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Lovely old house along Bridlemere Avenue. It is likely to be worth a mere million Interlaken bucks. Blogfinger photo Nov. 2013

Lovely old house along Bridlemere Avenue. It is likely to be worth a mere million Interlaken bucks. Blogfinger photo Nov. 2013.  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

This is the third time we have posted something about Interlaken, New Jersey, a .4 square mile borough near Asbury Park and just about 10 minutes from Ocean Grove.

I like to drive through that town. It is picturesque and feels like the English countryside. It has a quiet elegance, and there is water on two sides  (north and south)—branches of Deal Lake.

Interlaken is north of Asbury Park

Interlaken is north of Asbury Park.

Its history is fascinating.  It was bought from the Lenni Lenape Indians and became a farm. A well-traveled doctor (probably a plastic surgeon)  purchased over 300 acres of the farm and proceeded to turn it into a town in the late 1800’s.

At first it was part of Ocean Township  (like Ocean Grove), but in 1922 it seceded and became an independent borough.  Curiously, Ocean Grove became a borough in 1925, but it lost its designation because of the”blue laws”—talk about the blues in the night.  Ouch!

Interlaken means “between lakes” and is named after a town in Switzerland which is between two lakes. For that matter, Ocean Grove is between two lakes, but somehow the ocean trumped the lakes in naming OG.

The street names are fascinating, because the avenues are named after English lakes, while the cross streets are named after—-you’ll never guess—islands in the Hebrides (in the Irish Sea.)  So if you drive through that town, you will see street signs that say, “Buttermere, Bridlemere, Bendermere, Grassmere and Windermere.”  I guess “mere” means  “lake.”

But if you think that the homes there are merely Victorians or Colonials, guess again. They tend to be beautiful grand manor houses like they have by the lakes in Switzerland or, perhaps like some along the Irish Sea.

Another cottage for two along Bridelmere Avenue

Another cottage for two along Bridlemere Avenue. Blogfinger photo. click left

The town in 2010 had 820 people according to the census. It is more white than Ocean Grove having 0% African Americans. But it does have .49% Native Americans which means half of a Lenni Lenape—so it’s a guy named Lenni who lives on Buttermere.  Actually it seems that there are 4 Native Americans in Interlaken, so those 4 should demand a casino in that town.

Below are links to our two prior posts about Interlaken, which amounts to a total of one Blogfinger post for every 270 Interlakers.  I wonder if they have a town musical instrument called the “Interlakenspiel” which you play with a mallet while standing between those two arms of Deal Lakenmere while the Interlakers engage in beer drinking and merrymaking.

Here is the Jagersburger March from an album called:  “German Beer Drinking and Merrymaking Songs” by the Munich Meistersingers

Blogfinger Interlaken link one

Blogfinger Interlaken link two

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This structure is within biking distance of Ocean Grove. PG photo 2013

Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park.  Paul Goldfinger ©  photo March 30, 2013. Click image for full view

SOUNDTRACK:     From the Norwich Cathedral Choir in England:

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Shark River Inlet. Pre-Sunrise February 21st, 9˚F. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger

Shark River Inlet, Avon side.    Pre-sunrise February 21st, 9˚F. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger  ©  Click on the image for a spectacular blowup.

KELLY ROWLAND

 

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Jersey Shore Gallery. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Oct. 2014

Interlaken, New Jersey.  Oct. 2014  This incredible house has echoes of history going back to  c. 1920’s or ’30’s.  (It calls to me–I want it!)  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Re-post.

CINDY SCOTT from her album Major to Minor.

Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott

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Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. December, 2015. ©

Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. December, 2015. ©  Click for a larger shopping cart.  I love the design on this ShopRite, especially on a bright, sunny day with brilliant colors.  It seems very nostalgic and comfortable. Repost.

The ShopRite of Belmar is located in zip code 07719, which is the same for Wall and Belmar.  It seems that the store is known by both town names. Even their customer service department is not sure which is the official town.  Therefore, as with King Solomon, I will split the baby and award a prize to either chosen town.

JUNE CARTER CASH:

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June 3, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Southern exposure.   June 3, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

LOUIS ARMSTRONG  (live performance:)

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Seaside Heights, NJ. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger

Seaside Heights, NJ. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. click to enlarge.  This Jersey Shore town has a long tradition of youthful summer romance.

THE McGARRIGLE HOUR with Kate and Anna, and Chaim Tannenbaum, and Lily Lanken.

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Sandy Hook. October, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

Sandy Hook. October, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

EMILE-CLAIRE BARLOW   from her album The Very Thought of You.  “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”  The song, from 1931, was a big hit with the Mamas and the Papas in 1968.

Sandy Hook is very beautiful in the autumn.  Go there—–take Ocean Avenue all the way up for the scenic route.  No admission this time of year, and you can take your dog.

“Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams, whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me”

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Arrow Acres Farm in Wall Township. July, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Arrow Acres Farm in Wall Township. This family has roots back into the  1600’s in this area.  July, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

BILLY JOEL

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Suffragists put up a poster in Long Branch. Joe Czachowski 2010 fromLibraryof Congress; Remembering the Jersey Shoere 1915

Suffragists put up a poster in Long Branch, 1915.   Photo from the Library of Congress in   Remembering the Jersey Shore  by Joe Czachowski, 2010.

By Paul Goldfinger

“Votes for women” activists were busy in the summer of 1915. These three were advertising a speech by activist Anna Howard Shaw whose biography  The Story of a Pioneer”was published that year.  Suffragists  organized concerts, lectures, parades and even ball games from Keyport to Atlantic Highlands to Asbury Park.    Alice Paul was born in  Burlington (see Mary Walton’s book about Alice Paul, available at  the Comfort Zone).

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove has a great deal of information about the women’s movements in OG.

SOUNDTRACK:  COUNT BASIE AND TONY BENNETT—What is the world coming to??

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