Thursday, September 20, 2012

One Last Summer Fling!

I don't like to see summer end yet.  I  want to enjoy one more fling before I start dragging out all the fall decorations and baking apple and pumpkin goodness.  This weekend, I am going "down the shore" for a car show. 
One more time this summer, I want to hear the endless waves crashing,
 dip my toes in the foamy surf, feel the cooling seabreeze.
I  love to watch the gulls and sand pipers

Wildwoods, New Jersey has the biggest beaches and a lively boardwalk, 38 blocks long,
 with all sorts of amusements on it's piers, a huge convention center hosting various events
 and top performers, many restaurants and  pizza joints,, frozen custard stands,  boutiques
 and  novelty shops!

Today was Preview Day,
for the Classic Car Auction
and set-up day for the vendors.  I'll give you a sneak preview!
"Old Blue Eyes" car is in the auction room

Here's a  red bug, just like my very  first car, a VW Beetle!

 Isn't  this Metropolitan the cutest car you ever saw?

 Here's a real beauty!, and there are about a hundred more in this room.
 On the boardwalk tomorrow will be hundreds of  fabulous classic cars lined up
 and families strolling along.
 The Irish Festival is this weekend too, so we'll see lots of "wearin' o' the green".

 I'll see lots of old friends and fellow vendors as I sell car magazines
in the Convention Center lobby.

 The beach at dusk, sun is setting behind me over the bay.

  Sunset, standing in the ocean's edge,with my back to the ocean, facing towards the bay.

Be sure to enjoy these glorious days and cooler evenings and the amazing sunsets!

  At home, the other night my neighbor came out onto her porch to watch the
spectacular evening sky and sunset with me.  Very special moments.
 Savor the last sunset moments  of your  fleeting summer! 
Love, Linda 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back to the Fifties

Imagine going back to  a time of peace, prosperity, and an explosion of new
 designs in fashion, architecture,  and automobiles.  Rock and roll's debut.
 This is what we did at the 30th Lead East,
The  world's  largest  50's Party,
 in Parsippany, N.J., on Labor Day weekend.

 A new group of nice kids singing acapella. Look for them on facebook,
The Whiptones, from Whippany, N.J.

Two ladies, coincidentally dressed alike in 50's-style dresses

I bought a Walking Taco from an outdoor vendor, for $4.
  All she did was crush an individual bag of chips and open it,
 then put a spoonful of ground meat taco filling, shredded cheese,
 shredded lettuce, dollop of sour cream, chopped tomato
and jalapeno slices right in the bag.  There are lots of recipes online.
  I walked around, eating it with a plastic fork, looking  at all the cars.
 First time I ever heard of them!   It was really good! 
There are lots of recipes online.
Wouldn't it be fun to make  these for a kid's party?

In the booth next to me, it was so exciting to watch Bob Petillo work on his amazing reflections.  His  photorealistic paintings of cars are exquisite.  During the show, he presented a custom-made car portrait to a man for his 65th birthday, a surprise gift commissioned by his wife!
 Click on the artist and see his work!

Youngsters had their own bobbie-soxers and greasers
 dress-up contest, and danced to the oldies.

Tiffany sells vintage clothing and  fifties decor items.

 My friend, Kat, wears 50's style clothing and is one classy lady!
She's a long-time attendee of Lead East, and started a seminar years ago,
 teaching us about 50's fashions and accessories, and how to get "the look".

Charming Jenna, and her date, attending the Lead East Prom.
She  teaches a seminar  about dressing 50's style.
  Plenty of spontaneous Doo-wop singing, and great concerts on stage as well. 
"A  magic weekend  celebrating the best decade
 in  American history",
well said by Terry Cook, the car show's promoter. 
 It was like one big family reunion, full of music and memories!
You gotta come next year!
This is more than a car show, and although I worked very hard,
 selling car literature, it was so much fun, going back to the Fifties!
I'll leave you with a listen to the fine young acapella  singers I met at  Lead East.,
The Whiptones
Love, Linda
I  joined these great partties!