From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 11, 2012
Nunley’s Amusement Park was a real treat for my daughters when they were young. After riding the carousel and a couple of outdoor rides, we’d have ice cream and play Skee-ball, winning red tickets to exchange for prizes. So when Nunley’s closed in 1995, our whole family was sad to lose that Freeport-Baldwin landmark.
Carousel at historic Nunley’s Carousel Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2012, Museum Row, Long Island, NY. (©Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)
Happily, by 2009 the carousel was beautifully restored and moved to its new home in Museum Row, Garden City. And Nunley’s Carousel Centennial Celebration held this past weekend, June 9th – 10th, gave visitors the chance to play croquet in front of Nunley’s Carousel Pavilionand have other old-fashioned fun.
Festivities also included a campaign visit from ex-President Theodore Roosevelt – portrayed by actor JAMES FOOTE. In 1912, the year Nunley’s Carousel debuted, Teddy Roosevelt ran again for President in 1912 – unsuccessfully, as Bull Moose Party candidate.
And your admission fee included a ride on historic Nunley’s Carousel, where lucky and athletic riders had a chance to grab a brass ring to win a free ride.
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