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Your donation helps keep the carousel spinning! Donations are especially needed in the winter. Thank you so much for your support!

We begin  our 87th season of operation on Nantasket Beach on Easter Weekend! 

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Please Visit the Doors to History site to learn more about the Paragon Carousel and other historic sites in our area!

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The historic Paragon Carousel, the Paragon Park Museum, and the Carousel Creamery are now closed for the season. We will be closed for the winter months and open in the spring on Easter Weekend. The Business Office is open all year, so if would like to contact us to book an event or for any other reason, please don't hesitate to call us at 781-925-0472 or email us at info@paragoncarousel.com. Thank you!

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RESERVING THE CAROUSEL

We are now taking reservations for birthday parties, reunions, wedding photos, corporate gatherings and other special events for the 2015 season. Please call us at 781-925-0472 or email at info@paragoncarousel.com for further details. 

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Thanks to winning a grant from American Express the Paragon Carousel replaced all twelve doors to the building that houses the Paragon Carousel with beautiful wooden doors that replicate the original doors from 1928. The grant also allowed us to renovate all the windows above the doors so that now light streams into the building. Thank you!

Sunday
Jun082014

Secret Garden Tour 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

11AM - 3PM

It's time to get your tickets for one of most popular events, the Secret Garden Tour. This year we've put together some wonderful gardens for you to enjoy! Lots of new gardens, a couple of favorites and everything else in between. Tickets are just $25 until June 19 and then increase to $30. All proceeds from this event directly support the ongoing restoration efforts of the historic Paragon Carousel.

 

How does the tour work? Once you have your ticket (just stop by the Paragon Carousel to purchase or you may also order online by selecting the "Add to Cart" button here). 

Then just wait for the morning of Sunday, June 22, pull up in front of the carousel and we will hand you a tour book and map with directions and descriptions of all the gardens--you don't even have to leave your vehicle. The tour is self guided so just meander around the town and  visit gardens at your leisure any time from 11 am until 3 pm. The gardens will be marked with a flag. You will be pleased to know that you will find artists at work in these gardens--some with paints others with sketch pad or some other medium. Please take the time to admire their creative expression, and don't forget to chat with the garden owner for tips and insight into the hidden seaside garden. When the tour is over why not stop back at the carousel for a spin on the 86-year-old amusement, visit our Paragon Park Museum and then enjoy a special treat from our Creamery. The summer will be in full bloom for our annual Secret Garden Tour! Enjoy!

 

Sunday
May252014

Join our Field of Flags!

Each year we honor the American Flag with a Field of Flags that fly for a week on the lawn of the Paragon Carousel. Each flag carries the name of a loved one, veteran or member of the armed forces in honor or in memory. If you would like to include one or more flags on our lawn in June, you can find a form here.

And to purchase flags you can do so at the Paragon Carousel or online

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Annual Meeting

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014 (from left) Gerry Whelan, Treasurer; Kevin Hull, Vice President; Florence Ely, Clerk; David Gray; Marie Schleiff, President; Carolyn Corrow; Judeth Van Hamm. Missing from photo: Larry Hand. Our Annual Meeting was held last Friday at Jake's Seafood Restaurant. President Marie Schleiff presented a review of the 85th season. Some of the highlights of the past year included record-breaking numbers for many of our events and programs. 

  • The number of birthday parties significantly increased.
  • Many wedding parties used the carousel for photo opportunities.
  • Varied funcitons were held: reunions, weddings, business functions, a memorial service, and even a proper tea party!
  • Our Friday Morning Storytime attendance rose from several to more than seventy.
  • Our regularly scheduled events also set participation and attendance records: Derby Day, Easter Opening Day, Halloween, Santa photo shoot, Endless Summer and the Secret Garden Tour.

In addition, our Creamery was voted to have the "Best Ice Cream" in the area and we were most honored when Yankee Magazine named the Paragon Carousel the "Best Historic Merry-Go-Round" in New England.

  • The opening of the new Paragon Park Museum attracted 3,000 recorded visitors from more than 15 states in addition to visitors from abroad.
  • The Adopt-A-Horse Program brought in just under $10,000 during the season. Pre-season for 2014 is already at $8,750 with 34 horses adopted.
  • A Grant Committee was formed.

Under the untiring and passionate guidance of Dennis Zaia as our president from 2008-2012, the organization was able to reach a position of stabilization, managerial organization, and financial management which was so needed to continue the operation. As he steps down from the Board of Directors, all the Friends of the Paragon Carousel cannot begin to thank him for his incredible effort to keep the doors of the carousel open and to bring a new level of professionalism to the organizaton.

Despite our strong movement forward, we know a series of stiff challenges remain which include but are not limited to the debt remaining from the loans of 1996, the aging building, the need for new equipment and repairs, accessibility, and restoration. Nevertheless, with three new board members with various areas of expertise, and our dedicated, passionate, and hard working returning board members, I have every reason to believe that the challenges will be met. We also have our faithful carousel army, a group of loyal, kind, and generous individuals who are always there to support our efforts to preserve and restore this magnificent carousel and keep it in its home in Hull. These are the folks who understand that in this complicated world of today, there must be a place for the good and the beautiful.

The Golden Age of American carousels ended 80 years ago; yet, this precious piece of Americana crafted by Italian sculptors and Jewish carvers still casts a timeless spell over thousands of our young visitors and the young at heart.

 

 

Wednesday
Feb262014

Reserve your Birthday Party soon!

Reservations for birthday parties at the Paragon Carousel are beginning to roll in! The last weekend in April and well into May and June are popular times. This year you can also request to have a special character visit your child's party. The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White are waiting to enchant your little one's special day at the Carousel! Email us at info@paragoncarousel.com to get your party started!                                                    

Tuesday
Nov192013

Boston Globe highlights newly restored carousel horse