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My Hometown: exploring Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey roots | Travel

Darkness on the Edge of Town … That Bruce Springsteen song always comes to mind when, on visits to my mother, I drive through Freehold, the town I grew up in, and hit the intersection of East Main Street and Jackson Terrace. This is actually the meeting point of two Freeholds: Freehold Township, once farmland and now McMansions and other unchecked suburban horrors; and Freehold Borough, the old colonial town, dating from the 1600s. Long before that, the area was steeped in the traditions of the displaced Leni Lenape people.

The junction of Jackson and Main still feels like where farmland meets town, a stretch of dark country road, marked by a lonely gas station and a dilapidated barn before the asphalt corridor redefines itself with late-Victorian and early-20th-century buildings often draped in red, white and blue bunting. One Queen Anne-style house is so striking it was used as the family home in 1990s TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home on Institute Street in Freehold.



Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home on Institute Street in Freehold. Photograph: James Leynse/Getty Images

Several blocks away is Freehold High School, a 1920s colonial revival structure mimicking Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. That’s where Springsteen went to school. I did too, though many years later. When I was young, a popular story told of Springsteen playing guitar in the school’s courtyard while teachers rained insults, insisting he’d never make anything of himself. Springsteen may be most closely associated with nearby Asbury Park, where he first sang to acclaim, but Freehold is the place the Boss called his hometown.

How the musician’s fame stretched from this little town about an hour from Manhattan to the rest of the world is the theme of a new exhibition at Monmouth County Historical Association (70 Court Street) entitled Springsteen: His Hometown.

Scrapbook made by Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele.



Scrapbook made by Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele.

More than 150 objects are on display at the exhibition, which runs until the end of September 2020. Some are the MCHA’s own, others come from the Springsteen Archives of Monmouth University in Long Branch (his town of birth), with more from private collectors and the Boss himself. There are unreturned keys from hotels Springsteen stayed at early in his career, and a letter to his landlady where he admits to practising his autograph. Clothes, including boots and a leather bomber from the 1980s, sit alongsde a Bruce Springsteen board game created and marketed in Europe by a French fan. Parked in the museum’s garden is an antique truck the musician and his manager used to travel from gig to gig – and to Woodstock.

The exhibition’s genealogical section, tracing the life of Joost Springsteen, the Boss’s earliest New Amsterdam ancestor, offers ways to explore beyond the town’s famous son.

In the museum’s permanent exhibition, the 1778 Battle of Monmouth is commemorated by two valuable objects: a Dennis Carter painting of revolutionary folk heroine Molly Pitcher with George Washington; and another of the battle itself by Emanuel Leutze, better known for his Washington Crossing the Delaware (in New York’s Met).

Springsteen’s 1967 school yearbook



Springsteen’s 1967 school yearbook

Borough historian Kevin Coyne, who is also a Columbia University journalism professor and features in a mini-documentary about the town, said: “A little piece of everything that has happened in America has happened here: colonial settlers, the revolution, the civil war, agricultural prosperity, the rise and fall of manufacturing, racial tensions, creeping suburbanisation. It all played out here, and Springsteen and his ancestors have been part of every stage.”

So while Springsteen is Freehold’s main lure, it holds centuries of American lore, too. The exhibition blends recent musical history with revolutionary heritage of this town, which was once called Monmouth Courthouse, an important early stagecoach link between New York and Philadelphia.

Just across the street from the MCHA, the Battle of Monmouth monument has a dramatic bronze of Molly Pitcher, hair fiercely windswept as she loads a cannon. The 1950s Monmouth Courthouse, with its mix of period enamelled turquoise panels and classical columns, was the site of another battle with international implications: the 1980s Baby M court case, one of the earliest to rule on surrogate parenting. (Mary Beth Whitehead had contracted with a family called the Sterns to carry a child for them, but changed her mind after giving birth. The court ruled surrogacy contracts invalid, but the Sterns won a protracted custody battle.)

Old artillery at Monmouth Battlefield Park



Old artillery at Monmouth Battlefield Park

There’s more about the revolution at Monmouth Battlefield state park, in neighbouring Manalapan Township, behind the Freehold Raceway Mall. The preserved land here is all that is left undeveloped from the massive battle nearly 250 years ago, at which the British had to abandon hope of a military victory. The bucolic setting is now better-known for summer weddings and autumn apple picking.

