SOMD Carousel Platform Funding

$766 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 20 months Welcome to the Southern Maryland Carousel Group, Inc. in La Plata, MD.

The Southern Maryland Carousel Group, a 501c (3) organization, was founded in 2004. Our goal is to construct a full scale working carousel in Southern Maryland. The facility will house a carousel, woodcarving museum with artifacts and pictures of Marshall Hall, a gift shop, and a woodcarving learning center for youth and adults.

Our shop is located at The Davis Building, 313 East Charles Street in La Plata, MD, where seven carvers previously worked three days each week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All of the carousel animals are now complete. There were about 20 artists we called on to paint the animals. Carving of the animals started in early 2005 and to date we have 53 animals and two chariots completed. The animals are carved entirely of wood and by hand. The adoption program has resulted in 15 animals and two handicapped accessible chariots being adopted. Four elementary schools have taken advantage of having their mascot on the carousel.

Currently, we have animals placed throughout the County; Newburg Welcome Center, The Carousel Clothing Store in Waldorf, Joson Jewelry in La Plata, Charles County Courthouse, and the Charles County Government Building in La Plata.

Our goal by using "Go Fund Me" is to draw awareness of our organization and to eventually make this dream a reality. The funding will go toward building a platform for our hand carved carousel animals to be displayed on.

What is a "platform"? The platform is a circular mechanism that allows the carousel to rotate in sync with lively circus music. The "Platform" consist of the following: sweeps, rounding boards, hydrolic motors, gears, bearings, and crankshafts.  

Check out some of our hand-carved carousel animals! 

For further information about the Southern Maryland Carousel Group. Please visit us online at 
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Hi Folks, we are still a long way from our goal of 10 K. we need to keep our message going to all our friends and neighbors. We need everyone's support to make the carousel a reality for Southern Maryland. This is THE largest arts project to come to Southern Maryland. A donation of just $10 will help. Thanks so much.
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We have signed a lease on property in the Town of La Plata on which the Carousel will be built. We have 12 acres in Wills Memorial Park. Finally a home for the Carousel. Your tax deductible donations are needed to move this project along.
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Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton
Delegate Sally Y. Jameson
Delegate Edith Patterson
Mayor Roy Hale
The Town of La Plata
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$766 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 20 months
Created January 2, 2017
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Ed and Therese Thiedeman
20 months ago

Keep up the great work! Your artistry, dedication, and perseverance are commendable. We're excited to see the fruits of your labor when we one day take our grandchildren for rides on the SOMD Carousel.

Jamie Lynne
20 months ago

I can't wait until the carousel is completed!

Greg Tompa
20 months ago

Can't wait for this to open. Congratulations!

Janet Simpson
20 months ago

I hope your campaign is a huge success.

Christine Hill-Gomes
20 months ago

This is amazing! Congratulations!!

Rochelle Creighton-Tompa
20 months ago

Best wishes. Great cause.

Nelson Thompson
20 months ago

Good Luck Burkey. Let's get this carousel rolling.

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