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
CHAPARRALS LIVE AT THE CAROUSEL MUSEUM THIS SATURDAY October 17th!
Saturday from 7pm-11pm the music and dancing are open to the public!
Cover is $12 per person.
Reserve a seat and come to listen with friends and loved ones or come and make some fun new friends! Our beautiful large wooden dance floor will bring you to tap your toes or give a twirl. Join us for some fun!
Call 860-585-5411 to reserve a table or pay in advance.
Other Upcoming dates are;
Saturday November 14th 2015
Saturday January 21st 2016
Saturday February 20th 2016
Saturday March 19th 2016
Saturday April 16th 2016
Al Fenton Big Band joins us live on Friday October 16th 2015 from 7:30-10:30pm. Tap your feet or get up and dance on our beautiful wooden dance floor or dance and enjoy all our museum has to offer! Cover is $15.00 per person. This is a BYOB event
THE NEW ENGLAND CAROUSEL MUSEUM
95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010 (860) 585-5411 Contact: Dori Green
The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons
The work of Bristol artist, Rick Fitzsimons, will be on display in the New England Carousel Museum Fine Art Gallery with an exhibit opening reception on Friday, September 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and running through December 31, 2015. The exhibit and sale, entitled Silent Poetry: The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons, will display over 30 works in a variety of mediums. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, where he now lives with his wife Bonnie, Rick’s interest in art emerged as a young child. Endless hours of drawing occupied much of his time as a youth. Although fascinated with the different aspects of art, he never thought he would make it his livelihood. His background in Business Management led him on an unusual path, circling back to the world of art. Rick and his dad opened an Awards and Sign shop in their hometown. Not long after, customers would request new Logo designs for their businesses, which led to applying the images to large signs and vehicles. This service soon began to include painting various landscape pictorials on the signs. As a result, his love for creating and painting was rekindled.
For the pure joy of making art, Rick soon began painting canvas after canvas of landscape and portrait works, which he displayed at his establishment. Almost immediately, but much to his surprise, customers enquired about purchasing his art. At that time, the lights in his mind went on. He asked himself, “Is it possible that one can actually earn a living by doing that which was never considered to be work?” The answer apparently was yes. Fitzsimons soon began publishing a few of his originals as limited edition prints. Today, Rick Fitzsimons continues to paint numerous, beautiful works that reflect a mastery of form and an intricate involvement with light.
An avid reader with a voracious appetite for museums and the wide range of masters such as John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Norman Rockwell, Morgan Weistling as well as a host of other great artists have inspired him. Indeed, the powerful and reminiscent beauty of Fitzsimons’ paintings are also due in large measure to looseness, honesty and faithfulness of his style. Rick’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, most prominently that which inspires him at the moment. He is at his best with subjects from everyday life, genre subjects, sacred-idyllic landscapes or figures in quiet repose, reflection or thoughtful isolation.
The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission includes the New England Carousel Museum, the Museum of Fire History, the Restoration Department, the two fine art galleries and the Museum of Greek Culture. Admission for adults is $6.00, seniors: $5.50; children between the ages of 4-14 are $3.50.
Photo Caption: Apple Harvest by Rick Fitzsimons
PHOTO CAPTION: LADY AGNEW BY RICK FITZSIMMONS