Is There FAIRness in the World?

 Is there a place that you have traveled to when you were younger that you wish you could visit again?

You can pretty much read Elaine’s Wednesday post, with some of Patty’s from Monday and Angie’s from Tuesday, since they hit a number of places that I would love to revisit from when I was young.
These include Virginia, Pennsylvania, the Atlantic Ocean, historical places, the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There isn’t much to add. As for places fondly remembered and where we grew up and where we have traveled, have pretty much all been covered here by me,

and I hate to be continually repeating myself.

So I am reaching deep to come up with places that would be impossible to return to for anyone.

One was The Enchanted Forest.

This was in Maryland, closer to Baltimore than to the suburbs of Washington DC where I was born and grew up. Ellicott City was known for many years as a kind of ‘Las Vegas”, not for any gambling or raciness, but for the fact that one could run off and get married quickly there in the days of long paperwork, blood tests, and waits of most other places.

The Enchanted Forest was a beautiful place where there were little houses, characters and spots right out of fairytales. The huge dining hall was built like a barn, (it may have been one), and up in the rafters a Peter Pan watched over the diners,(there may have been others). There were activities and an enormous slide that looked like it went down a mountain and right over a lake. One of my favorite parts was riding on the lake in fair-sized boats that looked like giant swans.

The one downside was that the suburbs had not sprawled anywhere near as far as they have now and  I did not get to go until my aunt took me and a visiting cousin there the summer that I was twelve. I was a little too big to truly appreciate all of it, although I found all the imaginative depictions artistic and adorable; I had an eye for aesthetics.

I also hated that they made me go on a pony ride. I love horses, but I don’t like being on them. I felt very awkward on top of it all.

 I also wish that I could go to where I went with other aunts and cousins the year before: The New York World’s Fair, shortly before it closed, (1965).
We got there at the end of it, my aunt, a slightly younger cousin, a grown cousin and her two slightly younger kids, and her mother. My aunt was good, my grown cousin and her mother were two of the nicest women who ever lived. Still, I was the odd man out, so to speak and quite shy. I wish that I could experience and appreciate more of the sights, rides, and pavilions. The “Phone Company” and General Electric were particularly wonderful experiences, as I remember, with us in moving seats, automaton dioramas, and seeing what we could expect in the future…

as crazy as it all seemed, their wildest imaginations were not even close to what we actually have now!

Did anyone reading this get to that World’s Fair? Have you been to any other?
Whatever happened to World’s Fairs, anyway?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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10 Responses to Is There FAIRness in the World?

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I went with my family to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and my brother and I had a blast — though it was quite a bit more crowded than we had experienced in Disneyland four years previously.
    We went to NYC in 64 as they were finishing up the prep for that world’s fair. My memories are muddled, but I don’t think we actually ATTENDED it… as much as we drove BY it.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I never had the pleasure of attending a World’s Fair, but I can imagine they were awesome. My mother happened to be visiting her family when it was in Tokyo and she went to it with her family. She said it was quite impressive, and brought home some interesting souvenirs.

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    • I didn’t have much money, but in fact,I still have a beautiful woven bookmark from the Greek Pavillion. As a matter of fact, about a yeat ago my cousin and I spoke about the Fair and she remembers the bookmark and how she admired it; she was NINE years old!


    • I don’t remember bringing home much else. I also had a little handwoven basket with lavender blossoms in it which I also bought from the Greeks. I don’t know what became of that.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    My family and I visited Knoxville for the World’s Fair they hosted. I can’t remember what year it was. I remember being super impressed by the statues that were found in the tomb of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang.

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    • Oh, that does sound fascinating! I would LOVE to see the Terra Cotta soldiers. That are all so different and lifelike. The whole idea of them is mind-boggling.
      There was a King Tut exhibit at the Denver Museum when we were there. We had a membership, but I help chaperone a field trip for The Husband’s high school students and I had a ball.


  4. I have always wanted to go to a World’s Fair. I think for something as wonderful as that I could make myself deal with the crowds that would be there. I’ve read a few books and seen a few movies that mention them and it always makes me wish I had been able to go to one.

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    • You know, Angie, even though this was in New York and yes, there were a LOT of people there, and some of the lines were very long, it was not as bad as it should, could have been. I mean, Disneyland/World lines seem longer r as long(for like the G.E. exhibit, which was worth the hour or so wait). There was lots of open areas and getting into Pavillions was easy enough. It was the only time I ever saw NYC from the bus; the driver took us past the U.N. building and few other points of interest. It was nice to see the old buildings with downstairs businesses with apartments above them, like we always saw on TV and movies. I always wanted to go back.
      I can’t imagine the security nightmare a World’s Fair would be today.

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