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Kevin Ferguson

Maynard, MA

#41 Mar 21, 2011
LI Irish Girl wrote:
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My family has vacationed there since the late 70's. I will pass along your information to them if you are still in the process of creating the documentary.
I am. I'd be happy to get their take on things. Thanks.
Miss Fern Cliff

Dundalk, MD

#42 May 12, 2011
I went to the Fern Cliff House in the mid 80's when i was 8 and 9 and in the early -mid 90s when i was 13 and 14. Met wonderful people and have a very special memory of a first kiss under the bridge by the creek.I won a few awards, but nothing beats the memory of coming of age summers.
Mr fern cliff

Newark, NJ

#43 Jun 11, 2011
Ummm I had my first kiss under that bridge in the early mid 90's too...
Miss Fern Cliff wrote:
I went to the Fern Cliff House in the mid 80's when i was 8 and 9 and in the early -mid 90s when i was 13 and 14. Met wonderful people and have a very special memory of a first kiss under the bridge by the creek.I won a few awards, but nothing beats the memory of coming of age summers.
Tom Hart

Delray Beach, FL

#44 Aug 17, 2011
John Dooley wrote:
Worked at McKenna's Irish House, O'Briens and I used to stay for the entire summer because my mom and grandmother used to work at McKenna's every summer. The years were from 1957 to maybe around 1974 and then we used to go and visit. Wow, thats a bummer about the area. When I'm having difficulty sleeping I picture the creek, the corn fields, the places I used to hang out with the visitors and the locals, the Graney's and the Van Tassel's and the Cook's. What a bummer, I remember Hansel and Gretals, Tarpey,s. My uncle lived and worked up there all year round and he built a few of the places including Tarpey's and rebuilt Tarpey's after it burnt down. I remember cliff diving by the bridge of Tarpey's. Remember the Cunningham brothers band that used to play all over. I remember all the now famous Irish bands that used to play every summer in the bars for 50 people. All the top name bands, Tommy Makem, The Rovers, and so many more. What happened to The Irish Alps? I live in Chicago now and still think of East Durham. I grew up in the Bronx by Fordham Road. Can we rewind for just a while, just to smell the fresh country air as a young boy with no worries except I can't wait to go to the creek and swim or wait for the different families with my friends that would come up on the same week every year. Oh well, I guess I settle for the memories. I will keep the July 4th reunion in mind and if we can I'll stop by to say hello. Well goodbye for now my beloved and cherished memories of yesteryear that feels, oh so good. Flashlight tag in the woods at night and my uncle making bear noises to scare us. Wow, what a shame. Good luck if people put together money for the Ferncliff. I was a chef for years in New York, and California and I learned how to cook at McKenna's Irish House from Peggy McKenna and from O'Brian's but I can't remember the old guy who taught me at O'Brian's. I worked at Tavern on The Green in New York for a few years all because of what I learned in East Durham. Great great memories. sorry,but thank you for listening to my love affair with East durham.
My parents used to take us on the weekends to McKenna's way back from about 1966-1971 and what a fun time we had. The colorful lights at night, the Irish bands playing. Some summers they could not afford to fly to Ireland so they took us up there and felt like home. I've not been back since I was a kid - I hope there is still some piece of Ireland there after all those long years past.
A local

Hoboken, NJ

#45 Dec 21, 2011
cocktail wrote:
I worked there the last 2 summers it was open before the Jews destroyed it!!!!!
It's ignorant bigots like you that are destroying East Durham.

