POTTSTOWN — The volunteer board of the Derek Saylor Memorial Carousel at Pottstown announced the creation of a carousel collectible as a
new fundraising effort. The 2010 Carousel Collectible is a solid brass 3-D ornament that features three of the carousel’s animals as well as the signature shape of the carousel’s rounding boards.
“We’re excited about this unique opportunity to showcase the splendor that our carousel will have,” said George Wausnock, Carousel board president.
The animals chosen for the inaugural collectible include: “Brock” — a zebra, “Trojan” — an armored stallion and “Samantha” — a jumping horse with a patriotic theme. In addition to etching on the brass, a total of nine colors will decorate the animals which are positioned to provide depth to the collectible.
Wausnock said the Carousel board would like to make the collectibles available in as many local retail stores as possible. Each will be in a decorative box ready for display. There is also an opportunity for other local nonprofit or service groups to purchase the ornaments in bulk for their organization and sell them as a fundraiser.
This first issue with Trojan, Brock and Samantha is intended to be part of a series with future designs issued annually. The suggested retail price is $20.
Retailers and service groups must place their orders by Tuesday, June 8, and delivery of the collectibles is expected in Pottstown by early September — in time for holiday sales.
Proceeds from the sale of each collectible will support the ongoing effort to restore the carousel and the building that will house it in Pottstown.
Pottstown-based Blue Heron Marketing Co. (www.BlueHeronMarketingCo.com) is coordinating the project with the carousel board and handling wholesale inquiries. Orders can be placed by calling Wayne Fenstermacher at 610-323-5163.
The vision of the Carousel at Pottstown is to be the catalyst for the community’s downtown revitalization and to return revenue to the community with profits of the operating carousel. The carousel’s 1905 mechanism built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Co. with original rounding boards being re-created by local students, artists, and artisans will hold 50 hand-carved, solid wood figures. Learn more at www.CarouselAtPottstown.org.