Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ocean City, MD - Another walk down memory lane

We don't always get to Ocean City when we go home to Maryland.

This time, we did.

And I was a happy girl.

Ocean City is a huge part of my childhood.

I've written about it here - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2010/10/little-run-down-boardwalk-of-memory.html

And Brandon Seidl did a guest spot here about Trimper's Haunted House in Ocean City -

Trimper's is, and always has been, a cornerstone of Ocean City, MD

My first stop after parking the car in the inlet parking lot at the very end of The Boardwalk is always going to be the old Trimper's Carousel.

(This from http://www.trimpersrides.com/history.cfm)

" . . . 1912 purchase also adds to the historic significance of Trimper's Rides. It was that year that Daniel Trimper purchased a massive carousel from the Herschell-Spillman Company in North Tonawanda, NY. It was 50 feet in diameter with a uniqueness derived from the only other carousel made by the firm at that time having been sent to Coney Island, and that one was later destroyed by fire.

The merry-go-round's forty-five animals, three chariots and one rocking chair were driven by a steam engine; rides originally cost just a nickel. One-hundred years later, the ride (now electrified) costs you four tickets, or $2.00 - unless you buy the discounted package of 40 tickets for eighteen dollars, and then your ride only costs $1.80. Classified as one of the oldest still operating carousels in the nation, generations of families come every year to ride their favorite animal. Smaller children tend to prefer the horses but many choose their own steed from among a menagerie of a cat, dog, frog, rooster, deer, goat, lion, tiger, ostrich, pig, dragon, et al."

The carousel is believed to be haunted - http://chesapeakeghostwalks.com/trimpers-carousel/. I only learned about this recently. I've never noticed a ghostly Mrs. Trimper while riding, nor have I caught a whiff of her perfume, Crystal, but I'll keep an eye out and my nose a sniffin' from now on when I do ride. I can't think of a more magical place to haunt, and I love that this is where Joanne Trimper has chosen to stay for her eternity.

You can read more about Trimper's here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimper%27s_Rides

We spent some time doing one of the things I most wanted to do this trip. Play in, ride on and photograph Trimper's. 

Especially that beautiful, magical carousel.

Does anyone ever actually capture anything in one of these?

And, after Trimper's there's the rest of Ocean City . . . We, however, did only a smidgen of it.

We walked, and shopped, and ate, and did a lot of people watching, and ate, and walked and did it all again.

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