Since: Feb 12

Hudson, NY

#46 Feb 26, 2012
Kevin Ferguson wrote:
John: I'm a journalist from the Boston area producing a documentary on East Durham. My aunt and uncle were Marie and Ed Mullan, and I spent many summers up there, as well. I'm looking to interview folks who worked (whether washing dishes or playing music) or vacationed there, particularly back in the 1950s to 1980s. I'm also looking for anyone willing to share old home movies, photos, etc. from the time.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD and contact me at getitgreennow@gmail.com or ferguson.editorial.services@gm ail.com.
Thanks.
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I fondly remember Ed and Marie Mullans ... I stayed there for the first 13 years of my life .... every summer for 2-3 weeks then worked there for 3 summers ! The Handels (BlackThorne Resort) are doing a fine job with the place now . They were smart enough to "branch out" and change the theme of the place to incoporate campgrounds and Motorcycle rally's and other events . There is a place on Facebook about East Durham !
michael patrick

Annapolis, MD

#47 Jul 9, 2012
Wow great to see there are other folks bummin over the changes in east durham. Grew up on the jersey shore, and spent just about every summer from 72-82 at either gavins or fern cliff. Fern Cliff was the place to be when the Dillon and Maroney families owned it.Softball by day, irish music and creek parties till the wee hours.. The Gavin family are also great people and we stayed there many a year, did a family reunion at Gavins in 2008.
It was a playground for myself and many buddies, but we were a generation of kids that would entertain ourselves by playing sports outdoors all day into night till you had to eat dinner. Seems like a big part of problem in e.d. is new generation of kids that dont want to go away for a week with their parents to a resort that is very old fashioned by todays standards. It was all the young kids (mostly from boros of ny) that made east durham thrive when i vacationed there. Still a great area to visit, and i highly recommend irish arts week. there is also a great bluegrass fest same week not far from e.d. We now stay at the bavarian manor, which for shorter stays is best deal anywhere ulster-greene cty area. Stan and Sue are awesome and they give you a full restaurant breakfast with each night. Stans food is really good. Also a must see is Levon Helms Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, if you love music you must see on of these shows.
Have many pics, history, etc from E.d. in 70-80's..
eileen lyons

Bellevue, WA

#48 Sep 21, 2012
I went to Gavins this summer and had a great time. It is still the same there as East Durham used to be in the 70's and 80's. My daughter loves it there and says she wants to bring her future children there. We have been going there for the past six years.
Siveen O Neill

United States

#49 Jul 6, 2013
John Dooley wrote:
Worked at McKenna's Irish House, O'Briens and I used to stay for the entire summer because my mom and grandmother used to work at McKenna's every summer. The years were from 1957 to maybe around 1974 and then we used to go and visit. Wow, thats a bummer about the area. When I'm having difficulty sleeping I picture the creek, the corn fields, the places I used to hang out with the visitors and the locals, the Graney's and the Van Tassel's and the Cook's. What a bummer, I remember Hansel and Gretals, Tarpey,s. My uncle lived and worked up there all year round and he built a few of the places including Tarpey's and rebuilt Tarpey's after it burnt down. I remember cliff diving by the bridge of Tarpey's. Remember the Cunningham brothers band that used to play all over. I remember all the now famous Irish bands that used to play every summer in the bars for 50 people. All the top name bands, Tommy Makem, The Rovers, and so many more. What happened to The Irish Alps? I live in Chicago now and still think of East Durham. I grew up in the Bronx by Fordham Road. Can we rewind for just a while, just to smell the fresh country air as a young boy with no worries except I can't wait to go to the creek and swim or wait for the different families with my friends that would come up on the same week every year. Oh well, I guess I settle for the memories. I will keep the July 4th reunion in mind and if we can I'll stop by to say hello. Well goodbye for now my beloved and cherished memories of yesteryear that feels, oh so good. Flashlight tag in the woods at night and my uncle making bear noises to scare us. Wow, what a shame. Good luck if people put together money for the Ferncliff. I was a chef for years in New York, and California and I learned how to cook at McKenna's Irish House from Peggy McKenna and from O'Brian's but I can't remember the old guy who taught me at O'Brian's. I worked at Tavern on The Green in New York for a few years all because of what I learned in East Durham. Great great memories. sorry,but thank you for listening to my love affair with East durham.
I too used to go for the whole summer as my father Sean O' Neill was the entertainment Thurs - Sun at the Fern Cliff. I was hoping to find somewhere similar to take my children because my brothers, sisters and I used to have so much fun over the summer.

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