Retro Rumson Kids’ Day at the P-House Beach

A day at the beach for Rumson Deane-Porter students in the 60s
Photo/courtesy of Cindy Crowley

Oh, it’s a line-up of the socially close kind, alright. Not the kind you see at those iconic Sea Bright clubs and restaurants these days. That’s for sure. Wishful thinking manifested in a normal we all want back is what we see in this Retro Pic of the Day — a close-up Rumson buddies’ day at the beach.

With a string of sunny weather beacons shining on the second stage of reopening New Jersey as the COVID-19 pandemic curve flattens, spirits seem to be soaring. Rumson-Fair Haven area folks are soaking up the positive vibes, sunshine and socially distant socializing for the first time in months.

It’s a characteristically social bunch bonding — once again. A lot of that summer bonding was just all part of growing up in the area, clustering in certain iconic Sea Bright spots every summer. Beaching it with the brood, let’s say.

You could say, for Rumson-Fair Haven area kids, the summer beach bonding all started with those nearly daily summer trips and beach club staycations over the bridge to Sea Bright. And in the 1960s, there was a group of little Deane-Porter Elementary School tykes who clamored together for one of those firsts that started decades’ worth of a trend for locals.

This trip to the beach for a class full of little ones at Rumson’s Deane-Porter Elementary School took them, buddied up and bunched together, far from socially distant, to the iconic Peninsula House.

There they were, for that day at the beach, among friends they’d end up having cocktails and dancing with in the very same spot years later.

They were also among some 60s-clad parents sporting some smart cat eye sunglasses and pedal pushers (or clam diggers, if you please). Snazzy!

And, for what, exactly, is the line? Hmmmmm …

Your first beach excursion? The beach? What did you wear? A yellow polka dot bikini or some pedal pushers? Your RFH beach buddies?

Many thanks to RFH alum Cindy Crowley for this gem look back in R-FH area time!

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