GREENLAWN, NY… SMALL TOWN USA… HOME OF THE FIREMAN’S FAIR

Voting for Miss Rheingold at the Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair….  Who remembers this???  

My first recollection of the Greenlawn Fireman’s fair was when I first moved to Centerport in 1956 and had just spent a lazy summer of fun with my best friend Barbara where I grew up on Mallard Cove and we spent the summer rowing our boat around Northport Harbor and leisurely would row to Northport Village Dock and get greasy french fries in a paper bag  from the little deli on the corner of Main Street Northport, then rowed back over to the Centerport Yacht Club and sunned on the dock while chowing down on these grease balls and then headed back home to her dock on Mallard Cove where we listened and sang our favorite songs of the times… Blue Suede Shoes and all…..  Wow life was good then… the summer passed and Barbara said we had to go to the Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair………. this was at the tail end of the Summer of ’56 and we were going to be the first class in the NEW school of Harborfields…….  We called it Taylor Avenue School because Harborfields had not been named yet….  more about that later…. 

Do you remember voting for Miss Rheingold????  My first recollection of the Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair was that Labor Day….  the year that we had moved to Mallard Cove in Centerport….  That Labor day was the year that Harborfields School District was formed and we were days away from “Centerport Kids” meeting the “Greenlawn Kids”….  It was so exciting that we were going to the fair and seeing the kids that we would eventually graduate from High School with. 

It was more than a fair for sure….  It was a social event that was so much a part of our lives!  It was where you went to spend your money on fun rides, cotton candy, fun games, taking chances on live stock (pigs, chickens, goats) pets (dogs and cats) … you always came home with a winner, even if it just was a Gold Fish … The game was throwing a ping pong ball in a fishbowl and you would win the fish that was in the bowl… they would take the bowl with the fish and pour in a plastic bag that you would bring home.  In the morning your Mom would have to take you to the Pet Store to buy a bowl, sand, little plastic things for the bowl, fake grass, gold fish food, and many $ later you would bring home your set up and put your little fish inside just hoping it would last thru the following week!!!! 

But more than a four day event, always beginning with a parade on the Thursday evening before Labor Day the Greenlawn Fireman’s fair was our big social event of the year.  We would go there to meet friends after not seeing most of them during the summer… there was a big thing that always happened at the Fireman’s Fair.  It was seeing the candidates for “Miss Rheingold”… this was huge!  It was like having Angelina Jolie in your home town!!!  This was a nation wide vote for Miss Rheingold!  They were all pretty girls that were running for the title of Miss Rheingold! 

Once graduating from High School we always went to the Greenlawn Fireman’s fair.  As we went to college this was always the place come back and meet your friends…. even if you had to travel acoss country, people would congregate at the Beer Tent, once over 18 years old, and that’s where you would meet…..  As the years passed and you married and had kids, this was the place to bring your kids, people would flock to the fair.  Then your kids would do the same, and then bring their kids and the tradition would carry on, and on, and on.  Our grandsons now go back and do exactly what we did oh so many years ago!!!

Now wouldn’t you want to buy a house in this community and send your kids to Harborfields?  If you would call Suzanne & Brian Asher, the Winning Team in Real Estate…. Nobody knows the area like we do!!!  Send an e-mail to:  sasher@signaturepremier.com

 

 

 

SUBWAY SERIES BATTING HELMETS from 1988….

In the Spring of 1988, there was a lot of talk in the New York Sports press about a potential Subway Series in baseball that year since both New York Teams were potentially awesome …

This inspired Huntington Resident and baseball fan Brian Asher to create and develop the one and only Subway Series batting helmet.  The helmet consisted of a basic Mets or Yankees souvenir batting helmet to show your team allegiance to which was added railroad tracks, a stadium which was half Shea Stadium and half Yankee Stadium which houses a wind up toy motor.  The toy motor had a “driveshaft” sticking out of the top of the stadium to which was attached a plastic rod with a number 4 Subway car on one end and a number 7 car on the other.  

