Yup, it’s Friday night. It’ll soon be time for that Mega Millions drawing.
Yes, of course, everyone wants to be a winner!
So, in honor of those lucky winners and the idea that the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is coming soon, the Retro Pic of the Day honors both with a shot from last year of one of the first, very surprised and elated, 50/50 winners at the fair.
Cheers to the winners! The look on his face just says it all!
Yes, it’s pretty simple. Summertime crabbing at the Fair Haven Dock.
It’s the go-to simple summer activity in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
It’s something that spans generations and demographics. If you grew up in this area, it’s pretty customary to, at some point in your youth, grab a bucket, a net and steal some of your mother’s chicken (that she may have counted on cooking that night) to go crabbing at the dock.
Who knows? You could end up changing the dinner menu anyway.
There’s a 60 percent chance of rain on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, but there’s a concert and some sale shopping planned in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
Starting on Friday …
It’s the 62nd year of neighboring Red Bank’s traditional sidewalk sales.
Many R-FH area people remember either catching a bus for 5 cents or walking to Red Bank, babysitting money tucked in that change pocket of the Levis, to walk around, hang with friends and buy just about any bargain more for the sake of the event than price, and head home with that sidewalk sale souvenir.
This year, the sale will again fill the streets of Red Bank on Friday, Saturday and Sunday comprising more than 60 retailers from 6 to 9 . Parking is free, if you’re driving and not hiking it or catching a bus like the kids of the old days.
The conviction of an area man Long Branch man, released from prison in 1997 after serving four years for the 1988 rape of a 17-year old girl, will be vacated, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced in a press release recently.
There’s nothing quite like a day of hanging out with a gaggle of your favorite gals.
It was even more of a treat when that group of girls actually got together in each others houses, sat on the couch and conversed. Of course, those were the days, back in the late 1960s, when there were no cell phones, social media or apps to keep them from doing so, either.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day, contributed by native Fair Havenite Sandi Richards von Pier, is all about girlfriends, simple get-togethers, and keeping the bonds going strong.
Some of these girls are still friends. One of them had a birthday very recently. Know which one?
Whose house was your favorite place to hang out with your own gaggle of girlfriends? Activity? How about that magic 8 ball? Jacks? Mastery Date? Eh, these gals may have been a bit too young. Maybe not.
Back in the day, Rumson summers weren’t all about going to the beach club from dawn ’til dusk.
For some, it was as simple skipping the packing up of the family, not to mention the cost, and just laying a blanket out on the lawn and catching some rays while the kids played.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that time-honored, simple tradition of lawn sunning with a photo from several decades ago, courtesy of native Rumsonite Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca, of her such a Holly Street scene set by her cousin (the child) and his mom.
“The house in the background belonged to my grandparents Alfred and Lillian Turnbull Slocum,” she said.
Jack isn’t suited up for sunbathing or swimming. Looks like he’s ready to go fix a car somewhere. Hmmm. Perhaps the car’s what’s in his hand.
Did you sun in your back or front yard when you couldn’t get to the beach? Did you ever try to get your hair bleached blonde with lemon and the sun?
Once upon a time, 39 summers ago, in a little red building that looked like a barn and acted like a theater, a bunch of high school kids were brought together, united in a common mission to “go on with the show” Bye Bye Birdie.
There were high schoolers from Rumson-Fair Haven and the surrounding area. They auditioned, got cast and got down to the businesses of putting on a show and getting to know one another very quickly — as the usual route of show biz goes.
They acted, sang, danced and rollicked their way to what turned out to be a lifetime bonding experience.
The teens ended up going their separate ways to college and theater paths of their own, or not.
But, they never forgot that summer of 1977. And, a few weeks ago, two cast members reunited after 35 years (they had seen each other four years after the show). The two were Connie Cairo (then Cairo) and Alisa Roblenski. Connie played Birdie-obsessed lead teen Kim MacAfee and Roblenski was a Birdie loving teen.
The two, who this Birdie mayor’s wife, Edna, recently reconnected with on Facebook, shared their reunion with us. Take a look.
This is why these two can honestly say, “We love you, Barn Theatre, oh yes we do!” and there’s really “no business like show business!”
To quote, loosely, a song from Birdie, “One bond, one special bond … one bond to grow with …” Sniff, sniff, smile.
This Barn reunion theme is catching! Curtain up! Heads up! Stay tuned for another!
The concept doesn’t get any simpler for summer — a tent, some games, some snacks, some buddies, a movie and sleeping (sort of) under the stars far enough outside of your own back yard to call it an outing.
It’s what kids and parents gathered to do on Saturday in Fair Haven. It was the borough’s annual campout at Fair Haven Fields.
It was still steaming hot at tent pitching time — around 7 p.m..
The Fair Haven Recreation Department helpers were ready and curbside at the fields and set to inform campers about the rules and regs. And the concession stand was staffed. But, well, by 7:30 p.m., only two sets of campers had arrived.
The helpers anticipated that more would show when the movie started at 8:45 and they were ready!
This is how this simple summer night of new local tradition got started on Saturday. These guys in the featured photo were a little wilted from the humidity, but still smiling and energetic enough to kid around with each other a little. Though, one of them reflected that he thinks he always has a “reluctant gaze” when photographed. Hmmm. Can you guess which is the reluctant reflector?
If you have any photos of the campout after perhaps more campers arrived and more fun ensued or fewer campers looked “reluctant,” send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our camp night slideshow for later.
Coincidence? Sort of. It just so happens that it is summer. It is just so happens that Bye Bye Birdie has been running on the Decades channel on TV. And it just so happens that it’s now been 39 years (WHAT??) since summer theater at The Barn Theatre in Rumson was in full swing and in rehearsals for Bye Bye Birdie.