We walked along city streets for a few blocks until we turned into Salem Riverfront Park at the Riverfront Carousel. Unfortunately for us, the carousel building did not open until 9:00 am and we were there at 8:10 am. If the building had been open, I would have taken a ride on the carousel.
|Historic building in downtown Salem, Oregon|
|Carousel sculpture in Salem's Riverfront Park|
The Tom McCall Memorial honors one of Oregon's governors. Great attention to detail is provided in this sculpture of Governor Tom McCall fishing in the waters of the Umpqua River. He is carrying a fly rod and his steelhead "catch." Caswell used McCall's own waders and the actual fly that caught the fish to create a true-to-life scene. (Information from Rip Caswell's Monument Site.)
|Tom McCall Memorial|
|Volksmarchers in Salem's Riverfront Park|
|Salem, Oregon's Capitol Building|
|State Capitol Building|
|Susan and Darren in front of "Covered Wagon" bas relief|
|Capitol building topped by the Oregon Pioneer|
|Looking up inside the Capitol's dome|
|Mosaic of State of Oregon, 1859|
From the capital grounds we crossed the street and entered Willamette University's campus. There we walked into the center of five huge Sequoia trees to look for the star shape formed by the upper branches of the tree. In the photo you can almost see the star.
|Sequoia trees with "star" at top|
|Huge Sequoia trees. Sculpture in left|
foreground is of graduates.
|Willamette Heritage Center|
|Deepwood Estate (open for tours)|
|Bush Pasture Park fields|
|Colorful hanging basket of flowers|
|Side of Bush House|
|Front of Bush House|
|Nice salmon sculpture at Salmon Run Apartments|
|Nutria swimming in pond|
- It takes approximately 700 hours of carving, 50 hours of sanding and 50 hours of painting to get me ready to go on the carousel.
- We have 32 horses on the carousel at any one time.
- There are 25 brown-eyed horses, 13 green-eyed and two blue-eyed horses.
- There are ten horses without shoes and three horses that have animals in their tails.
- We have events at the carousel almost every month. Visit our website at www.salemcarousel.org to see what event is coming soon.
|Decorative wall in The Grand Hotel|
|Volksmarch Start and Finish tables|
Friday afternoon, Susan and I went to our classes and the Closing Session. I attended "A Brief Stroll through Salem History," and "Publicity Roundtable." At the Closing Session, presentations were made to tempt us to the next AVA Convention in 2017. The two choices for our next convention were: Billings, Montana and Albany, New York. I really wanted to go to Albany, New York. However, the delegates chose Billings, Montana. Elections for new officers were held and my friend Susan is the new Southwest Regional Director. She will represent clubs in New Mexico and Texas and help them as needed.
At night, we had our closing banquet. There was also a dance, but I left after dinner because we had to get up early in the morning to hike at Mt. St. Helens. The two post-convention walks were Mt. St. Helens and Portland, Oregon. Stay tuned for recaps of those wonderful walks.
|Charlotte, Susan and Joanne at the closing banquet|
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