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Retro Having a Field Day at Knollwood

A field day for Knollwood kids in the late 1990s
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Once upon a time, in those school days right before summer, when Knollwood School kids gathered on Sportsman’s Field for, well, some Field Day fun, let’s just say it was a bit hard to keep them focused.

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Retro Rumson Summer: The Barn Theater

Clip of press photo for The Barn Theater's production of "The Fantasticks" in the summer of 1977
Clip of press photo for The Barn Theater’s production of “The Fantasticks” in the summer of 1977
"Bye Bye Birdie" at The Barn Theater in Rumson circa summer of 1977 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
“Bye Bye Birdie” at The Barn Theater in Rumson circa summer of 1977
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The following piece was originally posted on July 8, 2015. As we dive into summer season, we thought it only fitting to remember good summer times outside of the usual beach romp for those who grew up and raised their families in the Rumson-Fair Haven area — summer theater. Once upon a time, there was a special little place in Rumson … Take a trip back with us to  simple summers and magical, theatrical times … 

Remember The Barn Theater in Rumson?

Well, if you don’t, you missed out and are probably significantly younger than those who do and didn’t — miss out, that is.

It’s a plus if you’re that young. But, it’s definitely a factor in the minus category if you didn’t work, play or get entertained there.

It was a community theater that cast hundreds, maybe thousands, from the area, including many Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students.

The building is still there, only a few blocks away from the high school on Avenue of Two Rivers near the intersection at Ridge Road. The reason why it was called The Barn was, well, because it was an old barn, gutted (if there is such a thing with a barn) and converted into a small arena-type stage theater, with the stage at floor level and risers around it as seats, though not all the way around.

You get the picture. Now, here’s what’s behind the place’s show folk and shows …

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Fair Haven Policeman Injured: GoFundMe Set

He is known as one of Fair Haven’s finest. He’s a borough police officer. He’s a native Fair Havenite. He’s a husband. He’s a dad. He’s a neighbor. He’s also known as one of the best friends a community could have. He’s Fair Haven Police Patrolman Dwayne Reevey and he needs some help from the community in which he was raised and has served for some time now.

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NJ Teen Arts Tour to Feature RFH Grad’s Piece

Hive Mind, a porcelain piece created by recent Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate Dante Cioffoletti, has been selected for the New Jersey Teen Arts Touring Exhibition and will be exhibited throughout Monmouth County for the next year.

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Retro Summer Fair Haven Dock Daze

Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Summer fun in Fair Haven doesn’t get any simpler or more treasured than ending the day down by the Fair Haven Dock, sand between the toes, a few antics up the sleeve, a little seaweed in the shorts, and a crab or 20. Dock time has been a time-honored tradition for kids since, well, the dawn of time.

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Retro Forrestdale Yearbook Kids

Page out of Forrestdale yearbook 1974
Page out of Forrestdale yearbook 1974

Yes, school’s out for summer.

But, as the season sets in and the fun begins, those who are saying goodbye to elementary and middle school years and getting set for high school are also getting flashbacks of the days when it all started.

That’s why eighth graders in Rumson and Fair Haven alike have traditionally peppered their yearbooks with a few pages’ worth of who’s who as a kid and/or baby photos.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that, taking a look back at a page out of a Forrestdale yearbook circa 1974, and begs the question “Who are those kids?”

Do you know? Take a look.

Retro RFH Graduation Traditions

RFH graduation '79 Photo/George Day
RFH graduation ’79
Photo/George Day

Graduation time has come and gone for RFHers.

Wow. So much has changed, yet stayed the same. The venue has gone from the RFH Borden Stadium to the front lawn to the Borden Stadium and the football field again to the RFH auditorium and mixed up and around over the years. Now it’s at the Monmouth University.

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Focus: Knollwood Graduation Milestone Moments

It’s not just about the walk and the diploma. It’s about the milestone moments — the before, during and after — of eighth grade graduation. It’s the graduation that puts students on a new plane to growing up — getting set to go to high school.

Last week, Fair Haven’s Knollwood School eighth graders shared many of those milestone moments. They met at their alma mater to take a trip to the high school where most of them will be launching their teen education experience. They graduated. They took a walk of tradition down Third Street, cheered on my family and friends, all the way back to where their Fair Haven educational experience started — at Viola L. Sickles School. They celebrated with a dance. They said goodbye to their elementary and middle school years.

A few Fair Haven moms sent their photos to offer a glimpse into the moments. Take a look at our slideshow and photo gallery …

Thanks to Joanne Joanne Mitchell Formisano, Courtney Kemler, Beth Solin, Lauren Steets, Melina Calabretta, Erin Simpson and Lynn for providing the photos!  

 

Retro Knollwood Grad Fashionistas

Knollwood Class of '74 graduation fashionistas Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde (yours truly) and Wanda Becker. Photo/Sally Van Develde
Knollwood Class of ’74 graduation fashionistas Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde and Wanda Becker.
Photo/Sally Van Develde

Eighth graders in the Rumson-Fair Haven area have graduated.

Photos are popping up all over social media. And these crews of grade school cronies seem to have a panache we eighth graders of the 1970s lacked. There they all are … posing, arms wrapped around one another, sporting stylish clothes, tans and toothy grins.

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Focus: Backstage with RFH Class of 2018 Grads

Those moments before the graduation walk are sometimes the most treasured. Classmates huddle together, clown around and, yes, shed a few tears knowing that it is the last time they’ll all be together as high school students.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect visited with the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2018 before the walk.

Here’s a glimpse of what we saw backstage … (Click to enlarge! Apologies for the blurriness. Time for a new camera … and/or photographer.)