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Re: The Deer Park (was: Re: Do you recognize me)

I was just cleaning up my mail account and re-read this.  Who was the
bartender, they guy with the dark hair in a pony tail during our years of
supporting the DP.  I prefer the old days when the biker girls would get
drunk and fight in the lady restroom by the back bar.

The DP also had the reputation as being a stop on the Undergroud Railroad.

Hope your coming to the reunion, it's been a long time!

-----Original Message-----
From: George Robbins <grr@shandakor.tharsis.com>
To: deltoids@mcws.net <deltoids@mcws.net>
Date: Friday, May 15, 1998 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: The Deer Park (was: Re: Do you recognize me)

>> Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 11:10:13 -0400
>> To: deltoids@mcws.net
>> The facts are these.  There has always been a tavern of some sort at the
>> corner of 896 and Main St.  Edger Allan Poe did come to Newark and gave a
>> poetry reading.  Probably on his way between Philly and Baltimore.  The
>> current building, The Deer Park Tavern, on the corner dates to the 1860's
>> and replaced the previous tavern.  It was built as a bar and Hotel.  The
>> legend is that when Poe was in Newark, he got drunk at the tavern where
>> the Deer Park now stands and could not or would not pay his tab.  He was
>> then thrown out of the tavern into the street.  As he got up he aledgedly
>> invoked the following curse. "Whoever lives in this town is doomed always
>> to return."  The Deer Park for at least the past twenty years has used
>> raven as it's symbol in honor of this event.  A stuffed raven and a copy
>> of the legend are incased in the entrance to this fine old establishment.
>The history's a correct as legend allows, though I'm not sure that it
>really verifiable.  The "stuffed" raven is actually a wood carving done
>by Doug Epps, a guy notorious for being barred from the Deer Park for
>most the era, I believe he committed suicide a couple years after doing
>the raven in the early 80's.
>The Deer Park changed hands from the long-time owners in the later 70's,
>to a partnership including Mickey, Frank & Leonard, who were all visible
>when I started shedding brain cells there (long post-delta),  Mickey was
>a fun Irish guy (a teacher I think) but had only a small share and didn't
>stay ivolved in operations more than a few years.  Frank was the sports
>nut and was responsible for starting the interior rennovations and I think
>also the "quality" live music.  Leonard eventually bought out the other
>guys and was more intersted in runing a business, but continued with the
>improvements including the new front porch and outdoor dining.
>Course we shouldn't forget Judy or Joanie, the long term day and
>eveing bartenders...  I could still lust after a few of those
>As bars go, it was a pretty fine place, with decent owners and good
>food, but I'll have to admit it's been a long time since I've been
>thru the doors now, even for a drop-in or meal.  I'd say I did plenty
>to mess up my life there, but also lost a lot of computers-are-my-
>only-life monotheism.
> George