Janet Crawford’s design, called “The Aristocrat,” will be placed in front of a sleigh “chariot” on the Berkshire Carousel. Work will begin in 2011, on the Hackney carousel horse. With foundation stable, Cassilis Farm’s history in Western Massachusetts, the Hackney is right at home on the Berkshire Carousel. Janet hopes he will delight children and represent the breed for many, many years to come.
Berkshire Carousel, Inc. is a grassroots community project designed to be a part of revitalization of downtown Pittsfield and the Berkshires. This non-profit organization, funded primarily by donations and sponsorships is designed to train volunteers in the building of an authentic classical wooden carousel.
The project involves residents of the entire Berkshire Community who are carving and painting the carousel figures (“ponies”) and creating the artwork on the ride. The carousel will be located in downtown Pittsfield and is to be operating by the Spring of 2013.