I took extra steps to enhance this incredibly interesting article on the "Water Carnival" which was an annual affair conducted by the bungalow residents* of Lakeside Park in the early part of the 20th century. What a spectacle it must have been! Floats of all shapes, sizes, and subjects afloat at beautiful "Lakeside," or as was commonly known, "Gropp's Lake." My son Ken is a resident of Medford Lakes down in Burlington County. It appears that the citizens of that bucolic little town have also organized an "on the lake" event. What a great idea for future Hamiltonians!
*Charles Teunon is credited with establishing this quaint and very beautiful area of Hamilton. The original intent of the development was to provide a summer home for the more affluent residents of Trenton. The "bungalows" were similar in nature to those built along the upper Delaware for the same clientele.
There is some interesting reading in these articles dealing with the Lakeside Park area of the early part of the 20th century. The Venetian Carnival was an affair where boaters floated along in a delightful parade with their vessels aglow. Medford Lakes residents still carry on a similar attraction. I always thought i.It would be nice to see Gropp's Lake once again made into a swimming area; especially now that the cost of gas is going to restrict many families to local facilities.