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Robert Dana

Robert W. Dana was the author of these reviews. Introduction and photos
 

Here's some photos from a visit to Carousel Village at Indian Walk in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This tiny vintage amusement park closed in 2004 due to excessive insurance costs but in 2006, I stopped in to take some pictures firetruck rideof what was left of the place. The park was empty and I was able to get these rainsoaked shots ... but when we inquired about the fate of these rides (at the antique shops nextdoor), they told us the park was only closed because of the rain. This landmark is open for business once again!

A featured attraction is the Herschell- Spillman Carousel which dates back to the 1880's. That means Civil War Veterans let their kids ride on it. But the star of the show is the miniature train that rides about a mile, stopping to see llamas, goats, an ostrich (you get to hold an ostrich egg) and other critters. You have to marvel at the length of track laid down for this tiny railroad. It reaches about a quarter mile behind the park and back again. My favorite was the gas-powered cars. They rev-up loudly when you hit the gas and you can actually steer them ... but not off the track (though it feels like you COULD steer them off the track). A nervous noisy thrill for driving Dads and kids in the backseat.

They don't make 'em like this anymore .. and "this" may not be around much longer. The operating costs are prohibitive (it costs $500 to repaint a carousel horse I'm told). Admission at Carousel Village is free. You pay only for the attractions the children ride. Then you can peruse the antique shops and nursery at your leisure. Have a fabulous brunch at the nearby historic Brick Hotel. George Washington probably did and so did we... and I'll stop back again on a sunnier day for some more pics.

Carousel Village at Indian Walk
Route 413, Wrightstown, PA 18940
215-598-7165

Some links:
Carousel Village
Brass Lantern (the antique shops)

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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