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Ben James Ben - October 17, 2006 02:00 PM (GMT)
Some excerpts from newspaper articles I uncovered during my research:

"CANOBIE SPECIAL", Boston Globe, April 16, 1989
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Canobie Lake Park will be offering its "Early Bird Special" coupons again this year to anyone who purchases a $12 all-day ride pass between April 16 and May 21. The coupon, a $7 value, entitles the purchaser to one free ride pass any evening in June if they buy a ride pass for the regular price. New rides this year include Moon Orbitor, Land/Sea Rescue and Psychodrome. The park opens Sundays beginning April 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It opens Saturdays beginning April 29 (closed May 13) from noon to 10 p.m.


"WHERE TO FIND SOME THRILLS AND CHILLS\ ONE MAN'S MERRY-GO-ROUND AT FOUR AMUSEMENT PARKS", Boston Globe, July 31, 1980, Bob MacDonald
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Admission to Canobie Lake is $1, which gets you into the park. For $3 you get a ticket with 10 stars, which are punched like a train ticket when you go on a ride. The 35 rides vary in price, most costing one star. Canobie's unique ride is the Canobie Queen, a paddle wheel riverboat that steams out onto the lake regularly.

The standard amusement park food - hot dogs, hamburger, fried dough, etc. - is available, and there's also an indoor restaurant featuring daily specials. Picnicking was banned several years ago because of the costs involved in cleaning up litter, according to the park's management.

(The article has more about Riverside and Paragon Park.)

"CELEBRATING THE LAST HURRAHS OF SUMMER', Boston Globe, September 1, 1983, Leah Rosch
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Labor Day is your last chance to experience Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. There are more than 30 rides, a 85-foot Ferris wheel, a flume ride, penny arcades, a vertigo theater, and cruises on the lake. Open daily noon-10 p.m., admission is $1 and children under 4 admitted free. Catch the fireworks on Saturday night.


"Thrill's the Ticket for Canobie Ride", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), July 3, 1994, JOSEPH DANIEL McCOOL
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[...] Ray Captell, the Salem park's controlling owner and resident architect, [...] The creative mind behind Canobie's Turkish Twist, Haunted Mine and Log Flume Ride, Captell isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He works several hours each day maintaining the physical plant and pondering his next big project. [...]

Salem builder Doug LaCourse broke ground for the Tall Timber Splash last March. The new water-coaster was opened for test riding about a week ago and should be officially opened within two weeks. It features an authentic overshot water-wheel, duck pond and two green tubes that shoot rafts and riders through hairpin curves. Riders can choose to ride Lazy River or the more-daring Raging Rapids.

(The rest of the article has a lot of good information about the Captell family.)

"Competition Drives Ride Maker", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), August 15, 1993

(This is a good article about O.D. Hopkins.)

"Amusement parks take ride on the fun side", Boston Herald (MA), July 19, 1992, CLARA SILVERSTEIN
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The Corkscrew Coaster, installed last year, lifts riders 73 feet and then twists them through two loop-the-loops. [...] The park's lakeside setting earned it a ranking by the 1987 Amusement Park Guidebook as one of the most beautiful parks in America. Canobie Lake Park is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is $14; children under 48 inches pay $9. After 6 p.m. admission is $8 for children and adults.

(The article has a bit more about area amusements, including Whalom and the Salem Willows.)

PARKS NEED SUMMER STARS, Evansville Courier, The (IN), December 16, 1992
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Show Biz International will be staffing six amusement parks in 1993: Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind.; Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H.; Cliff's Amusement Park, Albuquerque, N.M.; Darien Lake Park, Darien Center, N.Y.; Geauga Lake Park, Aurora, Ohio; and Idlewild Park, Ligonier, Penn.

(I'm guessing that Show Biz International was the forerunner to Encore International, also of Evansville.)

Boston Herald (MA), March 16, 1993

(The obituary for Claude Louis "Lou" Captell.)
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One of Mr. Captell's latest projects was to implement a complete restoration of the park's antique carousel that will debut this season in his memory.


"Registered Worldwide. Peridontal Patent. Cleaning a Carousel. Fines Two Restaurants", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), May 16, 1993
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It's environmentally safe, effective and even edible. That's the word on a unique cleansing technique using baking soda that is distributed by Monadnock Surface Cleaning Technologies of Peterborough.

The company is the exclusive New England distributor of the USDA- and FDA-approved restoration technique that uses a mixture called Armex Blast Media and portable blasting equipment, the Accustrip System. First used during the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, the technique has also been used to strip paint from aircraft and to clean up areas of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia after the Persian Gulf campaign. Closer to home, it's restoring carousel horses at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.


"CORRECTIONS & AMPLIFICATIONS", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), July 1, 1990
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Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H., is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is $1; children under 4 get in free. Unlimited ride passes are $13 for adults; $8 for youngsters under 4 feet tall.


"AMUSEMENT PARKS AT LEAST A DOZEN PARKS IN NEW ENGLAND WILL KEEP", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), June 24, 1990, Dolores Courtemanche

(An article about area amusement parks. It is this article to which the above correction refers.)

"Salem's Canobie Lake Park Has Given 80 Years of Fun", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), June 17, 1990, COLLEEN COWETTE
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Nestled on the shore of Canobie Lake, the park boasts 41 rides for kids and adults, including a cruise around the lake on a riverboat. Over a half-million people visit the park each season. [...]

Canobie's newest attraction this year is the Corksrew Rollercoaster. Morrow said the ride is an exact replica of the Python at Busch Gardens in Florida. Work on the ride began in September, and it is scheduled to open this season. Morrow said the ride was originally part of an amusement park in Chicago called Old Chicago. When the park closed, Canobie Lake Park bought the ride. It was taken to O.D. Hopkins, a company in Contoocook that builds roller coasters and log flume rides, to be totally rehabilitated.



Ben James Ben - October 17, 2006 02:31 PM (GMT)
"What's next after half a century of Bozo?", Boston Herald, June 10, 1996, Christopher Cox
(An interview with Larry Harmon.)
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"After each show Bozo meets and greets parents and children," said Wayne Ulaky, who is bringing Bozo No. 204 to Canobie Lake Park. "Parents spend more time talking with Bozo than their kids do."

Bozo No. 204

"He's one of the most lovable, likable, warm, sensitive, caring, beautiful human beings I've been lucky to come across in my Bozo world," raves Harmon. "He's so charming, so warm, so Bozo."


"STATE OF AMUSEMENT THEME PARKS OFFER UNIQUE BRANDS OF FUN", Boston Globe, June 23, 1996, Allen Lessels
(Another general article about amusement parks, with some mentions of Canobie Lake Park.)

"Job Quests Are a Success; Students Find Many Openings", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 17, 1996, AL NETTEL
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Canobie Lake Park Personnel Director Carl Berni said the Salem-based family amusement mecca hired 400 employees for the summer. However, he said finding those seasonal workers ''was tougher than usual because of the state's low unemployment rate.'' Berni continued, ''We had to advertise for applicants as well as recruit them in the colleges and high schools and at job fairs.'' In an additional bid to attract summer workers, he said, the park conducted two in-house job fairs. ''This year, the situation has been vastly different than it was a couple of years ago when applicants came to us in droves,'' Berni said.


"Canobie Lake Park Plan for New Flume Ride Stirs Neighbors", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), August 7, 1996, C. WALTER PERREAULT
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[...] the town's noise ordinance, which restricts noise levels to 55 decibels before 10 p.m. and 45 decibels after [...]


