Whirling Melodies

     The year 2005 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 
Gustav Denzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in 
Rochester, New York. On the scenic shore of Lake Ontario, 
"The Duchess" spins around in her original home - long 
after the other rides comprising the "Coney Island Of Western New York" 
passed into the annals of amusement park history.

    Under the auspices of the Monroe County Parks Department, 
extensive restoration of the carousel began in 1984 and continued 
for many years with improvements to the carousel building 
and surrounding walkways as well.

    One of only fourteen operating menagerie carousels in 
the United States, "The Duchess" is New York State's only 
antique Dentzel carousel: spinning around every summer with 
her collection of exotic and domestic animals whirling to 
the music of the 1985 Stinson Organ. Until recent years 
Wurlitzer Military Band Organ Style 165 paper rolls were
played on the organ - now a Stinson MIDI system plays 
the same music once heard on the original rolls.

Celebrate the summer of 2005 and the 100th anniversary of the Dentzel Carousel

For additional information on this and other carousels and band organs, visit:


WDYN Radio
An Independent Radio Station that plays Carousel Music Every Day.

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