Casino Ballroom

The Casino Ballroom was located on The Strip, just west of the New Inn (now Swiss Chalet).

It was built in the spring of 1915 by a group of investors: George Glick, Maurice Johnston and Mrs. Bert (Jennie) Munger Gregory. Glick and Johnston bought out Gregory’s interest in 1917.

The idea for a dance hall at the lake came out of Mr. Glick’s work as a dancing instructor in Geneva. He became acquainted with Mr. Johnson, who conducted a dancing school at Canton and through attending conventions for dance teachers.

The operated the Casino until 1937, when the investors sold out to the Pera family.

The Pera’s built their Pier Ballroom and opened it in 1928. Disliking competition, they bought out The Casino and repurposed it as a skating rink. It was a bad idea, and after several years of poor performance, they converted the rink to the Casino Gardens, a nightclub.

The Casino operated as such until 1953, when it was converted to an arcade. It was operated as Sportland Arcade until fire claimed the building in 1979. The Casino narrowly missed burning down in 1952, when a July 10 fire destroyed the Sportland Penny Arcade next to the Casino.

Mr. Glick died April 28, 1938. He was survived by his wife, Zora, and a daughter, Mrs. Erlyn Gordon, of Shaker Heights.

Source: Geneva Free Press, April 29, 1938, “George Glick, former lake resident dies”

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Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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