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Paul Goldfinger ©. 2012. Ushers March in the Great Auditorium during Choir Festival.

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Andrew Robertson, the animated uke teacher in motion has an out-of-body experience  while singing and naming the chords. 6/27/18  Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Daniel Hickman, on the left in the video, proprietor of “Don’t Fret Music” at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove, is known for his technical work including repairing and support for all sorts of stringed instruments.   He is officially known as a luthier.   But he also offers lessons in his shop including his popular BYO uke classes.

He held such a class on June 27, attended by about 10 students.  Dan lives in Ocean Grove as does the instructor for the class Andrew Robinson.  Andrew is a professional musician who seems to get a kick out of teaching uke players of all ages and with all degrees of experience including beginners, like me and Jean from the Blogfinger staff.

Andrew was determined to entertain the class, so he taught the chords for a Queen song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and he sang while he called out chord changes.  Most of the class seemed to have no problem keeping up with Andrew, although at least two of us were having trouble finding the right strings and fingers.    There were more laughs than gaffes.

Dan served some  snacks, and  you can see the group in action in the video above.

For more information, call Dan at 732 361 5060

Here is a link to our 2017 article about Daniel:

Dan the luthier

Here is a link to his site:

www.dontfretnj.com/

And here is Queen * with their song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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Hats never totally go out of style. 6/16/18. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Girls in their summer clothes.   Hats are in.   Paul Goldfinger © 6/16/18.

 

LIZA MINNELLI:

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Next stop is the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. May 22, 2015. Blogfinger photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©

Next stop is the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. May 22, 2015. Blogfinger photo on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove  by Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click to enlarge.

Five friends posing for pictures in Firemen’s Park, Ocean Grove.  How beautiful can you look?  How wonderful the day? Thus we are re-posting this fine memory for these friends.

We found this happy crew standing for photographs in front of the bell, but get outta here! What about that gorgeous chariot at the curb, waiting to take them to the Neptune High School Prom?  Let’s take the picture over there.

These five Scarlet Fliers are a group of friends—they said so.  How lucky can you get? Let’s get close together and how about a big smile?

So who do we have here?   We have, left to right,  Nicholas Severson, Rebecca Sokol, Victoria Alaniz, Sasha Murphy, and Max Schmidt.

The red “limo” is a 1940 Ford owned by Michael Yencarelli.  The car has been in his family for 30 years.

Since we have a car from the 1940’s, let’s go retro for music from that same era.

Ladies and gentleman, from the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, it’s Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and his Orchestra:

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By 6:30 pm there was a long line waiting to get in at the Auditorium Pavilion on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove. © Click to enlarge the photos

By 6:30 pm there was a long line waiting to get in at the Auditorium Pavilion on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove. © Click to enlarge the photos. Blogfinger.net   Reposted from July 2016.

 

The assembly line was well oiled. This was the tartar sauce station. All photos by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net

The assembly line was well oiled. This was the tartar sauce station. All photos by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net

 

You needed to be a red head to work here. It all smelled so good. Nothing like fried fish and chips right out of the fryer. ©

You needed to be a red head to work here. It all smelled so good. Nothing like fried fish and chips right out of the oil. ©  The cooks were professionals from Kearny, NJ, fish and chip mecca.

 

This is the sort of community event that breathes life into a town like OG.

FRED MOLLIN AND THE BLUE SEA BAND  from the movie Ratatouille 

 

 

 

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OG Saturday Giant Flea Market June 2016. Gridlock. Blogfinger photo. ©  Where else can you find this?  Click once to make the crowd bigger.

 

OG mega Flea Market. Blogfinger photo 2016 ©

 

By  Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor@Blogfinger.net

May 5   Spring Fling  Chamber of Commerce closes down Main Avenue:   gridlock

May 19  Vintage Car Show  CC  closes down Main Avenue:  gridlock

June 2   Giant Spring Flea Market  CC floods Ocean Pathway with thousands of junksters:   gridlock

June 16 OGCMA  Giant Craft Show —-300 artisans:   Gridlock all over town

June 23   OGCMA Huge Christian festival:  Bridgefest:  Gridlock all over town.

August 4  OGCMA    Saturday of the Camp Meeting Week:   Gridlock all over town.

August 18  OGCMA   Beach boys:  Gridlock evening.

Sept 1 Doo /wop:   Gridlock evening

Sept. 8  Giant Fall flea Market:   CC floods Ocean Pathway —gridlock

Sept 16  British Car Show  CC closes down Main Avenue:   gridlock

October 6 Fall Harvest Festival CC  closes down Main Avenue: gridlock

Note: Every Saturday during the summer season is a gridlock day due to beach attendance and when residents and their guests crowd the town during all those weekends. But that is to be expected. This is a beach town.

