Nestled atop the colorful Pirate’s Cove Souvenir Shop in Shoreline Village is a space to be treasured. It’s a land of discovery and play, where “Anything Can Start with LEGO Bricks”. It’s called Shoreline Village’s Brickersville, and it is an entrepreneurship skills learning space and LEGO themed activity center.
I’m at risk of self-indulgement when I write of Brickersville. It’s a part of me, I’m a part of it. It is so also for the others who participate in the space, particularly the leadership team.
I’m at risk of omission if I don’t. So let me be guilty of self-indulgement.
We believe in the power of play to engage and take us to new learning.
There is NZ Fawkes, Director of Bricking. As of this writing he is 9, soon to be 10.
There is me, Trish Tsoiasue, Squigglemom and the Game Master of my Game. (everyone is the master of his/her own game).
We’re working on scenes of Shoreline Village and the Long Beach Pike, International communities and multi-National projects in LEGO bricks. Visit us, book your event with us, register for our email list and please don’t blink. Whether we’ll be here today and gone tomorrow is the risk we all take as entrepreneurs.
This post is a post in my digital notebook. All details ar subject to change and this post is subject to update.
The term ‘Wild West’ was usually attributed to the period before the Long Beach Pike, which was the name given to the downtown waterfront amusement area since 1902.
In digging around, even as little as I have yet dug, I am discovering the wonders and stories of the old Pike. In 1902, there was no Disneyland. The Long Beach Pike WAS the amusement. It seems to me, that in 1902, theme park rides were not created just by one or two large companies that hired ride designers. They were created by the companies of the ride designers themselves. The amusement areas were not coordinated by a single entity, they were participated in by different entities that delivered different rides. At least… It appears to me that this is so. Perhaps I am wrong. I’m still sorting through all the details, and will update this post when I find out more.
In one of the many discussions I have had about the ‘old Pike’, I was sharing about the influence of Coney Island and the similarites between Coney Island (which I’ve never visited, but now think I should) and the Long Beach Pike. Coney Island started in the early 1800’s and was a destination resort for the wealthy. The conversation went around to the role of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark in Coney Island’s development. However, it appears that Tivoli Gardens may be in a different category from Coney Island and officially opened in August, 1843 – later than Coney Island.
Regardless, I am discovering the very interesting rides of the old Long Beach Pike, and amazing facts about them.
I’m listing them here for my future reference, and expect that I’ll be digging around for more information on each of these.
Sky Wheel, double Ferris wheel: Built by Allan Herschell Company of New York. Two wheels of eight cars each were connected with an armature. The armature would allow loading/unloading of the lower wheel while the upper one revolved, then top and bottom wheels would swap and when both were loaded and spinning, several turns of the armature provided serious thrills.