Sunday, July 27, 2014

Music Mondays: New Jersey's Got Talent!

 photo Wildwood8.jpg
Doo Wop Diner in Wildwood

New Jersey has always been loaded with great talent in many different musical genres. 

New Jersey has so many different kinds of music because it is a very diverse state. You can listen to all kinds of music here, particularly with the influence of the New Jersey shore!

There is The Boss (from Freehold), Bruce Springsteen! 


There is The Chairman of the Board (from Hoboken), Frank Sinatra! 


There is the band Bon Jovi, formed in Sayreville! 


There are the “Jersey Boys” originating in Newark - The Four Seasons! 


Don't forget Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Pride of the Jersey Shore

 

You have probably heard of all those talented performers.

But ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce to you: The Whiptones


The Whiptones are a teenage Doo Wop acappella quartet from Whippany, New Jersey!

Whippany is a section of Hanover Township, New Jersey. I grew up in the next town.

This type of singing demands that the singers possess good voices, as there is no musical accompaniment.


The Whiptones are starting to get a lot of attention from the New Jersey/New York media. 


Here they are at the recent Whippany Park High School graduation - three of them graduated, one is still a high school student.



Here they are on local television discussing singing the National Anthem at the Mets 2014 season home opener: 


They auditioned several times against stiff competition for the honor of singing at the Mets home opener, and they won! They were thrilled! 

Here they are:


Here are a couple more videos for you to enjoy! 



To read more about The Whiptones, check out their website



Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the ACTUAL LINK POST here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava’s Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice.

PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

 Also linking up with Monday's Music Moves Me!

Photobucket


Thursday, July 24, 2014

James Garner R.I.P. 1928-2014


I grew up watching James Garner on The Rockford Files. The part was tailor made for his personality, and still enjoyable to watch to this day.


I also have fond memories of the Polaroid commercials James Garner made , some with Mariette Hartley, as in this 1978 commercial. 


I had that camera. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Howell Living History Farm

 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm11_zps5322e4ba.jpg

Howell Living History Farm is a working farm museum located in Mercer County, New Jersey, near the Delaware River. 

The farm shows visitors what farm life was like over 100 years ago. It is a simply wonderful place to take the whole family, and basic admission and parking are free! Some special programs may have a small fee.

There are evening hayrides, "bringing in the sheaves", corn mazes in the fall, wheat threshing, cricket walks, honey harvests and farm animals. Children may also work as farmhands!

The farm is open year-round, but please check the calendar because the farm is closed on certain days, especially on the days of evening hayrides.

If you plan to visit, the farm is technically located on Hunter Lane, Titusville, New Jersey.

The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, New Jersey.

Their website is found at Howell Living History Farm.

The is an excellent write-up of this farm on one of my favorite blogs, The History Girl.


 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm5_zps84176da5.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm4_zps1d4a2dd6.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm13_zps13e7fcfc.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm12_zpse8311dff.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm9_zps558610d7.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm8_zpsb78bb417.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm7_zps80bd919c.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm2_zps6ae1bdf4.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm6_zps065707df.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm3_zps723ea588.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm10_zps1dcbfc12.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm1_zps51dc92d9.jpg
 photo HowellLivingHistoryFarm14_zps9671d227.jpg

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday!




Linking up with Outdoor Wednesday!


Linking up with Simple and Sweet Fridays!

Rooted In Thyme

Have a wonderful week!

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Buzz Aldrin Rock

 photo BuzzAldrinRock1_zps9cc691ae.jpg


On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon. Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of that historic feat.

Buzz was from Montclair, New Jersey, and he had attended the township schools and is probably the most famous graduate of Montclair High School (which has many distinguished graduates).

His mother's maiden name was Marion Moon. Yes, Moon. If you don't believe me, you can read this article about Buzz where he swears it's the truth.

The town was wildly proud of him, and in September of that year they threw a "Buzz Aldrin Day" celebration, complete with parade, and dedicated a rock in front of his lovely childhood home.

Apparently, it's not a moon rock.


 photo BuzzAldrinRock2_zps2f764f89.jpg

 photo BuzzAldrinRock3_zpsebfa89df.jpg

Check out "Inspire Me Monday" at Create with Joy! 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Music Mondays: Girls Just Want to Have Fun


Back in the 1980s, there was a fresh new face on the music scene! Cyndi Lauper debuted her solo career with this instant classic!

It was so fun, fresh, and now that the day after I first saw that video I danced down to the record store in the mall and bought the album! Yes, a vinyl record!

When my mother first heard the song she said “they had to know it would be a hit!”

 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was written by Robert Hazard from a male point of view. Cyndi changed the lyrics a little (with Hazard’s permission) and turned it into a cheerful feminist anthem about female independence and living her life by her rules!

I became a Cyndi fan immediately! I still am.

So, let’s get the party started!



Here is the original video!




Ah, the 80s. The last fun decade.

That’s Cyndi’s real-life mom playing, well, her Mom, and wrestler Captain Lou Albano playing her Dad, and singer Steve Forbert playing her boyfriend at the end. That ending scene has a Marx Brothers like twist, right?

It’s such a fun video and great song! Nothing better than that!

Right Tina?



Cyndi had several other hits on her debut album and deservingly won the Best New Artist Grammy. Cyndi accepting her Grammy:


Only Cyndi would bring Hulk Hogan on stage with her. But her Mom’s in the audience looking thrilled. 

