On June 26
The Harmon Museum and Old Orchard Beach Historical Society at 4 Portland Ave. opens for the season. Admission is free. (www.harmonmuseum.org)
Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood
The town is named after the apple orchard of Thomas Rogers, who came to the Goosefare Brook area in 1636. (wikipedia.org)
‘Lucky Lindy’ alights
On July 24, 1927, flying Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh made an unscheduled landing on Old Orchard Beach, “only two months after his historic solo flight across the Atlantic.” (mainememory.net)
Without peer
The historic Pier opened to the public on July 2, 1898. The original 1,825-foot structure was built with three pavilions and cost $38,000. (oobpier.com/history)
15:07, 16:51
Ethan Hemphill’s and Kristin Barry’s 2008 course records at the “Run for Cash” Memorial 5K. This year’s event, honoring the late Capt. Christopher S. Cash and benefiting Veterans Count Maine, is Saturday, June 23. (runforcash.org)
And Beach Boys, Spanky and Our Gang, Tommy James and the Shondells, Kingsmen. Supremes, Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Swingin’ Medallions. All are among bands who played the Palace Ballroom in the 1960s. (Disc jockey/music historian Bill O’Neil)
Seats for 6,000
The Ball Park, now home to the pro baseball Surge and host to concerts, dog shows, a farmer’s market and more, was built in 1984. (www.oobballpark.com)
Dave the Guesser
The late David Glovsky ran a guessing booth at Palace Playland (founded 1902) from 1945 to 1997. He guessed peoples’ ages, weights, cigarette brands, auto makes and more. (www.mainememory.net)
Founded in 1881
Ocean Park, a Chautauqua community on Saco Bay, includes buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. (oceanpark.org)
Celebrated in song
“Old Orchard Beach” is on the Magnetic Fields’ 1992 album “The Wayward Bus.”
of the town’s total 22.53 square miles are water, according to U.S. Census Bureau information. (wikipedia.org)
On the Market in and around Old Orchard Beach