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Cousin Brucie Holmes on Mt. Hermon Way during the Townwide Yard Sale, May, 2014.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Cousin Brucie Holmes on Mt. Hermon Way during the Townwide Yard Sale, May, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

THE LITTLE WILLIES WITH NORAH JONES:

Photo by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff.  July, 2014. ©

1958 Nash Metropolitan parked in front of 64 1/2 Broadway, Ocean Grove.   Photo by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. July 30, 2014. ©

The owner of this OG jewel is Lori  Press. She contacted us to say,   “Thank you for featuring our little Ocean Grove jewel – “La Vie en Rose” and our 1958 “So Cute” Nash Metropolitan”.  Our address is 64 1/2 Broadway. It was exciting to see it on Blogfinger.”

JACK NICHOLSON recorded my favorite version of this song for the soundtrack of  “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Ocean Grove.  July, 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. July, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click for more detail

 

Ladies and germs.  Right here on our digital stage, it’s THE DANLEERS:   (you’ve heard of them?  Yes?)

While everyone's attention is on the tournament, these two girls about to bury this guy.  Ocean Grove. July 28, 2014. Blogfinger photo ©

While everyone’s attention is on the tournament, these two girls are about to bury this guy. Ocean Grove. July 28, 2014. Blogfinger photo ©

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY     From West Side Story

Moonstruck. The view from Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©  July 2014

Moonstruck Restaurant in Asbury Park. The view from Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © July 2014

THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO  ” Suite bergamasque. III.  Clair de Lune”    (“Moonlight”)   by Claude Debussy.  This is the 3rd part of this Debussy suite. It was originally written for piano. This group consists of five string players whose purpose  is to keep alive the music of legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt  whose group was the Hot Club of France.   —PG

 

 

Look Ma---no pants.  Ocean Grove boards.   July, 2014.  Blogfinger photo

“Look  Ma—no pants.”    Ocean Grove boards. July, 2014. Blogfinger photo

THE ROYAL TEENS:

 

Grand Illumination Night hat the Camp Meeting Ground, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. c. 1990. By Paul Goldfinger, silver gelatin print. ©

Grand Illumination Night at the Camp Meeting Ground, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1990. By Paul Goldfinger, silver gelatin print. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

Deb Cuddhy, the manager of The Hub bookstore at Auditorium Square Park, found out about Illumination Nights last summer when some guests  from Martha’s Vineyard visited the shop. She is initiating a revival of Illumination Night in Ocean Grove on August 7, 2014.

In Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a camp meeting community was formed in 1835, complete with tents and an open Tabernacle. The Campground was founded by Methodists, and later the tents gave way to cottages of the “Carpenter’s Gothic” style, built on leased lots.  Sound familiar?

Oak Bluffs cottages at the Campground.  This photo is from their CMA website.

Oak Bluffs cottages at the Campground. This photo is from their CMA website.

One of the customs that developed there was an event called Grand Illumination Night which occurred every August before the start of the Camp Meeting week. All the cottages were decorated with Chinese lanterns, and there were community sings in the Tabernacle along with concerts. That community still exists along with 300 of those small houses, and Grand Illumination Night still occurs and is very popular with tourists.  Eileen and I stumbled on the event while spending a weekend in Oak Bluffs.

In Ocean Grove, around 1870, they had the first Lake Carnival which was a “grand illlumination.” Unlike the MV event which was land based, this was held along the banks of Wesley Lake.   In 1885 The Ocean Grove Record* reported that every house and hotel was decorated, there were fireworks, lanterns, pageantry, and “immense crowds” estimated at 40,000 people. (Imagine finding a place to park your horse!) That custom disappeared from OG in the mid-20th century.

19th century Ocean Grove**  Note the Japanese lanterns hanging from the porch.  Bicycles also  (Look Ma----no locks)

19th century Ocean Grove** Note the Japanese lanterns hanging from the porch. Bicycles also (Look Ma—-no locks)  click to enlarge

For the Aug. 7 event, Deb wants to start a new tradition and is encouraging  tenters and others in town to put out lanterns (the flameless kind) on their porches and shrubs.   If you stop by the Hub, they will have live music starting at 7:30 pm and light refreshments for sale–there will be picnic tables provided. Come out and see the lights in the park, tents and elsewhere.

BLOSSOM DEARIE:   From Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

*   Holy Leisure by Troy Messenger, 1999, Univ of Minnesota Press

** Photo from Ted Bell’s book “Images of America: Ocean Grove”  2000: Arcadia Publishing.

The Hub is selling lanterns and will have a “paint your own lantern” event at the Hub on Tuesday, Aug 5, from 6-7 pm.   OG artist Sue Gioulis will be present to assist. This event is free, and water paints are provided. Please RSVP to Deb if you want to attend.

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