"WOMEN TAKE THE PLUNGE SIX SHAKE CUSTOM, COMPETE IN MEXICO CLIFF-DIVING", Boston Globe, November 18, 1996, Steve Fainaru
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[...] Montana Miller, a 26-year-old former trapeze artist from Harvard, Mass., who was one of the competitors. [...] Miller, who graduated from Harvard recently with a degree in folklore, had just a month of high-diving experience. But she has spent most of her recent life courting danger, running away to join the circus in France after high school and most recently performing diving stunts at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N. H.


"DIVING IN ENVY OF BIRDS THE 65-FOOT LEAP FROM CLIFFS WAS A COMEBACK FOR THIS HARVARD-EDUCATED DAREDEVIL", Boston Globe, November 30, 1996, Doreen Iudica Vigue
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Two weeks ago, Montana Miller was among the first women in history to take a death-defying dive from the legendary, jagged cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico. [...] The training ground for her 65-foot leap into the churning Pacific Ocean was Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., where she entertained cotton-candy crowds last summer by diving 80 feet into a shallow pool. [...] Last summer, she took a job as a performer at Canobie Lake Park. "It's not like trapeze where you're soaring and it's wonderful, it's just a huge rush of pride," she said, in trying to describe the feeling of a high dive. "All of a sudden you're at the bottom of the pool and you know you're OK, you did it." The diving company she worked for at Canobie Lake got wind of the Acapulco competition and paid for her to attend.

Sky Rider - October 17, 2006 03:44 PM (GMT)
WOW Great finds!

Ben James Ben - October 17, 2006 09:18 PM (GMT)
"5 FROM GREATER BOSTON HURT AS LIGHTNING HITS TREE IN N.H.\ 5 BAY STATERS HURT IN N.H. STORM", Boston Globe, August 6, 1980
(A tree in Canobie Lake Park was struck by lightning on August 5, 1980, and it flattened a pretzel concession stand.)

"CANOBIE LAKE AND ITS DIZZYING RIDES TO NOWHERE", Boston Globe, June 1, 1981, BOB MACDONALD
(The most bizarre article I've seen yet.)
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The biggest amusement park within easy driving distance from Boston is Canobie Lake Amusement Park in Salem, N.H., with 75 acres of rides, games, snack bars and a small zoo. [...] The park has 35 rides [...]

Canobie Lake has no roller coaster. For that you've got to go to Paragon Park Amusement Center in Hull, which claims to have the world's largest roller coaster.

So, did Canobie not have a roller coaster in 1981? And, was Paragon Park's roller coaster really the largest in the world?

Ben James Ben - October 17, 2006 10:23 PM (GMT)
"COASTING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), July 17, 1997, Michael Wyner
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With all the excitement over Riverside, one must not forget the unique delights offered at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. In its 95th season, the amusement park has more than 75 rides, games and attractions.


"Looking for a Summer Job? You're in Luck", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), May 25, 1997, SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
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Carl Berni, personnel director at Canobie Lake Park, said the Salem amusement park hires about 800 people for the summer, 500 for the park itself and another 300 in the separate food service. And the majority of those are high school and college students.

Berni said he's competing for employees with a number of new retail stores that have opened in Salem. He said Canobie got a boost from a recent job fair that brought in 300 applications, but he said, ''We still have quite a number of openings.''

He said he's had to increase wages to compete with other employers. ''Most of our positions start between $5.50 and $6 an hour,'' he said. Plus he offers a retroactive 25-cent-per-hour bonus, paid in September, for anyone who stays the entire summer.


"Rain Produces Winners as Well as Losers. Shaheen Wedding Reception Victim of Rain", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), June 17, 1998, TOM FAHEY And DENIS PAISTE
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At Canobie Lake Park, which was also rained out Saturday and Sunday, marketing director Wayne Ulaky said advance bookings indicated yesterday would be a record breaker. More rainy weather put an end to that fancy.

"Today would have been a record day for attendance, but we didn't make it, because some schools postponed," he said. "We still have a great crowd here and even though most of them are pretty damp, they all seem to be having lots of fun."

Some rides have to stop in downpours. "The Canobie Express steam train, for example, can't make it up the hill when the rails are soaking wet," he said. "At one point, our Dodge 'Em bumper cars got flooded from the rain blowing in sideways and making the floor too slippery for the cars to run, but 95 percent of the rides are running today just fine.

"This is the worst May and June weatherwise that we've seen here in 40 years," Ulaky said. "In May, we lost quite a few, Mother's Day weekend in particular."

"We have several dozen company outings that we are scrambling to reschedule for other weekends in the summer," Ulaky said.

"1995 was the best summer amusement park weather in our history, every weekend and weekday was beautiful," he said. "We're really praying for sunshine now."


"For your amusement - Region's theme parks have a host of new rides to thrill and chill you", Boston Herald, July 5, 1998, Karyn Miller-Medzon
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At Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., "Boston Tea Party, Shoot the Chute" is the latest addition to the park's well-known roller coaster, log ride and extensive kiddie area. It is being billed as "the wettest and wildest ride in New England," according to park spokesman Wayne Ulaky. [...]

Accompanying the ride is an Old Boston area, which includes a new gift shop (called the Fife and Drum) and a restaurant, called The Sons of Liberty Tavern.


"Going along for the ride; Canobie's Corkscrew Coaster is a favorite attraction", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), August 27, 1999, KEVIN GRAY
(The same meal in 2004 would cost $8.10 at the Trellis and $8.80 at Be-Bop Diner. I'll calculate the 2006 prices later.)
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A lunch consisting of a cheeseburger, fries and soda was $7.07, which seemed pricey.


"Eastern Europeans make way to Seacoast; Summer jobs aplenty at beach. Employers begging in southern NH", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 29, 1999, JERRY MILLER
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Carl Berni, personnel director for Canobie Lake Park, said demographically there are fewer teenagers in the current generation than in the past, meaning companies are competing for fewer available workers.

"Wage rates have definitely gone up since last summer," he said. "Starting wages in this area are between $6 and $7 an hour."

The amusement park offers bonuses for people who stay the entire summer. In recent years, it has also offered incentives such as complementary tickets or restaurant gift certificates to workers who bring in friends and family to help fill out shifts at the end of the summer, when students leave to return to school.


Ben James Ben - October 17, 2006 10:50 PM (GMT)
"FIVE HURT IN ROLLER-COASTER COLLISION AT N.H. PARK", Boston Globe, The (MA), July 28, 2001, David Arnold, Globe Staff, and Diana Raschke
"Five hurt in roller coaster snafu at Canobie", Boston Herald, July 28, 2001, DOUG HANCHETT
"Canobie coaster run ends with a crunch", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 28, 2001, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
"Five people were injured when two roller coaster cars collided at Canobie Lake Park Friday afternoon.", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), July 28, 2001, ANNE LUNDREGAN
"OPERATOR BLAMED IN COASTER MISHAP", Boston Globe, The (MA), July 29, 2001, David Abel
"Canobie blames coaster crash on operator", Boston Herald, July 29, 2001, Dave Wedge
(Some articles about the July 27, 2001 Yankee Cannonball accident.)

"One of the region's oldest family attractions appears to be on the ropes: Whalom Park, a family park 30 minutes south of Brookline that has drawn customers from the Nashua area since 1893, shows no sign of opening this year.", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), June 15, 2001, DAVID BROOKS
(Not about Canobie, but interesting given the current demolition of Whalom Park.)

