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Morning CMA event for teens concluded at 8:45 am. Well attended.  Click to enlarge.  Masks are another story. Thursday. Ocean Grove boardwalk pavilion.   Blogfinger photo ©

 

 

THE IRISH ROVERS:

 

 

 

 

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After Sandy the CMA mobilized citizens and other volunteers to work together in the cleanup Oct 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

 

 

Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor @Blogfinger.net.   Once again the role of the CMA in the life of Ocean Grove has resurfaced.  May, 2020.

This post first appeared January  2019 regarding how the CMA affects the life styles of secular residents in town.

On Sunday June 2, 2019 a large religious event occurred that alarmed some residents who live near the Great Auditorium:

The Liquid Church brought a crowd of religious tourists here for a morning service in the Great Auditorium. Apparently it was noisy, then lunch on the Pathway with 7 food trucks, and then later with baptisms on the beach.  A usually quiet OG Sunday had changed.   The Liquid Church  was scheduled to be returning every Saturday night in July and August 2019.

This change raised these questions:  Is Ocean Grove once again becoming a Christian town?    Does the CMA have the unlimited power to expand in ways that can impact the quality of life of all who live here?   Does owning all the land give it that power?

 

That 2019  article below gets into some of these issues:

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association used to run this town, but all that changed in 1980 when the N.J. Supreme Court turned over our historic village to the municipality of Neptune Township.

None of the “blue laws” were left in effect, except for bans on selling tobacco, sales of alcohol, and closing of the beach on Sunday mornings.  There has been no coherent explanation for those bans and beach closure  as initiated by a private group in a public town.

The CMA retained control over the beachfront and they actually own the boardwalk but not the sand underneath, and they and others worked together to press FEMA in 2012 to help pay for the boardwalk restoration.

The Camp Meeting still owns most of the land in town as they pursue their religious “mission” which is growing year-round and has an effect on all who actually live in the Grove.

Interestingly, they have no membership list, so we don’t know how many residents in the Grove are committed to the CMA organization.  Most of their supporters seem to be religious tourists.

There is a group in town of private residents who are mostly secular and who probably number over 5,000 if second homers are included.  But, that group doesn’t  have much influence.

So how does the CMA maintain the reigns of power here, in  a democracy, to influence the residents of this community?

Around 2011,  Blogfinger became interested in the role of the CMA as it relates to the “community ” of Ocean Grove—ie the residents of the town.  We interviewed the  President of the CMA.  He said that the group would focus on its “mission” and not on the community of residents. That’s when I first learned that the CMA actually had a policy regarding the rest of the Grove.

After Sandy hit, the CMA stood tall to deal with the beachfront damage, but they also opened their arms to the secular OG community to help pay for it via the Together Fund.

Clearly the CMA is a sort of neighbor for all of us, but it is a peculiar sort.  They have power and influence in Neptune that enables them to strong arm certain issues in the Historic District such as congestion, parking, land use, North End Redevelopment, and life-styles for residents.

If we ask residents of OG the question: “What do you expect from the CMA,” we suspect that opinions will range from “nothing” to “a great deal.”

If you try to answer that question by thinking about the recent history of the CMA as neighbors in town, consider this summary below.  It is a short list of how they impact all who live here.

a.  They have lucrative large events through the year, especially during “prime time” which effects all of us who live here and which bring no money to help the OG  community.

b. They bring in thousands of tourists for their religious based events, but also for the town- wide clogging mega secular events on Ocean Pathway such as the Flea Market. They hope to extend their reach year-round.

c. They don’t care much about the secular residents in town as evidenced by their seeming indifference to issues that effect all of us, such as when they threatened to sue over permit parking before the conversation ever got out of the starting gate.

And you would think that they would be concerned about the Master Plan, the Land Use abuses, historic preservation, and other matters that involve them. But they never speak out about these topics.

d.  They were found to be guilty in 2007 of discrimination, and that stained the reputation of the entire town.

e.  They have been intimately involved with the worrisome plans for the project at the OG North End.

f.  Secular programming has been cut back at the GA.

Of course, there are many positive attributes for the entire town that stem from the CMA’s presence in the Grove such as: the 4th of July parade; Illumination Night;  Christmas events;  a clean and friendly beachfront; a wonderful summer music program; and activities for families, kids and teenagers.

