What is possibly New Jersey’s best-known roadside kitsch piece, Lucy the Elephant, turns 140 and there will be a birthday party hosted by the town of Margate on Saturday, July 17th.
According to the New Jersey Monthly, the party will include a railless train ride, a 9-hole miniature golf course and other rides, games and inflatables. There will also be hot dogs, funnel cakes and refreshments, as well as appearances from Mackie the Stiltwalker. The Save Lucy committee will release Lucy’s cake at 3 p.m.
The theme of the party is based on the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” as Lucy makes a cameo appearance in the opening credits. They will sing “Happy Birthday” and cut the cake at 3:00 pm; you can get a free piece of cake while supplies last.
Lucy, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, was originally built in 1881 by a real estate developer hoping to sell lots in Margate (then known as South Atlantic City), the six-story pachyderm served as office, tavern, and cottage before falling into disrepair in the 1960s. It was even scheduled for demolition.
The Save Lucy committee was formed and raised funds to both relocate and renovate it. In 1970 it was moved about 100 meters on land owned by the city, and the original wooden structure was reinforced with steel. She has now been in the same place for 50 years. Tours became available in 1974 (and continue to this day). It was also used as Air BnB earlier this year.
For more information on the party or on Lucy in general, she has her own website.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.
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