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The 2022 NCA Convention - Around The Bay


Around The Bay
The 49th Annual NCA Convention
September 14-18, 2022

The 2022 convention of the National Carousel Association will be headquartered
in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California on September
14 to 18, 2022. Our headquarters hotel will be the Best Western Plus Grosvenor
located at the San Francisco Airport. We will visit six classic wooden carousels
during the convention.

In addition to the actual convention there are numerous opportunities
to add to your Northern California experience and visit the many
attractions and historic landmarks the area offers. Special discounted
hotel room rates will also be available to you prior to and after the

How to make your hotel room reservations

We have secured special NCA Convention Group guest room rates at our headquarters hotel; the Best Western Plus Grosvenor. The special rates start Sunday September 11th through Sunday night September 18th. The discounted rates are $129.00 plus tax Monday through Thursday nights and $89.00 plus tax Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The Guest Room rates include the hotel provided breakfast each morning.

You can make your own room reservations by clicking on This Link.

All the available dates will be displayed at the top of the page, click on the edit button located in the upper right-hand section of the page and set for the dates you want. The displayed room rates will be an average for the nights you have selected, but you will be charged the rates indicated above. You can also call the hotel direct at: 650 873-3200 and ask for the National Carousel Association rate. There is an additional fee of $9.00 per day if you have your own vehicle.

The schedule for shuttle service beteween the hotel and airport is Available Here.

How to register for the convention

Click on the This Link link to download the 2022 NCA Convention Registration packet. The information is provided as a .pdf file, you will need to install a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader if you are unable to open this file.

To register for the convention, print pages 3 and 4 of of this registration packet, fill in the blanks, and send your payment to the address shown in the registration packet.

Around The Bay Itinerary

Wednesday September 14, 2022:

  • The Carousel History Puzzle
    • A day dedicated to a discussion and gathering of carousel history is being added to this year's conference with presentations beginning at 9:00am Wednesday September 14th in the headquarters hotel. The discussion and presentations will be headed by Tobin Fraley who brings a wealth of carousel history to the discussion.

      Anyone who has information, photos, and artifacts on carousel history is invited to attend and join the discussion with tables available to display all contributions to the presentations. A scanner will be available to digitally save all information shared, with the end goal to secure and share in a readily accessible format.

      Carousel History is a jigsaw puzzle and the goal is to begin filling in a few of the missing pieces.

    • Presentations will begin with carousels created prior to 1865, followed by all carvers, manufactures, painters, builders and those who assembled them through the Golden Age of carousels. Everyone with carousel history to contribute and those interested in the history are encouraged to attend.

    • It is recognized not all pieces of this puzzle will be found on this one day, but it is hoped we are starting an ongoing endeavor to be carried on for years to come.
  • The registration for the Carousel History Day includes lunch provided by the hotel. Click on this link for more information on the included lunch.
  • Roundabout Faire located in the Hotel
  • Dinner / Reception at the hotel followed by presentations

Thursday September 15, 2022:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Board buses
  • W.E. (Bill) Mason Carousel, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos, CA
    1910 Savage Roundabout, 3 row Portable
    Mixture of G&J Lines, C.W. Parker, and Charles Dare Jumpers
    Operated by the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad
    Lunch at the Park with presentations
  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk Carousel, Santa Cruz, CA
    1911 Charles Looff Carousel, 4 row Park
    All horses with 71 Jumpers and 2 Standers
    Dinner on the Boardwalk with presentations
Friday September 16, 2022:
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Board buses
  • LeRoy King Carousel, Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA
    1906 Charles Looff Carousel, 4 row Park
    48 Horses (44 Jumpers and 4 Standers) and 13 Menagerie animals
    Lunch at the Museum with presentations
  • Tilden Park Carousel, Berkeley, CA
    1911 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, 4 row Park
    42 Horses (36 Jumpers and 6 Standers) and 17 Menagerie animals
    Dinner at Tilden Park with presentations
Saturday September 17, 2022
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Board Buses
  • Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, CA
    1914 Herschell-Spillman and Dentzel Carousel, 4 row Park
    38 Horses (28 Jumpers and 10 Standers) and 24 Menagerie animals
  • San Francisco Zoo Carousel, San Francisco, CA
    1921 W.H. Dentzel and M.C. Illions Carousel, 3 Row Park
    36 Horses (24 Jumpers and 12 Standers) 16 Menagerie animals
    Lunch with presentations at the Zoo
  • Banquet and Auction at the Hotel
Sunday September 18, 2022:
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • General Membership Meeting
  • After The Convention: Lise Liepman, Carousel Artist is having an Open House to tour her Carousel Art Studio between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. Also Kate and Shawn Murphy are having an Open House between 12:00pm and 5:00pm to view their private Carousel Collection. Both are located in the East Bay area and you will need to secure your own transportation. If you are interested, addresses for both can be provided.

You can add to your 2022 NCA Convention experience
with the following ideas:

  • There are five classic metal carousels and at least three new
    wood carousels in the area
  • Our headquarters hotel is in San Mateo County, you can access their website at
  • There is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station located at the airport and you can use the hotel shuttle service to access the station
    For more information visit
    The schedule for shuttle service beteween the hotel and airport is Available Here.
  • We have arranged exclusive discounts with Tower Tours for many tours of Northern California and many of the attractions that it offers, including: Muir Woods and the California Redwoods, Wine Country Tours and Tasting, Sausalito, Monterey Carmel and California Coastline, Sunset Cruise, Yosemite, and Golden Gate Bay Cruise. For more details visit the NCA discount page on the Tower Tours Website.
    Tower Tours
    Tower Tours is offering a 10%
    discount to NCA Convention


If you have questions about our 2022 convention, send email to our convention chair, Don Largent.


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