The city of Binghamton features six carousels located at different places within Broome County. It has been called the *Carousel Capital of the World.* This collection of carousels is rich in history and incomparable in historical design.
The carousels were all donated by businessman George Johnson of Endicott-Johnson fame, with the intent that any child that wanted to ride the 'horse ballet' would be welcome to do so. The carousel at Ross Park was installed in 1920 and is home to thirty-six animals.
While in France, I stopped by the Dali Museum, only to find that the tiny hilltop museum was closed that day. Luckily, I was able to view an extensive collection of Dali's work in London.
Dali is now making the rounds at the DIA, alongside other renown works, in an exhibition entitled 'Spanish Masterpieces.' Featured artists include Goya, El Greco, Picasso, Velazquez, & Dali. Check it out to catch a glimpse of the rare opportunity to view these striking paintings together.
They crash the scene. Then it's a party. An instant one.
It can happen at any moment, day or night. One minute it's quiet- the next is musical mayhem, orchestrated by Detroit Party Marching Band. They will come into your town, & help you party down.
They can be found popping up throughout the city- down the back alleys of Hamtramck, during an event in Detroit, sometimes at Maker Faire. Always unannounced.
They pounce with precision movement, full force from the onset, with their musical instruments. The garb they wear is equally impressive- an ensemble of authentic marching band uniforms.
When I caught their escapades they were performing a personal fave: 'Ignition.' Hello wonderful. It was the best rendition aside from R. Kelly's ever heard. Maybe the only one ever heard- no matter- it was good. Goosebumps good.
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