Archers Beach Diary

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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, Camp Ellis and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Sanctuary. I've been commissioned to write two more books (sequels to 2010's Carousel Tides; titles Carousel Sun and Carousel Seas) in this setting. In September 2012, I worked on-site at Old Orchard Beach, taking pictures and writing. More info here: http://www.carouseltides.com

Sharon Lee
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. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, Park Photos, 24 Years, Cleveland Ohio, Amusement Parks, Taking Pictures, Carousel

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.

Another picture of the hippocampus; I couldn't resist the boots. Sharon Lee, Old Orchard Beach, Rachel Carson, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Beautiful Horses, Coastal, Wildlife

Another picture of the hippocampus; I couldn't resist the boots. July 24, 2013

The ferris wheel at night, from the parking lot of the Whaler. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Parking Lot, Taking Pictures, Ferris Wheel, Coastal, Wildlife

The ferris wheel at night, from the parking lot of the Whaler. July 24, 2013.

The carousel at night. Wednesday, July Photo by Sharon Lee Sharon Lee, Old Orchard Beach, Rachel Carson, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Taking Pictures, Carousel, Wednesday

The carousel at night. Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Sharon Lee

This is a picture of the new sign on the Old Orchard Beach carousel. In Archers Beach, there's a large lighted CAROUSEL sign on the roof. Old Orchard Beach, Rachel Carson, Work Site, Ocean Park, New Sign, Taking Pictures, Carousel, Coastal, Old Things

This is a picture of the new sign on the Old Orchard Beach carousel. In Archers Beach, there's a large lighted CAROUSEL sign on the roof.

Wood Island Light from Kate Archer's "summer parlor. Look close. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Island Lighting, Taking Pictures, Coastal, Wildlife, Wood

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. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, Taking Pictures, Maine, Coastal, Wildlife, Street View, Rock

From the Pier -- Googin Rock, senior and junior. Yep, the tide was OUT. July 23, 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*. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Taking Pictures, Carousel, Maine, Coastal, Dolores 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. Old Orchard Beach, Work Site, Ocean Park, July 24, Taking Pictures, Kite, Entrance, Coastal, Wildlife

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

In Archers Beach, Mr. Ignat' is owner-operator of a mini-coaster called Keltic Knot. This is its real-life counterpart, Orient Express. Old Orchard Beach, Rachel Carson, Work Site, Ocean Park, Orient Express, July 24, Taking Pictures, Coaster, Real Life

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.