Myrtle Beach Pavilion - last dance

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC

Last Ride -
Last Dance

October 7, 2006

The official farewell to the Myrtle Beach Pavilion was held Saturday night when Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc. hosted a private party at The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The park, at age 58, was officially closed 9/30/06.

The farewell party was named "Save the Last Dance." We were greeted by the Seaside Clowns who later passed out red roses , much to the amusement of young and old alike. We enjoyed food, drinks, open rides, the Arcade and unlimited tokens at the Arcade.

Photos in a memorial frame were available for all. Here's Wally and me with the Pavilion Carousel Horse, (For the Carousel Horses of Myrtle Beach, see this link.) This is another wonderfully framed picture of us, along with Walt Wysk and his parents, in front of the Herschell-Spillman 11-foot-tall organ, which operated with old-style cardboard music. It made it's debut at the 1900 Paris Exposition and was installed at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion in 1954. It was later moved to Broadway at the Beach, where it remained for a few years. Where it is now, no one seems to know.

Before it got too dark, we took some snapshots from the former The Attic. Since it's Fall Bike Rally we enjoyed some bikes such as these.

Here I am with Walt, Even though Walt told me when we walked through the gate, "ONE picture only, " I guess he didn't want to argue with his parents, Walter (Bud) and Lorraine. One more photo of Wally and I. My last picture of The Pavilion at dusk, Another farewell photo for the memory bin.

The party was held in The Attic and featured an appearance by The Catalinas. (Y'all DO remember The Catalinas...right?) The Attic was set up with beverage bars, food stations, festive balloons and ice sculptures.

We took some time to visit the Amusement Park before calling it a night. I think Lorraine would have boarded The Hurricane if she found a follower, but she settled for a photo with The Starship instead.

Everyone loves the Carousel. Even Wally. One last photo before saying good-bye to the Pavilion. As we walked back to our cars, we were reminded that the Fall Bike Rally was still in progress.

Thanks, Walt! And a big thanks Burroughs & Chapin. They really know how to throw a party! This night will become a part of the many Pavilion memories we keep in our hearts. With much anticipation, we're looking forward to the new future of downtown Myrtle Beach.

More Myrtle Beach Pavilion photos here:

I made some Orbs (ornaments) from some of my old pictures.
Free yourself. Myrtle Beach Pavilion Orbs!

If you like Myrtle Beach nostalgia, history or anything old, you will also enjoy:
Carousel Horses, 2003/Herschell-Spillman Carousel | Beach Renourishment 2007 | Vintage Myrtle Beach Postcards and Photos |
Hurricane Charley - August 13, 2004 | Sun Fun 2004 | Pavilion - Final Season | Pedro's South of the Border | Tornado (twister) 2001 | World's Tallest Sandcastle June, 2006 | Globes (orbs) from the old Pavilion

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