...to Mansfield we went!
My friend Donna and I took a 2 day mini-vacation to visit our friend Bizzie in mid-Ohio. Did we have a good time? I'll let you be the judge.
We crossed the street to our next stop, an antique shop. I look for bargains, you know, and those are rare at antique shops. Still, I found some good buys--and we had a good time with the owners. Donna told them we were storytellers and that I sang ballads. They asked if I could sing one, so I sang Railroad Boy. It was surprising to see people coming from the shop aisles to listen. The owners were very enthusiastic and had lots of questions for us about storytelling. So many people still don't know what it is.
And Mansfield has this:
A carrousel! And not just any carousel--a real genuine carved one made especially for the city by a company called Carousel Works. The Richland Carrousel opened in 1991, and features animals carved in the style of the great G.A. Dentzel, who was famous for his hand-carved carousel animals in the early 1900's. This was the first new hand-carved carousel to be built in the US since the 1930's. It is stupendous, beautiful and unique with 30 horses, 2 chariots, and 22 other animals--ostriches, bears, goats, lions, bears, tigers, rabbits, cats and more, all beautifully rendered. Here are a few of them:
The Liberty horse, I would guess?
The Civil War horse--I had to take this photo for Larry :)
Of course we had to ride. We got our tokens (3 for $2, what a deal!)
...and got on board.
Malabar Farm where one of my heroes, 1927 Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Bromfield, once lived and wrote about sustainable agriculture years before it was the in thing.
Bizzie and Mick were great hosts. We stayed up late talking and sharing stories. Then it was time to head home, so Donna and I packed up and headed east. But I haven't showed you everything about our trip yet, so tomorrow, more photos !