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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.

BOBBY FREEMAN

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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

 

TONY BENNETT AND K.D. LANG

 

 

 

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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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Corner of Mt. Tabor and New Jersey Avenues. Photo by Paul Goldfinger, 2011. ©

Corner of Mt. Tabor and New Jersey Avenues. Photo by Paul Goldfinger, 2011. ©

We recently reported on the application for demolition of 102 Mt.Tabor Way. (link below)

https://blogfinger.net/2016/11/22/tearing-down-a-sweet-cottage-in-the-grove-why-is-that-a-good-idea/

Last night, Nov. 29, 2016, our reporter attended the HPC hearing regarding this matter. A presentation by architect Mark Pavliv persuaded the HPC that demolition was needed for a variety of structural problems including foundation issues.  In addition, it was noted that the building, as we already knew, is not Victorian.

There was no information presented that would tell us what the owner plans to do with the property.

TYRONE TAYLOR:

 

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Days Ice Cream. Ocean Grove, NJ. c. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Days Ice Cream. Ocean Grove, NJ. c. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

A sweet talking guy  says, “Can I come over tonight?  I’ll bring some  Days ice cream.”   But the Chiffons sound a note of caution regarding such sugary enticements:

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Sunday Nov. 13, 2016.  Across from the Shawmont Hotel on Ocean Avenue in Ocean Grove.  By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff. ©

Sunday Nov. 13, 2016. Across from the Shawmont Hotel on Ocean Avenue in Ocean Grove. By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff. ©

KAREN O. and EZRA KOENIG    “The Moon Song.”

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Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor. @Blogfinger

This morning, a gorgeous 60 degree sunny, breezy day at the Shore, about 30 fishing boats could be seen close in at Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.  Right off our beach was a party boat with about 20 people with poles hanging over the side.  A few surf fishermen were busy including the guy on the jetty.  I spoke to him.

He said that the armada was stretching from Allenhurst to OG and was heading south towards Belmar.  It seems that one of life’s cyclic events was occurring:  bait fish were attracting blues and stripers, and they, in turn, were followed by humans  (ie fishermen and perhaps fisherwomen.)  And they were followed by a Blogfinger photographer fishing for a news story.  The jetty fisherman did not get a bite. He said that the fish were “just out of reach.”

It’s amazing how the word got out–probably via social media.   It’s also probable that most of those fishermen could afford to go fishing  (as I do) over at Wegmans where, by the way, they will fillet a beautiful fluke for you—you get about half the weight as fillet. But today’s fisherpeople  are there for the sport of it, and the fish do taste better if you actually catch it yourself.

I’d also recommend the “fruit-de-mer” (as the Wegwoman behind the counter insisted I refer to the sea food salad.).  It is delicious. Just buy about 1/2 pound  ($5.00) and mix it with your salad at home.  It is good!

Also, we will soon be posting our review of Bonney Read, the sea food restaurant in Asbury Park.  It is very good.

HARRY ALLEN and his combo with “A Slow Boat to China”    It is live at Birdland, and it is nearly 11 minutes long, but it is so tasty!

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