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Retro Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Take-Out

Fair Haven Firemen's Fair take-out booth of 1995 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair take-out booth of 1995
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time again. Time to start setting up for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair — the end-of-the-summer tradition that’s been celebrated for more than a century in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The rides are arriving and the kitchen crew has already started prepping and cooking up some of that classic fair food for which people line up all night long.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the fair kitchen and take-out booth. It’s a shot from the summer of 1995.

They had musssels marinara for $3 and quarts of that famous fair clam chowder for $6.

Recognize the ladies taking orders? One is no longer with us. But both were pioneer women of the Fair Haven First Aid Squad. One is still a member and you’ll see her in the dining room at the fair.

Just looking at this photo can’t you smell that fried seafood in the air already?

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Dude Ranch Hangin with Knollwood Kids & Teachers

 

There’s nothing quite like a final class trip — with class clowns, friends, foes and teachers. Yes, teachers.

This particular trip was taken in 1974 to a dude ranch somewhere with Fair Haven’s Knollwood School soon-to-be grads and teachers. Where, none of the old folks in the pictures can remember. Hey, some of us don’t even remember the trip.

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Outtake: Retro Cheer for a Class of ’78 40th Reunion

“Hey, purple! Hey, white! You look so good to me! Hey, hey, hey, hey …”

Well, the time is drawing nearer for classmates and clowns alike from the RFH Class of ’78 to be reunited at their 40th (ouch) reunion.

The class was known as a particularly friendly, fun bunch. Studious, too. Hmmmm …

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Retro RFH Summer Theater

Summer theater productions are opening all over the Rumson-Fair Haven area. This seasonal show time for locals has proven as popular as hitting the beach with buddies — OK, far away from the invasion of the outta town tourists.

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Retro Crazy RFH Days of Summer

RFH Class of 1979 guys on a day at the beach Photo/courtesy of Paul Hughes, Class of '79 reunion slideshow
RFH Class of 1979 guys on a day at the beach
Photo/courtesy of Paul Hughes, Class of ’79 reunion slideshow

Remember that horror movie When a Stranger Calls? The babysitter  gets a repeated freaky call from a stranger asking, in measured terror tones, “Have you checked the children lately?”

Well, that movie, and its resounding iconic question, ironically came out about the time that today’s Retro Pic of the Day was taken. And, rather, on the minds of the parents of many RFH teens back then was more recurrent chant of “Have you checked the teens lately?”

Well, maybe. Maybe not. But, if and/or when these guys were checked on, the above scene, or something similar, is what parents would have found. Good, ol’ harmless goofing around. No, there was no boogyman after these teens on a hot summer’s day at a Sea Bright beach in the late 1970s.

They did a good enough job scaring one another with their own mere presence (in a good way, of course) and pranks.

You have to wonder how many times it took for them to perfect this little pyramid by the seashore without tripping one another up. Hmmmm.

Recognize any of these clowns, uh, I mean fine upstanding Rumson fellas? Wait, one of these guys is from the Class of ’78. Guess who.

Retro RFH Boys’ Summer Splash

RFH boys of summer making an ocean splash Photo/courtesy of Marc Edelman
RFH boys of summer making an ocean splash
Photo/courtesy of Marc Edelman

The weather has been downright steamy and stormy lately. When the sun’s been out, it’s been a kind of dive in and cool off moment.

That in mind, there’s nothing quite like making a big summertime splash in the ocean with some RFH buddies.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is dedicated to the warm and fuzzy, the splash and staying oh, so cool with RFH friends.

These guys are great friends from a late ’70s or early ’80s graduating class at RFH.

Recognize them?

Everyone in the … ocean!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Having a Field Day at Knollwood

A field day for Knollwood kids in the late 1990s
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Once upon a time, in those school days right before summer, when Knollwood School kids gathered on Sportsman’s Field for, well, some Field Day fun, let’s just say it was a bit hard to keep them focused.

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Retro Rumson Summer: The Barn Theater

Clip of press photo for The Barn Theater's production of "The Fantasticks" in the summer of 1977
Clip of press photo for The Barn Theater’s production of “The Fantasticks” in the summer of 1977
"Bye Bye Birdie" at The Barn Theater in Rumson circa summer of 1977 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
“Bye Bye Birdie” at The Barn Theater in Rumson circa summer of 1977
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The following piece was originally posted on July 8, 2015. As we dive into summer season, we thought it only fitting to remember good summer times outside of the usual beach romp for those who grew up and raised their families in the Rumson-Fair Haven area — summer theater. Once upon a time, there was a special little place in Rumson … Take a trip back with us to  simple summers and magical, theatrical times … 

Remember The Barn Theater in Rumson?

Well, if you don’t, you missed out and are probably significantly younger than those who do and didn’t — miss out, that is.

It’s a plus if you’re that young. But, it’s definitely a factor in the minus category if you didn’t work, play or get entertained there.

It was a community theater that cast hundreds, maybe thousands, from the area, including many Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students.

The building is still there, only a few blocks away from the high school on Avenue of Two Rivers near the intersection at Ridge Road. The reason why it was called The Barn was, well, because it was an old barn, gutted (if there is such a thing with a barn) and converted into a small arena-type stage theater, with the stage at floor level and risers around it as seats, though not all the way around.

You get the picture. Now, here’s what’s behind the place’s show folk and shows …

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Retro Summer Fair Haven Dock Daze

Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Summer fun in Fair Haven doesn’t get any simpler or more treasured than ending the day down by the Fair Haven Dock, sand between the toes, a few antics up the sleeve, a little seaweed in the shorts, and a crab or 20. Dock time has been a time-honored tradition for kids since, well, the dawn of time.

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Retro Forrestdale Yearbook Kids

Page out of Forrestdale yearbook 1974
Page out of Forrestdale yearbook 1974

Yes, school’s out for summer.

But, as the season sets in and the fun begins, those who are saying goodbye to elementary and middle school years and getting set for high school are also getting flashbacks of the days when it all started.

That’s why eighth graders in Rumson and Fair Haven alike have traditionally peppered their yearbooks with a few pages’ worth of who’s who as a kid and/or baby photos.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that, taking a look back at a page out of a Forrestdale yearbook circa 1974, and begs the question “Who are those kids?”

Do you know? Take a look.

Retro RFH Graduation Traditions

RFH graduation '79 Photo/George Day
RFH graduation ’79
Photo/George Day

Graduation time has come and gone for RFHers.

Wow. So much has changed, yet stayed the same. The venue has gone from the RFH Borden Stadium to the front lawn to the Borden Stadium and the football field again to the RFH auditorium and mixed up and around over the years. Now it’s at the Monmouth University.

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