Retro RFH Basketball Boys

RFH Boys Basketball of the 1970s Photo/George Day
RFH Boys Basketball of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s basketball season.

And while some things never change, including family names still involved in the sport at RFH, there are also many changes — like uniforms and, of course, the audience.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a glimpse back to a game in the 1970s at which there were some familiar family faces on the court and several popular teachers on the bleachers.

While the photo is, granted, black and white, the colors are probably pretty similar, it looks like these guys are wearing warm-ups with uniforms underneath. Hmmm.

And, well, the guy right in the middle with the aghast look on his face is Andrew Davidson, Class of ’78. What the heck had just happened?

And, we definitely see a Reevey in there and a Scarrone. OK, his uniform gave it away. Who else?

What teachers can you spot in the bleachers. We see Mr. Lee, Mr. Young … Who else? There are quite a few.

Really. Take a guess at what just happened.

Thanks, again, the the wonderful George Day for sharing this moment in retro time!

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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P House: Retro Snow-Covered RFH Paradise


Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

This Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a reprise. Sometimes you just can’t get enough of this kind of view and the memories it stirs … 

If you’re winter daydreaming of snow-capped visions of warm paradise memories, your thoughts may drift to the iconic Peninsula House. It’s as if it was still there. Sometimes, if you close your eyes, like any good memory, you can see it. It all comes back — blankets you in a Tsunami of heart smiles.

The bitter chill of the blustery winter air is on the wane. So, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is about the thaw that a soul full of cozy reminiscing brings. It hones in on a snow-capped view of the long gone but hardly forgotten favorite historic beach club turned bar/restaurant by the sea at night.

It was the Peninsula House, or P House for short, and it was the Rumson-Fair Haven area go-to hangout — especially for RFH grads.

It was huge and magnificent. The old historic hotel in Sea Bright used old hotel rooms as cabanas. Its wrap-around porch with rocking chairs was an outdoor lounging area seemingly perfectly tailored to locals catching up. There was a backgammon room, a formal dining room. Outside, bands played in a tent near the pool, the beach only a dance step away. It was always bustling, brimming with good vibes.

Tim McLoone played there frequently; and, everyone who took Giff’s RFH ballroom dance class tested their light (and heavy) feet (or whatever you could call those moves) on the dance floor to his music.

What are your memories of Peninsula House? And what was your favorite Tim McLoone rendition to dance to?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous RFH grad, George Day, for the photo!


Retro RFH Staged Bathing Beauties

RFH girls on the beach at the Freshman Follies circa 1975. Photo/George Day

In light of most everyone’s wish for warmer days and a big ol’ thaw for brighter, beachier times, we have decided to give you an encore of this classic look back … 

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is one of warm wishes — for sun-filled, fun beach days ahead.

This crew of RFH girls entertained people with their own version of the Beach Boys’ Girls on the Beach at the RFH Freshman Follies in 1975.

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Going Back to the Blizzard of ’96

Weathering a real storm in 1996 with RFH grad Steph DeSesa.
Weathering a real storm in 1996 with RFH grad Steph DeSesa.

Our Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to a blizzard that was true to its word.

What was dubbed The Blizzard of ’96 hit the Rumson-Fair Haven area with full force in January of 1996. This one lived up to its promise to render everyone in the area immobile.

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Retro Rumson Firemen

Rumson Fire Department line officers Joseph Brennan Slocum (chief), Bill Murphy and Kenneth Patrick Marass circa 1965. Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca
Rumson Fire Department line officers Joseph Brennan Slocum (chief), Bill Murphy and Kenneth Patrick Marass circa 1965.
Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca

The following Retro Pic of the Day was originally published on Jan. 4 2016. In honor of the Rumson Fire Department reorganization on Jan. 1 of this year, we are offering a look back at the reorg of 1965:

As tradition goes in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, Sunday was the day of swearing line officers in to the respective fire companies.

So, in honor of the time-honored tradition, the Retro Pic of the Day offers a glimpse back to 1965 and Rumson’s top line officers.

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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 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 and we’ll post them. Happy holidays, all!