The shopping mall takes its name from Freehold Raceway, America’s oldest harness horse racing track, dating from the 1830s. The old track is a remnant of Monmouth County’s long history of racehorse breeding, before Kentucky became pre-eminent.

Equestrian stables such as Burlington Farm, on a colonial road laid over an ancient Native American path to the Atlantic, continue this tradition. My school was across the street, and the horses running through the fields and poking their heads through the mossy split-log fencing mesmerised me as a child. Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, was just as taken by horses, though her parents had the means to actually own them. She learned on her father’s estate in neighbouring Colts Neck and is now a champion rider.

Dedicated Springsteen fans can a take tour of the area. Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle, members of the Spring-Nuts fan club, runs Springsteen tours (from $20pp, book through NJ Rock Map). As well as Asbury Park, their four-hour tour also includes Freehold, taking in Springsteen’s Catholic elementary school, St Rose of Lima, and the Karagheusian rug mill, where his father worked and which made carpets for Radio City Music Hall and the US Supreme Court.

If exploring on your own, check out Federici’s Family Restaurant on 14 East Main Street. Owned for nearly 100 years by relatives of late founding E Street Band member Danny Federici, it is steeped in Italian-American and Springsteen history. Outside, in good weather, it’s one of the busiest downtown venues, with sidewalk seating near where bands play in summer. Much of the inside space is dark, cavernous and cosy, with booth seating and a menu heavy with Italian choices.

Nearby St Peter’s Episcopal is one of America’s last colonial churches and oldest continuous congregations. The current clapboard structure was begun in 1771. Construction halted in the Revolution, though it served as a storehouse and hospital during the Battle of Monmouth. As children, we were told the pews had patriots’ blood stains and there was a mass unmarked grave out front.

The American Hotel, exterior



The American Hotel, on Main Street.

Freehold isn’t a big town: most places are within walking distance of the bus station, from which half-hourly buses run to Manhattan. He mentions the bus stop in My Hometown (on the Born in the USA album) as the place his eight-year-old self would buy his father a newspaper.

If staying overnight, try the American Hotel (doubles from $135 B&B), which dates from 1827 and the stagecoach era. The facade is a more New Orleans than Mid-Atlantic, with its ornate wrought iron balconies overlooking outdoor tables on East Main Street. The rebuilt interior maintains the large Federal-style wooden fireplace, but the 20 spacious rooms have a neutral modern feel. The hotel’s lobby and bar have long made the American Hotel an important social centre in the middle of town – a perfect place to raise a glass to the Boss’s hometown.

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Five eco-friendly Christmas craft activities to try around the UK | Travel

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More unwanted “stuff” at Christmas? No thanks – try giving something edible instead. Chocolate workshops at the National Trust’s medieval Powis Castle and Garden near Welshpool, include handmade chocolate robins and stars, and sparkly chocolate shards (19 December, £27.50). In York – original home of Rowntree’s and Terry’s factories – chocolate workshops at York Cocoa House range from drop-in lollipop-making (£3.75), to masterclasses on specialities, such as ganaches and caramels (various dates, £55 adult, £28 child).

In the Gloucestershire Hills, Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean is running Christmas cookery classes throughout December, including children’s edible decorations and edible gifts classes (gingerbread men, marshmallow penguins, chocolate lollies and reindeer pretzels, 15 December, from £25), and Christmas chocolate-making for adults (1 December, £50), with truffles and more to take away.

Harts Barn Cookery School with showy field through window



Harts Barn Cookery School, for edible gifts and decorations

For something savoury, learn the secrets of creating quick pickles at the Salt Box sustainably minded cookery school’s Pickle like a Pro workshop (11 December, £45) near Redhill in Surrey, which also includes a festive drink and a two-course meal. Classes take place in a private woodland glen and cosy barn.

Unusual ornaments

Christmas at The Piece Hall, Halifax



Christmas at The Piece Hall, Halifax

Piece Hall in Halifax – a recently restored 18th-century cloth hall that now has independent shops and eateries around its vast courtyard – is running a series of Christmas events and workshops, including making felt decorations with heritage cloth (17 December, £5.50) and felted snowman sessions for children (ages 6 and over, 21 December, £7.50).

