Organ Grinder Rally Joins History Day Celebration at Coney Island
A bevy of organ grinders from the Automatic Musical Instrument
Collectors Association (AMICA) and the Carousel Organ Association
of America (COAA) will join the History Day celebration sponsored
by Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and the Coney Island History Project
on Saturday, August 10, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rain date is
The free performances by the organ grinders include sing-a-longs
and the opportunity for visitors to hand crank the organs. History
Day is the inaugural event at Coney Island's newly dedicated Dreamland
Plaza, a pedestrian plaza at the Boardwalk end of West 12th Street.
In addition to the Dreamland Plaza stage, organ grinders will be
located in front of the Coney Island History Project on West 12th
Street, in Deno's Wonder Wheel Kiddie Park, and in Deno's Wonder
Wheel Gazebo on the Boardwalk.
The rally was curated by Bob Yorburg, a band organ builder, magician
and carousel carver, who performed at the History Project last season
and restored the antique fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions"
for Deno's Wonder Wheel Park.
More information about the performers is at http://tinyurl.com/now9745
Robbie Rhodes - MMDigest