July 27, 2014

New Jersey's Got Talent!

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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



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July 22, 2014

Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell

Howell Living History Farm barn

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 in Hopewell.

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


Howell Living History Farm barn
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm sheep
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm wagon
Howell Living History Farm barn
Howell Living History Farm barn
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History farm
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm

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July 21, 2014

The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey



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. 

 

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey
The childhood home of Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey


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July 20, 2014

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!

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 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!






July 15, 2014

Yurts at Allaire State Park

 
Yurts at Allaire State Park

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.
 

Yurts at Allaire State Park
Yurts at Allaire State Park
Yurts at Allaire State Park
Yurts at Allaire State Park
Yurts at Allaire State Park
Yurts At Allaire State Park


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

Allaire State Park and Village

 

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July 13, 2014

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, while the teachers laughed. 

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.



July 08, 2014

Bahrs Landing Is Still Standing!

Bahrs Landing restaurant, Highlands, New Jersey
Bahrs Landing restaurant, Highlands, New Jersey

 

Bahrs Landing is a legendary place in Highlands, New Jersey. 

It is 97 years old this year, and it amazing because it sustained considerable damage in October 2012 from Hurricane “Superstorm” Sandy, which destroyed many other businesses (including many restaurants) in the area. 

July 06, 2014

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush


The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way. 

July 01, 2014

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University


Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, New Jersey. 

Seton Hall is the oldest and largest Catholic university in New Jersey.