Tag Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Retro RFH NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Step Dancing

RFH Marching Band and Twirlers in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade circa 1984
Photo/Kity Beeman

On St. Patrick’s Eve and into the top o’ the mornin’, we’re looking back at the luck of the Irish and not-so-Irish at RFH. We are remembering a time when the RFH Marching Band, Twirlers and Drill Team not only marched in area St. Patrick’s Day parades, but made it to the big one in New York City. Call it an Irish step dance of sorts — the marching and entertaining sorts.

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Scene Around: Official Kind of St. Pat’s Party Starters

It’s not every day that you ask for selfies of post-Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade fun and get one single solitary photo and it’s replete with a couple of former Fair Haven councilwomen.

Sad as that is, just add a Fair Haven Fire Department affiliation or two and a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Performing Arts Society parent and you get a good mix for a great time at Columbus Club’s Sunday St. Pat’s fete. Now that’s a recipe for Fair Haven fun. That’s the idea.

The two former councilwomen are, of course, Susan Sorensen and Jacquie Rice. We spy at least two fire company relations: Wendy Kane and former chief, Wade Davis. And the selfie-taker, well, that’s none other than RFH PAS parent extraordinaire, Joanne Formisano.

Now, who’s cut off here — in the pic, that is? The masks are dropped and close encounters are close once again. The parade passed by thousands and the Columbus Club party was packed, so we see and heard.

Now, how would you caption this official(ish) photo? The fun started on Sunday. Look out for more fun times among green attire and beer spied this week, for St. Pat’s sake! Yours? Send your best St. Pat’s inspired selfies to evd@rfhretro.com.

Thanks to Joanne Formisano for this selfie gem!

Retro RFH Irish Sweater Society Parading

RFH Irish Sweater Club teens of 1980
Photo/Daily Register/clip, courtesy of Chris Rowett

Well, St. Patrick’s Day is looming. And with the resurrection of St. Paddy’s Day Parades this year, thoughts turn back to a club that took the chill out of the winter’s gala holiday — the RFH Irish Sweater Society of 1980.

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Ode to Rumson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Well, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And this year is the year without a parade to usher in the day.

So, on the year without a Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we offer a glimpse back at some favorite parade moments over the past few years.

Cheers! Here’s to the next parade passing by all!

Focus: Sunshine & Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parading

Everyone said it. Sunday was a great day for a parade. And so the marchers marched under sunny skies in the Eighth Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Take a look at some of the sights and folks of the day … (And don’t forget to click in the lower gallery to enlarge and scroll!)

Photos/Sue Hill-Spakowski and Jenny Costello for R-FH Retro

Retro Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parading

Drum roll, bagpipes and march … In time-step with a relatively new Rumson tradition, the borough’s sixth St. Patrick’s Day Parade was on March 10, a precursor to St. Patrick’s Day the following weekend.

Photos of the six-year milestone are still surfacing. So, to commemorate it, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a look back to parades dating back to the first in 2013. Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect could not make it this year. But, thousands of snapshots have been taken since the parade’s inception.

Take a glimpse at some of the most memorable moments of the annual March march down East River Road … Your favorite year?

— Elaine Van Develde photos

A Retro Ode to Briody Bunch on St. Paddy’s Day

‘Tis St. Patrick’s Day.

So, to honor the day with some local connection, our Retro Pic of the Day takes a look at Rumson’s Briody  family, fondly referred to as The Briody Bunch.

The crew with longtime Rumson roots always marches, and rides, in the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Here they are!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Tell us about your favorite “bunch,” or family of Irish heritage in the area.