Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

This is the church and this is the… bell tower

Red and bricky

Adjacent to/ possibly on Drew’s campus, this was Madison’s second Methodist church. The congregation formed in 1843, and the original structure (not this one) was built in 1844.

Since Drew continues to be (at least in part) a seminary school, maybe young ministers train here. But I have no verification for this.

May 30, 2011

The Brittin Building isn’t British.

Oh those Brittins.

Y’know, I can’t find any information on this building. The Brittins were one of those wealthy and well-known families in Madison, and presumably a Brittin provided most of the funds to build this building on Main Street, but beyond that, I got nothin’.

And here’s what it looked like in the late 1890s. (See below.)

Brittin Building, 1890s

May 29, 2011

Your friendly neighborhood dinosaurs

Dilophosauruses (or Coelophyses) in Chatham!

The last time I properly visited the Morris Museum, I found this dinosaur track thrown in a sad little corner of a dark little stairwell. The label said it was discovered in Chatham Township, and I thought that was kind of cool.

Turns out, it was discovered in Chatham Township… this very weekend, 32 years ago!

Scott Hallock and a dinosaur track!

On Memorial Day weekend 1979, Duncan Hallock (a former science teacher) and his son Scott were wandering through the Great Swamp when they found this fossil. Sources disagree whether it was a dilophosaurus or a coelophysis. Either way, it was a two-legged carnivorous theropod, and that’s what matters, right?


Cunningham, J.T. (1997). Images of America: Chatham. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH.

May 28, 2011


Wisteria. Wisteria. Look. It's a. Wisteria. (You might not see them, but they're there.) (FYI- This is an obscure reference to a song called "Bacteria.")

I was saving this shot for, I dunno, later. But unfortunately, it seems that wisteria are only in bloom for a very short while; one week, they were there, and the next week, they weren’t. So I offer this as a slightly outdated reminiscing of early spring days gone by.

Remember early spring? Remember when it wasn’t 85 degrees Fahrenheit (about 30 degrees Celsius) outside? Those were the good old days.

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May 27, 2011

Creamy creamy.

McCool's is so cool.

It’s ice cream season again! I think pretty much every town has its own unique ice cream parlor (at least one). This one is in Madison.

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May 26, 2011

Grace! Episcopal!

Gracie dearie.

Like most congregations, the congregation of Madison’s Grace Episcopal Church initially met in private homes and public halls. I don’t know the date this church was built, but I suspect it was in the mid-1800s.


May 25, 2011

S is for Sushi


Monster Sushi, in fact.

They have two locations in Manhattan and one right here in little ol’ Summit.

The sushi was fine when I visited, but I’m not much of a connoisseur of these things. The COOL thing about Monster Sushi is that they’ve got Godzilla posters and action figures all over the place. (That might be standard for New York, but… it’s less so around here.)

Go go Godzilla!

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May 24, 2011

Wet leaves


It’s been kind of wet around here lately.

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May 23, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse!

The Papermill Playhouse!

Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse started its life as—GET THIS—a paper mill in 1795 (shock! awe!); it was sold and turned into a theater in 1934. Although the playhouse has burned down twice (once in the 1860s and once in the 1980s), it continues to be one of the leading musical theaters in New Jersey. It’s kind of the big thing that puts Millburn on the map! Even I had heard of it before I moved here, and I live under a rock.

Additional information can be found on their website.

Paper Mill Playhouse. (n.d.). “Background and History.” Available

May 22, 2011

No stopping or wisteria.

Oh look a sign I hope it isn't important.

Luckily, this is kind of a busy street that doesn’t lend itself well to stopping or standing ANYWAY, but geeeez, you can’t see that sign.

…The wisteria are pretty, though. They seem to spread like weeds in this corner of town.

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