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.
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 Pavilion and 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.
Nunley’s Carousel Centennial 2012: GALLERY