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The 2012 NCA Convention


Up and Down the Coasts

The NCA conference for 2012 was held in Silver Beach, Michigan. Here are some of the highlights!


Pre-Convention and Tech Day - Wednesday, September 19

Before the Convention

Opening of the convention found Joan Parsons
enjoying a non-Parker carousel ride.

Technical Conference, Silver Beach Carousel, St. Joseph, MI

Ken Kaszubowski opened the afternoon session
of the Technical Day on the operations of the Silver Beach Carousel,
including machine and building maintenance.


A touch-screen computer system controls the ride and the
music, alternating between the original
band organ and the new Stinson organ that is in the center of the carousel


The afternoon session took place in front of
the carousel. The morning sessions covered marketing,
volunteerism, and social media.

Opening Ceremony - Silver Beach Carousel, St. Joseph, MI

A Brass Ring award was presented to the St. Joseph
community leaders and the many volunteers, who didn't
give up on the carousel project for the community and
helped it become reality.

The opening convention event at the
Silver Beach Carousel featured lots of fun including
face painting for adults. A live sculpture of a
carousel carver intrigued the crowd including Paula Meyers.

New members Kent and Anne Southworth were seen
checking out the original bumper cars in the museum,
which featured memorabilia of the original
Silver Beach Amusement Park.

John Frato and Rich Wickens related the
history and current updates on the Euclid Beach project,
including its new successes in Cleveland, Ohio.


East Michigan Coast Tour - Thursday, September 20

Crossroads Village - 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel

Charles Crawford, NCA Director, during an
interview with the media at the Parker carousel.
After carousel rides many took the paddle wheel boat ride or
enjoyed rides on the only Parker Wheel in operation.
Greenfield Village - 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel

The hop toad sports a grin for the crowd at Dearborn Village.
The experience was a step back in time to the period of the
Golden Age of Carousels.


Illinois Coast Tour - Friday, September 21

Brookfield Zoo - 2006 Carousel Works Carousel

Everything comes in a large size at the
Brookfield Zoo, even the animated bug that greeted all the
convention attendees.

The Brookfield Zoo Carousel was at the
center of the plaza upon our arrival at the zoo.
Sanfilippo Foundation - Place de la Musique
1890 Eden Palais Carousel

The crowd waits in anticipation of the
large theatre organ and the silent movie showing.

Dinner was served in the shadow of the
Grand Eden Palais Carousel.

Bill and Rita Sharkey cuddle up in one of the rocking chariots
as the rides began on Eden Palais Carousel.
This carousel, including the spinning chariots aboard the undulating
track machine were beautifully restored and gold leafed.


West Michigan Coast Tour - Saturday, September 22

Grand Rapids 1928 Spillman Carousel

All the carousel fans were busy snapping photos of the restored
Spillman machine in the Grand Rapids Museum.
Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The sculpture gardens included statuary of the benefactors at the
Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Jo Summit is spotted during the tour, which included this horse
at the Mejier Sculpture Gardens. This was the largest horse
seen by our conventioneers!
Holland - Windmill Island - DeBoer Brothers Carousel 1908

Restoration has begun at the Windmill Island DeBoer Carousel,
which is owned by Holland, Michigan.
Banquet and Auction - Silver Beach Center

Saturday night's event began with a stop by the
Round-About-Faire displays,
such as Irene Palanchi's table of carousel themed products.

Rol Summit surprises the crowd when he joins with the St. Joseph
quartet to serenade the group before the annual auction begins.


Eden Springs Park (Mary's City of David) - Sunday, September 23

The General Meeting on Sunday Morning was held in the original
train depot of the former Eden Springs Amusement Park.
The park and camp grounds are currently being restored,
beginning with a new addition of a mid-century
carousel and the return of one of the original miniature steam trains.

Everyone had a chance to enjoy a train ride through the ghostly
grounds of the former amusement park in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

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