Kokedama – living baubles - at Wisley.



Kokedama – living baubles – at Wisley

In Surrey, the Royal Horticultural Society’s 97-hectare Wisley Garden – one of the UK’s most-visited gardens – has a workshop on “living baubles” – known in Japan as kokedama (£15, 4 December), alongside free children’s decoration-making sessions using woodland materials (14-15 December). Also for children, and inspired by a new exhibition, Flights of Fancy: the Wondrous World of Quentin Blake (running until April 2020), The National Trust’s Nymans house in West Sussex is running decoration workshops (various dates, £3).

In Glasgow, Locavore, an organic and sustainable food shop and cafe close to Queen’s Park, has a workshop (23 November, £10) on upcycling old books to become paper decorations, such as intricate snowflakes and folded trees.

Alternative wreaths

The Salt Gallery in Saltaire, West Yorkshire



The Salt Gallery, Saltaire, West Yorkshire. Photograph: John Davidson Photos/Alamy

Choose from an array of textures and colours to make fabric wreaths at Water Lane Boathouse in Leeds’s Granary Wharf. The former 19-century shipment warehouse is now a laid-back waterside pub run by the team behind the city’s multi-arts venue, Belgrave Music Hall.

A few miles to the west in Saltaire, the preserved Victorian industrial village in Shipley, the Craft House will be running origami textile wreath workshops (£55, 14 December) and papercut light-up wreaths (£30, 24 Nov). Round the corner, Salts Mill, a former textile mill turned art centre, has shops, restaurants and Christmas events.

paper flower wreath made from pages of a book



Make a paper flower wreath at Arlington Court, Devon

At the National Trust’s Gibside, an 18th-century estate in Tyne and Wear, there will be paper wreath-making sessions (£45, 7 December) in Garden Cottage in a restored walled garden. Also using paper, the NT’s Arlington Court near Barnstaple in Devon has festive paper flower wreaths sessions (£8, 23 December).

To go fully-zero waste, make decorations that can be eaten after use: on the edge of the Lake District, medieval Sizergh Castle and gardens near Kendal is running gingerbread decoration workshops (14-15 December, £3.50), for all ages.

Sustainable crackers

Reusable fabric crackers dramatically reduce Christmas waste



Reusable fabric crackers dramatically reduce Christmas waste

Brits pull an estimated 154m crackers every Christmas. Recent calls to ban them because of the amount of plastic waste they produce have seen a surge in eco-friendly alternatives. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in the centre of the historic Shropshire town, has eco cracker-making session (£20, 24 December), using recycled materials and filler choices including fair trade chocolate, handmade bath bombs and bee-friendly seed bombs.

As part of the Zero Waste Goods Christmas Market at the Boiler House, on Brick Lane in east London, fabric, plus natural and upcycled materials will be used to create reusable crackers (£24, including entry to the market, 7 December).

In Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, eco-cracker and wrapping paper workshops (4 December, £19.99), are on offer at cocktail bar and creative space the Brain Jar in the Old Town – named one of Britain’s “hippest neighbourhoods” last year. Run in association with nearby zero-waste store the Eco Shed, sessions will also include vegan mince pies and fizz.

Bristol – the UK’s first European Green Capital – is not to be outdone, of course. Craft company Hunter Gatherings is running eco-friendly cracker- and stocking-making workshops (from £28, various dates) at Convoy Espresso – a cafe in two Airstream trailers at the Paintwork creative quarter, and at Brockley Stores farm shop, 10 miles south-west of the city.

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Recycled gift wrap to make at the National Botanic Garden of Wales



Recycled gift wrap to make at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Shop-bought gift paper is often plastic-based and can’t be recycled. The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, in Llanarthney, is running a sustainable gift wrap and tag workshop (£11.50, 1 December, including entry into the gardens), using materials fully compostable or recyclable after use. In Dundee, zero-waste shop the Little Green Larder has an eco gift wrap workshop (30 November, £15), which includes paper, gift bags and cards, nibbles and a festive drink – all a 20-minute walk from the regenerated waterfront area and new V&A.

