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Monday
Jul252011

* Summer Vacation: Vintage Jersey Shore Pictures

A love of the beach must run in the family! I've found many vintage pictures of my family playing on the beaches of the Jersey shore. The pictures range from early 1920's-1938. With each picture you get a snapshot of typical clothing, photography, and technology of the time period. I love the clothes! I wonder what they would think about what we wear to the beach?

A few historical events during this time period:

Prohibition began in 1920 and ended in 1933, The Wall Street Crash of 1929- resulting in a 12 year Great Depression, 1931 Inventor Thomas Edison dies, 1934  Fuji Photo Film founded,  1935 Kodachrome color reversal film is developed by Eastman Kodak, 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released, and in 1938 Fuji is making cameras and lenses in addition to film.

Also keep in mind that many of these young men and women would soon find themselves in the midst of WWII. My grandfather and his 4 brothers all served their country, and my grandmother worked as a volunteer for the red cross. Their lives changed so much in just a few years from these happy summer days down the Jersey shore.

Ocean Grove, NJ 1923-ish

The little girl 3rd from the left is my Grandmother and she was born in 1917. I think she looks about 6 years old here, so I'm estimating this picture to be from about 1923.

Ocean Grove, NJ about 1923 - left to right- unknown, unknown, My Grandmother Marjorie Middleton, My Great Grandfather Wentworth Middleton

Ocean Grove, NJ about 1923 left to right- unknown, Marjorie Middleton, Wentworth Middleton, unknown

Atlantic City, NJ 1929

My Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Nolen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic City, NJ 1933

My Grandfather Joseph K Wright, Atlantic City NJ, 1933

Atlantic City, NJ 1936

My Great Uncle John "Jack" Wright, The Brighton Hotel- Atlantic City NJ, 1936

Atlantic City, NJ 1937

Atlantic City, NJ 1937 left to right: unknown, My Great Uncles Vincent Wright and Jerome Wright

Toms River, NJ 1938

Jack Wright, Marjorie Middleton Wright, Joseph K Wright, Jo?, Toms River NJ, 1938

Atlantic City, NJ 1938

My Grandparents Joseph and Marjorie Wright, Atlantic City, 1938

 

 

 

Marjorie, Atlantic City NJ, 1938

Sunday
Jul242011

* Sightseeing Sundays: Historic Chincoteague, VA 

Chincoteague, Virginia- pronounced "shing-kuh-TEEG", is located on the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula. The island of Chincoteague is very unique, boasting fresh seafood, history, and a beautiful beach! It's connected to Assateague Island National Seashore. I've been visiting since I was a baby. My grandparents once lived not to far from it. This is where I learned how to boogie board, dive through waves, and collect seashells.

The beach is a barrier island and with each year hurricanes and storms have slowly but surely eroded the sandy beaches. When I was little we used to buy a special pass, get there early, and drive our Izuzu Trooper down the sandy beach to find own private beach spot! Within the past 30 years the size of the beach has eroded to at least half the size it used to be. Gone are the bath houses, high dunes, and large parking lots. I hope it's around for my future generations to enjoy.

My sister and I dancing on the beachA nosy pony wants to meet my dad Old Bathing Houses at Assateague (date unknown) 

 

 

 

 

 

 A herd of wild ponies have inhabited this sandy, marshy, pine tree covered island for over 200 years. No one knows for sure how the Chincoteague Ponies ended up on this island. One popular legend is that when a Spanish ship sank off the coast in the 1600's the surviving ponies swam to the island. There is a protected wildlife refuge where the herds roam wild. When I was a kid, the ponies would venture all the way to the road- sometimes right up to your car! In the picture above you can see a nosy pony checking out our car! I'm in the back in my car seat, what a treat. But I haven't seen them get that close in the past 10 years or so.

A famous annual event is "Pony Penning Day". Selected young ponies are herded from Assateague into the bay and they swim across to Chincoteague. Following the short swim they are penned and auctioned off. This has been a long held tradition, 2011 marks the 86th year. The 2011 Pony Penning Day and Fireman's Carnival is this week! The ponies will swim on Wednesday July, 27, 2011 and the auction will be on Thursday July 28, 2011. I've never been but I bet it's a really amazing thing to watch!