"More sure signs of spring: Canobie Lake Park opens", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), April 29, 2001
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A slow but steady crowd of people streamed through Canobie Lake Park yesterday to check out the action at the park's first day of the season. [...] Ulaky said the park usually opens around April 15, but this year's long winter delayed clean-up operations. [...]

Not all of the park's rides were open yesterday. "The Turkish Twist," a ride featuring a room that spins around and sticks the rider to the wall while the floor drops out from under, is undergoing a major rebuilding project.

The strong winds and cool air prevented the opening of the park's steam train ride, and Ulaky said that the Galaxy Coaster is almost finished being upgraded and is set to open soon.

A new ride, called "Over the Rainbow," will open next weekend. The ride features gondola-like cars that take passengers up and down a 24-foot tower.

The "Ocean Trip," the other new ride at the park this year, was open yesterday and swinging passengers around. The brightly colored pirate ship ride was one of the busiest in the park with both parents and children lining up for turns.


"Canobie Lake Park opens tomorrow. Around the towns: Public invited to hearing. Chimney fire. Hampstead man dies", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), April 27, 2001, JANINE GILBERTSON and HUNTER McGEE
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"We also added a new soccer-kick game," said Ulaky. "The kids kick the soccer ball and try to beat the goalie."

The park's figure-eight wooden roller coaster recently received a state-of-the-art track system update, Ulaky said.

The park, which had its first opening day on Aug. 23, 1902, employs about 600 people each season. "We're still looking for more help," Ulaky said.

mrceagle - October 18, 2006 06:44 PM (GMT)
Interesting articles. Well we know know the stars were being used in 1980!

Ben James Ben - November 9, 2006 04:08 AM (GMT)
"Canobie Lake Park celebrates 100 years", New Hampshire Sunday News, August 25, 2002, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
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Canobie Lake Park owners and park officials are celebrating the amusement park's 100th birthday, which was official on Friday. Park Manager Tom Merrow [sic] said gifts were handed to every 100th guest who entered the park yesterday and giveaways were handed out every 100 minutes.

Antique cars were parked at various locations around the amusement park to add a little nostalgia to the day's events.

"I'm not sure why they chose to open on August 23 back in 1902, maybe they had fallen a little behind schedule and were anxious to open."

The park's current owners, the Berni family and the Ulaky family who have owned the facility since 1958, were on hand during a tree planting ceremony to celebrate the park's birthday and also attend an evening cocktail party.


"Canobie Lake Park in Salem has been celebrating its 100th year all summer, as well it should since many other trolley-based amusement parks in New England have long since bit the dust.", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), August 22, 2002, EILEEN KENNEDY
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Morrow said he and the maintenance crew are usually at the park by 6:30 a.m. in the summer season, making sure all the rides are ship-shape. On a tour of the park, he proudly pointed out the landscaped grounds, complete with a wildflower garden by the refurbished wooden carousel.

Several years ago, the carousel was taken apart and carefully resurrected. The fanciful animal figures and stationary seats were subjected to a baking soda solution to remove old paint, then repainted and finished off with four coats of a clear, hard enamel that will hopefully deflect surface damage, at least for a while. At the same time, the mechanical sections of the carousel were given major maintenance, he added. [...]

"It's a very romantic place," [Wayne] Ulaky said. "I met my future wife here, and one of my partners, Anthony (Berni) Jr., met his here, too."


"Canobie Lake's centennial marks transformation from 1902 railway site to 2002 thrill ride", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), August 15, 2002
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Hordes of people, each of whom paid $3 for a ticket, packed Canobie to see the Beach Boys in July 1965 and in September, a Sonny and Cher show drew 5,300.


"Canobie has its ups and downs and these folks love it - Salem amusement park hosts national group on its 100th anniversary", Sun, The (Lowell, MA), August 10, 2002, STEPHANIE COYNE
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Members of ACE gathered at Canobie Lake Park yesterday for a morning of excitement and pleasure, riding the coasters to celebrate the park's 100th anniversary with a preservation conference.

The group of 116 people descended on the park with the goal of riding the Dragon Coaster, Canobie Corkscrew, and famous Yankee Cannonball as many times as time permitted.

Disappointment came when the Cannonball was closed for maintenance when a brake problem shut down the ride during the group's exclusive ride time two hours prior to the park's normal noon opening.

But thrill seekers lined up and screamed and cheered their way through the other coaster rides until the Cannonball was reopened shortly before noon.


"Devoted owners keep the rides going at Canobie Lake", Boston Herald, August 6, 2002, CARA NISSMAN
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Pleasure Island lacked sound management and stopped adding new attractions after the first few years of business, said Bob McLaughlin, forcing it to close just 11 seasons after opening in 1959.

"But my heart goes out to those guys (at Canobie Lake Park)," said the Friends of Pleasure Island president. "They could cash out now and make a fortune building condominiums out there. But they stick with it. It's a really cool family-owned business. They keep reinventing themselves by adding new attractions. If a company regularly reinvests in the park, then the people will come. They're doing great!"


"The little park that could: Family-friendly Canobie Lake celebrates 100 years in a roller-coaster market", Boston Herald, August 6, 2002, CARA NISSMAN
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Wayne Ulaky keeps a golden ticket that Charlie Buckets, of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" fame, would covet.

"I carry it for good luck," said Ulaky, of his laminated ticket from a Beatles concert he saw on Aug. 18, 1966. "It only cost $5.75 to see them!"


"TOWN VEXED BY CANOBIE LASER LIGHT", Boston Globe, The (MA), August 4, 2002, Caroline Louise Cole
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"Obnoxious" and "inconsiderate" are the words Windham selectmen are using to describe the new nighttime laser light show at Canobie Lake Park, which they believe is piercing their community's "country feel." [...]

The pulsating laser spotlight that emanates from the top of the Star Blaster tower can be seen as far away as Manchester 19.5 miles to the north, Amesbury 26.1 miles to the east, and Woburn 25 miles down Interstate 93 to the south.

James - November 9, 2006 04:23 AM (GMT)
lol.. I still have news paper cut outs from when Cannonball crashed.

Ben James Ben - November 9, 2006 04:25 AM (GMT)
"A landmark turns 100", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), July 28, 2002, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
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Before the days of chlorine, the pool was actually emptied daily and refilled with water that was pumped right from Canobie Lake, the town's water supply.

Park visitors who didn't remember to bring their bathing suits used to be able to rent them so they could cool off on a hot summer day. There was once a metal chute -- a sheet-metal slide -- that patrons could slide down before splashing into the pool.


"SpongeBob comes to Canobie Lake Park", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 26, 2002
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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

SpongeBob SquarePants, of course.

Squarepants took a break yesterday from flipping "crabby patties" at his cartoon home, Bikini Bottom, to visit Canobie Lake Park.


"PRESERVING THE PAST, FOR FUN AND PROFIT - MOST LOCAL AMUSEMENT PARKS ARE GONE, BUT A FEW RECALL AN ERA BEFORE CHAINS", Boston Globe, The (MA), July 6, 2002, Louise Story
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New safety codes that require changes in equipment or buildings are costly, said Wayne Ulaky, one of Canobie Lake Park's owners. "We just put a new roof on the dance house that cost $100,000," he said.


"Canobie Lake plays to its strengths", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), July 2, 2002, Pamela H. Sacks
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Mr. Ulaky said a medley of song-and-dance routines titled ``Freedom Sings'' has been resurrected and is being performed three times a day in the old dance hall, which had not been used since the late 1960s. [...]

Many of the great musicians and singers of the 20th century played at the park's dance hall, a mainstay of Canobie from 1902 to 1968.

