JC Rotary Carousel Day
Thank you to all who attended the Johnson City Partners 4th Annual Carousel Day at CFJ Park on July 27th. We hope you enjoyed the event.
We want to thank our sponsors: Wegmans, Coughlin & Gerhart, Visions Federal Credit Union, Goodrich Implement, Marchuska Glass, J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, and Bates Troy. Your generosity provided an opportunity for the community to gather for a fun and educational experience; to reminisce and make new memories. Visions did a great job of keeping the kids busy with their arts and crafts tent.
A big thank you goes out to the Chenango County Arts Council for granting us public funds of the New York State Council on the Arts.
We thank Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie and the Board of Trustees, along with the JC Celebrations Committee for their support and for hosting the Carousel's 90th Birthday Celebration. We also appreciate Judy & Diane of the JC Celebrations Committee for their fundraising efforts to benefit the carousel, and the Johnson City Elks and Lions Club for helping to raise park funds.
Many thanks to the Johnson City Department of Public Works for their efforts in getting the carousel and park grounds spruced-up for the event. Thank you to the Johnson City Police and Fire Departments who always do an outstanding job in serving our community.
Many volunteers heeded our call for help and gave of their time, talents, and resources. A few special mentions go out to Village Historian Janet Ottman for sharing her infinite local history knowledge, Author Jack Shay, and Blacksmith Gary Hinman. Special thanks to Whitney Kukol for using her time and talents in creating a fun "Treasure Dig" game for the children to enjoy. Thanks go out to Mr. John Walker for the use of his tent and Dan Deemie for helping the mayor erect the history tent in the middle of the night! We thank you all.
Many thanks to members of Windsor's Window on the Arts Committee who gave us a helping hand at Carousel Day through our shared staffing agreement.
This was the third year of the Juried Arts & Crafts Show which featured some very fine local artists and crafters. Congratulations to the following artisans for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for their work: Artist Glenda Blake, Jones' Bowls, and Dave's Art Den; and placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for their booth appearance were: The Chocolate Bar, Dolly Donna, & Artist Glenda Blake.
Lastly, I wish to thank my fellow Johnson City Partners members for their hard work and dedication to the betterment of the Village of Johnson City. While I may often conjure up the ideas-it is you who makes them happen.
Julie Deemie, President of Johnson City Partners
2013 Carousel Day Art Contest Winner
Congratulations to the 2013 Carousel Day Art Contest Winner Mrs. Joan Eastman!
Joan is a longtime Binghamton resident who walked to the
CFJ Park in her youth to enjoy its carousel and large pool.
Joan also has many fond memories of her days spent
at Ross Park and on its carousel.
As an artist, Mrs. Eastman has received numerous awards
and honorable mentions for her acrylic on canvas paintings.
She says she likes to paint "real" while selecting
old time themes and settings.
Thank you, Joan, for sharing such a magnificent piece of work
for this year's Carousel Day Poster and programs.
Visit Joan at Carousel Day .
She will be displaying her work inside the Carousel Pavilion.
The following persons received Honorable Mention for their Carousel Day Art Contest submissions:
- Sabrina Kuchta of Northborough, MA.
- David Geer of Endicott, NY
- Marsha Mae VanVorce of Johnson City, NY
- Rosalie Spencer of Binghamton, NY
The Johnson City Partners were awarded $2,135 in total funding for their annual Carousel Day event at CFJ Park.
The award will help fund musical and stage performances at this year's event on Saturday July 21st. This year's performers will include: Miles Ahead, The Magical illusions of Kyle and Kelly, Rosie's Ready Mix featuring Curt Osgood on the Hammered Dulcimer, and Midnight Drive Bluegrass Band. Carousel Day is free to the public and will also feature a juried arts and crafts show, children's activities, and food vendors.
The purpose of the Decentralization Grant program is to develop, foster, promote, enhance and increase community arts and cultural programs. The work of the Johnson City Partners was found to fit the Council's purpose and the Partners were commended for their efforts in their community.