Monday, October 26, 2015

Mill Neck And The Palace Of Wong

This post is for the second weekend of October. Hopefully, we will catch up soon!

It was another three day weekend for us. Christopher Columbus made sure of it. It would be a busy one and there wasn't a moment to waste but first, earlier in the week, it was time to celebrate Monica's brother-in law's birthday. It was Lenny's special day and we celebrated it at his house.

Lenny prefers apple pie to cake so...we had a birthday apple pie! 

Sweetie knew there was something special going on! 

Lenny, Marissa and Peter as the candles were lit

The birthday boy with his birthday pie! 

Sweetie finally caught on and got her partying self in full swing! 

Fast forward to the weekend and Saturday morning. The week's search for sales gave us a list of seven potential sales, none of which stood out. We decided to start with the sales that were closest to our house and go to as many as we could before calling it a day. We had plans for the evening so we couldn't stay out all day. More on that later.

Sale #1 was located in our town and seemed like a logical first stop. It was run by a fairly new tag sale company and its ad listed vintage Halloween and Christmas. We were there not too long after they opened their doors but never saw much of vintage anything. We did pick up a South Of The Border wall plaque (made in Japan) for our Cinco de Mayo parties, an old squeak toy and one book

Sale #2 was also in our town and was run by the same tag sale company. It was just a garage sale to get rid of accumulated merchandise but we knew this up front. There wasn't much for us but we did find some old cake toppers and one cookbook to take home.

After getting some breakfast, we made our way to sale #3 which was about twenty minutes away. There were no pictures in the ad but we thought that a "loaded" house that listed "records" might be worth a shot, especially on a day without any standout sales. It was a big house with several rooms and enough there to keep us occupied searching through lots of things for sale. By the time we left, we were the proud new owners of a few Christmas things, some records, a pair of vintage pocketbook holders and a few other things.

Sale #4 was located nearby and were drawn to the "contents of home" description in the ad. We arrived to find only a few things there but did find an old Christmas candle that we liked.

Sale #5 was also nearby and had no pictures in the ad. We thought that this might be the sleeper of the bunch and wanted to see what "vintage items" meant. We arrived to find an outdoor garage sale that did have some vintage items but not a lot for us. It was the second day of this sale and we were sure there was more here when the sale first began. We did find some old ceramic Easter bunnies and one record so the trip was worthwhile.

At this point, we decided to call it a day. We had plans on Saturday evening and thought a nap might be nice before continuing our Saturday. More on those plans later.

Here are some of the things we brought home with us:

Some records

Some Hawaiian records

Some more Hawaiian records

Some books

A South Of The Border wall plaque (made in Japan), an old squeak toy and a pair of vintage poodle pocketbook holders

Sole old clown cake toppers

Ceramic Easter bunnies (made in Japan)

Some Christmas things. The two ceramic pieces in the front are marked Japan

Saturday night arrived and we had plans. We may have mentioned this earlier. During the week, we read, with great sadness, that one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, Palace Of Wong, was going to close their doors by the end of the month. It had been around for 48 years and was always busy. The owner (the son of its founder) wanted to retire. We knew that we had to go there one more time before it was gone forever. Saturday night would be the night. 

These amazing neon signs have been here since they first opened in this location in 1969. The original location was opened in 1967

The iconic Chow Mein neon sign!

Another picture of the amazing neon signs!

Exotic drinks for in a tiki mug and one in a scorpion bowl

Monica used one of the newly acquired vintage pocketbook holders

Palace Of Wong's menu. David Wong, the owner, gave us a copy (not an original) of their first menu at their original 1967 location. 

We had a great time here together, as always!

We will miss this place...a lot! 

Goodbye, Palace of Wong! 

We had plans for Sunday, too. Every year, since Monica was a kid, her family has gone to the Mill Neck Fall Festival. This Sunday was the day and we were ready, bright and early!

The very big and very beautiful Mill Neck Manor (and Peter walking through the picture)

Our first stop, almost always, is to see the Pickle People. Pickles on a stick! 

Now, we are pickle people! 


The view on the manor's property is beautiful! 

Peter and Marissa jumping off the steps

Monica's sister, brother-in-law and the kids always have a great time!

Cool car, Peter and Marissa! 

Lenny looking dapper!

We dressed up too! 

A family portrait that we take every year

A second part of the Mill Neck Fall Festival tradition is going back to Valerie and Lenny's house and having sandwiches stuffed with as many coldcuts and cheese as you wish. We were in a food coma by the time we left. We spent Sunday night relaxing and took it easy on Monday, doing the chores that were necessary but making sure that relaxing together was also a part of the day. We did stop for lunch at Valerie and Lenny's again for more sandwiches. There were plenty of leftovers from Sunday.

It was a great weekend and it made us wish that they could be three day weekends. Regardless of how may days off we have together, we'll always try to make the most of them...and always enjoy every second we spend together.

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