In the hall's earliest years, tea dances were common, and singers used megaphones to be heard. Up through the 1920s, it was a popular meeting spot for young people on a summer evening.


"The science of fun - Roller coasters combine physics with fear", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), July 2, 2002, Pamela H. Sacks
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A temporary interactive exhibit, aptly titled ``Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters,'' is now open at the Museum of Science, where it will remain until Sept. 2. The display explains the physics, physiology and psychology behind the roller coaster, the centerpiece of North American amusement parks for more than a century. [...]

Canobie Lake Park, founded in 1902 and boasting four coasters, sponsored ``Scream Machines.'' Wayne Ulaky, the park's vice president, said the exhibit is intended to provide fun and a ``science learning experience.''

``There is a tremendous amount of science involved in building and operating an amusement park safely and successfully that includes elements such as electricity, hydrodynamics, gravity, centripetal force and physics of all kinds,'' Mr. Ulaky said.

The exhibit's main attraction, an 18-foot-high loop called ``G-Force,'' helps explain all that screaming. Teen-agers took turns on a gravity-defying bicycle that is set inside the loop. It allows the rider to pedal upside down and experience astronaut G-force levels and ``free falling.''


"Dracut students left at Canobie after field trip", Sun, The (Lowell, MA), June 21, 2002
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Eighteen Lakeview Junior High School students, all in the eighth grade, were inadvertently left at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. when a field trip headed back to the school yesterday, according to parents.

Principal William Compagnone angered parents by apparently placing blame for the mishap on students rather than teachers and chaperones.

Compagnone refused to discuss the incident today. He did read a prepared statement to The Sun. In the statement, Compagnone said the students did not respond to several announcements over the amusement park's public address system to return to the bus area.

"Buses had to return to Lakeview Junior High School in time for dismissal," he said. "One bus remained for late students until it was necessary for it to leave," he added. "Administration sent back administrators to retrieve the remaining students and all students returned safely to their homes."

freddy freemeal - November 9, 2006 04:31 AM (GMT)
Ben I was just reading the Windham Selectmen take on the laser from Starblaster. Many people in this area realize that if it weren't for places like Canobie that their little sleepy towns would not even make the map. Every one is entitled to his or her own opinion. Here's mine stop being old farts and get a life. It's like some of the towns in Massachusetts, they love the conveince of the commuter rail but they don't want to be annoyed by the trains horn. :angry: ....F.M.

freddy freemeal - November 9, 2006 04:37 AM (GMT)
Ben if it's not allot of trouble could you posted the full article on Lou Captells passing. To know this man, you respected him, there was nothing false about Lou. I worked with him and for him, these times at the park I'll never forget. :) :) ....F.M.

Ben James Ben - November 9, 2006 05:05 AM (GMT)
"A hundred years of family fun", Sun, The (Lowell, MA), June 20, 2002, Sun Staff
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In the lobby of the main office building at Canobie Lake, hangs a lithograph of an aerial view of the park as it appeared when it first opened in 1902. Women in hoop dresses carry parasols and walk arm-in-arm with men, clad in jackets, ties and bowler hats. Train tracks from the local metropolitan areas snake into the grounds from all directions, and the main features are a carousel, an antique roller coaster, a circular walking area and a ballfield on which local teams once battled it out in various sports. [...]

"They were all young men in their 30s when they came up here," says Ulaky, who grew up from age 10 in a house that sits near the perimeter of the park. "They said there's this old broken down place over the border in New Hampshire. Back then, the park had only seven rides, plus a kiddie area. And all the walkways were all dirt, so when it rained they all turned to mud." [...]

Running an amusement park without the benefit of corporate backing isn't easy. New quirks emerge everyday. Ulaky recently had a problem with the lights that dot the park's walkways, and his only resource for help was to tap the memory of his father, who laid down the wiring 40 years ago. [...]

"That's one of the things that makes it fun to work here," adds Tom Morrow, the park's operations manager since 1977. "It's never routine."

In Morrow's office, a TV monitor shows the weather radar all day long, alerting park officials of approaching storms.


"There's a real thrill ride at Museum of Science", Sun, The (Lowell, MA), June 6, 2002
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The centerpiece of the exhibit, which is sponsored by Canobie Lake Park, is an 18-foot high attraction called G-Force, which features a bicycle set inside an enormous metal loop. Visitors can hop on the bike, pedal up the loop incline and eventually experience astronaut G-force levels and the feeling of a free fall.

And, with cameras set up to capture the riders' grimaces as their cheeks get sucked back by the gravitational pull, there's fun to be had for everyone.

In other areas of the exhibit, museumgoers can hop on the Ride the Great Ones motion simulator, which recreates the riding experience at six of the country's most famous coasters;


A 'King' Caddy; State workers get 'free ride' at Canobie Lake Park", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 11, 2003, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
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Back to [state Board of Education Chairman Fred] Bramante, who was given 330 tickets to Canobie Lake Park in Salem in exchange for loaning the King's car to the park to pump up their "The King Lives" Elvis impersonator show.

After mulling it over, Bramante decided he'd give the tickets to anyone at the State Department of Education who wanted them.

"I had this stack of tickets," Bramante said. "And I was trying to think of what I would do with them. Then I just decided what the heck, I'll give them away, and I figured the folks who work for the Department of Education don't get an opportunity like this very often." [...]

Take the car Bramante acquired from Peter Lembo, a Boston-based entertainment agent. He had bought it from a good friend of Presley, Jerry Schilling, who was married to Myrna Smith, one of Presley's back-up singers.

As the story goes, Presley bought 14 Cadillacs back in 1975 after he reportedly made some off-color remarks causing all of his Sweet Inspiration back-up singers -- except Myrna Smith -- to walk off the stage in Greensboro, N.C.

According to Bramante, who has a written history of the car from a former salesman who sold Presley his cars, Presley's apology to Smith included the Cadillac. [...]

Wayne Ulaky, the park's marketing director, is the producer of the Elvis show.

Ulaky, whose family owns the park, said music producer Jon Aldrich, of Reading, Mass., worked with musicians and reproduced Presley's music over the winter in anticipation of the summer show.

Ulaky said he and Bramante are old friends and thought putting his friend's Cadillac on display in the ballroom where the "King Lives" will be performed would be a nice touch.


It sounds as if this woman might be responsible for constructing the ugly, silver-and-red-heart Cher show costumes!
"COSTUME DESIGNER KEEPS `SEW' BUSY", Evansville Courier & Press (IN), July 27, 2003, ANDREA PRESTON
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[Ann] Georges, 67, combines ideas, sketches, patterns, fabrics, patience, and needle and thread to produce costumes for six independently owned theme parks .

Those parks are Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., Coney Island in Cincinnati , Waldameir in Erie, Pa., Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., Fun Town in Saco, Maine, and Old Tucson Movie Studios in Tucson, Ariz.

In her shop, Amanda's Originals , Georges and her daughter, Sue Georges-Harrell, make enough costumes to outfit a cast of 10 or 12 for three shows per theme park in just under four months.

Since 1987, Georges has worked as a costumer for the Evansville-based company Encore International. Encore writes and produces shows and musicals for theme parks, corporate venues and cruise ships.

"Ann does put together hundreds and hundreds of costumes a year," said Dave Girton, CEO and president of Encore. "She's a phenomenal lady, and I respect her as a person. Ann's family."

Ben James Ben - November 9, 2006 05:37 AM (GMT)
I'm with the towns, on the issue of the "laser". I always considered the "laser" to be somewhat gimmicky and unnecessary.