So, what do you think?  Please comment below.

ELVIS:   “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

 

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Pat Brenan of Neptune has been attending every Planotone concert for thirty years.

Pat Brenan of Neptune has been attending every Planotone concert for thirty years, dressed as Kenny and his guys do. Paul Goldfinger photo © 9/7/13. Ocean Grove, NJ. Great Auditorium.  Re-post from 4 years ago.

2013:   The official count for last night’s Doo Wops concert was 2,700, but it sure looked like more than that—downstairs practically all full, and the balcony seats about 1/3 full.  The crowd was wide awake, alive and well.  We lost count of the standing O’s, whistles, shouts and applause.  Each of the three performing groups thanked the audience for helping to keep a musical era alive—an era of nostalgic, romantic and understandable music.  This was music that you could dance slow with, under low twinkling lights in gyms decorated with crepe paper.

That music, in OG last night, clearly was attracting some people who were born after the actual Doo Wop times of 1950’s going into the ’60’s when it helped form the basis for rock and roll. The Beatles found inspiration in performers including Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Drifters and many others.

Last night, the show opened with the Duprees–not my idea of a Doo Wop act, but they are polished performers. The Duprees have had many hits during their 50 year history (1962-2012) and they do put on a musically excellent show. Unfortunately the loudness of their presentation sometimes made the music a bit muddy.  The personnel of this group has changed many times over the years. The current group are all fine singers.

The Duprees are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new album, and I did like their rendition last night  of the Bobby Darin hit “Beyond the Sea” from that album.

THE DUPREES, from their 50th anniversary album:   “Beyond the Sea.”

Shirley Alston Reeves, age 72, came on stage with two young women backup singers and her band.  She is the real deal,  and, although she did some girl group songs by the Supremes, the Chiffons, etc, which the audience loved, she really came alive when they did music by her old group:  The Shirelles.

“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”  undoubtedly broke a few hearts again in this audience.  One item that kept eyes on the stage were the two backup singers who, by some magic, managed to keep those low cut red gowns aloft.  Shirley also wore red, but her outfit was wisely  more demure.

THE SHIRELLES: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

But, the Great Auditorium came really alive when Kenny Vance and the Planotones were introduced by Big Joe Henry for act II.  Their entrance set the stage as they came on doing the Planotone walk.  Kenny, who is now 69, has revised his show and made it funnier, edgier and musically more interesting, while retaining the infrastructure of his best hits and perfect falsetto.  Those guys, in their black suits, their porkpie hats and shades—always not taking themselves too seriously—lit up the place with their presence and the quality of the music.  Johnny Gale, the guitarist and musical director, was superb, as usual, in multiple rolls on bass, guitar, and vocals.  He even did some fine blues.

The group  opened with an old favorite, but one that I had never heard before by them:  It was the Five Satins’  “In the Still of the Night” which the Planotones did in a totally unique way.  But later, Kenny again mesmerized an audience with his version of “Gloria”

Here’s a link to our article about that song and its importance to Doo Wop history, and you can hear Kenny Vance sing it.

Gloria link

And here is a song that Kenny seems to do at every concert.  Angel Baby is beautiful, but he always gets the audience to sing along, and that is especially poignant when  a few thousand people participate in the Great Auditorium.

KENNY VANCE AND THE PLANOTONES with “Angel Baby.”

—Paul Goldfinger, Music Editor @Blogfinger.net

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Paul Goldfinger ©  July 4, 2017.  Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.   For MLA.   Get well soon.

 

NEIL DIAMOND:

 

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The Lagoon* at Shell Point, a private contained religious-owned community in Fort Myers, Florida Paul Goldfinger photo. Jan, 2020.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.

Is the Camp Meeting Association’s unique status in Ocean Grove  so unusual that there is no other town exactly like it?  We would be interested to find another for historical and comparison purposes.

After all, the OGCMA is a religious organization with its own goals within the larger universe of Neptune Township and Ocean Grove.  They own 99% of the land in OG and they have political leverage in Neptune Township even though they no longer have official power.  When they governed the town—1869 to 1980, everyone had to follow their rules.

