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Some of my neighbors way back in the GA where original wooden seats are located and where the view is grand. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Some of my neighbors way back in the GA where original wooden seats are located and where the view is grand. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor, Blogfinger.net   Re-post on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022.

 

If you have never witnessed an Ocean Grove choir festival, it is an experience. I attended last night, but it was not a first for me. A large crowd was there to hear the huge massed choir  of about 1000 voices from 125  different churches, professional soloists, the Hope-Jones organ aired out from top to bottom, a number of skilled conductors, a brass ensemble, and a varied program consisting of Christian music. The only composer I recognized was Franz Josef Haydn who wrote the opening anthem, “The Heavens are Telling.”

But even if you don’t know this music and even if you are not Christian, this musical event is astonishing to see.

The Choir Festival is not a typical concert, because, as a number of speakers explained, this program is about prayer through music. As it says in Psalm 95:1 “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord.”  The program, in fact, stresses the words rather than the music. On the cover it says, “Wonderful Words of Life.”

Among the words offered last night was a prayer by the Camp Meeting Association COO JP Gradone who reminded us that living in the northeast was a challenge for those who promote religious principles to guide our lives. He hoped that our country could reconnect with the “values of America’s founders.”

But you can, as I did, attend to enjoy a marvelous musical event, while appreciating its religious significance. I like to sit way in the back, where the moms with infants locate along with others who enjoy the broad expanse of the unique sound and  visuals.

The soloists, with their trained voices, project out and can be clearly heard all the way in the back. They included Ronald Naldi, Monica Zigler, Martha Bartz, and Justin Beck. Plus, of course, there are the Director of Music Dr. Jason C Tramm  and our own Dr. Gordon Turk presiding over those 11,000 pipes.

Below is a sample of what the Choir Festival sounds like.   It is from “How Shall a King Come?” conducted by Dr. Cindy Bell and with soloists Monica Ziglar and Ronald Naldi.

 

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Grovers enjoy the Noble Big Band at the Embury Avenue 3rd annual musical block party. Blogfinger photo and video. September 13, 2014.

Grovers enjoy the Nobile Big Band at the Embury Avenue 3rd annual musical block party. Blogfinger photo and video. September 13, 2014.

 

Embury block party by Bob Bowné. ©

Embury block party by Bob Bowné. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

This is the 3rd year that the folks down at the beach block of Embury Avenue have sponsored a festive musical block party complete with eight  groups including 3 swing bands, a Dixieland ensemble and a group of kids from Embury performing Broadway music.  The neighbors came out with their folding chairs to sit on the street, the sidewalks, front yards and porches. They enjoyed the food and the music—what an amazing event!

Because it was going to rain, a large tent was erected for the musicians.  We caught part of the performance of John Noble’s Summer Swing Orchestra, and boy were they good!     Below is part of their closing song “That’s All.”  I  love this choice for their final number.

This song is a wonderful rollicking piece which has been on the standards list since the 1950’s and has been covered by so many great performers including Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole.  But the Noble Orchestra today did an excellent job bringing this song back to the Grove.  The video clip below will give you an idea of the sound.

The music was to extend from about 1 pm to 8 pm. Anyone could wander over and listen. According to photographer Bob Bowné who attended and took the photo above, “A little Frank Sinatra out in the front yard on a rainy day is always a good way to go!”

And, since I am a huge fan of this song, here is Beverly Kenny’s more sultry version  (and a wonderful surprise ending:)

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10:50 am, and the crowd has already assembled on the Ocean Grove pier. December 7, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photographs. ©

10:50 am, and the crowd has already assembled on the Ocean Grove pier. December 7, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photographs. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Blogfinger.net    While we are on the subject of Pearl Harbor Day.

Every December 7, at 11:00 am, a group of service club members and citizens meet at the fishing pier to remember the atrocity which was Pearl Harbor. We lost 2,400 Americans on that day in 1941 “which shall live in infamy”  (FDR.)

The Ocean Grove event is quite unusual as most towns in USA do not have such ceremonies.  Each year the ritual is unchanged:  The Neptune High School color guard is present; military organizations are there; taps are played, a prayer is recited, and “God Bless America”  is sung.  A few words are spoken to remember the soldiers and sailors who died that day, and mention was made of those who made the supreme sacrifice for America in other conflicts.    A floral wreath is tossed into the ocean.

Taps sound and echo over the water. Blogfinger.net ©

Taps sound and echo over the water. Blogfinger.net ©

 

As the crowd began to disburse, a female member of the Neptune VFW  heads back and then enters the beach,  walking slowly to the waters edge, as if to offer her personal tribute.  Then she walks back onto the boards where Blogfinger gets to speak to her for a few minutes  (see below).

