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Pequot Lakes Historical Society

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 that’s 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 candy.

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 stove?

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.

We’re 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.

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