Monday, May 2, 2011

Remembering Pickwick



Besides spending A LOT of time swimming ALL DAY during the summer at McCambridge Park in the 1950's and 1960's, I have fond memories of visiting Pickwick Swim Park and renting a big black inner tube to play with in the water. Then rolling it back across the lawn, trying not to hit anyone. Can you even get those tubes any more??

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My sister Patty worked at Pickwick during the summer when home from college. I too worked there briefly in the food concession... the grease got to me - yuck.

Of course the ice rink was fun as a teen where we would flirt with the cute boys and skate once in a while.

The Pickwick Drive-In Theater was popular on the weekends.

And let's not forget the Pickwick Stables for those who enjoy horseback riding and the Pickwick Bowling Alley.

Then there was the Teenage Fair. I remember wearing white Bermuda shorts with a sky blue parka, doing the surfer stomp to Dick Dale and the Deltones. He was sooo cute! I got his autograph on a dollar bill which I used to have but who knows where it is today.

Funny thing... I saw Dick perform in Petaluma a couple of years ago with his young son. He still puts on a great show!

Every year I took Red Cross swimming lessons at Burbank High and for some reason, it was always first thing in the morning - brrrrr. I can't remember but I think we had to wear bathing caps.

Ahhhh yes... memory lane...

PS My first dive off the McCambridge high-dive was NOT a fond memory as it was belly-flop... OUCH!

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