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Retro Hunt Hippies

We went on the hunt for Hunt photos and stumbled onto a couple of glimpses at the happening scene up on hip, hip Hippie Hill.

It was probably the late 1970s. These peacefully assembled cool long hairs and renegades likely snuck into the Haskell Hunt through the fence and onto that infamous hill on ol Amory Haskell’s elegant estate.

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Retro Going to The Hunt

The Hunt in the 1990s
Photo/courtesy of Hetty Tegen

The Hunt. The Hunt. It was the annual October social gathering of the century in Monmouth County — from 1932 until 1996.

The Hunt, really the Haskell Hunt or Monmouth County Hunt Race Meet. It was where all good Rumson-Fair Haven area hob-knobbers, uppercrusters and hill voyeurs of the famously elite lifestyle gathered on the Amory Haskell Estate in Middletown, pretended to watch horses race and chase a fox, clinked crystal champagne flutes, donned designer duds, and sometimes did a little tipsy debutante tumble in the mud — all in good company. And there were many cheers to the festivity of it all!

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Retro RFH Cheering for the Boys

The role reversed cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

Let’s cheer it for the RFH boys of 1977! They were game for pretty much anything.

The moment doesn’t get much more classic than this one — some young guys of the RFH Class of ’78 getting all dressed up with somewhere to go, like the RFH football field, just to cheer the girls on in style at a powder puff football game with some feminine wile, gusto and guts to boot!

Yes, you’ve seen this collection of Retro Pic of the (George) Day snapshots of that day in the fall of 1977.

So, just to cheer you on with a smile for the weekend, here they are again.

Hip, hip, holy cartwheel! Gooooooo RFH guys! One question. Where did they get certain under garments to augment (ahem) the cheering gear? We’ve always been afraid to ask.

Recognize any of these renegades? Some are still in the area.

Thanks, once again, to George Day for providing this classic look into the past!

Falling for Retro RFH Ghosts

An RFH Halloween ghostly gaggle of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

It’s October. Scary season is setting in. People in the Rumson-Fair Haven area aren’t just out raking leaves, either. They’re haunting up their homes, crafting costumes and getting into the spirit. So, why not add a little extra retro spooking from RFH students of the past?

BOO who or what? It was all in the haunt for RFHers back in the 1970s. They started getting the Halloween party going early on and ended up with a pretty festive feast of ghouls on the grounds of the high school and, yes, beyond.

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Retro RFH Football Times & Uniforms

Yes, football season has kicked into high gear at RFH, so let’s take a moment to tackle this handsome team of players of an unknown year and the issue of name and uniform style.

Is it all in a name or uniform? Certainly not. It’s all about the game and how it’s played, of course. But, there are some quirks worth taking the ball and running with for a bit. No harm, no fumble. Just fun.

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Retro Schooling: 1950s Knollwood Kindergarten

School bells are ringing. Class is in session. Back-to-school mode is still kicking in. Back-to-school nights have welcomed parents back to the school halls. And, for some, it’s about taking a walk back to their own school days in the same place — like Knollwood School.

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Retro Fair Kitchen & Dining Room Folks

The following piece was originally published on Aug. 27, 2015. It’s just bout 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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Retro Simple Fair Haven Buddy Times

A bunch of 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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Retro RFH Toga Party Time

RFH Class of 1979 guys toga partying Photo/George Day
RFH Class of 1979 guys toga partying
Photo/George Day

Oh, the weekend has arrived … and what better way to celebrate than raising a glass to memories of an old toga party.  Remember those?

So, it stands to reason that people in the spirit of summer partying and, well, spirits, may have been of the mind that thoughts of a cool summer meant donning a sheet, a festive wreath and, of course, raising a goblet of something or other to warm times with cool friends … or cool times with warm friends. Whatever way you look at it, this was definitely a classic party moment.

It features a gaggle of RFH Class of 1979 guys.

As the saying goes, “When in Rome …” or Rumson … or Fair Haven … or someone’s basement … or somewhere … get your toga and party on to cool, albeit flush-faced, thoughts.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a little toast to these toasty guys with a little retro “Cheers!” worked in.

Hey, it could have been soda they were drinking. Only the goblet knows for sure … and the guys. After all, in all fairness, it was the age of an 18-year-old drinking age. But, of course, that was soda, pop, uh, Kool Aid?

Recognize any of these guys? Know where they were?

— Thanks to George Day for another fabulous moment in RFH time captured!