As the Carousel of Dreams nears completion, one man in Richland already has a carousel of his own inside his house!
NBCRightNow.com – As the Carousel of Dreams nears completion, one man in Richland already has a carousel of his own inside his house!
Dick English's house in Richland looks completely normal on the inside, so it may be surprising when guests get inside and notice an entire portion of the home is essentially the reverse concept of a carousel. With the flashing lights, carved arches and bright colors any carousel would have, the room is nothing short of a conversation piece.
"Most people I have to say, there's a typical response when they first walk into the room. They stop, they say nothing and then all of a sudden they say 'wow!' because it's kind of like a magical experience," explained English.
The carousel theme is a common one for English in his carousel house. The front door, his living room and even his sweatshirts have the vintage horses plastered everywhere on them.
"It's the music. They say that carousel music, which is played by what they call a band organ is the happiest music in the world."
English grew up on carousels in Rochester, New York. His childhood dream was to have one of his own and now he kind of does.
"When you get on a carousel horse, there's feelings of all sorts of things that come back that kind of leave you...it's almost euphoric."
Now that the Carousel of Dreams is nearly complete, English is dying to see the finished product.
"It's going to be the kind of thing that parents are going to take their kids to and their kids are going to grow up and have memories of the Tri-Cities carousel."
He remembers riding carousels as a kid, taking high school girlfriends on dates and watching his own kids spin around and around on the rides. He says he hopes the Carousel of Dreams can make those lasting memories for other families, no matter where they are in life.
"There's something about a carousel that regardless of how old you are or how young you are...there's a magic to it."