Carousel at Pottstown Project Aimed at Revitalizing Downtown to Hold ‘Cigars and Scotch on the Rails’ Fundraiser
Several years ago, a group of Pottstown citizens formed a committee with a common goal to revitalize their once-proud downtown area and make it a safe and appealing hub of activity for families to enjoy.
For a number of cities across America, the downtown attraction that brought families and businesses back – right along with the pride of community that had been lost – was a carousel.
A 1905 carousel mechanism made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company was then purchased. Less than 150 all-wood grand carousels remain in North America today, and Pottstown now owns one of them.
The effect of carousels is not far-fetched. Downtown turn-around has been seen in Mansfield, Ohio; Holyoke, Massachusetts; and Missoula, Montana, where similar projects thrive. Many of these carousels draw several hundred thousand visitors a year.
The Carousel at Pottstown, located between King and High streets at the western gateway to Pottstown, is a facility that will soon open. The animals on the carousel were hand-carved by Ed Roth, who makes animals for Disney Carousels.
The Carousel at Pottstown will hold a “Cigars and Scotch on the Rails” fundraiser on Saturday, July 16.
Ticket-holders will ride the rails from Boyertown to Pottstown and back on the historic Colebrookdale Railroad, the hidden and historic eight-mile rail line that winds through the “hidden valley.”
Sponsored by Goose’s Montecristo Cigars in Limerick and Cole’s Tobacco in Pottstown, the fundraiser includes a round-trip ticket on the railroad and a tour of the Carousel at Pottstown.
There are two ticket levels. “Sinners” will receive a rail ticket and two cigars and two glasses of scotch, along with light refreshment for $70. “Saints” pay $35 and will receive a rail ticket and can purchase wine.
Non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks are included.
It will host events and parties as well as carousel rides.
Click here for tickets for the fundraiser.
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