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OG near Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph©. July 6, 2020.  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor of Blogfinger.net

MARINE BAND:  Did you miss this music on July 4?  Let’s not let that evil virus push us down too far.

John Phillip Sousa wrote this little ditty which is  “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

In Ocean Grove there is a long heritage of patriotic music.  Sousa appeared in the Great Auditorium many times, and his music made it even greater.

Go to the OG Historical Society and visit his portrait in full military regalia.  He was the director of the Marine Band. They say that he wouldn’t allow his musicians to tap their toes.

Oh, and go to the museum and ask why they are the Historical Society and not the Historic Society.

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Y2K celecbration. Paul Goldfinger photo © Y2K celebration. New Years Eve 1999. The Great Auditorium.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

PENTATONIX   An American a cappella group.  This song was released in October, 2015

 

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Firemen's Park. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Firemen’s Park. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.

 

ELLIS MARSALIS, PLAS JOHNSON, COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

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Nagles Saturday Night. Main Avenue.  August 2012. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge.

 

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Ocean Grove, c. 2005

Fishing pier, Ocean Grove, c. 2005  By Paul Goldfinger ©

RANI ARBO and DAISY MAYHEM

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Ocean Grove, July, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger

Ocean Grove, July, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger  ©.  Click to enlarge.

STUART MATTHEWMAN  “Amapola”  from the movie Twin Falls, Idaho.

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New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake.  June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park once experienced “Glory Days,”  but in the 1980’s, it went into a downhill spiral and it turned into “No Where.”  Then, in recent years, perhaps ten, a slow and difficult rebirth has been occurring, and now it’s clear that Asbury Park has turned a definite corner in the renaissance and is becoming “Somewhere.”   Of course there are still problems in governance, crime, poverty and schools.  In some ways it is a tale of two cities—roughly east and west.

In December 2013, we posted a piece on Blogfinger that wondered if the acclaimed Asbury Park restaurant scene downtown  had become a true  “destination” for visitors from around here and elsewhere.  We were interested in this subject because of the relationship that Ocean Grove has to AP.  That includes the fact that many Grovers go there for dinner on a regular basis, and oftentimes we walk over there at night.   In 2013, half of our Blogfinger readers who took our poll said that AP had not yet become the “go to” place for fine dining.    Here is a link to that article.

Great expectations link

But now, in 2015, we have reason to believe that the tide has turned over there regarding the dining situation.   We  wrote a recent glowing review about Taka’s new location, and today we will be reporting on a new name in town:  “Cross & Orange.”

CHRIS BELLAMY   in a live performance from his album Down in the Keys:

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Wall Street, Ocean Grove.  By Lee Morgan. April 14, 2015. ©

Wall Street, Ocean Grove. By Lee Morgan.Blogfinger staff.  April 14, 2015. ©

SONNY STITT  (alto sax) with BERNIE GREEN (trombone.)  The album is How High the Moon.  “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” Musical selection by Lee Morgan.

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