State carousels, Coney Island beauty to be themes of museum programs

Published on Monday, 5 June 2017 21:52
Written by The New England Carousel Museum

BRISTOL - The New England Carousel Museum will present an exciting new series, called Museum After Hours, held on the first Thursday of each month in 2017 with presentations, exhibition openings, artist talks and workshops.

Visitors to the museum at 95 Riverside Ave. are invited to join scholars and experts as they expound on their vast knowledge of the art and history of carousels, carvers, artists, and well-known carousels.

Museum After Hours will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception taking place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Admission to this series is included with general admission, and as always, museum members are free.

The following Museum After Hours programs have been announced:

On June 1, the museum will host “The Magnificent Carousels of CT” with Museum Subject Specialist Cate Mahoney. Guests can explore Connecticut’s rich carousel history including the three antique wooden operating rides, the Bushnell Park Carousel, Lighthouse Point Park, and Lake Compounce.  In addition, Lake Quassy Amusement Park, and Sound View Beach will be discussed.

On July 6, “Arranging and Sourcing Locally Grown Flowers” will be held with Haley Billipp of Eddy Farm in Newington.

This presentation will explore the many beautiful varieties of American flowers and the local farms in Connecticut that produce them. The evening will end with a floral demonstration, showing attendees creative ways to showcase these local blooms.

Then, on Aug. 3, the museum will host “Coney Island” with woodcarver, restorer, instructor and magician Bob Yorburg. 

The Coney Island style is known for being very beautiful, flashy, and loud with gems, gold-leafing and attitude. Participants can explore the heyday of this iconic style with a talk and question and answer period. Then, they can take in a magic show that is reminiscent of those along the famed Coney Island Boardwalk.

Lastly, the museum has announced that on Sept. 7 it will host “Jewish Carvers, also with Yorburg. This program will be an   evening discussing turn of the century Jewish carousel carvers with a question and answer period and carving demonstration.

For more information please call 860-585-511, email, or visit our website at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, General Business, General News on Monday, 5 June 2017 21:52. Updated: Monday, 5 June 2017 21:54.