Albert Perry, carver and painter for the Kingsport Carousel, has completed a new addition to the Carousel:
The Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed! Inspired by local Monarch butterfly advocate Janet Hall, Perry has carved a new sweep animal with the hope that it will increase public awareness about Monarch butterflies and inspire people to learn how we can help them. This is perfect timing, as sightings of live Monarchs have been made in the last couple days in Kingsport, opening up the annual migration of this spectacular creature to the area.
Create Habitat for Monarchs: Butterfly enthusiasts are encouraging residents to plant milkweed and help create more sustainable natural areas for the Monarchs. Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape. \
For more info on planting milkweed: http://www.monarchjointventure.org/getinvolved/create-habitat-for-monarchs/#prettyPhoto
The new Monarch butterfly carving joins the Kingsport Carousel just in time for the big 1st Birthday celebration coming up on Sunday July 10, 2016. Help us celebrate with a wonderful day of activities and fun for all ages The Kingsport Carousel first opened to the public on July 10, 2015 and has now seen more than 86, 000 riders. It has been a fabulous first year and we couldn’t have done it without YOU, the public!
1st Birthday Celebration and Official Fun Fest Block Party Sunday July 10, 2016: From 1 – 7 PM the Carousel will be open to the public and several food trucks will be on site. The public is encouraged to bring their own picnic or sample goodies from the visiting food trucks. We will have face painting, carousel temporary tattoos, balloon animals, games, music, art activities for the kids (of all ages) and more, and of course – Carousel Rides! Wear a Carousel T-shirt or Fun Fest T-shirt and get a free ride!
The folks at Kingsport Idol will be hosting a karaoke session from 2-5 pm. There will be performances from some of the current season finalists and from former contestants. The public will have an opportunity to sing as well. From 5-7 pm the Kingsport Theatre Guild will be performing numbers from their upcoming shows High School Musical, Into the Woods and Oklahoma.
The Kingsport Carousel is now running on its summer schedule. Regular business hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm. All rides are $1.00. Private rentals and children’s birthday party packages are available.
The Kingsport Carousel has an active volunteer roster and welcomes others to join in on the fun. Local residents (from High school kids all the way to Senior Citizens!) that have a passion to be in a happy place and share a joyful experience will love it.
For more information go online to www.EngageKingsport.com or visit the Kingsport Carousel at 308 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, or call the Carousel directly at (423) 343-9834. Follow Kingsport Carousel on Instagram and Facebook!
The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinated and engages the public with a creative community. Programs and partnerships include” Art in the Heart Gallery, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Fair and more. They provide a broad range of support to the area’s art organizations. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the ‘Friends of the Cultural Arts’ group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. The Kingsport Carousel Project has been a joint effort of more than 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors along with the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Engage Kingsport Inc. and a wide variety of community partners.