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Demonsgtragtors opposed to Kirk Cameron sermon in Ocean Grove. Mary Walton photo July, 2012.  Blogfinger.net ©

Demonstrators opposed to Kirk Cameron sermon in Ocean Grove. Mary Walton photo July, 2012. Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In a letter to the editor today in the Coaster, the co-Chairs of Ocean Grove United  attacked the Camp Meeting Association for inviting a speaker on July 26 who, according to OGU, delivered a sermon which was “filled with hateful commentary about marriage equality and the prediction that it is a warning sign from God about the demise of the country.”

The speaker was messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn who is President of the of “Hope of the  World Ministries” in New York City and Chief Pastor of a messianic church in Wayne, NJ.    He is an author and he has a daily radio show.

The OGU officials’ letter to the Coaster contained the OGU letter to the CMA which was addressed to CMA Pres. Dale Whilden.  In the letter, OGU co-Chairs Harriet Bernstein and Luisa R. Paster said, “Jonathan Cahn has insulted the many residents of Ocean Grove who support the right of all Americans to live in peace and enjoy the many civil rights that marriage confers.”

The letter also says, “By welcoming this ‘inflammatory’ speaker, the Camp Meeting Association has fractured the tentative sense of community that residents have carefully been building over the past three years with the Together Campaign, the town picnics and many meetings including all the town’s constituencies.”

The entire letter is printed in today’s Coaster.  Blogfinger has not received a copy of the letter, nor have we seen a transcript of the sermon.

Editor’s Note  (Blogfinger.net):   We have covered the clashes over free speech in Ocean Grove before. There is a search bar on top of our home page where you can enter “Kirk Cameron, Rev.Mike Huckabee, gay marriage, Ocean Grove United, etc.)

August 1, 2015.   Some have asked to see the entire letter from OGU to the CMA  (It was sent “Attention Dr. Dale Whilden, President”), so here it is, as provided by OGU.  It is the same as the one sent to the Coaster, dated July 26, 2015.

Dear Dr. Whilden,

Many people in town have brought it to our attention that today’s sermon in the Great Auditorium was filled with hateful commentary about marriage equality and the prediction that it is a warning sign from God about the demise of the country. Jonathan Cahn has insulted the many residents of Ocean Grove who support the right of all Americans to live in peace and enjoy the many civil rights that marriage confers.

You began the service today, Dr. Whilden, with a message about community. Yet your choice of speaker has betrayed this sense of community. By welcoming this inflammatory speaker, the Camp Meeting Association has fractured the tentative sense of community that residents have carefully been building over the past three years with the Together Campaign, the town picnics, and many meetings including all the town’s constituencies. We are certain that you could have chosen a speaker who better reflects more universal Judeo-Christian values based in love and acceptance. There is room for diversity of opinion, but not for hateful and hurtful speech.

Ocean Grove United feels betrayed and angered, just as we are about to celebrate the success of the Together Campaign. Building community is not just talk. It takes work and good faith actions from all parties. This did not occur today.

Sincerely,

Harriet Bernstein and Luisa R. Paster, co-Chairs

Ocean Grove United

By Paul Goldfinger in September, 2014.   ©

Jersey Shore.  “Is it yes, or is it no?”     By Paul Goldfinger in September, 2014. ©  Blogfinger.net.    Click to enlarge

THE ELDORADOS     “I’ll be Forever Loving You.”

“She is bigger than she looks here, about 13 pounds, with black, brown and gold markings, and an X tattoo in ear.” Photo by Lynn.

Lynn, a new Grover, lost her cat.  Shoobie Doo escaped a few nights ago.   Lynn says, “Perhaps some kindly person took her in.”

Lynn didn’t say where the cat was when she vanished.

If you have any info, contact Blogfinger:     Blogfinger@verizon.net

By Paul Goldfinger in Paris. ©  This image appeared in an ad in the Euro Zone.  Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger in Paris. © This image appeared in an ad in the Euro Zone. Blogfinger.net

HAVANA CARBO   “Paris” from their album Luna de Varadero

 

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Singer/Songwriter Will Resume Concerts in the Fall – Tickets To Be Refunded

 

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) announced today that the Paul Anka concert, scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015, has been cancelled due to emergency surgery.

ICM Partners, agents for Mr. Anka, released the following statement: “Paul Anka experienced an emergency visit to the hospital this past week. His doctors have stated that the required surgery was completed successfully and he is at his home in California resting comfortably. Unfortunately the recovery period is three weeks and will render him unavailable to complete his scheduled performance. Mr. Anka will resume his concert schedule in the Fall.”

OCGMA Program Director Shelley Belusar said that the Camp Meeting explored alternative dates, but could not find a solution due to previously scheduled events in the Great Auditorium at the end of its season. “We wish Mr. Anka well and hope that he will come back to Ocean Grove in the future.

Previously purchased tickets for the concert will be refunded to all ticket buyers.  The refunds will be automatically credited to the purchasers account. Watch for the credit within the next two weeks max.  Any questions about refunds call Shelley at the OGCMA  732 775 0035  Ext. 108

OGCMA’S summer concert series will continue on August 15 with “4 GIRLS 4, starring Randy Graff, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, and Faith Prince; The Beach Boys (August 22), Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and the Lovin’ Spoonful (August 29); Doo Wop Finale (September 5) and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea (September 12).

To order tickets, visit www.oceangrove.org or call 800-590-4064

Editor’s Note:      We’re going to miss Paul Anka here in Ocean Grove. Last time he was here he put on a fabulous show.  Blogfinger wishes him a speedy recovery, and no doubt all his Jersey fans feel the same way.

