Munchie, a middle-row jumper on the carousel, is based on the Chrapkowski’s much-loved lap dog of the same name. The real Munchie “oversaw” his likeness being carved and painted and even came to the party when he was finished.
Munchie on the carousel is in a full run with his ears and curled tail flowing behind. His mouth is open, giving him a look of excitement – he loves to run! His saddle blanket and chest piece feature a large pink Rose of Sharon blossom and a multitude of white Dogwood flowers. The names of the Chrapkowski children, Marlene, Deb, Dan, Rob, and Ken are written in gold on the hem of the blanket.
Though in failing health, Stan worked hard to bring together the basswood that would become Munchie and carved several of the pieces. Stan devoted many hours to the Albany Carousel project, cutting patterns, carving, and nearly anything else that was needed. He passed away in May of 2014.