Berkshire Carousel founder Jim Shulman will introduce his audience to the ageless wonders and delights of “The Golden Age of Carousels, 1880 – 1930” here at the mansion followed by a Victorian tea.
During its Golden Age over 3,000 hand-carved wooden carousels were made in the U.S. Shulman will present an overview of the artistry and craftsmen in creating carousels. More than amusement rides, carousels reflect the artistic styles of master European craftsmen, many of whom came to America to create the ornate interiors of churches and synagogues.
The popularity of amusement parks at that time gave rise to three carousel styles, Coney Island, Philadelphia and Country Fair. Shulman will address the national efforts to preserve carousels and current projects to revive the nearly lost art form. The Berkshire Carousel is the only new one in the U.S. to reflect the carving styles of all the most famous artists of the Golden Age.
Retired psychologist and hospital administrator, Shulman is a Berkshire native who with his wife, Jackie, recognize the importance of giving back to the community. They initiated, directed and backed the privately funded Berkshire Carousel project beginning in 2005, which opened last year. Over 400 volunteers created the state’s first hand-carved classical carousel in a hundred years. He serves on the board of directors of the National Carousel Association and is also a bi-weekly columnist for the Berkshire Eagle.
Cost to attend is $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.