Al, I sent you the full obituary text in a private message.

Ben James Ben - November 9, 2006 05:57 AM (GMT)
"Super Troupe", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), January 8, 2004, KAREN SPILLER
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You've seen their work in the "Don't you just love a bargain?" Christmas Tree Shop commercials and the "quality, comfort and price" ads for Bernie and Phyl's furniture.

They're all shot, edited and produced by professionals at The Troupe, a media design and production company on Industrial Drive in Windham. [...]

They've done commercials for the former Benson's Wild Animal Park, Yoken's Seafood Restaurant in Portsmouth, the New Hampshire and Vermont lotteries, Canobie Lake Park, and a lengthy list of other former and existing businesses and organizations, including Nhworks.org.


"Canobie Lake Park to open Saturday", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), April 22, 2004
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This year is also being billed as the "Summer of Legends" at Canobie Lake Park. Bozo, the world's most famous clown, will celebrate his 10th year delighting children and their parents, performing daily shows beginning in June.

In July, Canobie Lake Park will debut a new show that was inspired by the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Fab Four. With live music, Beatlefest will feature a talented group bearing an uncanny resemblance to the original group and will appear in the recently renovated, historic Dancehall Theater.

Marking a return engagement, "The King Lives!" opens in August.

Other live shows, including "Rock This Joint," "Frankie and Annette's Beach Party" and the roving "Canobie Critters," and a variety of other events are also planned for this season.


"Making a SPLASH! - at Canobie Lake Park Salem, N.H., amusement park is thrilling now as it was back in its heyday", Sun, The (Lowell, MA), June 14, 2004, JANICE WALSH
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But back to my 1964 trip. We enjoyed the Tunnel of Love and the Tunnel of Horrors.

From there, we ran over to the Fun House and stood before the curved mirror and saw our images fat and thin; made faces and saw them exaggerated; laughed at ourselves and each other.

We went into the huge revolving wooden barrel. Gleefully, we were tossed around, stood and tried to keep our balance as we did the Twist, singing loudly. We squealed as a revolution took us with it.

The day was hot, and the breeze from the lake was refreshing. I saw many people on the boat enjoying the lovely day.

In 1945, shortly before they were engaged, my parents and aunt and uncle went to Canobie Lake, had a picnic and went on rides, played games and went on the speedboat.

The driver zigzagged the boat at high speed, frightening my mother. She thought it was going to tip over. A week later, she read in the newspaper that the speedboat had capsized and two people had drowned.


"Anthony A. Berni, Canobie Lake co-owner", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), August 2, 2004
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Anthony A. "Nino" Berni Sr., 77, died July 31, 2004, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Berni was born March 30, 1927, in England and raised in Italy, the son of Louis and Irene Berni. He was a graduate of San Francesco College in Milan, Italy.

In his early 20s, he relocated to New Jersey, joining his family's amusement business in Palisades Park.

In 1958, he and two partners bought Canobie Lake Park in Salem, a business he truly loved.


"Partner who helped lead Canobie Park dies", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), August 2, 2004, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
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"He really had a passion for the park," said Berni's son, Karl Berni, last night. "He loved to keep people happy and what better business is there for making people happy."

Berni said his father was very hands-on in his work up until he became ill a few months ago.

"People loved him," Berni said. "He was respectful to everyone and he really cared about people."


"ANTHONY A. BERNI, AT AGE 77 - HELPED RUN CANOBIE LAKE PARK", Boston Globe, The (MA), August 3, 2004, John Ellement
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"He didn't manage from the desk," his son Carl L., of Salem N.H., Canobie's president, said yesterday. "He got out there with everyone. If something needed to be done or somebody couldn't be in a certain position, he would be in there, filling the position. He was very hands-on in his work his whole life." [...]

Mr. Berni hired many entertainers for the park and once hired an animal act without telling his wife, who worked in the office for many years.

"I was in the office and someone from the neighborhood called and said they could hear lions roaring," Laura Berni said. "And I said, `Oh, no, they can't be lions. Those are ducks and geese.' "

The neighbor stiffly replied, "Lady, I know the difference between a duck and a lion's roar!" The lions lasted a week.



mrceagle - November 11, 2006 03:35 PM (GMT)
More Great articles. I remember the Spongbob day. My brother was called in like 4 hours early do to the crowds. The park was beyond capacity with people parking off site and walking to the park.

As for the laser Screw the towns whinny people. I liked the laser on the ride. it added a little something to the shortest tower in the North east that isn't a kiddie ride. it also looked great at night. bit the laser isn't there any more so I guess they won. but I think that move had more to do with the FAA and not the neighbors.

Ben James Ben - January 6, 2007 02:05 AM (GMT)
Related to one of the articles I cited previously, there was a recent article about Montana Miller in the November-December 2006 issue of Harvard Magazine. Canobie Lake Park isn't mentioned at all, but the article does mention Dutch Wonderland:
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After college, Miller worked for the Great American High Dive Team, which performed at Dutch Wonderland, “a tourist trap and the most miserable show I’ve ever been a part of,” she says. “I was doing five high-dive shows a day with no days off for $300 a week and living with members of the team in a trailer in close, confined quarters. It’s a grueling, grueling life. It’s painful and monotonous.”

I've never been to Dutch Wonderland, so I don't know whether it truly is a tourist trap.

mrceagle - January 6, 2007 02:44 AM (GMT)
it may have been in the past. Hershey owns the park now. So there are allot of changes and new rides.

Ben James Ben - January 6, 2007 03:12 AM (GMT)
"Canobie's new Castaway Island water complex opens", Manchester Union Leader, May 26, 2005
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Canopie's Castaway Island water play complex opens Memorial Day weekend, when park operators hope the enormous attraction will make a huge splash. The new feature officially will be unveiled Saturday. [...]

"It's like a huge water playground right inside of Canobie Lake Park," Nicoli said. "In fact, Castaway Island is the largest interactive water play complex in New England and can accommodate up to 500 people at a time."

Visitors walk through a steaming volcano entrance to Castaway Island, where 33 platforms, eight bridges, nine water slides, waterfalls and strategically placed interactive water jets and valves await.


"Public access for fishing is an issue on Canobie Lake", Manchester Union Leader, May 30, 2005, COURTNEY PAQUETTE
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Canobie Lake in the early 1900s was home to one of only 18 amusement parks in the United States, a prime location for summer camps, swimming and fishing.

But an outbreak of scarlet fever in 1904 resulted in a ban on swimming there; the land that once hosted summer camps began to be developed.

Canobie Lake Park is now one of 450 amusement parks in the United States. The lake itself is now the town of Salem's main source of water and the water treatment plant borders the lake.


"SUN-DRENCHED FUN; Splash, slide and ride at Salem park", Manchester Union Leader, June 30, 2005, JULIA ANN WEEKES
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And this summer, the park unveils Castaway Island, a water park with 33 platforms, eight bridges, nine water slides, waterfalls, water jets and values, and a huge tipping bucket at its pinnacle. [...]

Heating up the stage at the Park will be "The King Lives," a tribute to Elvis Presley starring Las Vegas performer Matt Lewis. Complete with blue suede shoes, spangled, white jump suit and that perfectly coifed black curl, the king will perform at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays) through Sept. 5.


"Windham gymnasts perform at amusement park", Nashua Telegraph, July 11, 2005
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WINDHAM - On June 11, Canobie Lake Park hosted Dance/Gymnastics Day. Teams from Gym-Ken Gymnastics performed in two shows. [...]

