Sunday, November 13, 2016

Harry Hayashi's Rainbow Gardens - Carrington, ND

Since moving to Carrington over 12 years ago, I've been fascinated with the story of the Rainbow Gardens and Harry Hayashi.

My friend, Dolly Footitt (who turned 102 in October), has wonderful memories of the Rainbow Gardens, the Hayashi family and that era. She talks about how sad it was when Mr. Hayashi was taken away to be interned in a camp during WWII. He and his family had created a wonderful place here in Carrington - the Rainbow Gardens - where popular bands from all over the country came to play. 

Would you believe that the following entertainers came to Carrington: Duke Ellington, Conway Twitty, Louie Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Tiny Hill, Wayne King, Blue Barron, Buddy Murrow, and many other popular bands of that era. It was an awesome entertainment center with a good restaurant, lodging and beautiful gardens.

When I recently posted a link to a Fargo Forum article about the Rainbow Gardens, Harry Hayashi's grandson John wrote me a very nice note and sent some of their family pictures of The Gardens.  I was so happy to receive John's message and the special photos which he sent.   

John said that his father George (Harry's son)  had passed away at the beginning of October at the age of 89... and that Carrington was always the topic of conversation in the last few months of his life.  John said that they "were able to find many family photos and even in the sadness of my dad's passing discover that Todd Goheen the funeral director was a Carrington kid who lived in the next Wisconsin town over."

"I guess Carrington never leaves you,"  John said.

If you lived in the Carrington area at that time, please share your memories of the Rainbow Gardens and that era with us.

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