Landscapes of Vineland History: Part 3

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.

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. SOunds like a relaxing day of simple pleasures. GREAT ferris wheel photo, Kathy! Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  2. Haven’t been to a carnival or an amusement park since my boys were little. Looks like a good time was had by all. Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

  3. Carnivals and circuses are so nostalgic aren’t they? So innocent and sweet. Until the sun goes down!

  4. Oh what a wonderful simple pleasure…it sounds great…and from one mother who refuses to rent a bounce house, I would love to do this with the family for a birthday

  5. Oh enjoy, enjoy those grand babies…we are still praying for one…God is faithful, but I am sooooooo ready.

    Oh Lucy, I felt I had taken her for a long enough ride and she is going to show up again in my kitchen re-do…I will stop back by to see your pictures…what a precious time of life, seeing your own as adults and then their children…a promise from the Lord

  6. ‘Tis the season… My husband and I joined my parents at the opening night of our county fair last night. We listened to the fabulous country western band and strolled through the open class exhibits to see how the girls and I came out on our entries. Traditionally Erin and Audrey wouldn’t miss this night for anything but they are away at horse camp this year. I love celebrations and yours sounds signigicant!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. I want to ride that train!!

  8. Our local country fair is always a favourite time of the year for our town!
    I spent most of the last one helping out with the sheep judging 🙂
    Looks like you had a great time, Kathryn!

  9. Hi Kathryn,
    What a fabulous birthday party for your hometown. It looks like everyone had a good time. Happy Birthday Vineland.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  10. I’m having a good time reading about your town’s adventure. I tried to leave a comment on the last post but I’m not sure it posted. Trying again…

    I started thinking about the sweet simplicity of a small town carnival as I began reading this. Then, you brought it all home for the simple pleasures, party. Great minds must think alike!

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