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Crystal Beach nostalgia takes center stage this weekend

Nostalgia from the Crystal Beach Amusement Park makes an appearance this weekend.

There will be cars from some of the rides, Halls suckers and Crystal Beach Loganberry, along with videos and memorabilia,

Also on hand will be former Crystal Beach employees, including a woman whose job was to provide smelling salts to passengers on the Cyclone, the park’s famous roller coaster before the Comet.

The 25th anniversary of the closing of the amusement park is being marked with a celebration of the venue’s 101 years of operation.

Historians Rick Doan and Paul Kassay are assisting the Crystal Beach Business Improvement Association and the Friends of Crystal Beach in bringing the party to Queens’ Circle at the center of town (bisected by Derby Road), the site where the original park had its roots as a religious summer camp.

Dubbed “Memories Day,” the celebration begins Saturday with Queens’ Circle filled with relics from the old park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own memorabilia to Queens’ Circle to sell or trade with other nostalgia lovers.

On Sunday the party moves to Waterfront Park, where the Toronto All Star Big Band will present a free concert of mid-20th century music from the park’s heyday.

The amusement park shut down in 1989.

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