Contents

 

Acknowledgements

 

Introduction

 

In the Beginning

 

The Rides

 

The Dance Hall

 

Ethnic Celebrations

 

The Theater

 

 

From the Back Cover

 

Situated in the coal region of northeast Pennsylvania, Lakewood Park was established in 1916 by the Guinan family as a place to bathe, picnic, and camp.It became known as a nature retreat for nearby miners and their families, and it developed into the destination for swimming, amusement rides, skating, big band dances, boxing matches, ethnic celebrations, summer stock plays, and political banquets. The park boasted a 150-yard cement pool, hand-carved Spillman carousel, and a grand ballroom. It was the host of the longest- running ethnic festival in Pennsylvania, Lithuanian Day, from 1914 to 1984. Using vintage images, Lakewood Park recalls the various festivals and celebrations, amusement rides and celebrity performers, such as Dick Clark and Doris Day, that made the park an entertainment mecca for 68 years.

Peggy Grigalonis and cousins Janet Cunningham and Kathy Connolly spent their summers at Lakewood near their grandparents' bungalow. Their recollections, along with stories from their 90-year-old uncle Larry Guinan, youngest son of the founder, recapture the magic and retrace the history of this beloved park.

 

 

Images of America Lakewood Park

 

One hundred and twenty seven (127) pages of photos documenting the years 1916 through 1984. The Mahanoy Area Historical Society offers this collection in keeping with its mission to preserve the region's rich cultural history and work toward the restoration, revitalization, and future of the community. You can preview this book by clicking on any of the chapters in the Contents on the right.

 

Stop by the Historical Society on the first floor of the Rhoades Downtown Center at Main & Center Streets to purchase Images of America Lakewood Park for $25.00 or send a check to:

 

Mahanoy Area Historical Society

P.O. Box 127

Mahanoy City, PA 17948

 

Profit from your purchase helps to fund the Record American Project.

 

 

On the cover: Dick Clark brings his Show to Lakewood Ballroom, 1959. A television and radio personality, game show host and business man, Dick Clark is best known for hosting Bandstand in 1956, then “American Bandstand” when the show went national in 1957. On a Friday evening in July, Dick Clark, new to the record producing business, brought Chubby Checker to Lakewood to promote the up to then unknown singer. Checker’s hit “The Twist” had not been released and his appearance fee was merely the national exposure he was getting with Dick Clark. (Courtesy of the Guinan family.)

 

 

Image

 

What Was Happening at Lakewood in the Summer of '42?