Retro Roadmap Readers – I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I need to cram in as many fun things as possible into the 8-10 short weeks of the season we call summer. Maybe it’s because I have a summer birthday, maybe it’s because of all those years of being in school, where I dreamed of all the fun I’d have once I was released from the shackles to my desk, but all I know is, when summer comes, Mod Betty is off and running!
The one place I haven’t been lately is shackled to my desk, writing in detail of the cool places we’ve been, and you’ve probably noticed that. If you’re a Retro Roadmap Facebook Page fan you may have gotten a glimpse of some of our adventures in the last month or so, but if not, hold on tight and see what we’ve been up to (and why the posts here have been few and far between!):
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire
Even though it was raining, Mod B and Retro Roadhusband made like the best aunt and uncle ever and took the Retro Roadkids to this small lakeside hamlet, where we let them play arcade games to their heart’s delight (while I snapped photos of as many of the vintage games as I could find!)
Road Trip to Atlanta GA
Retro Roadhusband had a rock gig, so Mod B made the most of the drive down, and I’ll have some swell photos of places to show you from our trip – we discovered some cool vintage signs and businesses and unexpected surprises in neat little towns all along our route both up and back!
Hometown Fun at The Colonial Theatre Phoenixville PA
Beach Blanket Bingo!
Mod B’s fave beach party movie is Beach Blanket Bingo, so when my fave theatre played my fave movie, I had to make it an event!
Yes, Mod B loves her little town, and the big event of the season is always Blobfest, where The Colonial Theatre celebrates her appearance in that great 1958 sci-fi kitsch classic The Blob. This year Mod Betty (and Retro Roadhusband!) was mightily involved in each day of the 3 day fest:
Backup Singer and Friday Night Run Out Hostess!
In reality this combo is called Steve & The McQueens (because I said so ;-)) but this year at Blobfest we became “Terry Antula & The Black Widows” to keep with the bug related theme of this year’s Blobfest, and opened the Friday night festivities in the theatre with – THE BUG!
We even made it to the local news (kinda) as we held the doors to help usher out the screaming patrons during the famous Running of The Blob ( you can see us at :35)
Retro Roadmap Booth at Blobfest Street Fair
Trying to get the word out about a “virtual” place like Retro Roadmap is a bit of a challenge in the bricks and mortar world, so I decided to share some info from some great Retro Roadmap supporters and sell of my vintage souvenir collection to folks at the street fair – what fun!
A special Retro Roadmap shout-out to these supportive folks who sent me brochures and info to share about their cool vintage places:
The Caribbean Motel – Wildwood NJ
Franklin Fountain & Shane Confectionery – Philadelphia PA
Old Sledworks Antiques and Vintage Arcade – Duncannon PA
The Society for Commercial Archeology – USA!
Strictly Hey-Wake Heywood Wakefield Refinishing – Hagerstown MD
Unshredded Nostalgia Antiques & Collectibles – Barnegart NJ
Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut – Windsor CT
Historic Tour of The Colonial Theatre & Thrifty Discount DJs
To round out the weekend Mod Betty gave a tour of the historic Colonial Theatre to a group of fab folks, then we all headed over to Steel City Coffee House to listen to a curated collection of vintage vinyl finds, spun by our pals The Thrifty Discount DJs – what a weekend!
Virginia 36 Hour Getaway
So technically this was supposed to be a no-work weekend as Retro Roadhusband didn’t have a gig, but when a vintage diner is kinda in the area, we had to stop!
And this horsey gal got to see the vintage movie theatre where Misty of Chincoteague made its debut in 1961
Massachusetts Bound – Via Rye Playland!
When Mod B did the math and realized it was a good 10 years since she and Retro Roadhusband had stopped at Rye Playland Amusement Park in Rye NY (instead of whizzing by on 95) she made the executive decision that we needed to pull in the parking lot and ride some rides, even if it made us extra late to get to Massachusetts:
“Retro Roadhusband” Cliff Hillis and Rhett Miller
And finally (actually there is no finally, we’re always doing something!) we made it to Massachusetts, where Retro Roadhusband (in real life, musician, songwriter Cliff Hillis) had a couple of gigs with our pal Rhett Miller of the band The Old 97’s.
Even with those gigs going on, I still managed to pick up a few kitschy Cape Cod souvenirs, make sure the Wellfleet Drive In was still open (yep!) check up on the Rosebud Diner (still closed) and get home in time to work a full week at her regular 9-5’er in Cubeville.
So now you see why I haven’t been posting properly – I’ve got a lot of livin to do!
Hope you’re doing the same!
xo – Mod Betty