Posted by: Kathleen's Life Waves | July 2, 2010

Life Waves Blog: Greetings from Asbury Park Boardwalk Treats/Rides/Laughs,Tears,Fear….

A few times each Summer we would spend nights  in Asbury Park for dinner and walk on the boardwalk. The Boardwalk has two magnificent buildings at either end.  The Southern end of the boardwalk stands the Casino Building which stretched out over the beach yet on the road side were  these unique patina colored oval sun shaped glass entrance ways to the carousel while the Northern end stands the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre which also stretched out over the beach to the jetties. The Hall had huge rocking chairs along the beach side so you could sit and watch the ocean or listen to music especially in the evenings when bands would play. Some evenings or Sunday afternoons my Gram and I would go just to sit on those rocking chairs and listen to the bands and , of course, have a treat.   Both Buildings had/have  magnificent marble floored open arcades to walk thru.  There was also the Palace Arcade on Wesley Lake with its big funny face Tillie, fabulous Carousel and ring grab, Ferris Wheel, Tunnel of Love Fun House, and  Olympic Bob Ride one of my favorites that I rode at least once a week each Summer until 1987.

The Asbury Park Boardwalk was loaded with rides, arcades, mini golf, candy shops, souvenir/gift shops and Fortune Tellers(well one: Madame Marie) who my Gram made me promise never to go in. I never have but I know many friends who have looked into that crystal ball.

Now for dinner we are walking thru the Casino Building Arcade pass the bumper cars, Mr Peanut Stand, Fun House,  to the other side  which boarders the town of  Ocean Grove. Dinner will be at The Homestead.  I love this place because you sit out overlooking the ocean and we  never eat desert here because the Boardwalk is loaded with treats: lollipops, cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, ice, ice cream, taffy, chocolate, fudge and licorice laces and candy apples.

My Grams favorite treat was dark chocolate peppermint patty or an orange/vanilla cone.  Joey liked ice cream almost any flavor and he made sure each time he had ice cream anywhere in the Summer he would never have the same flavor(he started this at around age 9).  Now I liked Ice: lemon, cherry, watermelon, raspberry blue.  Candy was not a big thing for either of us yet we loved to watch the guy in the big window at Criterion, Candies of Distinction, making the taffy with large paddles and what looked like a big old washing machine. We would walk the boardwalk and take in the sights, sounds and smells.

These adventures to Asbury Park  included Gram, myself, Joey and his grandparents, Mary and Joe.  Joey and I were allowed to go on a few rides.  Now I have never been Twiggy but Joey was a big kid and no matter what ride we went on he crushed the crap out of me.  We would laugh so hard on some rides.  We loved  The Round Up, The Whip, The Bob Sled, Tilt a Whirl.  I liked fast rides never anything that was high and slow like the dreaded  Ferris Wheel or the Ski Chairs overhead.  Anything that could swing I wanted no part of and yes these were favorites of Joey.  I think it was around ’67 when Joey finally convinced me to go on the Ferris Wheel.  I agreed if he totally promised not to make it swing and he swore, he swore on everyone and everything and well what an idiot I was to believe him. He rocked that  chair back and forth and my shoe fell off and I was crying and yelling at the guy that I wanted to get off but we kept going around-it seemed  liked a lifetime. To this day I can remember that feeling, I never have been able to conquer the fear of the Ferris Wheel and @56 I really do not give a damn.




  1. I love this!! It feels like I’m there!! Anyone who has lived near the ocean can relate. I really love your writing. Each blog is better than the last.
    Have a wonderful 4th of July Kathleen!! Thank you for the images, we definitely love the summer!!
    Love & Hugs, Carol

  2. Hi Carol, thanks so much. Yes I saw Summer written all over your face when we met in NY. You and Michael enjoy your Fourth also. Neat that you related to the Boardwalk! Love Ya. K

  3. KB…I found it! Perfect! You’re bringing me back to summers in Brighton Beach when I was a kid…oh how I loved watching “them” making candy and talking to all the vendors before rushing off to the ocean…xoxox

  4. I am thrilled Linda that you went back to Brighton Beach after reading my Life Waves. And I am happy to read that lavender is entering your life. I have lavender planted all around our home. I shine when I read your blog. You have such a talented gift, embrace it! I thank you for sharing it with me. xoxo

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