If These Walls Could Talk. . . . (part 3)
by Kathleen Tusa
The Cole Memorial Building would tell you a tale of
Children and fun and the Christmas season. Back in the
early 1950s the Commercial Club (I think thats
what it was called then) would arrange a free Christmas
matinee at the Lakes Theater for the area children.
Santa Claus would come; there would be cartoons and
a movie, and lots of joyful noise. After the movie Santa
and some of his helpers (Oscar Gravdahl, Gil Anderson,
Richard Greer, to mention just a few) would hand out
bags of candy. The ribbon candy, the little round hard
candy with a picture of a Christmas tree in it, and
of course, the big dome-shaped chocolate-covered, so-sweet-it-made-your-teeth-crack
After the movie you would walk across the street and
skate a little at the rink by the old fire station.
Do you remember the skating games like Red Rover, Red
Rover? Or one called Pom, pom, pull-away? Remember the
warming house and the smell of wet mittens on a hot
Relive some of those happy memories by dropping in
at the Historical Society Museum. The original theater
equipment is still on display there. Sit back and relax
in some of those same theater seats you sat on, or crawled
over as a child. Drift back in your memory, taste the
candy, smell the mittens.
Stop in at the museum to get a glimpse of the good
old days and bring the grandchildren and tell your friends.
Were open Memorial Day to Labor Day on Saturdays
from Noon to 4 pm. Admission is $1.00 per person. Memberships
to the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society are available.
Arrangements to visit the museum at another time can
be made by calling one of the Board members. Click
this link for more contact information on the Pequot
Lakes Historical Society.