The Silver Beach Carousel is a very special place brimming with dreams and magical moments. None of the glittering lights, the happy music, the magnificent menagerie or the spinning memories would be possible without the extraordinary dedication and passion of our treasured friends. You’ll find some of their stories here. We hope they will inspire you to live your dreams, too.
The Song in Our Hearts
We often say that the music in our carousel house is the happiest on earth. So it is with deep indebtedness that we pay tribute to Alice Donaldson who, on April 14, has "gone glimmering." In July 2001, Alice, her late husband, Benjamin Franklin Donaldson, Jr., and their family donated the last band organ to play at Silver Beach Amusement Park (1945-1971) to the Silver Beach Carousel Society. What an invaluable gift it has been for us!
The Wizard of Silver Beach
A young boy, about six years old, presses his nose against the glass case and his eyes widen. He says to his mother, standing behind him, "Look Mom, that's what it was like in the old days." She smiles as she watches her son peer deeply into the 2-foot by 6-foot model of Silver Beach Amusement Park.
When the Silver Beach Carousel opened in January 2010, Tom Rendel began volunteering with our Friends of the Carousel group and soon became an important member of the Silver Beach Carousel family. In the 21 months he spent with us, he distinguished himself through his eager spirit and unstinting devotion to every part of our operation.
Dagne Schoenbach loved carousels almost as much as she loved her husband, Al. As collectors of antique figures, the couple possessed an immense knowledge of the lives and styles of master carvers. This knowledge proved invaluable as they co-designed the Silver Beach Carousel with Carousel Works.
Dagne has since “gone glimmering” – what we say when a friend of carousels dies. But her legacy lives on in every painstakingly carved figure, for no detail was ever too small...