This Sunday, July 25th, Please Touch Museum is celebrating National Carousel Day with special programming designed to celebrate the joy and beauty of our own Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel!
Our carousel was created and built by the Dentzel Carousel Company of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. It originally operated at Woodside Park-a West Philadelphia amusement park located less than 10 blocks from Memorial Hall. While several animals date back to 1908, the carousel first debuted at Woodside Park in 1924. After the park closed in 1955, the carousel spent a short time at the Lambertville Music Circus before being put in storage for the next 40 years. In 2005, Please Touch Museum acquired the carousel on a long-term loan from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and undertook the task of restoring it.
On Sunday, we will be celebrating the restoration and grandeur of our Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel with special programming centered in and around the carousel house. The day’s programming is intended to highlight major themes (music, art, animals) associated with carousels.
Kids will be able to create their own carousel inspired paintings alongside Artist in Residence, Lauren Nemchik. Nemchik is a Philadelphia artist whose works are based by digital cell phone photographs. Nemchik used a series of cell phone photos of our carousel to recreate the three dimensional experience of riding the carousel into a two dimensional medium of paint and canvas. The highlight of the day will be the 2:00 unveiling of Nemchik’s painting, Carousel Derby, inspired by the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel’s lead horse. I can't wait!