I heard him interviewed on TV, and he’s a guy who will be greatly disappointed that he can’t perform in the Great Auditorium with his big band.   Here is a  two song medley from his Live in Vegas album:

Blogfinger photographer Prosper Bellizia spotted this array of flags in Ocean Grove's tent colony. July 2015. ©

Blogfinger photographer Prosper Bellizia spotted this array of flags in Ocean Grove’s tent colony. July 2015. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Ocean Grove is a patriotic place as judged by American flags flying all over town. It seemed to me that the flags had become less numerous around the Grove,  and now are more evident, although our population probably at least doubles each summer.  We always fly the flag at our home, and so do some of our neighbors.

And of course there is the electric flag in front of the Great Auditorium behind the choir loft.  I have observed the crowds at Saturday night concerts  look around in wonder as the electric flag is lit and several thousand people sing the National Anthem inside that acoustically glorious building. When the flag lights up there are looks of amazement on many faces, and you can almost feel the goose bumps bumping around the hall.

I guess OG was always like that.   If you read about the Presidents who came here including Teddy Roosevelt who assembled the Rough Riders on Ocean Pathway, and the speeches given by President Grant, Wilson and others, you can appreciate that the flags flying around town are a part of the town’s patriotic history. It represents certain roots that many of you value, judging from our piece about Sunday beach closures.

FYI there is a wonderful flag store where you can find a huge selection plus all the poles and hardware you could need. Their flags are made in America.  It is called Kempton Flags at 2800 Ridgewood Road in Wall Township.  (it is on Rt. 34 north side)   http://www.kemptonflag.com.   It is not far from OG.    They will dispose of your old flags, but you can also do that at the Municipal Building in Neptune  (the town, not the planet.)

AARON WEINSTEIN.   “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”  from his album A Handful of Stars. The reference to a handful of stars reminds me of the 13 original ones on our nation’s first flag.

Aaron Weinstein made this first album when he was nineteen years old and still in music school. He was so talented that the  publishers gave him full discretion to choose musicians, etc in the making of the album.

I saw Aaron perform live at the Axelrod Art Center in Deal in 2013.  He had just turned 28.

And below is a link to a jazz post on BF from last year where Weinstein is mentioned.

jazz article link

Coney Island. Undated.  By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. ©

Coney Island. My lucky star.  Undated. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. ©

THE EXCELLENTS  (They were in the GA in June, 2015)

Ocean Grove seems especially unique to out-of-towners.  Paul Goldfinger photo © 7/31/15

Ocean Grove seems especially unique to out-of-towners. Paul Goldfinger photo © 7/31/15

We don’t know if this Chicago lady is named Gloria, but let’s pretend that she is.

KENNY VANCE AND THE PLANOTONES:

Asbury Park.  July, 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge.

MUPPETS:

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

There was a hot time in the old town tonight as classical music fans came to the Great Auditorium, despite humid heat and a rain storm, to hear the conclusion of the 2015 Classical Music Series “Summer Stars” in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, USA.

Before the event began, a small flotilla of umbrellas showed up, but right before the concert, the rain stopped and we got a brief video.

This series, known for its excellence, is the universe’s biggest concert bargain at $16.00 a ticket. And you get to hear the program in the amazing Great Auditorium, a vast wooden hall with astounding acoustics, admired by musicians from all over the world. They call it “great” for good reasons including the fact that you could drive a locomotive on its roof, if you were so inclined. Just ask Wayne “Ted” Bell, Cindy Bell, and Darryl Dufresne, authors of the definitive book about the Great Auditorium, for sale at the OG Historical Society.

It was an organ extravaganza presided over by Maestro Jason Tramm and organ Master Gordon Turk—both men in residence in Ocean Grove for the summer. They appeared tonight with the Hope Jones Organ which is in permanent residence in the Grove and with the Grand Orchestra, aka the MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra , which flew in for the event, travelling up and down the Garden State Parkway to reach exit 100.

Although I have been known to whine about the sound amplification in the GA, this ensemble was heard clear as a bell (it didn’t need amplification,) and when the Grand Orchestra and the Great Organ joined in together, it was auditory magnificence–almost orgasmic if you are an oboe player. Every hearing aid in the room had to be dialed down, and the hairs on the back of some necks stood straight up during the St. Saëns.

The concert featured a delicate and lovely rendition of Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, opus 42. And we enjoyed the familiar Pavanne (below) by Gabriel Fauré.   It was so hot in the room that some people got a Fauré look in their eyes, but later they were wide awake during the Organ Symphony.

Eileen had the good saëns to bring a fan. It is a Sousa fan for fans of Sousa.  And, speaking of Sousa’s Marine Band, what was missing?–it was the Star Spangled Banner.

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C Minor is called the Organ Symphony for good reason. Gordon Turk got everyone’s attention when he let loose with 11,000 pipes of vacillating hot air. That sound would make anybody’s pancreas vibrate, and it is so beautiful in the hands (and feet) of Gordon Turk

Below are some St.Saëns video segments.   The whole concert was being video’d by professionals up in the rafters. I, on the other hand, was making movies from my seat with an iPhone, so you have to excuse the sudden stops, the backs of the heads that were in my way which absorbed some of the sound.

If you are the sort of music fan who likes some parts of symphonies, but you can’t wait to get to the end, I have saved the end for you; it’s like the tush on a roast chicken—very yummy and satisfying at the end. See the last video below.

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