Sunday, September 22, 2013

Down the Shore

      I spent my last days  of summer at Wildwoods, about one hour away from
my home, where they have the biggest, best beaches in New Jersey.
They are the widest, safest and FREE beaches.
This is the place  where doo-wop began, where many rock and roll legends got their start,
 and where there are more "google" doo-wop style motels than anywhere else.
       I was at the convention center selling auto literature at the  Classic Car Auction.
 Every year we participate in this fantastic,  fun event where they park hundreds
of cars on the boardwalk.
      The  Irish Festival  is also a big hit, this same weekecnd, and you'll see
lots of green beads and hair, funny hats etc.
 They have Irish  music, dancing,  contests and performances.


 One morning ,I went to the Wildwood Historical Society museum.


The museum has old amusements memorabilia,
 Tons of antiques and vintage Wildwood stuff!

50's record player, like I  once had!

Chubby Checker  became famous in Wildwood!


Sign from a famous restaurant, once  in Anglesea, the northend of Wildwood.


Mario Lanza's family had a place here in Wildwood.



 Some  ship's antiques, an old barrister and  an oak captain's chair.



 An original  carousel horse from one of the amusement piers.


Boardwalk Rolling Chair
You could hire a ride in this wicker chair, 
 an be pushed from one end of the boardwalk to the other.


Old bumper cars from an amusement pier.  
These creepy passengers must have come from the " spook house"!

These and other great exhibits at the George F. Boyer Museum
Wildwood Historical Society
 3907 Pacific Avenue
Wildwood, New jersey 08260
E-mail: wildwoodhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com

Then on to a thrift shop, looking for vintage.
Megan is finding some super 60's fashions at Cheap Charlie's on Pacific Avenue
    I enjoyed meeting up with my new friend Megan and her fiance.
  She's a young chick who came to my yard sale wearing vintage,
  shopping with her grandma,and we got talking vintage!   Discovered we're both bloggers!
 Check out her pretty vintage clothes on her blog, Overpowered by Funk  
She's an expert at finding cool fashions,  and introduced me to some nifty thrift shops here
 and all over south Jersey!


These  vintage dresses  are at What Goes On,. a cool shop full of posters,
 vintage clothing, used books, and rock and roll stuff.

Now I'm walking back to the Car Auction

A pretty street with newer condos, rental units, 
 just one or two blocks  from the beach.
I must get back to the boardwalk and work at our car literature booth!


  Back on the boards were these adorable micro-cars that you rarely see!



And some really amazing custom cars


muscle cars 


General Lee!  Remember the  Dukes of Hazard?


The  beautiful Convention Center is located at 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J.
 There are many events scheduled including Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce
Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend, October 18-19
For lastest updates, please visit WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800.992-9732



'57 Chevy


 Cute tray on a 50's car


 Inside at the Auction,  a cool VW Bus/Camper


 '47  Cadillac Limo


Crosley


 And here's our booth, a traveling library..  See, I really do work!
We sell back issue auto magazines to car guys and gals.
 What cars do you need articles about?  I'm sure I could find you something.

It is the most fun, seeing all these incredible classic cars on the boardwalk
with the gorgeous background of the sea, dunes and huge beach.


'55 Chevy


'58 Chevy


   But I just have to get 'down the shore', at least once during the summer,
 and hear the surf, feel the sea breeze, feel the sand in my toes!
   It sorta puts everything in perspective, like the song says,
  "I hope you still feel small,  when you stand beside the ocean."
 I usually sing goofy songs  "Down by the sea",  "Under the Boardwalk", as I stroll along,
 Then I begin to comtemplate the wonders I see, and I can't help but think and sing,
 "How Great Thou Art".  
It's an amazing experience, when I'm down here alone,
 just me and the shorebirds, and my Lord.
 Just a little time away from the noisy commotion on the boards,
  and  I'm fully restored.

Now I am ready to let go of summer, and embrace autumn.  So glad to turn off the air conditioner!
Hoping Tommy's pumpkin turns orange soon!


Back home, back to work, I saw these mums growing near my daughter's new home.

Happy Fall, Ya'll! 
 Love, Linda


For more cars pictures, and Wildwood beach shots, see my last year's post, www.grandmalay.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

What delightful photos - it looks like so much fun :) Thanks for sharing and happy Fall to you as well. Hugs!

Megan Steigerwalt said...

Linda, I can't believe I'm so slow. I just discovered this post now. That museum is great, I really miss Dracula's Castle. What Goes On is fantastic as well, it's great that Wildwood is getting some great shops on their boardwalk!