Crocodile Club sits down Aug. 21 at Lake Compounce


The Crocodile Club is back again. The New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit treasure in the Connecticut community, is once again bringing back the annual dinner meeting at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, on Friday, Aug. 21.

The Crocodile Club will celebrate its 134th reunion dinner with its gathering of individuals who put aside their political differences to celebrate this important part of history. As a treat from the amusement park, your ticket will give you free access to the entire Lake Compounce experience for the day. So, come alone or bring your family to enjoy the amusement park and a free meal in the picnic pavilion while you partake in the Crocodile experience. This year, the Crocodile lunch will be held in the Park Pavilion instead of the Ballroom.

The festivities will begin with the social hour at noon with a beer and wine cash bar in the picnic pavilion. A lamb dinner will be provided combined with usual picnic fare and will commence promptly at 1 p.m During dinner, a lively program with guest speakers will follow. Remember, good speeches and bad jokes are limited to three minutes per person, and no serious political speeches are allowed.

The Norton family formed the “Crocodile Club’” in 1875 when Gad Norton, who was a former legislator and who also started the amusement park in 1846, decided to thank his colleagues in the state legislators for their help in passing a statute that changed the town line between Bristol and Southington to put his farmhouse in Bristol. The reason for this request was so that he could vote in Bristol where he did all his trading and knew more people. Also, in the days of horses and buggies, old dirt roads, and tough winters, the three mile ride to Bristol was a lot easier than the six miles to Southington.

Candidates from all sides will be in one place. However, no serious politics is allowed. That policy was dictated to the original group by host, Gad Norton himself, who said, “there will be no serious politics allowed, no post-mortems from the last legislative session, — just pleasant sociability, good fun, and good food.”


Tickets, available at the Carousel Museum, are $40 each.

Stop in to purchase your ticket, call the museum to put it on your credit card,.or mail to the Crocodile Club, c/o Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010.

The dinner registration form can be downloaded from the Carousel Museum website.

You must have your ticket with you in order to get fed.

For more information contact the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol or call (860) 585-5411.