffle prizes geared towards kids.

And just for fun, we’ll be playing oldies music all night long, including all the chart toppers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It’ll be a great night for the whole family, one they’ll remember for many years to come.

And thanks to the generosity of the Forest Park Carousel, all proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to support the various community projects they are involved with right now.

In other words, every dollar you spend at the party is turned around and reinvested in our community.

For instance, there’s art classes for seniors, as well as art programs for students in local schools, and the ongoing restoration of the Wyckoff-Snedeker Cemetery.

All of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society’s events are free and open to the public, including a few upcoming walking tours of Woodhaven.

The Forest Park Carousel is the perfect place for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to host a party. For over a century, the carousel in Forest Park has been part of the tradition of growing up in Woodhaven.

In many families, several generations have fond memories of riding the carousel as children, and have passed along that tradition by taking their own children or grandchildren for their first ride.

Historically, the Forest Park Carousel is notable because it was the handiwork of egendary master carver Daniel Muller. Muller came to the United States from Germany as a child in the 1880s, and as a young man he and his brother worked for Gustav Dentzel, a renowned carousel builder in his own right.

Dentzel’s father built carousels in Germany dating back to the mid-18th century. Muller took advantage of the opportunity to learn all of these old-world skills from Dentzel and blended it with his own realistic style to carve out a name for himself.

In 1903, the D.C. Muller and Bro. Company was founded.

Muller’s carvings were notable for being very beautiful and realistic, and in some cases the carvings were militaristic, with horses sporting bugles, swords and canteens.

Over 14 years, D.C. Muller and Bro. created over a dozen carousels but, sadly, today only two remain: one in Cedar Point, Ohio, and ours right here in Forest Park.

The Forest Park Carousel is a terrific piece of hand-carved art, and we are very grateful to the operators of the ride for generously offering the space to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society for this fundraiser.

Since they took over the carousel, the operators have not only been wonderful caretakers of this landmark, they have been good partners with our community.

And now that summer is here the Forest Park Carousel is open seven days a week. There are free clown and magic shows every Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m.

And for the complete summer experience, be sure to visit the carousel after any of the fun concerts at the Forest Park Bandshell.

We hope you have a great summer and hope you decide to kick it off by bringing the family to the Forest Park Carousel for the “Pay One Price Party!”
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