But now we are addressing mega Saturday tourist events such as the Giant Craft Show on the Pathway which make the town hopelessly paralyzed.

So what other Jersey Shore towns have so many gridlock Saturday special events geared towards tourists and oppressively imposed  on the residents?

Consider Bradley Beach:  Just one–The Lobster Festival.  Holiday celebrations such as Memorial Day weekend don’t count because they are automatically part of summer.      The rest are things like line dancing, music on the boards, opera by the sea, Italian Festival, Bradley Beach Day etc. which are primarily for the residents and don’t cause gridlock.

Here is a link to our recent piece about the struggle in Bradley Beach over one such mega event.  It’s very interesting:

Bf reports on Bradley Beach struggle with mega-event

Consider Belmar mega:  Just a car show and the NJ Seafood  Festival.

Consider Avon mega:  no mega events

Consider Asbury mega:  Oyster Festival.  They have many activities including music, shows, farmers markets, fine restaurants, bars and boardwalk events like the Zombies,  but these enhance the image of A. Park and are not merely mega events to suck in huge numbers of tourists like we have. They have crowds and parking issues, but those crowds are drawn to the vibe of A. Park not to giant marketplaces where you can just buy stuff.

Consider Seaside Heights:  Nothing mega.   Jersey Shore Festival;  otherwise arts and crafts, boardwalk fun/food, and soccer tourney.

Consider Spring Lake:  Nothing mega.  Just sensible small events for residents and guests:    House tour, art in the park, garden tour, art walk, sidewalk sale, etc.

 

Only OG has huge  events that overwhelm the town.    What good does any of this do for the people of Ocean Grove?  The CMA mostly attracts crowds from outside the Grove.  All of the Shore  towns have events, but they are primarily for the residents, such as ballroom dancing, concerts on the boardwalk, competitions for kids, etc.

Of the towns listed, we are the smallest and the most paralyzed by contrived tourist events.  There is no reason to continue these overwhelming Saturday gridlocks—the Township needs to reduce the numbers to be in line with other Jersey  Shore towns.  But will they?  No.   These other communities make sure that their citizens enjoy the summer season in their home towns.  Tourism, yes, but sensibly done.

Do the people of Ocean Grove want their town to be a circus every Saturday in season?  Here is a march from Barnum and Bailey:

 

 

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Memorial Day. Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net.  OG  Lifestyles

 

NORA  JONES.  “American Anthem.”  From the soundtrack of  The War:

“What shall be our legacy?
What will our children say?
Let them say of me
I was one who believed
In sharing the blessings
I received
Let me know in my heart
When my days are through
America
America
I gave my best to you.”

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Blogfinger photograph ©. At the entrance into Ocean Grove onto Main Avenue.  Flag placed at the gates by the OG Fire Department.  Click to enlarge.  11:15 am,  December 12, 2017

Procession heads west on Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo ©  Noon, Dec. 12, 2017.

December 12, 2017.      Today was the funeral of John H. Jackson who died at the age of 48.  He received a special and unusual  honor as a procession of about 100 vehicles, many of them official cars , fire engines, and vans belonging to Neptune police, fire and emergency services drove slowly along Main Avenue from the ocean, headed towards St. Paul’s Church.

John H. Jackson was a patrolman with the NTPD for nearly 20 years, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran, an OG Lifeguard and a volunteer with the OG Fire Department.

The Fire Department flew a huge flag to greet those coming into town for this event.

CHRISTINA PERRI:  From the soundtrack of  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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Al Venezia on Mt. Hermon Way in OG greets trick and treaters who come to his porch. Grrrrrrr!     Paul Goldfinger photo. 10/31/17 ©

Click on one image and then follow the large sideways arrows.  Little X to come back here.

 

 

MONK’S CHANT  FROM MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT—-“He’s Not Yet Dead.”

 

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Even kids take a backseat to the dogs. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.  Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   Click to enlarge. All other photos by Jean Bredin  (Around town with Jean. )

Says Blogfinger reporter Jean Bredin who was running around town at the parade and at the Main Avenue Fireman’s Park  in her witches outfit.

The Ocean Grove Pet Boutique  (Main Avenue)  sponsored today’s event.

“The weather was perfect. There were lots of dogs, children and grown ups in costumes. Ocean Grove shops gave out candy to those who stopped in.

“The Parade marched down Main St., then turned around to where it originated, Firemen’s Park, where prizes were awarded to the winners.”

Photo Gallery by Jean:  Click on any one photo and then follow the big side arrows.  Use the little X to return to BF.  Click on the music and then view the gallery:

SAMMY DAVIS JR.

 

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