Robert Savakinus is “Mr. Rocky Glen”.
His passion for the former Moosic-based amusement park began as a child and has remained to this day.
“I have a lot of good childhood memories going with my mom,” Savakinus said. “Who doesn’t want to hold onto a little piece of their childhood?”
The local history buff’s love of the park even led to his second great love, director of the Lackawanna Historical Society Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, who he met while digging up information on his favorite local landmark.
His push for a historical marker along Rocky Glen Road, led to the research and production of a documentary DVD.
“A state official remarked at the marker dedication that it was one of the largest attended ceremonies he had ever witnessed,” he said. “Even before that day, so many people wanted to share their Rocky Glen memories with me that making a documentary just made sense.”
Now, Savakinus is taking up the Rocky Glen cause again, making a stop at the Taylor Community Library on Tuesday, May 21.
“I plan on presenting information on the beginnings of the park dating back to 1886, talking about the golden Sterling years, including the famous Million Dollar Coaster,” Savakinus said. “I know there are a lot of people who have interesting stories about the Ghost Town era and the park in its very last days. I would encourage people to poke around and see if they have photos or even videos or films they might want to bring and share.”
The presentation is free and begins at 6:45 p.m.