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Retro RFH Football Classic: Caseys vs. Bulldogs

If some old RFHers had a winning turkey wishbone to yank on, they may have a revisiting the past wish. Back in the day … The RFH football season used to peak with what then was the classic rivalry homecoming/Thanksgiving Day game between Red Bank Catholic and RFH.

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Retro RFH Football Times & Uniforms

Yes, football season has kicked into high gear at RFH, so let’s take a moment to tackle this handsome team of players of an unknown year as well as the issue of name and uniform style.

Is it all in a name or uniform? Certainly not. It’s all about the game and how it’s played, of course. But, there are some quirks worth taking the ball and running with for a bit. No harm, no fumble. Just fun.

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Retro Fair Haven Brownie Troopers

It’s that time of the year when all the troops are rallying — Girl Scout troops, that is.

Nowadays there is quite an array of scout troop hierarchy, all falling under Girl Scouts. It used to just be Brownies and regular ol’ Girl Scouts with those brown and green uniforms, respectively. There were troops. They met at what used to be called the Youth Center in Fair Haven, at churches sometimes, and often at the nursery school on the Episcopal church property that was knocked down to make way for homes a few years ago.

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Retro RFH Bleacher Hangin’ Daze

Some RFHers from the Class of '79 hanging out in the football bleachers of Borden Stadium. Photo/George Day
Some RFHers from the Class of ’79 hanging out in the football bleachers of Borden Stadium.
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s high school football season.

And in the spirit of all things sporty and sportsmanlike, everyone knows that RFHers are pretty serious about their good football times in the bleachers, too.

While there have been new security restrictions that, for some, put a damper on the fun part of the game spent in the upper Borden Stadium cheering section, the fun and game go on with RFH winners’ gusto.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day revisits a more mellow day of hanging out in the bleachers — just for fun, no game. OK, it may or may not been a practice these RFHers were hanging around for. Or maybe it was just some Class of ’79 students climbing to the top to hang out just for the sake of, well, hanging out — albeit in some sort of separated boys’ and girls’ sections. Cooties? Na. These cool kids were too mature for that — or not.

Tower symbolically atop the shot in the background, fair isle sweaters, turtle necks, blazer, down vests and duck boots in there somewhere, it’s a snapshot of RFH life in the 1970s again.

Recognize anyone in this crew? Can anyone guess what they may have been up to or talking about? Who ended up taking who to that homecoming dance?

Thanks, once again, to George Day for this great shot back in time! 

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro RFH Gal Pals Falling for Beach Time

A look back at some RFH girls contemplating life on the beach in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

While Rumson-Fair Haven area folks know better than anyone that there’s nothing quite like a good locals’ summer, there are always great days on the beach in any season.

When you grow up nestled between the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers and the ocean is a short ride, walk or run away, beaching it is never solely a seasonal jaunt. It’s a rite of passage, no matter what time of year.

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Retro Back to School Night: Fair Haven A.M. Kindergarten Posers

Fair Haven kindergarten a.m. class of 1965

School’s back in session and it’s time for students and teachers to rise, shine and show off a little at Back to School Night.

It’s tonight in Fair Haven schools. And kindergarten is the first and best one for kids and parents. First of all, the parents don’t need to tear up and down stairs and speed through hallways to make it to the next class when that bell rings. A little 5K training should be a prerequisite for middle- and high school Back to School nights.

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Retro RFH ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Looking somewhere over that rainbow at RFH in the 1970s with a spoof of The Wizard of Oz at Freshmen Follies.
Photo/George Day

As the effects of Hurricane Florence brushed by the Rumson-Fair Haven area, they culminated in a bevy of rainbow sightings on Tuesday evening.  So, with thoughts of what might be lingering Somewhere Over the Rainbow in mind, memories of a staged Oz skit at RFH come to mind.

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