Recently we went to the family friendly park in Salem, Mass and I became so intrigued about its past that I made Human Translator look it up. In 1801, decades before it would become a park white willow trees were planted to cheer up the patients being treated at the old smallpox hospital. Later, its grounds were filled with restaurants, rides and jazz concerts. The first ice cream cone was offered there in 1901. Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong all performed in the Charleshurst Ballroom. Now that you have an idea of what Salem Willows was like in its heyday explore it through my eyes.
“Really Eliza? I don’t think they’ll ask you about the carousel ride since you didn’t make the height requirement. He he he!”
Really HT, you want to go down this road? It’s a short one. Ha ha ha! Enough! We can trade insults later.
Salem Willows is for Family
“Flock like a bunch of seagulls. I think I just threw up in my mouth.”
Swallow it and keep writing.
Mature couples on a date and people enjoying their lunch break. With swimming, plenty of benches and an arcade, families of any size can find plenty to do on a summer afternoon.
Salem Willows is for Fishing
There is a pier at the park which while we were there had plenty to see and do. A private party boat was loading their musicians and beverages both of which my human seemed particularly curious about. But I had bigger fish to fry, mainly the one in the pictures below.
Some called it a striper others a bass but whatever it was kept me and at least the fifteen people watching it get caught entertained. The fisherman and an assistant ended up dragging to the rocky shore since it was too heavy to be hoisted on its hook. Regardless, everyone but the fish was satisfied with the catch.
Salem Willows is for Food
After working up an appetite watching people fish we decided to hit the row of carnival like food counters. We got to choose from ice cream, hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, ice cream, and Chinese food. Yes, you can get ice cream at almost every counter and there is a Chinese takeout place, complete with a Chicken Chop Suey sandwich for less than 2 dollars. This worm look-a-like sandwich, an ice coffee and small ice cream all came in for less than 5 dollars. That’s right… a bargain.
Our visit was cut short but in retrospect instead of disappointing us that we didn’t get to ride the carousel, it just whetted our appetites for more.