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I just got a nice note from photographer John Woolf – his exhibit of 20 diner and roadside photos on display at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington MA (which I always mistakenly refer to as the Museum of Our National Heritage) – has been extended!

Now you have until November 2011 to check out these wonderfully detailed and saturated prints, a sample from  his “Night Road Series.”

Coney-Island-Hot-Dogs-Worcester-MA-John Woolf (Like this, George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs in Worcester, MA. Isn’t that neon just gorgeous?!)



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RetroRoadsis just called me about the sad news that Pago Pago in Milford MA, a tiki destination for almost 40 years, is closing this Saturday.  You can read all about it here at the Milfor Daily News, and here are some photos of Pago Pago from a visit I had in 2009.

Pago Pago


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From the comments on my photo of Bubbling Brook in Westwood MA I know I’m not the only one with fond memories of this seasonal restaurant and ice cream stand nestled in the suburban greenery southwest of Boston. Open since 1951 from mid-May to Mid-September a visit to The Brook is a sign summer has begun!

Bubbling Brook Restaurant(The 1897 on the chimney refers to the year that Westwood became a town,
separating from Dedham. Now you knows!)


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The Day and Night Diner on Route 20 in downtown Palmer MA is Worcester Lunch Car Diner #781. Built in 1944 it is currently open for breakfast and lunch.


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The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of of one week- in May, July and September. So if you want to be overwhelmed by the volume of vintage antique and cool old stuff to choose from, this is your place!

My pilgrimage to Brimfield this year was twofold- one to have an excuse to tell you RetroRoadmap readers about it, and two, to pay homage to the family tradition of attending Brimfield with my dad (who passed away last fall).
Photos (more…)

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Home of the famous Suzy Q fries (nom) tasty burgers and vintage car nights, Skip’s in Merrimac opens today for the season! Harbinger of spring for sure

Read all about our adventures at Skips here and become a fan of Skip’s on Facebook!

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While it’s probably snowing today up in Mass there’s good news too – the Paragon Carousel at Nantasket Beach opens for the weekend season tomorrow – Saturday April 2.

paragon carousel horse

The carousel (Philadelphia Toboggan Company #85 for those keeping score) was originally part of Paragon Park Amusement Park that made Hull a recreation destination until it’s untimely shuttering in 1985. Here’s a link to some of the photos I took of it the last summer it was open and the summer it was closed:

Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach MA – A Cautionary Retro Road Trip Down Memory Lane

Paragon Park 1984

If you like those photos here’s a link to the Paragon Park Memories Facebook Page, which is becoming a great resource for old photos and memories of this local landmark.

While the park is still gone I have plans to go to Nantasket this summer when back up home visiting the fam – I may even show up this summer to play Fascination! And it’s on my agenda to introduce the RetroRoadkids to this fave local summer destination, to see what summer fun was kinda like back when I was their age. C’mon summer (she  says as it’s snowing out here in PA, no April foolin’)

Paragon Carousel
205 Nantasket Avenue
Hull, MA 02045

Here’s a link to the Paragon Carousel Facebook Page

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