SOMD Carousel Platform Funding
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.
WHO WE ARE
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 www.somdcarousel.com