With the chance to create a linocut stamp to take away and use for printing your gift wrap every Christmas, Paper Moon Print Studio is running a workshop (11 December, £32) at Liverpool’s Static Gallery. This multi-arts venue is in a former warehouse close to the city’s creative Ropeworks district, which also made the “hippest neighbourhood” ranking last year. Also including a take-home stamp is a festive linocut workshop (27 November, £33), at Grade II-listed Didsbury Parsonage on the outskirts of Manchester.

Christmas decorations at Coal Drops Yard, King’sCross



Christmas decorations at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross. Photograph: John Sturrock

In Coal Drops Yard, in London’s King’s Cross, independent printer Hato Press has festive gift wrap printing (£10 donation, all proceeds donated to Shelter, 28 November and 5 December), using FSC-certified and recycled paper . The workshops will be held at new indie magazine and clothing shop Kiosk N1C, part of a programme of charitable festive events in the shops and restaurants of this recently regenerated city space.

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A local’s guide to Burgos, Spain: 10 top tips

Once capital of the kingdom of Castile, this ancient city is full of bars and restaurants perfect for relaxing after a day exploring historic sites and famous vineyards

Eating out in Burgos is a delight. The restaurants are generally very affordable and for a small city there is a lot of variety. But for something classic, it’s hard to beat Ojeda. Slap-bang in the city centre this much-loved restaurant was founded in 1912, and its main dining room, upstairs from the bar, is still the most impressive in the city, decorated with intricately carved wood and cool tiled walls. The lamb chops (chuletillas de lechazo) or the sole (lenguado salvaje) with basil sauce (both around €20) are always good, but the lechazo – milk-fed lamb slow-roasted in a wood-burning oven (prices vary according to weight) – is something special and, without doubt, the most famous and best dish in the city, and probably the entire province.
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A local’s guide to Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 10 top tips

As a 2019 European Capital of Culture, this ancient city will reflect its Roman, Persian and Ottoman influences, and focus on Kapana, its new creative quarter

Banitsa is a Bulgarian breakfast staple. The flaky pastry parcels are filled with sirene cheese (similar to Greek feta). One of the best places to try one is at Bakeland, on the edge of the Kapana and Old Town districts. It also makes delicious handmade cakes and sweets, with a few gluten-free options.

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10 Things About Being An Aviation Maintenance Technician You May Not Have Known

Being an Aviation Technician, you might have to face changes as rapidly the technology is evolving with the evolution of airplane, its parts, and engines along with the flight maintenance. There are many things you must know before deciding if this field is for you or not. Below are mentioned few things which might help you decide

What are all the areas that are included in the field of Aviation Maintenance

Aviation Manger is the person responsible behind all the successful flights and the security of the passengers. They need to be very attentive about their duties right from managing the aircraft parts, their replacing and repairs, they need to diagnose the electrical as well as mechanical problems. They need to track the performance standard of each aspect, right from working of the airplane to the services provided in the airplane along with the records of maintenance and repair works. They need to work outstation in hangars, repair stations, and on the airfields.

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What are the factors that effects the pay scale of the technician?

There are few factors that might directly affect the earnings as an Aviation Manager like:

Education: This certifies what all you have a knowledge about and what are your education standards which can direct you in the particular domain and stamps your abilities.

Experience: How much experience you have got in the field and how would that be useful in the field like experience with the helicopter, duster and crops.

Industry: which is in the particular you might join in like military, types of aircrafts, agriculture, etc.

The type of work you can do perfectly like, system troubleshooting, high-tech electrical issues.

Specialization in the fields such as, electrical systems, engines, system testing.

You must have a proper certified training from aircraft training centres.

How many certifications do you have and what are the tasks you have expertise during this?

Geographic location.

10 Things About Being An Aviation Maintenance Technician You May Not Have Known

How much an average Aviation Manager earns?

According to the Bureau of Labour Statics, an aviation technician who has a certification of aircraft mechanics advance A&P. With a deep knowledge of cutting-edge technology along with the composite materials. Top technicians earn more than 76,660$ and the minimum pay the bottom ten percent earn is 35,190$.

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