Neptune High School honor guard. Blogfinger .net ©

Neptune High School honor guard. Blogfinger .net ©

 

Neptune VFW. Blogfinger.net ©

Neptune VFW. Blogfinger.net ©

 

The color guard must be shown in color. Blogfinger.net ©

The color guard must be shown in color. Blogfinger.net ©

 

RUBY BRAFF AND DICK HYMAN  “America the Beautiful”

 

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

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From Stan Goldstein:   “Last week Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen’s wife, posted this photo of her, Bruce and Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks wife) on Instagram.

Patti says Asbury Park, but if you look closely, that’s right in front of Nagles facing east (Bruce, Patti and Rita facing west)… Pretty cool!  I think it was taken last Thursday (May 14).”

“Here they were right in downtown Ocean Grove!”

 

Rita Watson (L), Patty Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen. Submitted by Stan Goldstein

Rita Wilson (L), Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen.  Corner of Main Ave.and Central Ave.   Submitted by Stan Goldstein.  Summer, 2015.

 

Maybe the Boss was in the Grove waitin’ on a sunny day.  Looks like he found one.

 

“I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day

Gonna chase the clouds away

Waitin’ on a sunny day”

 

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South Beach. Oct. 31, 2014. Click to make the boats and the fish bigger. By Paul Goldfinger ©

South Beach. Oct. 31, 2014. Click to make the boats and the fish bigger. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Many fishing boats showed up this morning at the OG beach.  We’re told that stripers are in town due to the bait fish, bunkers, which are currently going bonkers, swimming by in great schools, attracting the bigger fish.  But the biggest fish, man, has also joined the life chain as he circles around in his little boats.

Others joined the parade included photographers on the pier and boardwalk plus a flock of birds on the shore.  Tourists walking around stared at the spectacle. Two surf fisherman arrived as well, hoping that the guys in the boats knew something special. Maybe they do, with their sonar equipment.

I met a guy at the pier named Chris. He was taking pictures, so I took a picture of him.  We spoke. He said that he lives in Asbury Park, but he comes to Ocean Grove daily to swim.  He starts his routine around Father’s Day and continues to swim every day until it gets cold.  He said that time had about arrived.

 

Chris, from Asbury Park takes pictures from the OG non-fishing pier. ©

Chris, from Asbury Park takes pictures from the OG non-fishing pier. ©

I asked him why he prefers to swim in OG instead of our naughty sister city AP, and he replied that he is not allowed to swim there now for safety reasons.  OG doesn’t have such restrictions which are determined by the Camp Meeting Association.

America still hasn’t evolved to the point where a citizen can’t find a place to jump in the ocean any time he feels like it.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net.

 

OSCAR PETERSON:

 

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Witches assemble on Heck Avenue for Halloween. 10/31/15. © Paul Goldfinger photograph

Witches assemble on Heck Avenue for Halloween. Under the levity is what?  10/31/15. © Paul Goldfinger photograph.

 

YO YO MA: ” Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The eternal vow”   by Tan Dun

 

 

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Small town America---Ocean Grove, New Jersey 2013. Independence Day and proud of it. Click left to enlarge Blogfinger photo ©

Small town America—Ocean Grove, New Jersey 2013. Independence Day and proud of it. Click left to enlarge Blogfinger photo ©

Paul Goldfinger photographs:  Blogfinger.net

Click on the music and then click on any one photo and then follow the arrows.   All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©.  Reproduce with permission only.

These are scenes from the famous Ocean Grove Independence Day Parade sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. The Grand Marshalls were the Calvary Chapel organization honored for their selfless volunteer effort in town after the super-storm Sandy hit on October 29, 2012.

THE BEATLES:

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We were out of town today, July 14, 2021, for this year’s fish and chips dinner sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary (one L)   We hope some of you got to enjoy this marvelous event replete with fun and fish oils.

For those who never saw it, this 2016 re-post will make you plan to go next year.  Note you can also see the 2019 post by searching the search box above.

Paul  and Eileen  at Blogfinger.net

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

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

Paul Goldfinger photo at fish and chips. Ocean Grove.

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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Kazoo you too. Days Kazoo band, 2012 edition. Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger photo ©
Kazoo you too. Days Kazoo band, 2012 edition. Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger photo ©  Click image to turn the kazoos into tubas.  (Really—an all- girls tuba band for 2015.  Let’s do it.)   Re-post.

 

 

Heather says:     “THE DAYS ICE CREAM KAZOO BAND WILL BE AT THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE IN OCEAN GROVE, NJ.   Ahem. Sorry for yelling, I’m just really excited!!”

Driving Jersey, a PBS series will soon feature the Ocean Grove parade and the Kazoo Band!

 

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