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McGregor Blvd. Palm tree. Morning. Ft. Myers, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger


CACHAO    “Si Me Pudieras Querer”   from his album  Ahora Si

Two wood storks, who may now be making babies of their own, were captured photographically by Ernie Bergman, FOB, at the Wakodahatchie Wetlands in Del Ray Beach, Florida (east coast).  March, 2017. Special to Blogfinger.©

These birds do a lot for love, but when they tried to remember  the song from A Chorus Line about that, they could not. So here are Big Bird and Ernie, with the Sesame Street cast singing:





By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

The CMA got so sick of the Doo Wops that they cancelled all traces of Little Richard, Abba, the Platters  and the rest of that  ’50’s and ’60’s music-making crew from their summer events schedule in the Great Auditorium. We are told that only the Beach Boys will be back seeking help from Rhonda.  (There actually is a waitress named Rhonda over at the Seville Diner in East Brunswick.)

But, as if nature really abhors a vacuum, we now have the QFest Film Festival in April, sponsored by QSpot from the Grove,  and, surprise, a gay sponsored Memorial Day event at the Melrose Inn.  It looks like the Melrose’s owner/operators have  decided to be  trend setters in promoting gay-sponsored entertainment events in (gasp!) Ocean Grove where such happenings have not occurred in the past.   But now we have two new events, and boy are they needed.

Would you say that this town is stale?  It really does need a shot in the arm, but not like the massive events such as the Craft Show on the Pathway.    The gay community in Ocean Grove is well positioned to inject some new-look happy events here, but of the sort that brings culture and neighborhood interest.  The Melrose Memorial Day event  and the QSpot film festival are great starters.

Is Ocean Grove ready for this?  There is no doubt. The times they are a’changin.’


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In an on-line post yesterday, the QSpot LGBT Community Center of Ocean Grove, NJ revealed that they were filing an “additional retaliation claim in its pending discrimination lawsuit against the JSAC in New Jersey Superior Court today.”  QSpot is represented by a “national law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP with support from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest.”

You may recall that the QSpot organization rents space (for the last 4 years) at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove.  But Herb Herbst, President of the JSAC, would not renew the lease on the grounds that QSpot did not provide the requisite arts programming.  QSpot disagreed and filed a discrimination law suit last November.

QSpot claimed that the JSAC “acted out of bias towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and that they were in violation of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.”

The “retaliation claim” is about the alleged “threats of retaliation by the JSAC if QSpot holds its 2nd Annual  QFest NJ LBGT Film Festival on April 7,8,9.”

If our readers want to learn more about the  QSpot Film Festival, you can visit this link:    QSpot film festival link

They also have a FaceBook page at  QSpotLGBTCommunityCenter  http://facebook.com/QSpot/LGBTCommunityCenter

At Blogfinger we are always interested in unique cultural events in Ocean Grove as well as news of all sorts pertaining to our town. We will not get involved in presenting the QSpot legal tangle (after all, it takes two to tangle)  that continues to emerge, but we will keep our fingers on the pulse of this very interesting story, and I do know how to take a pulse.

Remarkably, for a tiny town, this is not the first time that Ocean Grove has been center stage regarding  issues with potential national impact having to do with gay rights and discrimination.

Thank you to the citizen reporter who alerted us to the latest chapter in the QSpot saga.  Please keep us informed–we are an information sharing website.

And, by the way, this is not the first time that a film festival was held in the Grove.  You may recall the 1st and 2nd Annual Blogfinger Film Festivals which ironically were almost held at the JSAC, but changed its venue to the Youth Temple in the Grove thanks to the generosity of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.

MERLE HAGGARD  “It’s All in the Movies.”



By Paul Goldfinger. September 2014. Freehold, NJ.

By Paul Goldfinger. September 2014. Freehold, NJ.  Click to enlarge.

AARON NEVILLE  from his album “Orchid in the Storm.”  Oh, the sound of that tenor sax…



Left Bank Waiters

It’s too early for dinner. Americans always arrive too early. The French know how to eat: go slow and savor the main course; a sip of wine and one small bite at a time. Then put down your fork and take a moment.

Try to speak French to the waiter, but he won’t understand. I say “beurre” but he acts like he doesn’t understand. I took 6 years of French—I can say “beurre.”

He says, “Speak English.”

I say, “Butter please.”
He says, “OK.” They’re like that, but they sure can cook.

Click the word “Blogfinger” below this sentence.  “S’il vous plait”  (please)


Paris. c. 1991.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  (You can see a vintage print of this hanging in the OG Cheese Shop)  © Paris. c. 1991. Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©

FRANCOIS PARISI    “Ballad du Paris”      from the soundtrack of Midnight in Paris.

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‘Palm Tree, Havana. 2003″
By Alexey Titarenko

Alexey Titarenko is a Russian artist and photographer.  He also has US citizenship and he now lives in NYC. This photo is from a body of work called the City is a Novel.  His latest show is at the Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41  57th Street.

DON AZPIAZU and the Havana Casino Orchestra with “Lamento Borincano”

The Blogfinger herd of cows after a long afternoon of processing comments on BF. They say, “Eat mor chikin.”   BF photo, 2017.

1.  We now have two addresses which will be having yard sales on May 13, the Saturday of the Mother’s Day Weekend.  Blogfinger will post the list prior to the event. Just email us with your information if you want to join the list.    (Blogfinger@verizon.net)  Some of you might want to do some advertising during the week prior to that date.  If you do, I will give you a link to place in your ad.  If the list gets long enough, we can name the list “Town-wide Yard Sale.”

2.  In December 2016, a letter to the editor by Jack Bredin was posted.  He spoke about his concerns regarding Wesley Lake, and some of that discussion was new to many of us.  Today, we received a response from a member of the Wesley Lake Commission. Doug McQueen commented under that December post.  The exchange is worth reading if you care about the Lake.  Just click on the link below and go to comments at the lower right hand corner.

Wesley Lake letter to the BF editor Dec, 2016

3.   Song of the Week with Count Basie and Joe Williams  (a 1956 recording of a 1942 movie song)


Bradford pears in bloom. Early evening, March, 2012. Downtown Ocean Grove, Main Avenue. NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net. ©  Originally posted in 2012.

RONALD NALDI   “Torna!”  (Valente-Vento. )  From his album O Sole Mio, Neapolitan. and Italian Songs.



This is about Bruce Springsteen teaching his band a Chuck Berry song, “You Never Can Tell” during a huge concert in Leipzig, Germany.  Below is a You Tube video of that event. Click on the You Tube play arrow in the middle of the video screen..

At the bottom of this post is a Chuck Berry recording of him performing this song. Click on the WordPress black play arrow  below the video.

Chuck Berry performing. Photo by Michal Cizek, Getty Images ©  From APP.


CHUCK BERRY performs his version of this song:

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