It was very exciting for the gymnasts ranging in age from 6-12 who were introduced at the beginning of each performance. The gymnasts were guests of Canobie Lake Park and enjoyed the rides after their performance.


"GOOD CLEAN FUN - DELIGHT THE FAMILY WITH RIDES AND AMUSEMENTS AT CANOBIE LAKE PARK", Boston Globe, July 17, 2005, Steve Greenlee
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A brand-new section of the 103-year-old park called Castaway Island is basically a mini-water park, with slides and a wading pool and sand chairs. Upgrades like this offset outdated features such as Vertigo Theatre, a precursor to IMAX that presents a film so '70s cheesy that you half expect "CHiPs" officers Frank Poncherello and Jon Baker to roar onscreen astride police motorcycles. [...]

All in all, it was an enjoyable day, and not too expensive either, by 2005 standards. Including drinks, snacks, and a few carnival games, it cost the five of us less than $150 for the six hours.


"World Series trophy makes appearance in Salem park", Manchester Union Leader, July 20, 2005, COURTNEY PAQUETTE
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Proving once again that members of Red Sox Nation will do just about anything for their team, hundreds of fans lined Canobie Lake Park on a "fry-an-egg-on-a-sidewalk" kind of day to get a glimpse of the World Series trophy.

Temperatures hovering around 90 degrees did not deter those tricked out in Red Sox gear, many of whom paid the park admission just to see the trophy, which was on display for two hours yesterday afternoon.



Ben James Ben - January 6, 2007 03:12 AM (GMT)
Miller worked at Dutch Wonderland in 1997 or 1998, I believe.

Ben James Ben - January 6, 2007 03:16 AM (GMT)
"Vintage Curiosities", Nashua Telegraph, March 14, 2005, Compiled by Dean Shalhoup
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[...] a section about the park in "The Official Report of the Semi-Centennial Celebration of the City of Nashua," a historic booklet published by The Telegraph in 1903, when Nashua turned 50 years old. [...]

The Canobie Lake piece in the semi-centennial booklet, written when the resort was not yet a year old, paints a colorful picture of the former estate.

Titled "Canobie Lake Park - A Sensation and a Satisfaction," here are excerpts of the piece:

"The one resort that all Nashua is talking about today is Canobie Lake Park, the beautiful estate that has been opened to the public. …

"It is set just the proper distance from Nashua, at the end of a delightful trolley ride through a most picturesque section of the state, varying from placid farmhouses in the midst of Acadian peace and plenty to rugged foothills as wild and grand as any of the gorse-covered mounds that mark the approach to the craggy heights of the Scottish Highlands."

All that is between Nashua and Salem? Apparently, at least one writer saw it. His breathless account continues:

"Fronting the cool breeze that sweeps around one as the immense observation cars of the Interstate Rapidway take you rapidly onward as on the fabled magic blanket of the Arab sorcerer, an enveloping sense of exhilaration and the awakened energy that comes with the deep-breathed freedom of the hills prepares one for the enjoyments that develop as the matchless beauty of the care-free Canobie suddenly unfolds where the double tracks spring from the forest glades into the well-ordered beauty of this matchless park."

Whew. Are we there yet?

"Curving round the loop to the terminal station the car unloads its merry party of explorers and turns them free among the manifold pleasures of Canobie Lake Park - cool and shady Canobie, carefree Canobie."

It describes how landscapers transformed the 50 wild acres into a garden spot, leaving two-thirds of it wooded. It tells of "a rustic theater of Japanese design" in a grove of hemlocks that can seat 3,000. And the "large Gothic dancing pavilion for those who enjoy terpsichorean pastime…affording absolute shelter without restricting free access of every zephyr."

"There is a boat house with a large number of cedar canoes and boats and fishing skiffs which may be hired at reasonable rental. A ball ground, reserved for the use of picnickers, is the largest in New England…bleachers seat 3,000."

And now, the writer's resounding crescendo, in which he describes the carousel and the park's color scheme:

"There is a large carousel, or merry-go-round, in a building especially erected for it, with gaily caparisoned (richly-ornamented) horses of rare pedigree, vying in their showy prancing with capering (playful) goats and sedate lions, for the amusement of the children.

"All the buildings were erected and painted in such a manner as to preserve a pre-arranged color scheme, making Canobie Lake Park unquestionably the most beautiful public ground in the East."


industrial kid - January 8, 2007 06:09 AM (GMT)
thanks for the articles very intreging haha

Ben James Ben - April 12, 2007 10:11 PM (GMT)
The Tech, March 3, 1965 (PDF format). This is an article about MIT's Spring Weekend event, held at Canobie Lake Park. At the bottom of the page is an excellent map of Canobie Lake Park. It's somewhat stylized and not to scale, but you can see the location of certain rides like the Jr. Coaster and the Railroad.
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Spring Weekend: Plan dance, amusement park trip

Spring Weekend '65, MIT's Fourteen Dollar Fling on April 23-25, will begin Friday night with a semi-formal dance at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Bradford in downtown Boston, according to Spring Weekend Committee chairman, Dave Rubin.

The highlight of the weekend will be a trip to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, leaving Boston about noon.  Canobie Lake Park is an amusement park including roller coaster, ferris wheel, merry-go-round, hotrods, dodgem cars, Wild Mouse (a two man roller coaster that specializes in hairpin turns), fun house, caterpillar, penny arcade and a swamp ride.

The park also has a scenic lake, restaurant, refreshment stands, fried clams, pizza, and barbecue pits.  Thus dinner can either be brought, purchased there or brought and cooked there.  The many pine groves make ideal, quiet spots for wandering.

For the afternoon's entertainment, a folk concert is planned on the baseball field.  Good weather should make the field ideal.  A stage avoids the echo problems of the Great Court.  Rock and roll entertainment will highlight the evening, in one of New England's largest summer ballrooms, overlooking the lake.  The ballroom is larger than the Hampton Beach Casino, site of last year's Saturday night entertainment.  It can also be used for the afternoon concert in case of inclement weather.  Most of the rides are well protected from bad weather as well.

The weekend ticket price is $14.  No tux rental is necessary for Friday night's semi-formal dance, and Saturday night at the park minimizes dinner costs.  Admission to the park will, of course, be free, and ride tickets will be available at a 20% discount, which comes out to 12-24 cents a ride.  For those who want something to supplement the evening concert, there is a roller skating rink on the premises, for only 60 cents. The map at the bottom of the page shows Canobie Lake Park, except the ferris wheel and Wild Mouse.  The bowling alleys and boat rides will not be open at the time of the weekend.

Free formal invitations will be available March 17 in the lobby of Building 10.  Spring Weekend entertainment will be released in The Tech shortly.  Tickets will go on sale immediately after Spring vacation, April 5.

The Tech, March 17, 1965 (PDF format). More information about the Spring Weekend event.
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Rooftop Singers, Chuck Berry will highlight Spring Weekend

Spring Weekend '65 will start Friday evening, April 23, with a semi-formal dance at the Hotel Bradford. Music for the Friday night affair will be provided by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Saturday afternoon the scene will shift to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire for an open air concert featuring the Rooftop Singers. The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to the park's amusements, rides, forests and trails. Since the park will be open only to MIT, ride tickets will be sold on a discount basis.

Saturday night the action will shift to the park's Casino where Chuck Berry will provide the main attraction. Bobby Comstock and the Counts will also perform.

The Casino, which is larger than the Hampton Beach Casino, used last year, is situated at the edge of the park near the lake.

