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Going Retro with RFH’s ‘Fiddler’

In light of our recent editorial tribute to 26-year Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) English teacher and her theatrical family, our Retro Pic of the Day brings us back to 1978 and RFH’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Nearly the entire Hughes family had a featured role in the show. Pictured in this shot are Paul and Nan Hughes rehearsing a scene as Hodel and Perchik.

Oddly enough, they played a madly-in-love couple in the show. Hodel defies tradition asking for a blessing rather than permission to marry Perchik, a radical who was sent to a prison in Siberia while working for the revolution in Kiev.

Paul’s children attend RFH and many have seen Matt on the same stage as his father.

We’re thinking Nan won’t be too fond about revisiting that hairdo. Sorry, Nan.

 

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 at a Special RFH Teacher, Friend

Mimi Hughes as pictured in the 1978 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School yearbook.

By Elaine Van Develde

It is with great sadness, yet gratitude for a treasure trove of great memories, that I dedicate our Retro Pic of the Day to the memory of longtime Rumson resident and former RFH English teacher Mimi Hughes, who passed away Saturday morning.

Mrs. Hughes is remembered as an exquisitely gentille, intelligent, strong and compassionate woman. While many knew her from her many years as an RFH teacher, she is also fondly recalled as a singer, actress, friend, wife, mom to RFH grads Mark, Paul, Nan and Patrick and beloved grandmother to her grandchildren.

“She had time to say goodbye to all of us, and she did it with shining grace and composure,” daughter Nan said in a Facebook post. “Her last night was filled with love, Christmas carols and family. Mimi was even singing along with her grandchildren … And as always, she has been a role model, showing us the best way to do this.”

There will be a memorial gathering 10 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass at Nativity Church, Fair Haven.

With our Retro Pic of the Day, we ask that you take a moment to remember Mimi Hughes.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect will be publishing an opinion piece on Monday in honor of Mrs. Hughes.

A Retro Look at Fair Haven School Daze

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Our Retro Pic of the Day takes you back to the days of Kindergarten classes at what was called the Youth Center in Fair Haven.

Kids were walked on a rope — yes, a rope — led by an official looking crossing guard-type person to the classroom which was where the police station is now. (We’ll get to the rope another time.)

This shot, circa 1965, features some kids who are still in the area, if not Fair Haven itself.

One is a well-known funeral director (front, left), another is your own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect founding editor (front right, sort of), another has a mom who still lives in town and a brother who is a well-known area photographer and landscaper, and, yet another, was an impressive athlete growing up and is still in town.

Take your guesses. And, please feel free to send us your retro photos, credit included, at evd@rfhretro.com.

 

A Look Back on Holiday Partying with the Fair Haven FD Ladies’ Auxiliary

Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies’ Auxiliary celebrates the holidays many years ago. Pictured are: FRONT ROW Mary Farley, Sally Van Develde, Millie Felsmann, Paula Mulvihill, Mary LeCardi, Jane Croft, Evie Kelly, Joanne Fowler, BACK ROW Kathy Watson, Ethel Russek, Bobby Lang, Florrie Carlock, Ruth Binaco, Elinore Osborne, Jean Burgess, Mary Albertson, Marion Bennett, Jackie Leslie, Chris Schrank, Trish DePonti, Raquel Falotico, Dale Connor, Nellie Egeland, Esther England, Dot Connor and Kathy Robbins. Photo/Kathy Robbins

Our Retro Pic of the Day brings us decades back to a snapshot of a little holiday party fun with the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies’ Auxiliary.

There are an awful lot of familiar faces in this shot, including some Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) grads and/or their mothers — this editor’s mom, too.

Take a look and see who you recognize. Thanks to Kathy Robbins who took the photo and circulated it last year on Facebook.

Another Closing of Another RFH Show

Julia Mosby and Ben Ley after “Miracle on 34th Street” performance at RFH. Photo/Barbara Mosby

By all accounts, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Tower Players’ Miracle on 34th Street was a smashing success.

The show, which ran Friday and Saturday nights, closed with a Sunday matinee.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect couldn’t make it to this show, but cast member Julia Mosby’s mom Barbara captured a couple of post-show moments and sent them. So, the photos are being featured as our Retro Pic(s) of the Day.

The photos, of course, included Julia and RFH grad and friend Ben Ley, a former RFH Jazz Ensemble drummer, who now attends NYU.

Take a look. If you have any photos you’d like to add, please feel free to send them to us, with proper credit, at evd@rfhretro.com.

 

Reflection of a Sunny Beach Sweep

Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps in Sea Bright 2014. Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps in Sea Bright 2014.
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Ah, yes, the sun was out today, but that chill is in the air and, well,  season-appropriate.

In light of a sunny day memory at the Sea Bright beach and the fact that Clean Ocean Action is celebrating its 30th year, we decided to take you back to the organization’s Beach Sweeps in October.

Take a look and, click here to see the slideshow of the day. Don’t forget to click the lower right corner of the video to enlarge it!

Here’s to more sunny, crisp days!

Going Retro with Another of Our Fair Ladies

Jeanette Choma has lived in Fair Haven for 50 years and loves fair time.  Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Jeanette Choma has lived in Fair Haven for 50 years and loves fair time.
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Yes, R-FH people, it’s cold outside! So we thought we’d warm you up with a Retro Pic of the Day that’s all about summer and one warm hearted lady — the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair circa 2012 and Jeanette Choma.

We call her one of our fair ladies, and she’s just that. She’ll tell you in a heartbeat that she’s lived in Fair Haven for 50 years and she’s been working that Grab Bag Booth almost as long.

Here’s to Jeanette and warmth!

A Look Back at RFH Tower Players

RFH Tower Players' officers circa 1977. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Tower Players’ officers circa 1977.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

Well, with all the excitement of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Tower Players’ opening night of Miracle on 34th Street, it was inevitable that we would run a Retro Pic of the Day featuring  none other than the Tower Players circa 1977.

So, here in our shot from the yearbook is the group in costume for one gathering or another, or just for fun.

Recognize anyone? Your own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect founding editor is somewhere in there!

Feel free to send us your retro pics at evd@rfhretro.com. In the meantime, let’s go on with the show!

Chorus RFH Style in the Past

RFH Tower Singers entertain at the annual winter concert circa 1976.  Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Tower Singers entertain at the annual winter concert circa 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Freshman Chorus in 1976. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH Freshman Chorus in 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time of the year when the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Tower Singers sing — in concert and at tree lightings.

In fact, the group just sang at the Rumson tree lighting on Sunday.

It was a nice group of singers that put their hearts into the festivities with holiday song.  Though, we couldn’t help but notice how much the group (or, in the past, groups) have shrunk.

In our Retro Pic of the Day, we take you back to the 1970s when there were three choruses at RFH, each of which was quite large: the Freshman Chorus, Tower Singers and Tower Madrigals.

There was also an annual tradition wherein all groups would end the winter concert with the Hallelujah Chorus and invite alumni up to the stage to join in.  Remember?