LAWRENCE —The Dodgems bumper cars, the Sky Rocket wooden roller coaster, Dobbie horses and music at Frolics, conjures many remembrances of summering at Salisbury Beach.
Dubbed the “Lawrence Riviera” because so many city residents vacationed there, the years spent at the beach have been immortalized in the 2013 “Salisbury Beach Memories” annual historic calendar printed by Lawrence Public Library.
“People want nostalgia and things that remind them of when they were younger,” said Phyllis Tyler, treasurer of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.
She said group members have been taking about the Salisbury Beach-Lawrence connection for a while.
“The minute we started talking about Salisbury, everyone had memories of going up the beach or down the beach,” said Susan Dowd, a member of the Friends of Lawrence Public Library.
“Even though this is not in Lawrence, it’s like another neighborhood just down the road,” she said.
Nearly every one from Lawrence went to Salisbury either for the day or to stay at a family cottage which is why many called it, “Lawrence with Sand” or “Lawrence by the sea,” she said.
In addition to soaking up the sun, stopping at Butcher’s, there was also the debate which pizza and which fried dough was better at Salisbury. Many say the debate still continues today.
“Going to the beach was a special occasion,” said Tyler, who remembers going to Salisbury for the day. “It was kind of exciting because of the amusement rides. The big treat was chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick.”
The color calendar features photographs from the 1920s to today as well as postcards which vacationers sent to family and friends in Lawrence.
One of the photographs is Tyler’s mother on the beach wearing a long bathing suit, hat and shoes.
“We wanted to capture the beach through the years and I think we did that,” she said.