Letter to the Editor for April 3, 2019...

Wonderful community support for carousel

I would like to thank the wonderful citizens of South Lane County and Chamber members who participated in Business After Hours at King Estate Winery and the temporary home of the restoration of the carousel on March 21. It was a record-breaking event for participation.

The mood was wonderful fellowship  and networking.

The carousel is 95 percent complete, with only some electronics and lighting to be added. We are still moving forward with a temporary operating location at Brads’ Chevrolet.

Stay tuned for events and fundraisers that the carousel committee is working on at the present time.  Coming up soon: Jr. tea parties for young people, with date, time and location yet to be determined. The committee is headed by Linda Sexton and Destiny Duerst.

The musical venue committee is working on quality musical programs once a month at Calvary Chapel.  The carousel committee is very grateful that we are being allowed to use the sanctuary for quality musical family programs. We have a commitment from the Cascade Chorus, and the tentative date is the third Sunday evening in May. Prices will be kept at a minimum so families may enjoy the upcoming musical programs.

Carousel Board members Alice Nowicki, Ken Schrieber, Destiny Duerst, Cindy Weeldreyer, and Don Williams.

Linda and Don are presently looking at a golf tournament in September as a fundraiser for the carousel.

These are but a few of the fundraising events that will be coming to the South Valley to obtain property and build a permanent home for the Cottage Grove Carousel.

We also have opportunity of obtaining a mystery collection that may be a world record, where we could promote, not only covered bridges, bike trails,  two recreational lakes and an operating carousel, but the world’s largest collection of the mystery item!

—Don Williams,

Board President, Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel