What a big birthday party our city threw in celebration of 150 years of history! These days folks go all out for their kid’s birthdays. Bounce houses and children’s entertainers are booked to provide fun and games for all. So, too, for our hometown’s party – on a very big scale . . .
The Carnival came to town!
The North Vineland Fire Department sponsored the carnival in conjunction with our city’s stage entertainments, bar-b-que, community tent exhibits, parade and fireworks, producing quite the birthday bash.
But, strolling through the carnival grounds, I felt a sense of nostalgia well up inside. How many past generations of children – children of ALL ages – have strolled the simple pleasures of a carnival lot of amusements?
The Merry-Go-Round . . . a Carousel of fanciful horses and then some, forever circling to jolly tunes under flashing lights . . .
And, there were plenty of flashing lights to be had, beckoning one for fluffy cotton candy and frozen snow cones . . .
Just as you hear the engineer’s voice shout, “All Aboard!” You just had to catch that train!
Or, perhaps the cheerful countenance of a clown and the inviting adventure of a ride on the backs of pink elephants might be more to your taste . . .
Then, again, the thrill of reaching for the sky on the ferris wheel . . .
After which a few tries at the Arcade in the hopes of taking home a lonely stuffed animal when declared a winner!
I recognized this carni-worker! It was Jeff, the artist who is helping to re-build the famous Vineland landmark, the Palace of Depression. He’s really getting into the celebrations, hosting some Arcade fun – “Two throws for a dollar!” Well, I’ll give that a try. The fastest I ever saw a dollar disappear – knocking only 2.5 cans down out of five.
But, it was the experience that counted. And the cheerfulness and laughter surrounding me as I took in the lights, color, and jollification of the occasion.
A carnival birthday party – simply a pleasure to partake of an old fashioned joy in a contemporary age.
I’m sharing this Simple Pleasure today with Dayle at A Collection of This and That.