Welcome to the official website of the New England Carousel Museum and the Bushnell Park Carousel!
The New England Carousel Museum Operating Hours for Bristol, CT! Come check out the museum Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5 or Sunday from 12-5. As always, the Museum is also available to rent for your next private event. See you soon!
Harley Raffle to Benefit Museum
It is Harley time again at the New England Carousel Museum kicking off the 20th year for our Harley Davidson Street Glide raffle to benefit the Museum. Stop in at The New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit organization, and buy a ticket for the Annual Harley Davidson raffle.
The raffle will help benefit the Museum’s educational programming and general operations. First prize is a splendid 2015 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide Motorcycle, second prize is a 5' x 8' trailer, and third prize is a $100.00 gift certificate, redeemable at Yankee Harley Davidson 488 Farmington Ave, Bristol.
Two thousand five hundred tickets will be sold at $20.00 per ticket. The public drawing will be held at The New England Carousel Museum on Saturday, November 21st, 2015, at 7 P.M.
Everyone is welcome to join us for the drawing but the winner need not be present. The winner is called immediately upon completion of the drawing.
Tickets may be purchased at the Carousel Museum at 95 Riverside Ave In Bristol. Also at These fine establishments;
Andy's Hair Studio - 110 West St. Bristol 860-583-7580
Bristol Glass Co. - 116 Riverside Ave. Bristol 860-582-1844
Burlington Wine and Spirits - 152 Burlington Ave. Bristol 583-6852
Chamber of Commerce - 200 Main St. Bristol 860-584-4718
Chute Gates - 372 Main St. Terryville 860-585-0704
Badd Custom Cycles - 272 Main St. Terryville 860-845-5976
Redmans Trailer - 497 Broad St. Bristol 860-584-9760
Greer's Chicken - 64 Mathews St. Bristol 860-583-3191
Hamelin & Son's Garage - 64 West St. Bristol 860-583-3292
Harvest Bakery - 84 Farmington Ave. Bristol 860-589-8800
Jerzie Joe's Sports Bar and Grill - 202 Newell St Southington 860-621-0025
Martino's Market - 948 Terryville Ave. Bristol 860-583-3585
Pine St. Package - 90 Pine St. Bristol 860-582-4257
Webster Bank - 1N Riverside Ave. Terryville Ave Bristol, CT 06010
South Side Meat Market - 141 West St. Bristol 860-582-4143
Trim Unlimited - 353 North Main St. Bristol 860-589-0116
Yankee Harley - 488 Farmington Ave. Bristol 860-583-8484
Bushnell Park – 1 Jewell St Hartford, CT 06014
Artist Tree Tea House - 156&160 School St. Bristol 860-919-4356
THE NEW ENGLAND CAROUSEL MUSEUM
Sunday Sundae at Dunphy’s
Sunday Sundae at Dunphy’s Ice Cream is a special fundraising event for
the New England Carousel Museum sponsored by the Museum Education Committee. Bring your family and friends and cool off while enjoying great ice cream at Dunphy’s, on Sunday, August 23 from 1 to 5 pm.
Dunphy’s, located at 912 Stafford Avenue in Bristol, is donating a portion of the ice cream sales from Sunday Sundae to the New England Carousel Museum education
For more information contact the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010. 860 585-5411 www.thecarouselmuseum.org
THE NEW ENGLAND CAROUSEL MUSEUM
The Crocodile Club is Back Again!
The Crocodile Club is back again! The New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit treasure in the Connecticut community, is once again bringing back the annual dinner meeting at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, on Friday, August 21, 2015. The Crocodile Club will celebrate its 134th reunion dinner with its unique gathering of individuals who put aside their political differences to celebrate this important part of history. As a special treat from our generous hosts, your ticket will give you free access to the entire Lake Compounce experience for the day. So, come alone or bring your family to enjoy the amusement park and a free meal in the picnic pavilion while you partake in the Crocodile experience with us. This year, the Crocodile lunch will be held in the Park Pavilion instead of the Ballroom.
The festivities will begin with the social hour at noon (when crocodile tears are shed.) with a beer and wine cash bar in the picnic pavilion. A lamb dinner will be provided combined with usual picnic fare and will commence promptly at 1:00 PM. During dinner, a lively program with guest speakers will follow. Remember, good speeches and bad jokes are limited to three minutes per person, and NO serious political speeches are allowed.
We are told by the Norton family that the “Crocodile Club’” was formed in 1875 when Gad Norton, who was a former legislator, and who also started the amusement park in 1846, decided to thank his colleagues in the State Legislature for their help in passing a statute that changed the town line between Bristol and Southington so as to put his farmhouse in Bristol. The reason for this request was so that he could vote in Bristol where he did all his trading and knew more people. Also, in the days of horses and buggies, old dirt roads, and tough winters, the three mile ride to Bristol was a lot easier than the six miles to Southington.
Never will you see and meet so many candidates from all sides in one place in such intimate surroundings, all having a good time kidding each other, with no serious politics allowed. That policy was dictated to the original group by host, Gad Norton himself, who said, “there will be no serious politics allowed, no post-mortems from the last legislative session, -- just pleasant
sociability, good fun, and good food.”
Tickets, available at the Carousel Museum, are $40 each. Stop in to purchase your ticket, call the Museum to put it on your credit card,.or mail to the Crocodile Club, c/o Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010 . The dinner registration form can be downloaded from the Carousel Museum website. www.thecarouselmuseum.org
You must have your ticket with you in order to get fed. For more information contact the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010. 860 585-5411.