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    • By Pat Locke

      Welcome to The Floating Spotlight blog. Floating Stage Productions wishes to welcome Lake Compounce as a new customer. Music has always been a major part of Lake Compounce’s history and so it continues today with the addition of a floating stage for the 2023 concert schedule.

      Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park located in Bristol, Connecticut having opened in 1846. The park spans 322 acres which includes a beach area.

      The first permanent building on the property was The Casino built in 1895 with a ballroom upstairs. In the 1930s, the ballroom was expanded. An enormous dance floor without walls was added so visitors could dance under the stars. A high arched ceiling and windowed walls were added in 1937. Many big bands of the day played at Lake Compounce from Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey to Cab Calloway, Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Harry James to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. In 1938, Artie Shaw and his orchestra performed with featured singer, Billie Holliday. The all-time attendance record of 5,000 dancers was set in the Spring of 1941 when the Dorsey band featured a young, up-and-coming vocalist named Frank Sinatra.

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