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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.


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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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Belmar, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Belmar, NJ. 2013.    Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   click to enlarge.  Re-posted from November, 2013.


This painting was found behind Freedman’s, an iconic Jersey Shore bakery.  They used to have many branches in this area, but their last gasp was at this Belmar location, a wonderful place that had excellent baked goods and a place to sit down and enjoy the food and the show.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN   (Israel Philharmonic)   “On the Waterfront. Moving Forward.”


Freedman’s BF 2013

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Red Bank, River Road at Broad Street. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Red Bank, River Road at Broad Street. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge. Blogfinger.net

Speaking of Red Bank, this is the most Edward Hopperish photograph in our Goldfinger collection.

COUNT BASIE  was from Red Bank.  Here he is with his orchestra playing  “L’il Darlin’ ”   from the album Count Basie’s Finest Hour

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Deal, New Jersey. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger.© Click image for full view.

SOUNDTRACK  Evoking the era of the Great Gatsby: The Colonial Club Orchestra with Scrappy Lambert



20’s music.

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Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. ©

Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (Re-posted from October 2015)

This carousel horse, photographed after the season in Seaside Heights, reminds me of Broadway—sometimes happy and sometimes sad.   I’m thinking of the show Carousel which proclaims, “June is busting out all over.”

The Fantasticks has a song called “Round and Round” which begins as a gorgeous fantasy—-“Life is a colorful carousel,”  but later the song becomes dark, sad, and scary.

However,  for the most part, Broadway brings us joy as in “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma.

I see this carousel, devoid of riders and seemingly sad because the season is over, and yet the scene, like a Broadway set, is bursting with vivid colors and, in a way, with memories of life itself.

So, in wondering about this photograph and how to see it, I decided that it is joyful and not sad, and if the horse could talk he would say, ” Please sir, I want more oats”  (sorry for the Oliver joke, such as it is.)  I wonder how a child would view it.

Here is MIMI HINES from a show called “The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd.” It is a happy song full of the sort of vivid optimism that we often find in Broadway musicals and, sometimes, in life.

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Allenhurst, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger. 2014 © click to enlarge

Paul Goldfinger ©  Allenhurst, New Jersey.  2014.  Click to enlarge

JULIE RAFFERTY.   Music from The Fantasticks.  From her album No Finer Place.

PS  It will rain tomorrow—Tuesday.

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Paul Goldfinger ©   Sandy Hook.   Re-posted from 2012.  Click to enlarge.


ROY ORBISON  “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Foster (1864)

“Beautiful dreamer,
Wake unto me
Starlight and dewdrops
Are awaiting thee

“Sounds of the rude world
Heard in the day
Led by the moonlight
Have all passed away”

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