Weekend tickets will cost $14.00 and will be sold to living groups until April 14. Due to the limited number of tickets available they will be sold on a basis proportional to the number requested by each living group.

Formal invitations will be available to ticket holders March 17 in the Lobby of Building 10.

mrceagle - April 13, 2007 04:09 AM (GMT)
more great finds. i like reading the older ones. canobie always has impressed its visitors.

Ben James Ben - April 13, 2007 05:46 PM (GMT)
"Thrill-ride firm hitting new heights Rolller coasters, log flumes"; Allen Lessels, The Boston Globe 05-26-1991
(An article about O.D. Hopkins.)

"TAKING PHYSICS FOR A WILD RIDE FUN IS PART OF EQUATION AT SCIENCE FIELD TRIP FOR 5,000 NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS"; David L. Chandler, The Boston Globe 05-20-1989
(An article about Physics Day.)

"Making a splash Grab a tube and head for the water park for the summer's coolest rides"; Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe 08-07-1993
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Open daily noon to 10 p.m. Admission $14, $9 children under 4 feet tall.
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Lake Winnie names Morrow manager

Greg Morrow has joined Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park as games and merchandise manager. Mr. Morrow will oversee the park's games and retail operations as well as the miniature golf course. Mr. Morrow had worked with Ripley Entertainment Inc. as director of corporate attraction operations. He began his career at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., where he spent over 18 years in various positions, ultimately becoming the park's games manager. Lake Winnepesaukah announced it will open April 14 for the 2007 season.

THE SWAMP - April 14, 2007 04:05 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ben James Ben @ Oct 17 2006, 05:50 PM)
"FIVE HURT IN ROLLER-COASTER COLLISION AT N.H. PARK", Boston Globe, The (MA), July 28, 2001, David Arnold, Globe Staff, and Diana Raschke
"Five hurt in roller coaster snafu at Canobie", Boston Herald, July 28, 2001, DOUG HANCHETT
"Canobie coaster run ends with a crunch", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), July 28, 2001, JANINE E. GILBERTSON
"Five people were injured when two roller coaster cars collided at Canobie Lake Park Friday afternoon.",  Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), July 28, 2001, ANNE LUNDREGAN
"OPERATOR BLAMED IN COASTER MISHAP", Boston Globe, The (MA), July 29, 2001, David Abel
"Canobie blames coaster crash on operator", Boston Herald, July 29, 2001, Dave Wedge
(Some articles about the July 27, 2001 Yankee Cannonball accident.)

"One of the region's oldest family attractions appears to be on the ropes: Whalom Park, a family park 30 minutes south of Brookline that has drawn customers from the Nashua area since 1893, shows no sign of opening this year.", Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH), June 15, 2001, DAVID BROOKS
(Not about Canobie, but interesting given the current demolition of Whalom Park.)

"More sure signs of spring: Canobie Lake Park opens", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), April 29, 2001
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A slow but steady crowd of people streamed through Canobie Lake Park yesterday to check out the action at the park's first day of the season. [...] Ulaky said the park usually opens around April 15, but this year's long winter delayed clean-up operations. [...]

Not all of the park's rides were open yesterday. "The Turkish Twist," a ride featuring a room that spins around and sticks the rider to the wall while the floor drops out from under, is undergoing a major rebuilding project.

The strong winds and cool air prevented the opening of the park's steam train ride, and Ulaky said that the Galaxy Coaster is almost finished being upgraded and is set to open soon.

A new ride, called "Over the Rainbow," will open next weekend. The ride features gondola-like cars that take passengers up and down a 24-foot tower.

The "Ocean Trip," the other new ride at the park this year, was open yesterday and swinging passengers around. The brightly colored pirate ship ride was one of the busiest in the park with both parents and children lining up for turns.


"Canobie Lake Park opens tomorrow. Around the towns: Public invited to hearing. Chimney fire. Hampstead man dies", New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH), April 27, 2001, JANINE GILBERTSON and HUNTER McGEE
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"We also added a new soccer-kick game," said Ulaky. "The kids kick the soccer ball and try to beat the goalie."

The park's figure-eight wooden roller coaster recently received a state-of-the-art track system update, Ulaky said.

The park, which had its first opening day on Aug. 23, 1902, employs about 600 people each season. "We're still looking for more help," Ulaky said.

A question Ben,
Is this the reason they no longer run 2 trains on the Yankee Cannonball? Do they ever run 2 sets anylonger? I went for the first time in about a 5 year hiatis (2006) and was surprised to find only one set of cars. Sounds like human error of the brakeman, eventhough timing is everything with the running of that ride. I take it back, it sounds like the loader and the brakeman's fault. More detail would be appreciated.
-The Swamp-

mrceagle - April 14, 2007 04:41 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ben James Ben @ Apr 13 2007, 12:46 PM)
"Thrill-ride firm hitting new heights Rolller coasters, log flumes"; Allen Lessels, The Boston Globe 05-26-1991
(An article about O.D. Hopkins.)

"TAKING PHYSICS FOR A WILD RIDE FUN IS PART OF EQUATION AT SCIENCE FIELD TRIP FOR 5,000 NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS"; David L. Chandler, The Boston Globe 05-20-1989
(An article about Physics Day.)

"Making a splash Grab a tube and head for the water park for the summer's coolest rides"; Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe 08-07-1993
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Open daily noon to 10 p.m. Admission $14, $9 children under 4 feet tall.
QUOTE
Lake Winnie names Morrow manager

Greg Morrow has joined Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park as games and merchandise manager. Mr. Morrow will oversee the park's games and retail operations as well as the miniature golf course. Mr. Morrow had worked with Ripley Entertainment Inc. as director of corporate attraction operations. He began his career at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., where he spent over 18 years in various positions, ultimately becoming the park's games manager. Lake Winnepesaukah announced it will open April 14 for the 2007 season.

Been great to see a few great links. Greg should feel a bit at home at Lake winnie there Cannonball coaster is a Sister to our own.

Swamp - it was ruled as operator error. it was a Team lead at the controls at the time not the assigned ride operator. Like you said timing was everything and they didn't brake correctly. They 2 train hit but not hard and at a very low speed. while it says 5 were hurt nothing was major. The accident got allot more publicity they it normally would have because SFNE had there major crash a couple weeks earlier and that year amusement safety was a major topic.

The coaster can be operated with two trains as is. from what I was told there s a slight chance especially during an e-stop that the trains could collide. they don't want to take that chance. until they can updated it with better safety protocols it will only operate 1 train.

Ben James Ben - April 14, 2007 10:34 AM (GMT)
Yes, the July 2001 accident is the reason why Yankee Cannonball now only runs with one train. Here's more about the accident.

trainwreck - April 14, 2007 08:23 PM (GMT)
thanks for the cannonball accident link ben, i always wondered y the only run one car, now i no y

canobiefan_1 - April 15, 2007 04:57 AM (GMT)
here's a new one "THE GERK WHO IMS PEOPLE FROM CANOBIEFAN MAKES CANOBIEFAN DROP TO THEIR KNEES" i am absolutely p.o'd at wat goes on behind the scenes here. go ahead admins delete this message. IT IS TRUE! SO UNTIL THIS PROBLEM IS RESOLVED I BID ADIEU TO CANOBIEFAN FOREVER. O AND IF ANYONE IS READING THIS FROM CANOBIE I STILL LOVE THE PARK IM JUST DISGUISTED AT THIS PARTICULAR SITE!