When the rod was wound up, the cars would revolve around the stadium on the track.  A little apple symbolic of the BIG APPLE was secured to the top of the stadium.  The helmet was finished off with decals of the words “Subway Series” in graffiti style writing on either side of the helmet and the names of the Shea and Yankee Stadium stops on their respective sides.  There were also decals on the stadium to show details as well as on the subway cars.

Brian’s brother Jerry, a Huntington attorney and licensed Professional Baseball Player Agent enlisted the help of two of his clients, Buddy Harrelson (Mets coach at the time) and Rafael Santana (Yankees shortstop at the time)  to make a 30 second commercial which aired on Yankees and Mets games on Cablevision in October of 1988.  After a considerable investment in plastic injection molding tools,  consulting fees, materials, advertising and office space, “THE ASHER BOYS” were in business!!!

The hats are currently a “collectors Item” !  You can e-mail for information about these hats if interested.  sasher@signaturepremier.com

 

Below is a photo of Buddy Harrelson, Brian Asher, and Raphael Santana………….

BLOG Subway Series Buddy and Raphael and Brian

 

LINKS LOG CABIN

LINKS

Menu for LINKS

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Menu for LINKS

LINKS LOG CABIN photo

Links Log Cabin

Fine steaks and $1 burgers and fries…Centerport, New York!  Boy do Suzanne & Brian Asher have great memories and stories to share!!!

There was this great restaurant in Centerport.  It was called Links Log Cabin.  Here during in the 50’s and probably before and after that, people from all over the island would come to enjoy a great dinner here in Centerport! It was a very popular place, and you would usually have to wait on line to get in!!!  Our family went to Links when we came out to Centerort to “visit” our home being built on Mallard Cove.  My Dad would get his traditional burger, while my Mom would chow down on a big lobster and suck every morsel out of that baby!!!  (Currently at this spot there are condos.  Links burned down in 1965 ..  Now is a development called “Courtyard Circle”.)

Brian’s brother Randy worked there for a time while in High School.  Randy went for a job interview at Links and they asked if he could open clams.  He said “sure” (he was a pro at opening Clams because Brian was a clam digger as he made his way thru Harvard and younger brother Randy was his “cul boy”/helper)…  and he was immediately hired for the job in the kitchen.  When he showed he head of the kitchen how fast and efficient he was at opening clams, he was so proud, only to have the boss say it wasn’t right!!!?  What do you mean I didn’t do it right?  At this resstaurant, they took one clam and cut it in half then ut each half in the two clam shells!!!  So much for old fashioned “value”….  and who in their right mind who is eating raw clams actually LOOK at the clam they are about to eat???!!!!!

Still in all, this was a fun place to go to eat….. and even tho they skimped on the clams, the burgers were THE BEST!!!!  

If you would like a copy of the LINKS LOG CABIN menu from the 50’s, just e-mail me at sasher@signaturepremier.com and I will send or drop off the menu to you!!!

 

 

The Mill Dam Bridge — Centerport — New York

Rainbow over the Mill Dam......Suzanne (Robertson) Asher grew up on Mallard Cove in Centerport.  Her father, a Pan American Pilot, moved the family there in the mid 1950’s. She was Harborfields first Cheerleading Captain and Graduate in the first class of Harborfields School District.  She reminisces about the community in her latest blogs of memories.  Here is one of the many on-going thoughts from her past.  Suzanne with Husband Brian (Harborfields first quarterback) are TOP real estate agents in the Township of Huntington working for Signature Premier Properties…. Her web site which is still under construction…. http://www.HuntingtonThenandNow.com  …. Here is where my story begins……..has so many fun and interesting little stories of the community…