They functioned like a gated community.   They would interview prospective residents and explain that all who were accepted had to follow those rules, many of which were religious based, such as the constraints on many activities on Sundays.

But OG is no longer like a gated community. No one can make laws for Ocean Grove except the elected officials in Neptune.  Of course the CMA can make rules for its own buildings  (like no food in the Great Auditorium and no gay weddings in its chapel.)  Some would say that the CMA can make rules for its public parks and for the beachfront (eg no admittance on Sunday morning.)  The entire town is prevented from organizing certain events on Sunday, such as occur in Asbury Park  (eg  Pride Parade  and their January Beer Festival.)  Such limitations trace back to the CMA and they still persist in 2020.

We discovered  one such place similar to the OGCMA within the city of Fort Myers, Florida, called Shell Point.  This is a 700 acre community that provides homes and life styles for retirees. Everything within its boundaries is owned by the CMA—the Christian Missionary Alliance.

Unlike the OGCMA, the Alliance owns both the land and all the residences (homes, condos, apartments.)   And, unlike with the OGCMA, everyone who lives in Shell Point has signed a contract to follow all the rules.  So if they say “no alcohol” within their boundaries, then that is what happens, and rule breakers can be forced out, and the city stays out of it.

OGCMA insists on no alcohol in town by convincing Neptune to have an ordinance—an actual law, but only in the OG part of town.   So the way that power is exerted, in this regard, is different for these two religious-based communities when compared to each other.

Like OG, Shell Point is bordered by water on 3 sides, and they have a large central auditorium where religious events are held.  They also have parking problems. Governance is by a Board that has a mixture of religious and lay people.  The residents do pay some property taxes, but the amount is small and shared with management.  Everything is leased.

Unlike Ocean Grove, Shell Point does resemble a gated community but without gates.  And it is different in many other ways as well.

Geographically, the OGCMA is woven into the fabric of life in the Grove, literally and figuratively, whereas Shell Point’s properties, physical and otherwise,  are clearly demarcated by boundaries and this characteristic reduces the chances of clashes with the community at large, as sometimes occur in Ocean Grove.

Overall, we would be hard pressed to find any towns in New Jersey that are comparable to OG, especially the way we have the CMA which is part and yet not part of our town at the same time.

At a person-to-person level, an important difference  is that there is considerable overlap of the OGCMA with the secular and diverse residents of Ocean Grove.  And that is where conflicts may occur, as we saw in 2007 during the gay civil ceremony angry exchanges and the fight over Kirk Cameron’s appearance in the Great Auditorium. And now we have the Parking Wars.

In Shell Point, the residents are all on the same page and rarely overlap in important ways with those who live outside their invisible borders.

And unlike with many gated communities and unlike Shell Point, our CMA isn’t able to exert its powers of persuasion within a geographically demarcated zone, as it did pre-1980, and the demographics in OG are now quite diverse.  We are sometimes stepping on each others’ toes, priorities and life styles.

So Shell Point does resemble Ocean Grove’s CMA in some ways, and that is interesting, but there are many differences.

We are still looking for another community where a religious presence like the CMA coexists in a comfortable way with others in town.  We have found no nearly identical community to compare with.

So we are on our own in OG,  trying to find solutions to certain issues, and sometimes that seems insurmountable as with parking.  And that is why parking is about more than parking.

 

* “Forever Friends” is a 1500 pound stainless steel structure by Douglas Hayes (b. 1968) and donated by a Shell Point benefactor.  The birds have a 10 foot wing span.  The lagoon features manatees which visit regularly.  Shell Point is open to the public and has various races and religions among its residents.

 

PAUL MOTIAN:    “I Remember You”

 

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Hymns are played by Phil Smith and sung at the Founders Park fountain dedication.  Paul Goldfinger photo July 27, 2019. © Sometimes  religious and local themes merge in the Grove.

 

A large crowd at a 2013 Doo Wop concert. Where should all these night-time visitors park? Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Shaboom, shaboom.

 

The OGCMA , a remarkable and unique organization, is in the awkward position of being irreversibly woven into the fabric of Ocean Grove, NJ—the Town.