CANOBIE I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Ben James Ben - April 15, 2007 05:09 AM (GMT)
Hmm... It sounds as if you are saying that someone is harassing you by sending Private Messages via the Canobiefan board. However, this is the first that I've heard of this problem, so I'm not sure what is going on. If you send me or James a PM, we'll look into the problem.

canobiefan_1 - April 15, 2007 06:14 PM (GMT)
plz and thank you i appreciate it...

clpfan30x - April 16, 2007 05:46 PM (GMT)
Regarding the Cannoball running two trains:

As it has been stated on other areas of this forum...The reason that Canobie cannot run two trains is simple. The computer control cannot allow it. There is no specific change in the settings on the ride, so unless they buy a whole new computer or do extensive updates and modifications to the braking system, it wont happen.

As Ben said, there is a worst case scenario looked at, in the worst case scenario, the trains would/could collide. The probability of it happening, low. But the main reason, is that as i said, the computer wont.

The only time you will see two trains on the track, is when the maintenance crew is switching them. That works only because they actually stop the rest of the ride. Meaning that they send train A out of the station, stop it on the breaks. Move the second train onto the tracks, and because the transfer table doesnt have any breaks on it, they allow gravity to take that train to the base of the lift hill. They start again, bringing train B up the lift hill, and bring train A into the station, then stop train B on the lift. They have to guide train A onto the transfer table (again, no automatic breaks) lock it, then move the transfer table back. Then they start again, and bring train B into the station.

Also if you've ever watched the operator at the main panel (have a pretty good view of them at some points in the que, they have to manually push some button to bring the train into the station. But I do know that the button obviously releases the breaks, and it is the same button to send the train from the station. So again, if you were in a situation where Train A was on the breaks and Train B was in the station, you would have two trains moving at once, and what if for example train A had a greater speed comming around the corner (because it was heavier) and Train A was going a little slower, there is a greater possibility for a close call/collision.

I'm sure that Canobie would love to run two trains, but its not practical, and I think its insurance/money issues that are preventing them from doing it. Because as I said, it would require them to do a lot of upgrades to not only the computer, but the actual breaking system, and structure of that area as well. Canobie has always tried on busy days to increase the loading/unloading time of that ride, and until the ownership decides otherwise, thats all they can do.

I know that people are going to tear this apart, because thats what folks on here like to do. But realize, that some of us on here, have information that is accurate. We don't/can't divulge from where we have it from, but there are more than one migrating_coconuts on here.

Enjoy the Weather! :-/

Ben James Ben - May 8, 2007 12:56 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ben James Ben @ Apr 15 2007, 01:09 AM)
Hmm... It sounds as if you are saying that someone is harassing you by sending Private Messages via the Canobiefan board. However, this is the first that I've heard of this problem, so I'm not sure what is going on. If you send me or James a PM, we'll look into the problem.

Canobiefan_1, I never heard back from you regarding the problem you had with someone harassing you via Private Messages. I'll assume that you contacted James and he resolved your problem. If this is not the case, please feel free to contact us when you are ready. Thanks.

Agentss - May 17, 2007 06:22 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ben James Ben @ Nov 8 2006, 11:25 PM)
There was once a metal chute -- a sheet-metal slide -- that patrons could slide down before splashing into the pool


Hmmm.... so I guess we can track this down to being the ancestor of Castaway Island. The parks very first water slide(LOL)
-Dana

Ben James Ben - April 27, 2010 01:58 AM (GMT)
Nashua Telegraph, June 20, 1967
Ice Cream Slug Fest Causes Big Damage to Hudson Bus... A 45-passenger bus loaded with teen-agers was one of 44 buses sent from Boston for the annual Gillette Safety Razor Company outing held at Canobie Lake Park. It was the only bus that had an all teen-age passenger list, both girls and boys... the boys started hurling the ice cream. They splattered the entire interior. All flavors seeped into every nook and cranny of the bus, transforming the interior into a soupy rainbow.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wa0rA...lake-park&hl=en

Nashua Telegraph, July 29, 1972
Sky Divers to Appear at Park... The park has many features, including circus acts, games, rides, cruises, free picnic groves, fireplaces and parking.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=EporA...lake-park&hl=en

Nashua Telegraph, July 26, 1987
This year, the park debuted four new shows-- a country music revue; the "Abracadazzle" magic show; a Macaw show titled "Bird Brains"; and "That's Entertainment," a Broadway-style song-and-dance extravaganza.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rfklA...lake-park&hl=en

Nashua Telegraph, June 26, 1986
Country fans will enjoy "Classic Country" held at the River Boat Circle Stage next to the lake. A strolling barbershop quartet, "Good Ol' Summertime," sings "the way Grandma remembers it."... "Abracadazzle, " a magic show, and "Puppet Pals"... a newcomer to the park last year, The Pirate Ship:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QborA...lake-park&hl=en

Nashua Telegraph, May 27, 1983
Canobie Lake Park will hold a grand opening of its new log flume ride tomorrow... Gov. John Sununu will officiate at the ceremony.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vKYrA...lake-park&hl=en

Lewiston Daily Sun, August 7, 1980
"Nine people... were recovering Wednesday from injuries suffered when lightning dropped a large pine and dozens of branches onto an amusement park crowd. About 1,500 people were in Canobie Lake Park just north of the Massachusetts border when a fierce thunderstorm struck... All of a sudden lightning lit up the whole sky and split one tree in half and it and another tree and all the branches came down... The most seriously injured was Kim Douglas, 16, of Windham, an employee working inside a concession stand flattened by the falling tree:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=e4AjA...lake-park&hl=en

pubman - August 20, 2013 11:46 AM (GMT)
I just came across this old article (it's actually not from a newspaper necessarily, as far as I can tell) (I can't find a date anywhere, however it's extremely old) about "The Graves and Ramsdell System." From what I can gather, it was a soda fountain manufacturer/supplier.

If you do a search for "Canobie" within the article (Command-F on a Mac), it yields 8 entries.

There is a photo and caption of the "Canobie Lake Dining Room," complete with a menu special of the day - And get this - The patron would get an entire chicken (or half a chicken/half a lobster), fries, salad, soup, vegetables, cheese/crackers, dessert - all for a whopping $1.50!

Here's an excerpt from the article:
QUOTE
CANOBIE LAKE DINING ROOM
R. E. Graves, Manager C. H . Raitt, Asst. Manager.
The building is arranged in the shape of a St. George Cross and
has the largest seating capacity of any in this section . The dining room is always cool, and nearly every table commands a view of the crystal lake waters, and has a seating capacity of 600.

CANOBIE LAKE PARK
At this ideal and favorite Park is every conceivable thing for amusement, and among the hundred of attractions one cannot help being pleased with the trip to this resort.
The day's program is made pleasurable by a sail around the lake in the Wild Duck or the Mineola. Boating is one of the leading features, and boats and canoes are to let by the day or hour.
Band Concerts, Dancing, Merry-Go-Round, Roller Coaster, Circle Swing, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Box Ball, Laughing Gallery, Penny museum, Bowling, Electric Fountain, Pool Room, Crystal maze, Swimming Pool, Bath House, etc.
Theatre seats three thousand.
The grounds are handsomely laid out. Swings and seats are all
through the park. This resort is where all the large societies of the nearby cities hold their outings.
Banquets for large and small parties are taken care of on short notice, at any of our resorts.
Any inattention on the part of the employees will be greatly appreciated if reported to the managers.

mrceagle - August 20, 2013 02:13 PM (GMT)
My bigger surprise is the attractions list Clay Pigeon Shoot.




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