Mondays at the James: History of Paragon Park

Mondays at the James: History of Paragon Park

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Mondays at the James: History of Paragon Park
History of Paragon Park
Presented by Author Chris Haraden
Monday, May 18 at 7 pm

FREE and open to the public

Author Chris Haraden recounts the history of our beloved Paragon Park. He’ll bring you into the past, into the pages of his new coffee table book, the first comprehensive book on the history of the beloved amusement park that opened on the shores of Nantasket Beach in 1905. Come learn all about the beginning and the end of this cherished park, share your memories, and ask Chris questions you’ve longed to have answered.

About the Author

Chris Haraden grew up literally in the shadow of Paragon Park’s Giant Coaster.

His grandfather, Frank Infusino, purchased a home on Rockview Road in the 1930s so that he could walk to work at Paragon Park, which was visible from nearly every room in the house. Like many Paragon employees, Frank did many jobs during his years there, but was best known as one of the “track walkers” who worked on the Giant roller coaster.

It was Frank who, in his retirement years, passed along to his grandson his knowledge of “the park” (as it was known to the locals) and the much broader scope of the history of Nantasket Beach.

Chris has carried on that tradition of cherishing the past. He is a former member of the Hull Historical Society, Fort Revere Park & Preservation Society, and in 1984 was the youngest person ever appointed to a municipal board in Massachusetts when he joined the Hull Historical Commission at age 13.

Too young to have worked at Paragon before it closed, Chris’s first job was in the Playland Penny Arcade along the Nantasket strip, where he might have embellished his age a bit to be hired as a cashier. Later, he worked at Dream Machine and Ricky’s Ice Cream, where he met his future wife, Marilyn – one of the many love stories that began on the shores of Nantasket Beach.

He is the former editor of The Hull Times and has worked as an editor and copy editor for various publications in Eastern Massachusetts. He’s currently the Director of Education and Agent Services for the Jack Conway & Co. real estate firm.

Chris has written two nationally distributed books on regional history: Storm of the Century: New England’s Great Blizzard of 1978 (2003), and Hull & Nantasket Beach: Then & Now (co-author, 2001), and is the former owner of Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Now a resident of Hanover, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Paragon Carousel, the Executive Committee of the Hanover Historical Society and is an appointed member of the Hanover Historical Commission and the Hanover Cultural Council.

Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.
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