"Every potato, every pepper," says Sam Beeler of Paterson, elder of the Sand Hill Delaware Indian tribe of New Jersey. "Tomato. Chocolate. Corn. Squash. Every single bean on the planet comes from this hemisphere. No wonder [the Europeans] thought they were in paradise."
American Indians — not “Native Americans,” a newfangled PC term that Beeler and many others dislike — play a key role in the Thanksgiving story, as you’ll recall.
We know very little about the first pilgrim Thanksgiving in 1621: when exactly it was, how it was celebrated, whether turkey was even on the menu. But we know, thanks to a letter from a colonist, about the local Wampanoag Indians who came by with five deer.
"The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, extending almost one-half mile into the Atlantic Ocean, is surely the greatest amusement enterprise under one roof in the world. With its many theaters, vaudeville, ballroom dancing, exhibits, diversity of entertainment, a visit to the pier is a vacation in itself."
Circa 1951 - made by E.C. Kropp Co., Milw., Wis.- A Natural Color Post Card
A promotional film from 1960 that was rediscovered in 2008. It’s great to see the old rides and boardwalk - and the music and narration is pure 1950s style.
Chris Christie at The Ritz Diner in his hometown of Livingston, NJ (recording a Piers Morgan interview for CNN) and shot of the diner
Diners, Jersey style
Postcard: Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Published by Saltzburg’s Merchandise Company, Atlantic City, N.J. - C. T. American Art, Chicago
bridge fog on Flickr.
the footbridge in the morning fog
“An Evening of Elegance: 200 Years of Costumes for Grand Occasions” at the Morris Museum, running through October 27, featuring countless vintage ball gowns, cocktail dresses and couture from the last two centuries. A stunning red gown that was worn to President Lincoln’s inaugural ball in 1865 is the crown jewel of the exhibit.
The Morris Museum will celebrate its 100-year anniversary at a black tie gala on September 21.
Boardwalk, Point Pleasant, NJ