Heat’s on. Top’s down. Spirits are riding high. Summer’s coming. So is RFH graduation. So are those last summer days with high school buds before college.
That last summer before college is a pivotal, cherished milestone. It’s all about making memories that last a lifetime. Even one ride, top down, top 10 hits blasting on an AM radio, belly laughs, pranks and soaring spirits makes an indelible mark in the heart. It’s a mark that always conjures up a smile and an exhale of content.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day is dedicated to that time with a look back to the summer of 1978, best of friends from RFH, a 1965 powder blue Mustang convertible and, well, a big ol’ grimace of good times’ remembrance.
Yes, your esteemed editor is one of these alligator shirt-clad cronies. Another is gone. And one is still a best bud.
The memories … they’re a best friend, too. Smile.
What kind of car did you cruise in back in those summer days? Favorite spots? Pranks?
This crew spent an inordinate amount of time egging unwitting young lovers on the beach, ordering a Ham Dinger (they had them at 7-11) and dancing with the top down just to annoy people making out on Scenic Drive.
The chill in the winter air is slated to thaw a bit this weekend. It’s this frigid time of the year that many in the Rumson-Fair Haven area find themselves daydreaming about those summer days down by the river, anchored by sand between the toes at the Fair Haven Dock.
Summer fun in Fair Haven doesn’t get any simpler or more treasured. Ending the day down by the Fair Haven Dock has been a time-honored tradition for kids since, well, the dawn of time.
OK, so that’s a cliche. But, any kid who has grown up in the Rumson-Fair Haven area has a dock or 100 stories to tell.
The Fair Haven Dock has always served as a symbolic rite of passage and bonding spot. Back in the day, when you got invited to, literally, go jump off the dock after school, you were in with the cool crowd.
It was never really allowed and still isn’t, but it was really the invite that was the clincher anyway. The chicken-hearted, law abiders wouldn’t dare not show up in the face of all that promise of popularity, but most stayed dry, save for a little walk on the shore and dipping of the toes.
There were also the kids who toted their crabbing gear down to the dock — still do — and oftentimes even brought back a bucket of crabs for dinner.
Then, there was just plain hanging out and having fun.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors Fair Haven Dock summer days of many generations with a photo of some buddies down by the river from a few years ago.
Recognize anyone in this crew? They are of the cell phone generation, but still seemed to value the time at the dock a lot more. Just look at those smiles.
Some things never change, and that’s a good thing when it comes to days down by the dock in Fair Haven.
Back in the day, Rumson summers weren’t all about going to the beach club from dawn ’til dusk.
For some, it was as simple skipping the packing up of the family, not to mention the cost, and just laying a blanket out on the lawn and catching some rays while the kids played.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that time-honored, simple tradition of lawn sunning with a photo from several decades ago, courtesy of native Rumsonite Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca, of her such a Holly Street scene set by her cousin (the child) and his mom.
“The house in the background belonged to my grandparents Alfred and Lillian Turnbull Slocum,” she said.
Jack isn’t suited up for sunbathing or swimming. Looks like he’s ready to go fix a car somewhere. Hmmm. Perhaps the car’s what’s in his hand.
Did you sun in your back or front yard when you couldn’t get to the beach? Did you ever try to get your hair bleached blonde with lemon and the sun?
A lot of people in the Rumson-Fair Haven area have predictable seasonal habits — like vacationing, beach clubbing, beachfront partying … any number of things.
Then there are others who have opted to take the opportunity to just simply enjoy some quality alone time.
That was the idea with this kayaker who was just enjoying some coasting and contemplation time on the Navesink River at Victory Park in Rumson. This is a bit of a retro pic, as it was taken a couple of years ago, before the clinging jellyfish fear set in. But, you get the idea.
This moment is the kind of thing it’s all about with our Simple Summer weekly feature. What’s your favorite simple thing to do in the summer?
It may just be sitting at the end of a dock or taking a stroll on the beach or a swim. We’ll be out and about capturing those simple summer moments.
It signals the start of summertime fun and antics for RFH students on vacation or even on their last summer hurrah together before college.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day offers a peek back at some simple summer fun on the beach somewhere in Sea Bright, no doubt, with RFH buddies in the late 1970s, possibly the summer of ’80.
These guys thought it would be fun to make a cheerleader-style pyramid at the water’s edge. Remember those? And what resulted was what usually did. The antics and clowning around turned into a laugh fest and balancing act.
Wonder who fell first! Guesses, anyone?
This classic summer snapshot back in time comes from Rumsonite Paul Hughes’ photo collection. No one’s sure who took it, but there are a lot of familiar faces here.
So, here’s a peek back to the summer of 2014 on Sea Bright beach to warm you up a little.
The volleyball nets were up, beach bums were sunning, swimming and surfing and a reminder of what’s to come with the rebirth of Donovan’s Reef sat barren on the beach.
The mainstay locals’ beach bar, obliterated by Hurricane Sandy, was slated for a small preview-like comeback over the summer. A tiki bar was set up on the beach but never quite made it to full-swing operational mode.
Word is that the iconic bar will be back in much different form for the summer of 2015.