A Famous Chincoteague Pony

The Island Roxy Theater, 2011Misty's Prints 2011

  "Misty of Chincoteague" was a wild pony born on the island, made famous in a book written by Marguerite Henry in 1947. Misty's story was brought to the big screen in the 1960s! The movie premiere of "Misty" was held at the Historic Island Roxy Theater. Misty herself walked down the center aisle before the show. To commemorate the occasion, her hoof prints were captured in the sidewalk outside of the theater. Since horses can't write their own name, it was Marguerite Henry who wrote "Misty" above the prints. I went to take a picture and I was surprised how worn down the dedication has become.  I think the hoof prints need to be preserved a little better! It would be such a shame for this historical landmark to be worn away don't you think? 

 The Island Roxy Theater is still in operation today! If you're looking for a beautiful beach on the Eastern Shore, I suggest you check out all Chincoteague has to offer. 

Sunday
Jun262011

* Sightseeing Sundays: Riding The Coney Island Cyclone

If you haven't been to Coney Island, I suggest you add it to your summer to do list. It's such a fun time. A main attraction of this seaside playground is the Coney Island Cyclone.

This wooden roller coaster first opened June 26, 1927, 84 years ago today! To preserve the historical impact of the Cyclone, it was declared a New York City Landmark in 1988 and a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

Three years ago Steve and I took our first trip to Coney Island. Not to miss the majors, we stepped up and took a ride on the historic coaster. It was quite a ride! A little rocky for my neck and nerves, but overall a fond summer memory. Of course we couldn't pass up the souvenir picture.

 

 I love summer!!!

Sunday
Jan092011

* sightseeing sundays: enjoying Bahama Mamas on Grand Bahama Island

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know it's a little belated but I've been on a bit of a hiatus during this crazy holiday season and just got back from b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Grand Bahama Island. My family is definitely a beachy tropical bunch and we love to visit new islands for our annual Wright family trip. We stayed 20 minutes from Downtown Freeport in Taino Beach and it was pure paradise.

A few of my favs:

The Fish Fry at Smith's Point

We heard about this gem almost immediately upon arrival, the Bahamian customs agent told us we had to check it out. The fish fry is only on Wednesday nights and after the thrilling sunset cruise we made our away down the beach from our resort. There are numerous food vendors serving up fresh local seafood and island cuisine. To get a sense of the freshness, you literally watch them take the live fish, give it some Bahamian love, fry it and your dinner was ready. As the night went on the dance floor started up and people from all over the world were dancing under the stars! We met people from all over; Canada, California, Florida, Peru, Philadelphia, and many from Minnesota.

Pier One

Amazing restaurant right in the Port of Freeport perched on the water with amazing sunset and ocean views. We watched 2 cruise ships leave the port while we enjoyed a perfect sunset. The main outdoor dining area is on the 2nd floor and a popular claim to fame is the nightly shark feedings. While you enjoy your dinner they put fish and such right into the water below and sharks come to eat with you! I could not believe how big the sharks were!! Great food, atmosphere, and entertainment like I've never seen- perfect vacation dining experience.

Port Lucaya

Port Lucaya is a small village of restaurants, bars, stores, and a casino. Our hotel provided a water taxi every hour to and from the port ($5 round trip) which made getting around a breeze. Our favorite restaurants here were Agave and Cappuccino's. I also recommend Rum Runners for 2 for $5 coronas, great atmosphere! The people are friendly and everyone is in a Bahama state of mind.

To get in the island mood during this winter season you may want to shake up some Bahama Mama's, a cocktail we sure loved! Just mix together and serve over ice.

  • 1/2 fluid ounce rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce coconut-flavored rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 fluid ounce orange juice
  • 1 fluid ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice

I would definitely recommend Grand Bahama Island for a laid back tropical experience! For our 2012 trip we are thinking about Aruba, St Kitts, and or St Thomas. Do you have a favorite tropical getaway?