Well, the weather report for the weekend calls for temperatures warming up and a little rain. You could say that fair weather bodes well this weekend for a couple of Fair Haven events.
Well, one old time Fair Haven, now Rumson, guy had a birthday recently.
And, on his birthday, a photo popped up on Facebook of him and a few others at the traditional annual sixth grade trip to Stokes State Forrest.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them.
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 email@example.com and we’ll post them. Happy holidays, all!
Merry Christmas from R-FH Retro!
— Thanks to all our Facebook friends for the photos! All the best to all!
— Elaine Van Develde
As if one classic 1960s snapshot of a Fair Haven kid perched on Santa’s lap wasn’t enough … Clearly it wasn’t.
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 …
The view from Hartshorne Woods of Rumson and the Oceanic at the end of a winter’s day is a soothing reminder of what a wonderful world in which we live here in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
Day is done.
— Elaine Van Develde
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