Archive for the ‘Ocean Grove events’ Category

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 ©

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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.”

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Portrait by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net © And we do know how to spell that A. word. Can you without peeking.?  Click to enlarge the image. July, 2016. Ocean Grove, NJ



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Illumination Night 2017. 8/4/17. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

This is the third time that Illumination Night, of modern times, was held in Ocean Grove at Auditorium Square Park. It lasted from 8 pm to 10 pm, and the good news is that a fairly large crowd (perhaps 200 people or more)  was present indicating that the town needs more “down home” outdoors community events for those who live here and/or vacation here, in the summertime.

What we have now in town  (putting aside the plentiful CMA religious-based activities ) are the varieties of eating parties: fish and chips, BBQ, and ice cream plus the sheer joy of the postcard show and the musical  pleasures of the Summer Band concerts.

The Township takes no interest in promoting community pride and cohesiveness for residents through Ocean Grove events, and neither do the organized OG groups such as the Home Groaners , the Chamber, and the HSOG.

Some of the tents were illuminated. Paul Goldfinger photo 8/4/17 ©

But the CMA came through with last night’s event, and the attendees, people of all ages, seemed to have a good time.

The crowd was busy lining up for food (at a price) while listening to music which was fairly subdued.  It was difficult to see the food in the dark. The kids were having a good time running around wearing glowing hoops, and many chat groups formed of people who seemed to know each other. Some brought chairs while others ate while sitting on the steps of the Youth Temple.

One surprise bonus was that the Auditorium was open, and visitors could walk in and sit down—a real treat because Gordon Turk and Maestro Jason Tramm were rehearsing the Ocean Grove Choir.

Visitors sat around the Christmas tree eating, watching the bands, and enjoying the kids. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 8/4/17

The funny thing is that this Illumination Night was barely illuminated.  It was dark once the sun went down.  Why are we having an illumination party in the dark?  There were no organized events, unless you count milling about as a special activity, and there also were the few couples who were attempting some slow dancing to a missing rhythm.   What this Illumination Night needs are more lumens, a happy, lively band that is totally awake, and some organized events, at least for the kids.

OG kids glow in the dark. Jean Bredin photograph © 8/4/17 Blogfinger.net staff.


C’mon lady, light my fire!
By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©

There is no historic precedent that would guide  how such an event should be done. In OG it has always been sponsored by the CMA, but the modern-day model seems to be improvised by the staff at the Hub.  There was no Hub in the 19th century.  Back then, the OG version was a water park celebration with many brightly lit boats floating on Wesley Lake and with thousands of people standing by on the shores.

In Martha’s Vineyard, which is the modern prototype, they still look forward to gathering in their Tabernacle and having a sing-a-long with a vociferous band and mostly patriotic music.

Illumination Night. Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. Pinterest photo.

There is no religious component in Oak Bluffs as there was last night with a Christian band performing  in that genre.   And the Oak Bluffs decorations are bright and plentiful, and they even have a tradition of turning on the lights while everyone oohs and ahs.  They leave their decorations up for two weeks, and that is probably the only tourist based activity in that lovely residential town.

Oak Bluffs sing-a-long for Illumination Night

The 21st century version in the Grove, based on 2016 and last night, seems to be successful despite itself, indicating that demand exceeds the supply of festiveness for Illumination Night in OG.

So perhaps the CMA will try to add more life to the event next year, taking  advantage of all the evident community interest.  How about a suggestion box at The Hub and a better budget for lighting the park?  How about some comments here suggesting ways to improve this worthwhile summer event for 2018.


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Paul Goldfinger ©  July 4, 2017.  Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.


“NEIL DIAMOND MEDLEY” performed live in Brussels by Patrick Riguelle and John Terra from the album Live From the Brill Building.


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Ocean Grove Memorial Day Weekend. 5/27/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

It was cool and breezy during the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert on Saturday night, May 27, 2017–Memorial Day weekend in Ocean Grove, NJ.

The band entertained a large crowd with a fine selection of music including Haydn, South Pacific, Dixieland, James Bond and God Bless America among others.

Outside, tent city was largely uninhabited, but one dwelling was displaying an American flag, and in the waning soft light of the early evening, with the doors of the Great Auditorium open, you could see that flag floating in the breeze. Its colors seemed dreamy–not bright like the usual red, white and blue display.  In between band selections, I walked across the GA and outside to get this photograph.  No one was around except for some ushers, but the flag seemed just right for Memorial Day and all it stands for.

Memorial Day concert. Great Auditorium. 5/27/17. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

The first number on the program after the Star Spangled Banner was a Spanish piece called “Amparito Roca.”  Here it is as performed by the University of Illinois Symphonic Band.

The announcer said it was famous as a vehicle for dancing the Paso Doble, a dramatic and romantic dance from Spain, which I saw performed many years ago by a professional dance team at the Hotel Nemerson in South Fallsburg, NY.  But the Atlantic Wind performance for this piece sounded like march music.  So, naturally, I went home and Googled it.  And, sure enough, it is both: march and dance music for the Paso Doble.

So here are Susanna Reid and Kevin on You Tube doing that dance to the music of “Los Toreadors” (Bizet from Carmen)

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Can you talk without moving your lips?  Taylor Mason can. Go to the show and see if you think the dummy on his lap is talking.

Regarding the summer secular schedule in OG, Mike Love of the Beach Boys told APP.com, regarding the Great Auditorium, “I love that place, it’s great, it’s one of the classic venues that we perform at,” Love said of the Great Auditorium in a 2014 interview.”

And, he added with a laugh, “One of the great things about Ocean Grove is the proximity to some fantastic ice cream parlors. We find a lot of pleasure in coming there.”

And he is just one of many GA Saturday night performers who have praised that fabulous music venue as they stood on the stage of the GA  including Tony Bennett who liked to try and sing acapella there. I have heard quite a few musicians and singers express how awed they felt being inside that giant cello of a building.

CAST OF GYPSY   (2008 Broadway revival:)

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Nov. 4 2012. Neighbors discuss the storm. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

Nov. 4, 2012.  (6 days after Sandy)   Neighbors discuss the storm. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net






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December 7, 2013. Neptune High School color guard. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger file photo. Click to enlarge the tribute.

December 7, 2013. Neptune High School color guard. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger file photo. Click to enlarge the tribute.

THE CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA:  “Hymn to the Fallen” from the soundtrack of Saving Private Ryan.

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