Greenport’s carousel gets some North Fork art

Greenport's carousel Mitchell Park

Credit: Paul Squire

Greenport’s carousel in Mitchell Park has come a long way.

Built around 1920 in North Tonawanda, N.Y., the carousel, purchased by Grumman in Calverton, was used for company picnics and community events. In 1995, the plant closed, and Greenport — with the help of then-Mayor David Kapell — won a donation contest for the carousel.

Since then, it moved about the village and was touched up, said Gail Horton, a local history buff and member of the village’s carousel committee.

“It’s been a wonderful asset to our village,” she said.

But never before has it featured the work of local artists. That changed Wednesday, as the committee behind the carousel installed the first in a series of paintings commissioned by local artists. The work is now display on the carousel’s rounding boards above the horses.

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Greenport's Carousel

Credit: Paul Squire

Greenport's Carousel

Credit: Paul Squire

Greenport's Carousel

Credit: Paul Squire