Friday, February 13, 2009





Jolly Cholly N. Attleboro, MA

My parents gave my sister, brother and me the very best childhood you could ever imagine. We were well loved. Had enough money to do lovely things. Traveled (once to Toledo, I kid you not.) And generally had the kind of upbringing most people dream of. We lived near an amusement park called Jolly Cholly's. It was one of those 1950s family parks with mini golf, a pizza parlor and kiddie rides up to teen rides. Oh to grow up to ride the Music Express and maybe kiss a boy... My brother Rich found this YouTube of Cholly Jolly. Tomorrow is his birthday. 39. How is my little brother 39? Watching this video I am seven years old. Meet you on The Whip!












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13 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Kim Stagliano said...

Dr. Kane, I suggest you lay off. I have your number. Go have an iron City Ale and leave us alone.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Happy Birthday to your bro!

Kim Stagliano said...

I remember when he was born. My Dad was reaaaly happy to have a son. I was reaaaly unhappy to have a baby brother!

Amanda said...

OOOH, now I want to know what "Dr Kane" said. Let us know if they come back.

Happy birthday to your brother! I'm guessing big sis made a fab cake just by way of a change?

Jeanne said...

Your bro's bday is V'Day? How lovely! Happy B-day Rich!

LisaL said...

I remember Jolly Cholly's! I lived in Seekonk for ten years when I was a kid. Loved those little helicopters! Did you ever go to Crescent Park in Riverside? There's nothing left but the carousel now.

Kim Stagliano said...

Crescent Park? YES! I loved the aerial tram. And Rocky Point with the huge sea water filled pool and the BEST clam cakes on the planet. And Paragon Park in Nantasket. After Jolly Cholly's we'd go to Ho Lu's Chinese next door.

LisaL said...

Yup, every summer they'd have "3$ per carload" day at Crescent Park and we'd pile all the neighborhood kids into the station wagon and head out for the day. I remember being terrified on the Flying Fish! And clam cakes! I go back to Rhode Island for them every year. My Philly-raised hubby doesn't get it.

Here's a nicelittle site for a bit of reminiscing!http://members.cox.net/crescentpark/c-photo.htm

Amanda said...

Seekonk?!! LOL!!! Seekonk, home of the big nose.

Sorry, that just tickled my English funny bone!

Kim Stagliano said...

Amanda, love, need I remind you that you eat bangers and mash and spotted dick? I think not.

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Anonymous said...

My whole family; well the six kids anyway, all worked at Jolly Cholly's amusement park. Many people came there because it was a really cheap date and a lot of families visited as well because the kids all loved the rides and junk food. The park "officially" closed in 1979 but it was actually "mostly closed down" for several years before that.

Having worked there at Jolly Cholly's during that period of time; I can tell you that the final nail-in-the-coffin or the final reason it closed was due to the U.S. energy crisis during the 1970s going on at the time. Nobody could get gas and of course, there was no public transportation to the amusement park and the owner lost money on that deal, for sure. That's what the employees were told, anyway.