The CMA is a private entity, and as such, it rarely offers much information publicly  regarding  its attitudes and plans, especially as it pertains to the town.

But as much as it wants to be private, it is often part of the conversation about parking, zoning, crowding, tourism, historic preservation, commercialism, etc.  And sometimes it does go public, as when its spokesman threatened to sue the town if they so much as discussed permit parking.

As another example, it dropped out of its official role as Co-redeveloper of the North End Redevelopment Plan where it is the land owner. But it still is in the middle of that controversial situation, raising questions as to how much it cares about the town of OG and the life styles of its largely secular residents—- the largest faction in town.

A former CMA President told me during an interview some years ago that “the CMA cares little about the town’s problems—it is all about its religious mission.”   And, of course, that is understandable, but they cannot avoid some public concerns, and they do recognize that.  They are also residents and building owners and tax payers.

Which brings us to parking. We know the CMA cares about parking, because they worry where all their religious tourists will park, and their growing programming will bring thousands more to town in 2020 as they strive towards a year round presence.

But now, they evidently see red lights flashing with the arrival of the BPA. At the Committee meeting on Dec. 9 they sent President Badger who announced that the CMA will “fund and conduct its own parking survey in the near future.”   They have already selected a company to perform a “parking assessment.”

But despite the optimistic spin of the BPA, Badger told the  Coaster reporter that the CMA is opposed to the BPA plan because “it would fundamentally change the town.”  He also is quoted as saying, “There are many aspects to the parking problem in OG since it is not only a bedroom community, but also one with an active beachfront, a business district and events scheduled.”

Yes, but other shore communities with the same descriptors don’t have the large CMA presence which Badger doesn’t mention in his “aspects” description above. This is not a typical shore town because of the CMA.  So let’s define the problem accurately.

And now the Mayor has asked that all proposals be “examined by a joint task force of the OGCMA, the BPA, and the Chamber of Commercials.”

How about the Groaners?   Evidently the Mayor thinks that they have nothing to add despite their efforts in the past on parking.

She said, “There is no perfect solution that will make everybody happy.”

That is true, but the CMA’s track record tells us that they won’t be happy unless a plan provides them with all the parking that they need.

* All quotes are from the December 12 edition of the Coaster.

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net

 

Mel Torme´ with the Marty Paich Orchestra

 

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2017. Attending the Labor Day meeting in the Tabernacle.  . Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

This photograph in front of the Tabernacle represents the secular side of Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Over the years I attended many of the annual Labor Day meetings sponsored by the OGCMA.  They usually consisted of reports by each of the departments involved with CMA functions.  Usually the reports were enthusiastic and optimistic, and for those involved with the CMA mission, it was a satisfying event, lasting about 90 minutes.

What was unique was the idea that this was a meeting for the public to attend if it so chose.  I usually took notes and posted the news for Blogfinger, and I would get to speak to some of the participants.  People from the community came out of interest or curiosity, but sometimes they came because they had an “axe to grind.”

At the end of the meeting there was an open mike, and anyone could go to the mike with a question for the  CMA President. Sometimes the question would be critical of CMA policies or would try to clarify some point of interest that was causing friction.  For some, the open mike was the best part of the Labor Day meeting because it was dramatic, interesting and sometimes startling.  Usually the CMA President was quite deft at deflecting criticisms.

Well, it seems that the CMA has decided to abandon that tradition.  This year there will be an event held on Sunday 5 pm in the Auditorium Pavilion. The public is not invited since the announcement says “for friends of the organization.”  I didn’t get an invitation nor would I want to go, but someone sent their copy to me  (below).

 

 

There will be a picnic  in the Pavilion followed by a hymn sing in the Tabernacle followed by a “praise report meeting that celebrates the blessings we have experienced this season.”

And there will be no open mike  (ie no surprises) during the part where questions are usually asked of the CMA.  Instead, those who received the email invitation can send in their questions in advance.

So it appears that the CMA is in no mood to be surprised by an open mike, and for those who submit questions, there is no promise that their questions would be answered.  In fact, it is unclear if the questioner can be present for the answer or if the questioner can ask his approved question or respond to the answer.

If any of you want to react to this change, feel free to comment below.

