April 29, 2015

Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossoms

Branch Brook Park


The cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park have been a bit slow in blooming this year, due to the very cold and harsh winter we had.


The dark pink ones have been reluctant to bloom, but some of the others are near or getting past their peak bloom.


Hopefully, the dark pink ones will bloom soon.


These photos were taken on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

cherry blossom tree

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here


You can also read The Pink Cherry Blossoms Are In Full Bloom.


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April 23, 2015

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature! | Television

old television

It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature!

Dena Dietrich played Mother Nature in a Chiffon Margarine commercial in the early 1970s. 


The first one was so successful that she did quite a few more for the rest of the decade.

This was the first one, with the legendary tag line, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"

That's Mason Adams as the announcer. 


He was famous for voicing the tag line: "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good" for Smucker's jams and jellies. 

He voiced those for many years, in addition to many, many others.

The "Mother Nature" commercial was so successful that Dena Dietrich did quite a few more.

Here are a couple:

The Mother Nature commercials ran from around 1971-1979. 


In 2002 they stopped making Chiffon Margarine for the American market.

You can also read You Deserve A Break Today about the famous McDonald's commercials. 

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April 20, 2015

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossom tree

Cherry Blossom Trees Are Blooming


The cherry blossom trees in Newark’s Branch Brook Park are starting to bloom!

Most of the park is in Newark, but a small portion is in neighboring Belleville. They were late again this year because of the long and harsh winter. 

More cherry blossom trees are being planted to replace some old trees and also to increase the amount of cherry blossom trees in the park to over 5,000! 

That’s more than Washington, D.C.! 


As a matter of fact, it is the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States!

The park's design was created by the firm of Frederick Olmsted, who also designed the magnificent Central Park in New York.

This year, the cherry blossom trees are still officially in the “budding” stage, since some still only have buds and some have almost nothing to show yet. 


As you can see, some branches have both buds and fully formed flowers on them. 

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

And some trees are nearing their peak bloom.

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here


You can see my other 2015 cherry blossom photos here:

Cherry Blossoms In Branch Brook Park


The Pink Cherry Blossoms Are In Full Bloom


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April 07, 2015

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

Trout Hatchery

Pequest Trout Hatchery

The Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township, New Jersey is the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. It is run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Up to 700,000 trout annually are prepared for eventual release into the lakes, rivers and streams of New Jersey. 

Last October, after visiting Belvidere and while we were eating at Hot Dog Johnny’s, which I wrote about in my last post, we wandered over to look at the Pequest River flowing behind the restaurant.

Pequest River, New Jersey

We saw this sign:

Trout stocked water sign

We were vaguely wondering about stocking the rivers with trout while on our way home and drove right by The Pequest Trout Hatchery. 


It was open, so we decided to visit!

Pequest Trout Hatchery

Eggs from trout are taken and put into incubators. 


When they hatch, they are transferred to the nursery, where they reside in large fiberglass tanks for about 4 months. 

Trout in fiberglass tanks
Trout are moved into raceways


The raceways where the trout mature:

The Raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery


Then the trout are transported to their destinations in more than 200 lakes, streams and rivers all around New Jersey.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Pequest Trout Hatchery


There is an education center in the main building that describes the life of the trout and other wildlife in New Jersey: 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

The long wooden structure with holes is a bee house, and the top one is a bat house. 

Pequest Fish Hatchery Bee House and Bat House

The New Jersey state record black bear. 


He weighed 829 pounds and was 13 years old.

Big Black Bear

You may also want to read about Lakota Wolf Preserve.


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April 04, 2015

Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey

Hot Dog Johnny's

Hot Dog Johnny's . . . in Buttzville?


In our meanderings around Warren County last October, especially after our visits to Belvidere last fall, we somehow always ended up in Buttzville on our way home. 


Yes, that is the name of a census-designated place within rural White Township, New Jersey. 

The name is indeed bizarre. However, Buttzville was named after the Michael Robert Buttz, who founded the village in 1839. 

White Township was named after Alexander White, who built a mansion in the area. 

It was all rather confusing to the poor GPS on my phone, which insisted that we were actually in nearby Belvidere. I guess my GPS likes Belvidere! 


Anyway, Buttzville, despite only having 146 residents, has a unique attraction: Hot Dog Johnny’s! 

Hot Dog Johnny's

The legendary Hot Dog Johnny’s has been family owned and operated since the family started out of a little hut near the rural part of Route 46. 


They quickly outgrew that stand, and set up shop right on Route 46.


They are considered one of the most popular roadside attractions in the United States. 


You can visit their website and order some rather hilarious merchandise


There was a cute article about the place:


Hot Dog Showdown: Hot Dog Johnny's churns out deep-fried dogs and ice-cold buttermilk


Also, if you are in the area, you can have some delicious hot dogs, French fries, and birch beer – or buttermilk if you prefer. 


We always ask to have our hot dogs “with everything.”


They are open year-round. Cash only! No menu! Service: abrupt. They are busy! Know what you want when you get to the window!


Hot Dog Johnny's is located on the banks of the Pequest River

Hot Dog Johnny's

For more New Jersey hot dogs, please read WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry


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April 02, 2015

WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey | Television


WCBS-TV New York Celebrates 1970s

WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey

In the 1970s we still had local television, not just the local news. 


Here is WCBS-TV New York (Channel 2) in New York celebrating New York:


And here they are with several short spots  celebrating New York and New Jersey! 


I have intensely nostalgic feelings watching these videos. I remember them so well. 


They played constantly on Channel 2, especially late at night. I was so young, both of my parents were still alive, and watching TV was fun! 


Now I'm not so young, my parents are both gone, and I rarely watch television.


I’m glad to find these treasures on YouTube, especially because most people didn’t have VCRs yet and so much of it was not recorded. 


I really miss local New York television, which really doesn’t exist anymore. 


I wrote more about late-night local television here:


Late Night Local TV and Saturday Night Discomania


Also check out:  

Positively New Jersey!


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