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Proceeds from gala, craft show to benefit Kingsport Carousel

March 17th, 2014 5:46 pm by Leigh Ann Laube

Proceeds from gala, craft show to benefit Kingsport Carousel

some of the Kingsport Carousel's carved animals will be on display at the Brass Ring Gala and Carousel Fine Craft Show, to be held March 21-23 at the Kingsport Farmer's Market. Photo courtesy of Kingsport's Office of Cultural Arts.

The Brass Ring Gala and Carousel Fine Craft Show will return with twice the number of high-quality craftsmen as last year, more chances to sponsor the Kingsport Carousel and the opportunity to celebrate the carousel's progress.

The event will be held March 21-23 at the Kingsport Farmer's Market on the corner of Center and Clinchfield streets downtown. The Brass Ring Gala will begin at 6 p.m., March 21; the Carousel Fine Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 22 and 23.

Tickets for the Brass Ring Gala are $35 each and gain the bearer attendance all weekend long. Tickets to the Carousel Fine Craft Show are $7 for both Saturday and Sunday, and $5 for one day only.

The event is a fundraiser for the carousel property. Ground will be broken on Thursday for the Carousel Project's Pal's Roundhouse, the 70-foot octagonal structure that will house the vintage carousel that was a gift to the Kingsport Carousel Project from the Beardsley Zoo of Bridgeport, Conn. If all goes as planned, the carousel itself will open for business next January or February.

The Fine Craft Show, a juried event, will feature nearly 40 exhibitors with items ranging from fiber, clay and jewelry to wood, glass, metal and furniture. The weekend will also feature the music of My New Favorites, heavy hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

It's also a time to celebrate with the volunteer carvers and painters. The carousel's band organ will be on display and will be played over the course of the weekend.

Carousel sponsorships are still available. The stagecoach chariot can be sponsored for a $10,000 donation or two $5,000 donations. The band organ can be sponsored for a $25,000 donation or five $5,000 donations. Two sweep animals (a koala and a swan) are available for a $1,500 sponsorship. There are a few bird paintings (indigenous birds that are painted on panels that will be located on the carousel's upper inside surrounding the center pole and motor) available for $500 each.

In addition, some of the carousel carvings will be on display.

"Some are completely finished. Some still need carving. Some still need painting," said carousel volunteer Reggie Martin. "This is going to be a good time to celebrate the progress of the carousel."

"[Last year's event] was just a joyful community celebration, and we anticipate this year will be the same," said Bonnie Macdonald, director of the city of Kingsport's Office of Cultural Arts. "This will continue as a source of revenue and maintenance in the future."

Tickets are available by calling the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.

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