There is a great article on this song at The Atlantic.

The biggest hit was the follow up, "Time After Time", a song that Cyndi co-wrote. This song went to number one for two weeks! 

The video, of course, included many members of Cyndi's family and her friends.

The video was shot mostly in New Jersey: Roxbury Township (the now defunct Tom's Diner), Wharton (outside shots), and the train station in Morristown (got to get those Jersey plugs in!) 


Cyndi is still going strong! She won a Tony Award last year for her musical score to “Kinky Boots”! 


This is the very talented cast performing one of Cyndi's songs from the show at the Tony Awards: 


Have a musical week! 




Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the ACTUAL LINK POST here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava’s Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice.

PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

Also linking up to Monday's Music Moves Me!

Photobucket


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great Adventure Theme Park and Rolling Thunder!


Great Adventure is a theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey that opened in 1974 and still is open today.

The commercial above was televised in 1975 about a year after the park opened. It was not yet owned by Six Flags.

The ride I remember most is Rolling Thunder, a wooden rollercoaster that operated from 1979-2013. It was a sad day when it closed and was finally demolished. Rolling Thunder was so famous it even has its own Wikipedia page.

I wasn't fond of roller coasters than turned upside down which is why I preferred Rolling Thunder to Lightnin' Loops.

I do remember how Rolling Thunder would s-l-o-w-l-y climb up the tracks and poise for a breathless moment on top -- and then go racing down!

Here is a commercial for the new Rolling Thunder roller coaster in 1979!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yurts at Allaire State Park

 photo YurtsAtAllaire1_zps535ff563.jpg

Traditional yurts used by nomads in Asia are usually made with felt or wool. Yurts have been adapted for camping in the United States. 

Only four campgrounds in New Jersey have yurts. Allaire State Park is one of them. These structures are made of high-tech materials. It is a circular tent built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and Plexiglas skylight. Each yurt has a lockable wood door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Cooking facilities, water and restroom facilities are usually within walking distance. This makes it a more practical alternative to a regular tent, which must be set up and taken down each day, not to mention that it is far more comfortable to sleep on a real bed, and to move around more freely. 


I wrote about this beautiful park and its historic village with its unusual chapel and Pine Creek Railroad last year. 
 
The park also includes camping facilities, including yurts.
 
 photo YurtsAtAllaire2_zpsfe41def2.jpg
 photo YurtsAtAllaire3_zps25aa5170.jpg
 photo YurtsAtAllaire5_zpse599e14a.jpg
 photo YurtsAtAllaire4_zps9fcfa29e.jpg
 photo YurtsAtAllaire7_zps87656141.jpg
 photo YurtsAtAllaire6_zps90ad66c2.jpg

To read more about Allaire State Park and its historic village, please click the link below!

Allaire State Park and Village

For more Wordless Wednesday, click the badge below! 



For more Outdoor Wednesday, click the badge!


Have a wonderful week!

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Music Mondays: School's Out for Summer!


I still remember the last day of sixth grade. We struggled through the half-day, getting our report cards, and waiting with anxiety for the summer to start! Finally, our teacher smilingly said “You can go now!” and a bunch of boys went screaming out of the classroom and down the hall. 

My friends and I left more slowly because my mother was picking us up. No bus! Hooray! 

Almost as soon as we got in the station wagon, we turned the radio on and Alice Cooper started singing “School’s Out”! We started singing along and then rolled down the windows of the car and shouted the lyrics out the window at all the drivers of the other cars! Some of them smiled back at us, probably wishing they had the summer off, too. Ah, youth. 

Summer! When you are 11, it is a magic word. Barbecues, beach trips, and best of all, no school! Yes, it was magic. 





Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the ACTUAL LINK POST here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava’s Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice.

PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

Also linking up to Monday's Music Moves Me!

Photobucket


Have a musical week!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Sandy Hook Lighthouse 250th Birthday Celebration!

 photo SandyHookLighthouseJune2014-2_zps8d499942.jpg

This year Sandy Hook Lighthouse is celebrating its 250th birthday!  That’s why the bunting is on. 

It also looks like the beloved lighthouse has gotten a new paint job since I last visited two years ago! 

Sandy Hook lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. It was built to help mariners entering New York Harbor to see their way in safely. 

These two photos were taken in June 2014 while traveling through Fort Hancock, an abandoned military base.

I wrote more extensively about Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse back in 2012 - including views from INSIDE the lighthouse. 

Please check out those posts here: 

Fort Hancock

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse 

 photo SandyHookLighthouseJune2014-1_zps11de3436.jpg

The lighthouse’s birthday was big news!  
   
N.J. lighthouse still beaming after 250 years

NJ's oldest lighthouse still burns brightly at Sandy Hook     (great slideshow!)

Centuries Of Tradition At The Shore, Nation’s Oldest Working Lighthouse Turns 250   (terrific video!)


I'm linking to Simple & Sweet Fridays


Rooted In Thyme

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Colts Neck: Billion Dollar Block


I have written about Colts Neck Township before. One of my favorite places, Delicious Orchards, is located in that wealthy place. 

Colts Neck is well known for its large equestrian farms (hence the name), although other large homes are starting to invade the township. The television show in the above video showcased some of those homes.

Fortunately, many of the equestrian farms remain.
 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...