We couldn’t have been happier or more excited to return to Seaside Boardwalk this summer. On a hot July day, my brother, Nicole, Cecelia and I took the long way down and drove through the shore towns we visited and rented of our youth… Normandy Beach, Lavallette, Ortley Beach… Some towns were back, others sort of back, while others are sadly still struggling. Seaside fell into the “sort of back” category. The boardwalk was open and had a pretty good crowd going even though it was a sweltering, mid week day but many residents are not back into their homes and many are dealing with insurance issues. Casino Pier (the pier with the rides that had planned to be restored after Sandy) was not yet open upon our visit and security at that entrance was tight.
We were just happy to be there and “walk on the boards”. This was was Cece’s first time at the boardwalk. She is very curious and loves to look around. Luckily people watching is one of our favorite things to do on the boardwalk. (That and eating.)
It was just like visiting a familiar old friend who you haven’t seen in a while but you don’t skip a beat. The stands were there with their array of prizes from giant stuffed animals to Coach handbags (real?)… the seediness was still there, the stores with their over the top, Snooki style T-shirts (We had to buy C a Seaside onesie!), psychics, places to get pierced… I stopped Midway, the legendary sausage stand to buy a soda and told them I was happy they were back. The workers behind the counter smiled.
One of Nicole’s favorite places as a kid was Maruca’s Tomato Pies. I was excited to visit one of the places that made Seaside boardwalk that old familiar friend to her. We split a slice and Cece had some of the crust.
On our way out Nicole played the squirt gun game and won C a little bear. We took photos in one of the arcade photobooths… one of our favorite traditions.
As much as I wanted an ice cream from Kohr’s I couldn’t fit it. It was one of those heat wave days of this past summer and the sun was in and out. (I find it hard to eat in that kind of heat!) On our way back to the car we said we’d be back for the rides and the ice cream.
Our hearts go out all those who lost their businesses that day. The businesses that remain open can also use our support. Take a ride down, have sausage sandwich (Midway was spared) an ice cream (one Kohr’s stand remains), visit the arcades, ham it up in the photobooths, ride the rides at Casino Pier… This Jersey Girl knows “Down the shore, everything is alright”… and Seaside will be back and we will be there. SEASIDE STRONG, Jersey Strong. Xo Dani