Archers Beach Diary

Photos from a town that's almost real. Archers Beach, Maine, owes its existence to five coastal Maine locations: Old Orchard Beach, Kinney Shore, Ocean Park…
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Wood Island Light from Kate Archer's "summer parlor." No, really.  Look close.  July 24, 2013 Outdoor, Summer, Island Lighting, Ocean Park, Old Orchard Beach, Wood Island, Island, Coastal, Beach
Wood Island Light from Kate Archer's "summer parlor." No, really. Look close. July 24, 2013
From the Pier -- Googin Rock, senior and junior.  Yep, the tide was OUT.  July 23, 2013 Camping, Tide, Street View, Rock, Ocean
From the Pier -- Googin Rock, senior and junior. Yep, the tide was OUT. July 23, 2013
Full moon on the water, July 23, 2013 Northern Lights, Water, Moon On The Water, Full Moon, Moon, July
Full moon on the water, July 23, 2013
Again, the full and noisy beach.  July 24, 2013 Travel, Sanctuary, Towns
Again, the full and noisy beach. July 24, 2013
The reason I wanted to go to OOB in July was because Carousel Seas is set in High Season -- July and August -- and I wanted to be sure I'd gotten it right before I handed in the book.  I'd forgotten the *noise*...  July 24, 2013 Seas, Carousel, July 24, Park
The reason I wanted to go to OOB in July was because Carousel Seas is set in High Season -- July and August -- and I wanted to be sure I'd gotten it right before I handed in the book. I'd forgotten the *noise*... July 24, 2013
Pier entrance, with kite. I'll just note that it was much darker than this when the picture was taken, but my camera helpfully lightened things up for me.  July 24, 2013 Entrance, Pier
Pier entrance, with kite. I'll just note that it was much darker than this when the picture was taken, but my camera helpfully lightened things up for me. July 24, 2013
Back of the park, with power line.  July 24, 2013 Wildlife Sanctuary, Fair Grounds, Power
Back of the park, with power line. July 24, 2013
Twilight wheel from the beach.  July 24, 2013 Twilight Saga, Wheel, Twilight
Twilight wheel from the beach. July 24, 2013
The ferris wheel at night, from the parking lot of the Whaler.  July 24, 2013. Car Park, Old Orchard, Ferris Wheel, Parking Lot, Ferris
The ferris wheel at night, from the parking lot of the Whaler. July 24, 2013.
Speaking of the Galaxi. . .July 24, 2013 Fun Slide, Picture, Diary
Speaking of the Galaxi. . .July 24, 2013
Dancing Dragons, with Galaxi in background.  July 24, 2013 Dance, Dragons, Wildlife
Dancing Dragons, with Galaxi in background. July 24, 2013
Orient Express lead car.  July 23, 2013 Car, Orient Express, Express, Lead, Work Site
Orient Express lead car. July 23, 2013
In Archers Beach, Mr. Ignat' is owner-operator of a mini-coaster called Keltic Knot. This is its real-life counterpart, Orient Express.  July 24, 2013. Reno, Mr., Olds, Landmarks, Kingdom
In Archers Beach, Mr. Ignat' is owner-operator of a mini-coaster called Keltic Knot. This is its real-life counterpart, Orient Express. July 24, 2013.
Close-up of the organ.  July 23, 2013 Taking Pictures
Close-up of the organ. July 23, 2013
The band organ; mouldering.   Back 24 years, when I first visited Old Orchard Beach, there was a wooden carousel on the site of the current fiberglass machine; the music was provided by this band organ.    The carousel (PTC #19, for enthusiasts) has since been returned to Euclid Park in Cleveland; but the band organ remains.  In Archers Beach, the carousel is an original, carved by Kate Archer's grand-uncle; the music is provided by an orchestrion, which plays violano paper rolls. Amusement Park, Music, Ohio, Music Box, Amusement Parks
The band organ; mouldering. Back 24 years, when I first visited Old Orchard Beach, there was a wooden carousel on the site of the current fiberglass machine; the music was provided by this band organ. The carousel (PTC #19, for enthusiasts) has since been returned to Euclid Park in Cleveland; but the band organ remains. In Archers Beach, the carousel is an original, carved by Kate Archer's grand-uncle; the music is provided by an orchestrion, which plays violano paper rolls.