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May 08, 2008

Riding Memories on a Carousel in Burnaby

Last Sunday, we headed out to Burnaby to partake in the Rhododendron Festival and wander the grounds of the Shadbolt Center and the Burnaby Art Gallery. It was a good day with lots to see, lots of flowers and art and pottery and food and kids drawing, and the natural beauty of the area.

Then, Gwen mentioned that we should go on a ride at the carousel. I didn't even know there was a carousel there. It's part of Burnaby's Heritage Village Museum site and this particular carousel was the 119th carousel to be built in 1912 by the C.W. Parker company in Leavenworth, Kansas.

There is just something about riding a beautifully restored, old-fashioned merry-go-round and listening to a restored 1925 Wurlitzer Military Band organ as you're bobbing up and down that can't help but put a smile on your face. Especially if you're a really big kid. And who isn't really?

Maybe once a year we should all get off the metaphorical adult "merry go round" and go for a ride on a real Merry Go Round like this one that has been so lovingly restored and maintained in Burnaby.

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