, Newburyport, MA


February 11, 2014

Homage to Salisbury Beach


As I swerved around with loud screams weaving in and out, I could hear songs by the Jackson 5, the Dramatics, the 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Chaka Kahn and many other talented groups. It was simply a magical time.

In addition to the music, I remember the men who worked at this ride dressed in fancy polyester, bright blue suits. Not only did they look professional and cool, but they danced on the sides of this joyride, which added to this spectacular event. I loved to dance and to see these grown men jiving to these tunes was truly a treat for all who watched. There was always a large crowd observing their children having fun and gazing at these talented amusement park attendants.

Can anyone remember the fake statue of the psychic lady with the turban on her head sitting in the glass booth where you would drop a quarter in the slot and out came your reading for the month? I still have those cards, and, no, they are not accurate at all, if you are wondering.

What about those tiny photo booths in the arcades where you could barely fit two people in, but somehow your family of five seemed to cram in the booth and you all made funny faces or got someone’s hand or leg in your face by accident.

Unfortunately, we all know at this point that Salisbury Beach has changed over the years, and not for the better, but it is hanging in there and trying to revive itself. Developers have put in some nice homes, condos and some other dubious establishments, but there are fabulous sites such as: the Seaglass restaurant and lounge coupled with the Blue Ocean Music Hall at the Pavilion, the Caprice restaurant, and the old establishments that have hung in there for decades such as: Kristy’s and Tripoli’s pizza, Willey’s candy store, Joe’s arcades and a few others.

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