Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair

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Bryan Batt grew up amid the rides and attractions of Pontchartrain Beach amusement park founded by his grandfather Harry Batt Sr. While clearing out his mother’s estate Batt uncovered a treasure trove of unpublished photographs and memorabilia from the iconic beachfront attraction. With these ephemera as a focal point, Batt began collecting reminiscences from celebrities, former employees, and frequent park-goers. Batt and Danos have created a snapshot of time and place filled with candid moments with musical stars, tales of beauty pageants, and photographic traces of the exciting rides and attractions that drew families from throughout the region. It will be a treasured keepsake for those who visited the regional attraction over the years.
ISBN: 9781455621934
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 324
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
Bryan Batt's family founded and ran the iconic amusement park Pontchartrain Beach. After Hurricane Katrina, Batt organized, hosted, and performed at events and fundraisers across the country for disaster relief efforts. Hearing stories and memories of Pontchartrain Beach from natives of the Gulf South inspired him to celebrate his family's business in a book. A native New Orleanian, Batt is an actor, designer, and civil activist. He has won numerous awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on Mad Men, OUT Magazine's Artist of the Year, and the Big Easy Entertainer of the Year award. Batt and his partner own and operate Hazelnut, a fine gift and home accessories shop in New Orleans. In addition, he serves on the boards of NO AIDS Task Force and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré. Batt earned his bachelor of arts from Tulane University and lives with his partner in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is his third book.
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