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Proceeds from inaugural arts and craft show will benefit Kingsport's Carousel Project

March 19th, 2012 4:06 am by Staff Report

 Proceeds from inaugural arts and craft show will benefit Kingsport's Carousel Project

Courtesy of Jeffrey Stoner This weekend's inaugural Carousel Arts and Craft Show will feature the animals currently being hand carved by volunteers for a working 1956 Herschell Carousel to be installed next year in downtown Kingsport.


The Cultural Arts Division of Kingsport Parks and Recreation will hold its first Carousel Arts and Craft Show on March 24 and 25 at the Civic Auditorium on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.


The show is free and open to the public and will feature the carousel animals currently being hand carved by volunteers for a working 1956 Herschell Carousel to be installed next year. Forty local and regional vendors will have their woodworking and handmade items — many with a carousel theme — available for purchase.


The Carousel Project is a volunteer-led effort to establish a working carousel in Kingsport. The project came together 2½ years ago under the leadership of Reggie Martin, Ted Heilig, George Gibson and Milton Nelson. Since then, more than 18 local volunteers have joined the effort, carving a buffalo, frog prince, tiger, lynx, rabbit and, of course, horses. The animals are being painted by lead artist Suzanne Justis and a team of volunteer painters.


The 1956 Herschell frame is a gift to the city of Kingsport from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Conn. The frame will be fully restored and painted before it is assembled in a new carousel building that will be constructed near the newly restored Farmers Market building on Clinchfield Street in downtown Kingsport.


The Carousel Arts and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.


For more information about the project, call (423) 392-8416.

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