Volunteers with the Carousel Project, on target for a summer 2013 opening date, are busy carving, selling bricks for a memory fountain, recruiting painters and finding sponsors for the 35 animals and two chariots.
There’s still much to be done, including repainting and restoring a 1956-vintage Herschel frame, and designing a “round house” building to house the carousel at the projected location adjacent to the Holliston Mills Building at the new Farmers Market on Clinchfield Street in downtown Kingsport.
That means there’s still plenty of opportunities for the community to get involved in the project, said Bonnie Macdonald, cultural arts administrator with the Cultural Arts Division of the city of Kingsport’s Park and Recreation Department.
The Carousel Project is a joint effort of volunteers, Engage Kingsport and the Cultural Arts Division. It began as a vision of the late Gale Joh, who grew up in a town in New York that once had two carousels.
Carvers have been assigned to all 35 wooden animals and the two chariots, Macdonald said, and sponsors are needed for each.
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