As we all sometimes have a deep desire to relive our past and remember the special times we experienced, I decided to re-create a place from my past that brings back great memories of the good times from the late 1960's.
Maria's, which was just a 5 minute walk from Pittsfield High School, was our fun gathering place and hangout during the late 60's. We all had a great time there just hanging out, chatting with friends, drinking 10 cent coffees, smoking cigarettes and playing the jukebox all day.
The simple and tasty 25 cent sauce grinders were perfect for taking care of the munchies and still having some money left over. The sauce grinder was just a fresh grinder roll full of the same hot tomato sauce that was used with the meatball and sausage grinders. It was kind of like "The Poor Man's Grinder" but still very satisfying. They were actually only 15 cents when Maria's was at their former location on upper West Street across from the present District Restaurant.
Max Bookless, the original owner, was a very pleasant, respectful guy and a great cook. He was always in a good mood and had a smile on his face even though he was constantly putting up with us loud kids, loud music, clouds of cigarette smoke and an occasional surprise "bust" by the Pittsfield High School Principal and Vice Principal. They would pop in and write down the names of kids who were cutting a class or skipping school for the day.
This project involved countless hours of thought and tedious photo editing work to produce a re-creation with the right look and feel of the Maria's of the late 60's. This was truly a "Resurrection" of a place that faded away in time long ago but kept preserved in my memory.