What would summer be without the sights, sounds of a carnival?


June 21, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TO MOST of us, summer just wouldn't be summer without a dose of neighborhood carnival. Not the carefully orchestrated theme park atmosphere that we have all come to expect, but an old-fashioned community event mixing young and old for an evening of excitement and fun.

It's all there, just waiting for you: the flashing lights and the noise of the midway, the aroma of fries and funnel cakes, the squeals of happy winners, tiny tots with wide eyes and faces full of cotton candy, encounters with old friends and neighbors.

The wait has ended, Pasadena.

Starting Monday, the annual Riviera Beach Volunteer Firemen's Carnival will return for a six-day run at the fire station grounds on Fort Smallwood Road, adjacent to McDonald's.

Carnival hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Returning by popular demand are ride-all-night-for-one-price evenings. You can treat the whole family to loads of fun without breaking the bank.

Ride any or all of the featured rides as many times as you want on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Rain date for the one-price evenings is Thursday.

If you're out for a bargain, don't forget to check with merchants in Riviera Beach and along Mountain Road this weekend for free discount coupons good for $3 on those evenings.

Not into the rides?

The midway awaits you with games to test your skills, strength or luck.

Phil Miller, this year's carnival organizer, said that many old favorites are back, including the grocery, plant, money and bacon 'n' egg wheels, plus some new ones such as the "Cat in the Hat" wheel and an Orioles wheel featuring cards, pennants and other items.

Need some food to fuel your evening of fun? The food stand will be selling pit beef, pizza, crab cakes, funnel cake with toppings, fried clams, fries, hot dogs and sodas.

If Lady Luck doesn't smile on you at the wheels, you can console yourself or just rest your tired feet in the air-conditioned hall above the firehouse while playing a few games of bingo.

The firefighters also will be selling tickets for a raffle featuring three prizes: a 32-inch color television, a 10-person picnic table from Scheibe's and a gas barbecue grill.

The Firemen's Parade will take place at 6 p.m. June 29.

In addition to fire equipment from all over the state, the parade will feature bands, majorettes and drum and bugle corps.

Make it a point to stop by the carnival next week.

Have some fun and spend a few bucks.

It's for a good cause: our community.

For more details, call the firehouse at 255-3636.

Caribbean beat

Is a trip to the islands not in your budget this year?

You can get a taste of the Caribbean at Downs Park this Sunday evening.

The steel band Trinidad and Tobago will be in concert starting at 6 p.m. in the Bayside Amphitheater.

"This steel band features the finest in Caribbean Island beats. They're a real crowd-pleaser," said Ranger Dennis Cloutier.

The concert is free with plenty of lawn seating available.

Pets, bikes, skateboards, roller blading or alcohol are not allowed in the concert area.

For more details, call the park at 222-6230.

Women's club officers

The Chesapeake Women's Club has announced the installation of new officers who will serve two-year terms: Nancy Schell, president; Janet Shorey, vice president; Helen Miller, recording secretary; Evelyn Pizza, treasurer; and Helen Wasser, corresponding secretary.

The club focuses on the arts, conservation, education, home life and international and public affairs.

For more information, call 766-4310 or 255-9308.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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