The sun was shining and Irish spirits were smiling bright as the sixth annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched on through town on Sunday.
Well, the nor’easter has long passed and the weather forecast for the weekend calls for sun and a lot of warmth in the Rumson-Fair Haven community with some tradition and events for the weekend.
Well, in time step with a relatively new Rumson tradition, the borough’s fifth St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday.
So, to celebrate the five-year milestone, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a look back to parades of the past four years.
Take a glimpse at some snapshots capturing memorable moments of the March march down East River Road …
— Elaine Van Develde photos
Tradition and activity abound this weekend in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
Erin go Luann. She did it. Longtime Rumsonite Luann Hughes won herself a place in Rumson baking history with her first-place win in the 2017 Irish Soda Bread Contest at Oceanic Free Library.
The Thursday contest has become an area tradition and one of many prequels to the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Hughes, who hasn’t given up her ingredient secret, announced on Facebook her win and that she has become among the honorees who “get(s) to help carry the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day parade banner!!!”
She won third place last year. And in addition to the hometown baker prestige, not only did the first-place win this year come with the honor of toting the parade banner, but it also came with a festive four-leaf clover trophy.
Congrats, Luann Hughes! Will your secret ever be revealed?
We, at Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect, extend our deepest sympathies to the Sullivan family and friends of John, whose final moments we saw spent proudly and happily marching in the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday with his buddies in The Briody Bunch.
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Here are some happy moments to remember John by …
John’s obituary, courtesy of John E. Day Funeral Home …
John C. Sullivan, 78, of Rumson, passed away suddenly, Sunday, March 13.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was an engineer at Bell Labs in Holmdel for 40 years. John was a Knight of Columbus, Red Bank Council 3187 and treasurer of The Briody Bunch of Rumson.
He is survived by: his beloved wife of 43 years, Patricia (nee: Keaveney); his loving children, John P. and wife Kim Tuby, Erin Sullivan, Kevin and wife Nicole Walker and Michael and wife Alyson.
Also surviving are: his dear grandchildren, Ryan, Andrew, Shane, Brian, Thomas and Jason.
A life celebration will be at the John E. Day Funeral Home Wednesday, March 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 17 at Holy Cross Church, Rumson.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Wounded Warrior Project 370–7th Ave. 3rd fl. Rm 320 NY, NY 10001 or the charity of your choice appreciated.
A lot of Rumson-Fair Haven area folks’ eyes were smiling at the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day parade a wee bit before St. Paddy’s Day on Sunday.
Take a look. Don’t miss anything! There are more than 100 photos. Be sure to click on each photo to enlarge!
— Photos/Elaine Van Develde
The Rumson-Fair Haven area calls for sunshine, spring-like temperatures, a slight chance of (SHHHH …) showers and a heck of a lot of events.
Every week, on Fridays, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect will now feature pets up for adoption at the Monmouth County SPCA, many fostered by area residents.
This week the featured four-legged friend looking for a “furever” home is Gertie.
This gal was a marcher in the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Sunday, shown off by her SPCA volunteer, Rumson resident Lisa Palasciano.
To find out more about Gertie or any other pets up for adoption, contact the SPCA at 732-542-0040 and/or click here.
The third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade was Sunday. And there were many familiar faces marching and on the grandstand.
One, in particular, on the grandstand for all three years of the new parade tradition, was emcee JoAnn Pileggi.
Pileggi, a TV journalist for NYC’s Fox 5 News and FOX 29philly, is a Fair Haven resident who is married to RFH grad T.J. Foderaro, a longtime journalist who comes from a long line of journalists.
A couple of years ago, this photo of Pileggi was taken as the Fair Haven resident was headed to a concert on the Fair Haven Dock with her children.
Do you know JoAnn?
The third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day parade is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
The relatively new area tradition has drawn hundreds of participants and thousands of viewers.
This year, the parade is dedicated to its first lead organizer, Michael Larkin. Fair Havenite and Fox 5 reporter JoAnn Pileggi is back for the third year as emcee; and the grand marshal is Philip Murphy, a Middletown resident with a Rumson connection who was U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Take a look back in our slideshow revisiting the first Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
See you Sunday!
The upcoming weekend in the Rumson-Fair Haven area is flush with fun, festivity, remembrance and tradition.
To start, on Saturday …
• It’s been a longtime tradition of the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company — the annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.
The sauce and meatballs are prepared under the tutelage of 85-year-old Angelo DePonti, a Red Bank friend of Fair Haven who has been a social member of the fire company for 25 years.
“I was born to cook and I love sharing my recipe and food with so many,” Angelo says.
The meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad Italian bread, soft drinks and homemade desserts is made and served by firemen, Ladies’ Auxiliary members and fire cadets.
The dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the firehouse on River Road, is BYOB and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Oh, and take-out is available.
• Later on Saturday night, as a prelude to Sunday’s Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the parade’s Investiture Cocktail Reception fundraiser from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Salt Creek Grille in Rumson.
Tickets are $75. The price includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
And on Sunday …
• The third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches into town beginning at 1 p.m.
The parade lines up at Victory Park and then proceeds east on River Road for about 1 mile to Piping Rock Park.
Last year, police estimated that there was a crowd of roughly 7,000.
• Also on Sunday, from 3 to 5 p.m. RFHers may pay their respects to former RFH teacher and coach Hal Lorme.
The service is being held from 3 to 5 p.m., with a prayer service at 4:30, at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank.