FROZENDEADGUYDAYS.org - yes, there is a festival every year, in case you're interested!), who knew there was more to this eclectic little community than a beloved 110 year old stiff?!
Envisioned by a young marine serving in the Vietnam war, THE CAROUSEL OF HAPPINESS (click on link) features 58 beautiful, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, all turning to the enchantingly happy music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.
A non-profit organization, all proceeds go to charities that benefit children and people with special needs.
My folks on their mounts; a golden antlered moose, and a seemingly, flying pig; the parrot actually went up and down on his ring, and; a sly fox looks down on all.
It will cost you a dollar to ride - the happiest dollar you will ever spend, guaranteed.
Maybe I was trying to overcome my aversion to monkeys - I don't know, but I chose the prancing donkey above, with the basket of monkeys on the saddle. They were kinda' cute.
I have to admit that during the middle of the ride, I broke down in tears - I mean, I really cried. Happy tears, but tears, nonetheless. When we were driving down the road, leaving the carousel behind, my Mom relayed (without me having told, yet, what I had experienced) that during the ride she was overcome with emotion, and cried a bit...she also said that she looked over and noticed a tear or two in my Dad's eyes, though I'm sure he didn't, and won't, cop to it.
Today I found this...a short news clip from 9 News, in Denver (2010), about the wonderful man who brought this vision to life; the transformation and regeneration of this delightful piece of Americana, and; a crying phenomenon that seems to hit adults upon riding on the carousel - 9NEWS.COM (click here, OR go directly below this post and click on the video box there...don't know how I got it there, but I can't get it up here...either way, please click on one or the other to watch). Suddenly I don't feel so silly for shedding those happy tears.
I only wish I could have taken ALL my loved ones with me - these are not tears, but giggles. Happy, happy, joy, joy!