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Retro Schwenker’s Pond Time

Kathy and Pat Reed and mom on a visit to Fair Haven’s Schwenker’s Pond circa late 1950s
Photo/courtesy of Pat Reed

With the mild weather over the weekend and into the start of the week, R-FH area people were popping up all over the great outdoors  for a little fairer weather respite.

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Retro Fair Haven Snow Day Creation

Photo/Picture of Register photo clip by Dave Kingston

With the big blizzard recently came a lot of chatter about snow days and how to get creative with the white stuff. Well, in the 1970s, a few R-FH area kids took their creativity farther than most would be allowed to these days. And that chatter could have well been the chattering of teeth in the freezing weather.

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Retro McCarter Skate

Carson Kirman gets to the winter sport of hockey and skating on McCarter Pond in 2015
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s not as if most any adventurous kid wouldn’t try a little skating on thin ice in more ways than one. But, the ice was definitely thick enough at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven this one January day in 2015.

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Retro Schwenker’s Pond Skate

Rumson-Fair Haven folks, it’s cold outside! But it’s only cold enough when the pond freezes over.

Since it just might be cold enough to skate, and school’s out for holiday vacation time, we figured the Retro Pic of the Day would take you back to a day in probably 1970. On this day, the infamous call on the ol’ rotary dial phone (to a number that started with  Shadyside) was made to see if the ice was safe enough to skate on — and it was.

So, that day we opted to get geared up in high Fair Haven fashion, hold hands, glide, stumble, fall and freeze on Schwenker’s Pond. Dad came along with his Brownie camera, capturing that initial chilly, somewhat terrifying first skate moment.

This editor was never a very accomplished athlete, much less coordinated. There were lots of bumps and bruises at the end of that excursion. The sister, though, was another story. The outfits, we thought, were pretty hip.

Remember those stocking hats with the tassel on the end? How many times did yours get caught on the skate blade when you fell? Ahem …

No matter how war torn, that first skating day of the season was a hit on Schwenker’s or McCarter’s Pond. It was a plus knowing that the ice was thick enough to not fall in. See? Those little things are important.

Remember when there was that phone number to call to check if the ice was frozen enough for skating? Anyone remember that number?

Send us your Rumson and/or Fair Haven skating pics of the past at evd@rfhretro.com and we will post them.

A 1965 Fair Haven Christmas

Our Retro Pic of the Day takes you back to 1965 and a first Christmas in Fair Haven for this editor and her family.

We asked Santa at the firehouse to grant our modest gift wishes and he did. Yours truly got that “doll with a wind” whose retail name is forgotten and sister got a Pebbles doll.

Yes, and the blow-up Santa is a bit freaky looking, but all the rage in the 1960s.

Did you get what you wanted from Santa? Send us your photos at evd@rfhretro.com and we’ll post them. Happy holidays, all!

Looking Back: A Tale of Tradition and Firehouse Santa Pics

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time of the year for a longstanding Fair Haven tradition  — photos at the firehouse with Santa.

This year, Santa’s came to the firehouse on Sunday.

It’s another Fair Haven tradition you can always count on.

I remember …

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Lighting Up the Holidays in Fair Haven

Remember the old Sunday night drive to check out all the Christmas lights when you were a kid?

Well, it doesn’t have to be a Sunday night. Any night is a good one for the drive around to look at the lights.

We took a little Monday night drive in Fair Haven. The only thing that was missing was the ol’ “Ooooo … ahhhh” and the backseat sibling quibbling to Dad’s, “Girls! If I have to pull this car over!”

This is what we saw. And it’s just a sampling. Fair Haven is quite festive. Rumson is next. And we’ll go back to both towns for that nighttime drive until Christmas.

Know of any great decorations? Let us know where they are. We’ll make sure everyone gets to take the drive with us.

— Elaine Van Develde