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Retro Fair Food Folks

The following piece was originally published on Aug. 27, 2015. It’s just about fair time again, so it’s time to take a look back at how things were and are done a pivotal place at the fair — the kitchen and dining room.

By Elaine Van Develde

Someone’s in the kitchen at Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair grounds.

And while they may have, at one point another been with someone named Dinah, as the old ditty goes, it’s a definite they’ve been with someone named Mike, Dale, Sue (x2), Raquel, Ethel (x2), Mary, Anne, Amanda, Skippy, Hodgie, Mary Ellen, Joe, Evie, and, oh, yeah, Andy and a few others.

And they certainly haven’t been strummin’ on any ol’ banjo. They’ve been way too busy — cutting, peeling, filling, flouring, husking and just plain cooking.

Except there’s nothing plain about what’s cooking in the fair kitchen, who’s cooking it, when, where, why or how.

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RFH Reunion Time: Retro Fair Haven Class Act

Mrs. Scott’s Fair Haven Willow Street School second grade class of 1968-69

Summertime is reunion time for all good Rumson-Fair Haven Regional     High School alumnus. This weekend it’s the RFH Class of ’79’s turn to turn back time four decades.

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Retro Night Out Mayoral Dunking

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli gets a dunking at Night Out 2012 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli gets a dunking at Night Out 2012
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Every year there’s a Fair Haven National Night Out. It’s a night, celebrated on the national level, designed to familiarize residents, from kids to seniors, with police and other emergency responders in town. That Night Out was Tuesday night in the borough.

There are games, demonstrations, looks at emergency equipment, food, smiles and handshakes — and a dunk tank.

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Retro RFH Reunion Bridge Alert

A bridge RFH reunion invite
Photo/Doug Borden

Here we go again … It’s the eve of memories of another RFH reunion. Memories brought to you by none other than that iconic bridge.

Last year, The RFH Class of ’78 was gearing up for its 40th reunion on Aug. 8, 2018. There was a major planning process, thanks to a fearless crew of volunteers, and lots of meetings and social media notifications, texts, cell phone calls … you name it. Yes, name it. Try. There were all sorts of modes of communication in effect for that milestone reunion. There are for every RFH reunion. In fact, the RFH Class of ’79 is now gearing up for its own 40th. But, there’s one iconic mode of invite that has been missing for quite some time. The painting of the bridge!

There was a time when communication was limited to landline phones, snail mail and, well, there was nothing better than getting the word out by just reverting to old school days and painting the bridge.

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Retro FH Fire Company Family Time

A gathering of Fair Haven Fire Department folks of the past.
Photo/FHFD Yearbook, courtesy of Evie Connor Kelly

In the wake of a Fair Haven Fire Department award and reflection on the bond among its members through generations, thoughts turn to times when the bonds were forged.

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Retro Happy Fair Haven Campers

Happy campers at the Fair Haven campout in 2013
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s been a steamy summer. One hot Fair Haven summer event was a short-lived one for this seasonal reason, because it was, let’s say, too hot to handle. That would be the summer campout. It’s been moved to the fall.

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Retro Fair Haven Girlfriend Celebration

Gaggle of Fair Haven girlfriends get-together of the late 1960s
Photo/Sandi Richards von Pier

There’s nothing quite like a simple summer day of hanging out with a gaggle of your favorite gals. Back in the day, that was the way. Birthday party, perhaps? Those were no-frills home events, too. There were goodie bags, games and good ol’ fun.

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Retro Fair Haven Buds’ Bonding Times

Looking back again at some simple neighborhood kids’ fun from spring to summer to winter to fall …

Summer funnin’, they had themselves a blast. No matter the season, it’s all about lifelong bonds. Simple connections forged through some simple fun. A bunch of Fair Haven boys. A bag of Cheetos. Dirt-eating grins. Pranks. Pull the ol’ finger. The little things are what made these guys smile — and wipe their pants with orange-stained Cheeto hands.

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