|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|[...] 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 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|"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."
|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.|
|[...] the town's noise ordinance, which restricts noise levels to 55 decibels before 10 p.m. and 45 decibels after [...]|
|[...] 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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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."
|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.
|A lunch consisting of a cheeseburger, fries and soda was $7.07, which seemed pricey.|
|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.
|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.
|"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.
|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.
|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."
|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.|
|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.
|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!"
|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!"
|"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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.''
|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."
|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.
|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;
|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.
|[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."
|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.
|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.
|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. "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.
|"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."
|"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.
|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.”|
|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.
|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.
|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 - 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.
|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.
|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.
|[...] 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."
|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.
|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.
|Open daily noon to 10 p.m. Admission $14, $9 children under 4 feet tall.|
|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.
|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
"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
|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
From the Chatanooga Times Free Press, March 18, 2007 edition:
|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.|
|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|