By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.
The CMA got so sick of the Doo Wops that they cancelled all traces of Little Richard, the Drifters, 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.’
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