The Mill Dam Bridge, the beautiful little bridge that separates Centerport from Centerport!!!  It takes you over Centerport Harbor, where on one side is the Harbor, the other side is the Mill Pond, where I used to ice skate when I was growing up.  The Little Neck Side, which is sometimes referred to as “the other side” and the Presidents Street side, or HBCA (Huntington Beach Civic Association) ……  All together as one to form Centerport.….  Back when I was attending Little Neck School until 8th Grade when the new school district of Harborfields was formed, there were TWO separate classes in my 8th grade.  I grew up on Mallard Cove, so the kids who lived on the Little Neck side were in one class……….. and the kids from the other side (then “Huntington Beach”) were in the other 8th grade class!!!!  If that isn’t  segregation!  I never understood it!  But there was a definite separation, altho this didn’t affect us when we merged together with the kids from Broadway School in Greenlawn  (now Harborfields Library) in 9th grade at the Taylor Avenue School (now Harborfields High School — see earlier blog about The New School District Harborfields)

The Mill Dam Bridge was something we walked across often (with our Mom’s approval of course) …..  We would go to Rudy’s,  (Rudy ‘s son Richie was in Brian’s class) the little deli on the other side of the bridge, to get our lunch or hang out. Across the street from Rudy’s was a bar called  “Drifters Reef”–   (here is where our Mom’s said “be careful and don’t talk to anybody from the bar!!!)  …  It was about as far as we were able to venture!!!!!  But that was our big treat!  Mill Dam Bridge has seen us grow up!!!

And there was the time when I walked across the bridge with my friend Lenore Boudreau, when a man stopped us.  He said he was from Newsday and wanted to take a photo of us sitting on the LOCKS where the water flows in and out of the pond, so we climbed down to the ledge and sat together where he took our photo!  Of course when we related this story to our Mom’s they were panicked!  Was this man legit?  “you should have run away from him”……… but guess what, our photo appeared in Newsday the following day!  And we were “famous” in the school!!!!!!

How many times in my adult life have I driven over the Mill Dam Bridge and stop to see a sunset, or a sunrise, or a storm where the water breeches the bridge, or a blizzard where you could hardly see,  or fished off the bridge many years ago, as far back as the 50’s with my mom, or the 70’s with my daughter, or the 90’s with my grandsons!  This bridge is a connection in my life, I probably went over it every day when 18 years ago today my oldest Grandson was born, and our second Grandson shortly after that, and we would drive over the bridge on our way to visit them!!!!!  It’s that warm and fuzzy feeling of being rooted right where you grew up!!!!  There is nothing like it!!!!!

Yesterday was no exception to taking in the sights of the bridge…………. where I stopped and caught this amazing photo!  (Thank God for my IPHONE!)  There was a thick fog over Centerport Harbor, and the sun was shining above, and a beautiful rainbow was up there!!!!  That is what I wanted to share with you today!!!!!

What I love about living where I grew up, at every turn of my car I remember events in my life, and always things that happened and friends that I had, and wondering just what might have happened to these people…. where did their life take them, what road did they take?  We had so many memories of growing up here…….  They were very special.  We were very lucky…. living here was an amazing life experience…..  We see it so often in our business……  People who are second, third, fourth generation of living RIGHT here in Centerport…….  Our family, for example, our Grandsons are Junior (Conner) and Senior (Justin) at Harborfields High School……..  We  are THIRD GENERATION at Harborfields School District!!!

So when you are thinkng about moving, and looking for a life style that rivals no other, a place where you have everything at your fingertips, beaches, beautiful restaurants, everything you ever want to do, boating, swimming, theater, ocean, the greatest city in the world, excellent schools………….. LOOK NO FURTHER…..

Call Suzanne and Brian Asher, who’s web site “www.HuntingtonThenAndNow.com” ( is where to go for wonderful stories about growing up in the area) and ALSO where they can help you find the home of your dreams and this will be  “where your story begins”!!!

Look no further to find the Best Real Estate #1 agents in Huntington Township….. Follow their blogs to read wonderful stories about growing up here!!!!!