I always thought that it was generous of the CMA to let us all  (those interested) hear such transparent information.  And I thought that those asking embarrassing questions were out of line. I never asked a question.

Most OG citizens won’t care about this change, and those fair minded individuals who hear this news will understand that the CMA is in the midst of redefining itself, and that it is not our business to expect everything from this private organization to be transparent.

On the other hand, surely the CMA understands that some of what they do will generate skepticism because they are in the public arena and what they do may impact all of us who live in the Grove.

On Blogfinger, the religious beliefs of the CMA are not our concern.  But their public policies will continue to be discussed here and we do offer an open mike for those who have something wise, tolerant, fair,  and useful to say about our friends at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    “Jacob’s Ladder.”

We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
Yeah, we are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are brothers, and sisters, all

 

From  the album We Shall Overcome–the Seeger Sessions.

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Plant Sale 2014. Ocean Grove Camp Town ladies at work. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©  This post (2018) is from one year before the fountain was returned.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net July 2018.

The ladies in red have  been raising money for Ocean Grove since 1944. They donate thousands of dollars each year to a variety of projects. A few years ago they gave $20,000 to the Together Fund.  And recently they gave $10,000 to the Fountain Fund—Founders Park.

Their events include book sales, fish and chips dinners, plant sale, ice cream social and Christmas Boutique.

The OG Ladies Auxiliary is an arm of the Camp Meeting Association, so we can nickname  OG “Camp Town.”

The plant sale was this past May, but the fish and chips dinner in the Pavilion will be in July. Don’t miss it; it’s great.

Consult your CMA Summer Program Guide.

 

PETE SEEGER with Stephen Foster’s timeless song    “Camptown Races.”

 

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July 6, 2019,  parade in OG for Independence Day and the 150th birthday of Ocean Grove. But read the banner, to see what the CMA is celebrating.    Click image to read it.     Paul Goldfinger photo.

 

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This fine work of fictionalized history is by an Ocean Grove author.  It is about Victorian OG in 1905. It describes a life of over 100 years ago in the Grove  that had nothing to do with the Camp Meeting. The book is available on Amazon. Posted with permission.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger

At the concert on July 4 in the Great Auditorium, Gordon Turk, the host for the concert, said to the audience that we are celebrating “the birthday of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.”  If you read the recent writings of the CMA, it is quite evident that their main goals for this 150th anniversary are based on their religious “mission.”  Just read the 2019 “Ocean Grove Summer  Program Guide” and you will see what they are doing in addition to what they are saying.

In other publicity ads, the wording  for the 150th seems to say that we are celebrating the birthday of the town of Ocean Grove.  And yes, there are many secular events scheduled as well, but it all happens without an effort to clearly define what this town is really about and, in particular, to recognize that there is another Ocean Grove besides the religious based community.

After the founding of Ocean Grove in 1869 by the Camp Meeting Association, the Town’s public taxpaying community and the private religious organization called the OGCMA were essentially one and the same.  But as time went by, considerable diversity evolved, and many residents were not affiliated with the CMA;  but they all had to follow the CMA rules (“blue laws”)  based on religious principles, and those rules were enforced by their own police force.

However, in 1980, Neptune Township took over governance, and the CMA was no longer in charge, although it subsequently brought to bear considerable influence— moral, practical,  and political.

The historical truth, looking back, is that there were groups of residents who got together to oppose the CMA governance as early as 1898 when a group of “lessees” in town sued to get the CMA to pay property taxes to the Township.  The lessees lost the suit at the NJ Supreme Court.

OG historian Gibbons said in 1939:   “Many times residents and land lessees of the town have voiced their objection to the local rules, to the tax situation, or to the form of government, especially from 1900-1925, and there have been many court fights.”

There were those who wanted secular public governance not private religious based rule. In 1920 there was a law passed  in Trenton called the “Ocean Grove Borough Bill.”  There actually was a public democratic town of Ocean Grove established, but for only one year; the law was reversed because the new Borough failed to rid itself of the blue laws.

