The Negativity In This Town...

Here's an attempt to bring some levity on the Patch and maybe spark up some nostalgia.

Some of the best things about growing up in Medford were:

  • Birthday parties at the original Burger King play area -- all metal and wood -- we were tougher back then.
  • Kickball during recess
  • Street hockey outside the Kennedy Elementary after school
  • 'Free' magazines from the Smoke Shop
  • Toni's by George after half days at the Lincoln Junior High
  • Homeroom vs homeroom bombardment (dodge ball) tournaments during lunch. 
  • April vacation carnivals in Medford Square
  • Friday night dances at St. Joseph's
  • Friday night dances at St. Francis
  • Keg parties
  • Any class with Mr. Camarra or Mr. McDevitt
  • Office study with Mrs D'Antonio
  • Always knowing someone who worked concessions at Fenway Park.
  • Late night/early morning calzones from Espresso's
  • Obnoxious Bickford's outings after night in Boston -- apologies to any former staff who had to deal with us!

And just as Rick Pitino lamented, some of these things will not be walking through that door ever again.

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Marie Hayes December 03, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Rum cakes from Harvard Pastry for every birthday. Tasting eel for the first time at DePasquale's, now Bocelli's
Just a Medford Guy December 03, 2013 at 09:45 PM
LOL Rick. I'll probably show my age - but I remember Kemps too (I was young though). There was a time when the Carnivals were at Tufts Park. They also used to put up a dirt burm in Tufts Park (as well as use the tennis court) and the FD would fill it with water to freeze in the winter so people could skate and play hockey (I know this because I lived on Morton Ave and fell in just before it totally froze over) At least Espresso's is now back and open during those late nights and the food tastes the same now :-) Great memories !!
Ron Swanson December 03, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Ha, good stuff. Was Kemps a diner? Vaguely recall having breakfast at someplace in that area when I was very young. Continuing with the fuzzy memories, anyone recall a mini golf course, maybe in the Commercial Street area? Maybe it was a temporary carnival type situation.
Just a Medford Guy December 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
It was there - between the Mall and the Condos. Actually had a Go-Kart racing track too. A great idea - just before it's time. I would take my family to a venue like that in a heart-beat. Add an Arcade and we'd spend $100 easy - just for a fun night out for the family.
Rick Catino December 03, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Kemp's was like, well, a pre-cursor to McDonald's. Cheap, fast, drive-up (not thru - lol). There was a breakfast joint next door to it (I think it's a vehicle inspection station now) and I want to say it was call the Egg. Anyone remember? It was just down the road from Somerville Lumber...
Just a Medford Guy December 03, 2013 at 11:09 PM
There used to be a breakfast diner near BK there - YES - the name escapes me - but now that you mention it - yes it was there. We used to go when I was little before we went up to NH for the weekend.
Just a Medford Guy December 03, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Was it "The Golden Egg" ??
Just a Medford Guy December 03, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I think it was :-)
Ron Swanson December 03, 2013 at 11:22 PM
YES, The Golden Egg is definitely ringing a bell. Too bad about the mini golf. Don't remember the Go-Karts, would've been great as I got a little older if it had survived.
Rick Catino December 03, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Golden Egg... that's it!
Just a Medford Guy December 04, 2013 at 12:09 AM
I take a bow :-) LOL
Rick Catino December 04, 2013 at 12:26 AM
We used to have several breakfast joints in Medford back then... not so many today though....
Just a Medford Guy December 04, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Umm - Paul Revere in West Medford. Only the best Eggs Benedict you could ever have. Strawberry French Toast like you never had before. A Medford Staple and great business. You should try it.
Rick Catino December 04, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Haven't been in there in years but drive by it twice every morning. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the tip.
Jerry B December 04, 2013 at 08:14 AM
The waitress in the morning at The Golden Egg was Mary. If you were a regular, your coffee was on "your" table. If someone was there before you it wouldn't get cleaned til you came in. Mary always had the time to chit chat & knew how everyone's family was doing.
Jerry B December 04, 2013 at 08:17 AM
How about Carroll's Diner after a movie in the square?
met431 December 04, 2013 at 08:51 AM
what about the twin drive in meadow glen drive in also wrights driving range whi radiol studios big s, cross st cemetery trolleys on the fellsway and trolleys through the Medford woods going to stoneham center, foster court bath house. gee don't get me going. or the night the high school burned down
Ron Swanson December 04, 2013 at 09:15 AM
Carroll's was before my time, but Mr. McDevitt (another shout out) talked fondly of the place. Was going to be a major hotel built on it but our antiquated liquor laws put the kibosh on that, terrible.
Carol December 04, 2013 at 10:28 AM
All the best parts of Medford fun have been listed, Carroll's Diner, Square Movie Theatre, drive-in, Balaroue, carnivals in the square, dodge ball, etc.. But what about the bonfires at Carr Park. What are our kids missing out on? They really have too many restrictions. We are protecting them way too much. There is nothing for them to do locally. Too bad. At least we all have the memories.
Joe Viglione December 04, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Golden Egg is missed, as the old Carroll's Diner is missed. So are the drive-ins at Meadow Glenn and the Twin Drive-in at the Everett rotary. It was a special time. But someone should find a way to bring the Golden Egg back to its original location.
Bill Gilman (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Ron Swanson .... I owe you a cup of coffee ... maybe dinner ....
Tracy Callahan December 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Don’t forget when the MDC Police (with Canine Units) used to be required at Somerville-Medford football games. Oh wait! That isn’t pleasant. Never mind.
Ron Swanson December 04, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Haha thanks Bill. Not much of a coffee drinker, could I have 8 Mega Millions tickets for Friday's $290 million drawing instead? I'll promise to open up a diner called Golden Egg if one of them hits the jackpot!
Joe Viglione December 04, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Can't wait to return to the Golden Egg, Ron! Good luck with your lottery ticket!!!
Christopher Donovan December 04, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Street hockey teams from every park. I used to feel like I was in The Warriors movie every time we went into another teams neighborhood. The Dame school was our favorite spot in the 70's
Ray Davis December 04, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Mini golf and go-kart venue had batting cages too. Anyone remember the Medford Parks and Recreation Park League? Street hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer games pitted the cities parks and playgrounds against each other organized and ref'd by a "park instructor" in the orange tee shirts?
Ron Swanson December 05, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Chris and Ray, the park leagues sound like it was a lot of fun. Definitely jealous I missed out on that era.
Rick Catino December 05, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Back in the day (lol) there was a weekly pick-up football game at Victory Field on Winthrop Street and it was more or less South Medford vs. North Medford with the kids from Wellington and West Medford scattered among the other two teams. It was intended as touch football (ya right) but that didn't last too long. Today, whoever played in those games is in their 60's. Man, we had a lot of fun...
Anthony D'Antonio December 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Ron, thank you for mentioning my mother's name as one of your better memories at MHS.
Ron Swanson December 05, 2013 at 08:30 PM
No problem Mr. D'Antonio. She was genuinely the sweetest person I've ever known. Treated the few of us who 'worked' in the main office senior year like family. Even made a point to wish us luck and say goodbye on yearbook day. To our surprise she had a graduation gift as well -- that we all felt guilty accepting and tried to politely refuse -- but of course she wouldn't allow that.


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