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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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It’s a “stars aligning” kind of night for me this Saturday night, when I will be in MA visiting family, able to help save the State Theatre which is in Stoughton (where I’ll be staying) AND get to enjoy the music of Mike Viola – one of my favorite songwriters who isn’t RetroRoadHusband, all at the same time!

state-theatre-stoughton-ma-frank-grace-trig-photography(Photo courtesy of photographer Frank C. Grace of Trig Photography)

The State Theatre in downtown Stoughton MA was built in 1927 as a live house and was converted to a movie house in the 1950’s. It has been closed for the last 4 years but a local group called “STARS” is spearheading the efforts to save, improve and re-open the doors to the State Theater.

This Saturday night they are holding a fundraiser with many live musical acts, including Stoughton-born and internationally known songwriter Mike Viola.

Many of you will recognize Mike Viola’s singing voice as the sound behind the hit movie theme “That Thing You Do” – but he’s done so much more than that – writing great songs for himself, movies, other folks, producing records, the list goes on. Just trust me when I say that he’s one of the most talented songwriters we have around today and this is a great opportunity to see him. Click here to see a video of him performing on Conan O’Brien.

The event is only $5 to get in and  happening at a venue right behind the theatre, so if you get into town early you can check the theatre out for yourself.

And if you do come to the show, look for RetroRoadsister and me – and perhaps my cousin John. I’ll be the one bopping around to the great music – for a good cause, and it should be That Thing You Do on Saturday Night ;-)

(how could I not post this- it’s Mike Viola with my other fave songwriter who isn’t RetroRoadHusband- Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne!)

Save The State Theatre
Saturday March 26 8pm

63 Wyman Street
Stoughton, MA 02072-2822

(781) 344-9447

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Just found out my favorite chinese restaurant / tiki mecca up in Saugus MA -the Kowloon Restaurant, now has a free app for your iphone. Now you can place your order directly from your phone and have it waiting when you get there!
kowloon 2008

Now I haven’t used it – I don’t think they deliver to Pennsylvania, but I love it when old places think of new ways to get people in the doors!
No, not by tearing down your wonderfully kitschy interior that some may think out of date, but embracing it, and thinking outside the box as far as marketing goes.


This combination of classic vintage tiki cocktail mecca / chinese food palace and of-the-moment mobile technology make me happy for sure!

My happiness

Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the Kowloon App

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Over the summer I had great fun sharing some Boston area locations from the 1970’s move The Friends Eddie Coyle (here’s a link to my original post “1970′s Boston Movie Fun – Name That Location! The Friends of Eddie Coyle”.)

Well I wasn’t the only one who had fond memories of the locations this movie used, as I recently got a wonderful email from a member of the family that owned  the P.J. Pastry Shop in Dedham Square – as seen below in the opening credits:

Dedham Square

I thought it would be great to add this note to the cache of information about not only Eddie Coyle but also Dedham Square. As I’ve mentioned, both my parents grew up in Dedham, and we would call my younger sister “PJ” when she was young, so I’ve got a soft spot for the info below as well!

Hello Mod Betty!!

I can’t tell how excited I was to see my family’s bakery in your blog “1970’s Boston Movie Fun — Name That Location! The Friend’s of Eddie Coyle.” My grandfather Paul Sivacek Sr. opened the store in 1933 with partner Jacob Umsheid (my grandfather “Paul” was the “P” in PJ & his partner Jacob was the “J”). My father, Paul Sivacek, Jr., took it over in the early 1970’s with his brother Edward (my uncle) and ran it until the late 80’s/early 90’s.

It was then took over by another baker who called it “Dedham Bake Shop” and within a few years, it was occupied by “Diana Gaikazova Designs”, who since has moved across the street & runs the renamed “The Heart of the Square” next to the historic Dedham Community Theatre. Currently, the space once occupied for over 60 years by PJ Pastry Shop is now a personal fitness center called “The Body Workshop.”

We all (including family & current occupants of Dedham) miss a bakery in the Square!

Thank you so much for remembering PJ Pastry Shop in the movie and posting it in your blog. I have never seen a picture of that before and it brought back fond memories. Keep up the good work, and again, thank you for your memorable post!

Please let me know if you have any questions or curiosities about the bakery — I’d be glad to answer them!



If anyone has a question about the bakery I’d be more than happy to forward it to Kristine. And Kristine, thanks so much for adding your little bit of history to this topic! I’ll also be putting this email in the comments of the original post.

It’s kind of cool to realize that we all can contribute something to the common knowledge on a certain topic – from fuzzy pictures of old neon signs to family remembrances of local stores. Yay for all of us!

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