This anniversary is about 150 years of history in this town, and there are many elements that the CMA had nothing to do with:  Presidential politics with visits by Teddy Roosevelt, McKinley, Garfield, Wilson, and US Grant among others, commercial district with historic businesses such as Days, historic organizations such as the Historical Society of OG, Ocean Grove United, and the Homeowners Assoc., suffrage  and feminist movements, architectural design and historic preservation, celebrities such as Caruso who visited Grovers here, businesses that started here such as Mrs. Wagner’s pies, giant events such as craft shows and flea markets, Town-wide Yard Sale, OG Film Festival, tax and zoning issues, land use issues, famous hotels, shipwrecks, Wesley Lake pollution, wildlife, restoration of homes around town including the famous Ocean Pathway, demographic evolution, residents’ issues with Neptune Township, parking challenges, relationship with Asbury Park, condoization, and more.

The point is that this 150th  anniversary is both that of the CMA and the Town of Ocean Grove as separate but related entities.  One is a private religious based group—the CMA, while the other is a public largely secular community with taxpaying residents often on a different wave length.   The situation, of course, is complicated by the  CMA’s ownership of the land.  This unique connection has yet to be ironed out.

Currently the CMA, which is promoting this 150th anniversary celebration,  is behaving as if it is all one and the same, and their writings confuse the distinctions.  If you read their summer program guide, there is no doubt that they are mostly celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Camp Meeting Association.

The idea of another historic  “Ocean Grove” is getting lost in the shuffle;  the “other Ocean Grove” is a historic 150 year old residential small town with much to celebrate besides religion.  And don’t expect the media to “get it” because most of the citizens don’t “get it” either.

So, regardless of these distinctions, we are in the midst of a festive sesquicentennial, and we can thank the Camp Meeting Association for organizing it and paying for it.  And they have every right to do this celebration in whatever way they choose, but at least let’s speak clearly about what is happening.

Let’s enjoy the events, but don’t lose sight of the strange admixture of three factions  that goes on here—perhaps the only such arrangement anywhere in the US.

Don’t depend on Neptune Township to help at all to understand these distinctions,  even though they have a sign on Corlies Avenue, near the Grove, that says that we are their “Historic District.”

But they really don’t care much about the Grove. Look at what they do, not what they say.     The Neptuners enjoy the apathy and the distinctions, because they get to milk the cash cow, exploiting whatever differences we have in our town.

JOHN LITHGOW  sings about knowing who we are and appreciating our differences:

 

How to refer to our town

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Illumination Night 2017 celebration in OG. This year it will be part of the 150th birthday events. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.

In 1969, Ocean Grove celebrated its centennial. This is the front page of the Ocean Grove Times on June 27, 1969.  The paper cost ten cents.

1869 — Ocean Grove — 1969

A Centennial Summer of Fun

This edition of The Times salutes Ocean Grove on its

Centennial. Founded in 1869, the world-famed/resort community

has entered a full summer of Activities, many of

them planned around the 100th birthday.

The pageant of history, “To These Shores,” will be presented

14 nights this summer, beginning July 2. A large

cast of residents and vacationists are now rehearsing.

The Centennial Parade is scheduled for July 26. It will

be the largest in Ocean Grove history. The traditional Memorial

Day parade, the season opener, was expanded this

year, as will be the Fourth of July parade next Friday.

More than 700 ladies have become Centennial Belles to date.

Men are joining their ladies as “Brothers of the Brush”

or “Smoothies.” Costumes are colorful, as evidenced at

public functions and promenades.

This is a great season for Ocean Grove. The basic

theme of the Centennial celebration is FUN – . .

The Camp Meeting Association is planning festivities this summer, 2019,  for Ocean Grove’s 150th birthday celebration.  The first big event will be on July 6 when there will be the Independence Day Parade from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

That Saturday’s parade will include a mummers string band, ragtime music, marching bands, floats and dancing in the streets.  There will be music everywhere.

Maybe Martha and the Vandellas will show up.

And, that afternoon a Town Celebration will happen with a D.J., food trucks, games, dancing for all, balloon animals, fireworks, and other activities.   “7-10 live bands” in the Boardwalk Pavilion  (one at a time we hope,) and bonfires on the beach, “appropriately sponsored by the three firehouses.”  And much more…

Stay tuned.

–Paul Goldfinger,  Editor Blogfinger.net

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