You know the drill. It’s that time of the year when the kids want to visit Santa — or not. It seems that since the dawn of time, when Santa time comes, there’s always at least one squirming, miserable child plopping on Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap with a cringe bigger than his signature belly accompanied by Fright Night screeches and tears rolling down his or her cheeks.
Everyone knows the scene well. It’s classic. The holiday tradition that goes terribly awry.
Santa has begun making the rounds lately. He’s been seen in Red Bank and is slated to arrive via a time-honored gala entrance festooned with tree lighting festivities in Rumson, Fair Haven and Sea Bright soon. It’s that time of the year.
But, what you may not realize is that the Santa of the streets where Rumson-Fair Haven area folks live has always been known to make many house calls. It’s pretty common knowledge that Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick has been known to not only hitch a ride on the Fair Haven fire truck to make a grand entrance at the annual tree lighting or appear at the firehouse for those classic photos with the kids, but he has also been sighted on the firetruck, sirens blaring, stopping off at some kids’ houses, gifts and ho, hoooooliday greetings in tow.
That little tradition started way back when with a few visits to good little girls and boys about town. House calls.
In fact, in our featured Retro Pic of the Day photo from the 1980s, Santa popped in on a couple grandchildren of the longtime Fair Haven Connor family. These little ones are now in their 30s.
Which Connors were sleighed by Santa in this shot? And how about that Santa? Know him? There’s one longtime Fair Haven Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary member who says this is her favorite Santa? Why? Hmmmm …
Oh, it’s that time — when people are gobbling up final hour deals on their Thanksgiving meals.
So, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day take us back to one supermarket of the past, another old standard, and turkey dinner deals of the 1960s or 70s? Guess what year these Red Bank Register ads were published.
Remember Finast? Remember where it was? Well, the store’s turkey day sale involved the bird at 49 cents a pound or a beef roast for 98.
And how about this Foodtown ad? The offer there was the same for the Thanksgiving bird — 49 cents per pound. Though the Foodtown roast was $1.09. And how about those nuts at 39 cents? If only the price of nuts wasn’t so nuts nowadays. Bacon, too. When was the last time you saw bacon sold for 69 cents per 1lb package?
A long time ago, that’s when. For the food prices of yesteryear we give thanks — or a little cry.
How much did you pay per pound for your bird this year?
Well, RFH has emerged victorious once again. Sunday’s win made them state champions. And while the team is busy playing all the way to champion wins, there’s a lot more in the way of school spirit going on down on the field and/or sidelines, not to mention bleachers.
Let’s hear that RFH cheer for football! The varsity game between RFH and Somerville may have been moved to Sunday due to adverse field conditions from yesterday’s surprise snow, but RFH spirits always soar.
But it wasn’t always just about football at game time back in the day — as if that wasn’t enough. As tradition had it, there were always lots of things happening before, during and after games, whether on the field, off the field, around the bend or, well, in the parking lot. Yes, the parking lot.
Well, the soggy state of the area lately has been drying up and making way for some falling for fall activity — or not falling. In the last Retro Pic of the Day, we offered a glimpse back into RFH skateboarders doing some impressive balancing acts on the boards on an area street. Yes, it was Sycamore.
Turns out it was a weekly (or more) occurrence at the hands and boards of a few RFH pals.