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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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Days, Ocean Grove. 10/6/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click



By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

Three of us went to Days for dessert last night—Friday,  October 6.. We were ambivalent  because this would be the last day we would have a Days ice cream until 2018.

We like to go for the night shift and to join the other enthusiastic fressers sitting in that historic venue downing some frozen delights.  Just having it there makes the experience even better. Our friends used to skip lunch to go to Days—“We’re having ice cream for lunch,” they would say.

The actual last day at Days is Sunday, October 8.

We were going to take a sundae home for our son.  We knew that our scooper, a young woman, was a pro.  She had to deal with a complicated, albeit bizarre, order without writing anything down. She didn’t even frown or wince when I asked her for:  a large hot fudge sundae, moose tracks ice cream, caramel and butterscotch syrups, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry.

My favorite flavors are chocolate chip  (vanilla ice cream) and chocolate chip mint which might be a turn-off because it’s green and tastes a bit like mouthwash, but it goes great with hot fudge.

What are  your favorite Days ice cream stories or flavors or special requests?   Let’s share—stories, not ice cream.

If you do a Blogfinger search on Days, you will find about 20 articles.

Here is a link to our BF post about Days history (2014):

Days history on Blogfinger




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Jean Bredin © Ocean Grove Tent Village. September 4, 2017. Blogfinger staff.

Jean Bredin says:    “Today many  tent village people were celebrating Labor Day by emptying out their tents and removing decorative lights getting ready for their departure.
“Chatting with the folks was interesting.  Many  have been tenters since they were children, some staying in their Grandmothers’ tent.
It’s sad to see them leave, but I was told they have until Sept 15.”

ALY AND AJ:   Looking ahead…..

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Founders' Park, Ocean Grove. July 19, 2014. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

Founders’ Park, Ocean Grove. July 19, 2014. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©  Reposted from 2014.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Moe Demby was out walking Chico when he came upon this scene in Founders’ Park.  The Civil War cannon there was rescued by the Ocean Grove Historical Society.  (link below)

Civil War canon held hostage in Long Branch

I can remember in the ’60’s when kids would put flowers into the rifle  barrels of National Guardsmen at Vietnam War  confrontations.

Here we have a moment of peace—thankful that we can be comfortable enough in America to snooze next to a cannon. It is symbolic and it is an image that we should recall.

Here’s a link to my image from 1969  “Peace in the Snow”

Peace in the snow

Editor’s note  2017:  There are two relevant observations related to this post from 3 years ago.   The first is the fact that this story would not have had a happy ending if it weren’t for the activities of some activist Grovers in 2002 who went to court in Freehold to demand that the cannon be returned to the Grove.

The second relates to recent controversies about Civil War memorials. If you read the plaque on the OG memorial carefully, it says,  “…..a tribute to those who fought and died in the war between the states.”  It seems to honor heroes from both sides, but we don’t know for sure what was behind that wording.    Only the HSOG knows that.  The soldier who brought the cannon back to OG was with the Union Army —–PG.

THE SECRET SISTERS.   “Tennessee Me”

“Oh, oh Tennessee me
Tennessee me loving you
See me by the fire side light
Come and see me through the night
Tennessee me through the night.”

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Paul Goldfinger © September, 2016. Ocean Grove beach.  Click to enlarge.


BOB DYLAN  “September of My Years”  From his album Triplicate.

“One day you turn around and it’s summer
Next day you turn around and it’s fall
And all the springs and the winters of a lifetime
Whatever happened to them all?”

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Carol Dunleavy announces her grand opening. She says that her office is “non-neon!”


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Tent Village. August, 2017. Kodachrome moment. Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to enlarge

RACHAEL CANTU  “De Colores”  (Tr. Made of Colors)


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An impromptu church concert in Founder’s Park on Sunday morning, 7/30/17. Video and photo by Stephen Goldfinger, © Blogfinger.net.

A church group fromBloomfield, NJ  were attending a weekend retreat at Grove Hall.     They were hoping to sing on the beach this Sunday morning, but they were not permitted to do so, so they went to Founder’s Park for their “concert.”

They were happy there, and, besides, it was shady. A drone from the group was circling overhead, while Blogfinger reporter Stephen Goldfinger captured some of the sights and sounds of the event.


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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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Daniel Hickman, luthier. “Don’t Fret Music.” Jersey Shore Arts Center. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Here Daniel checks the “playability” and alignment of an instrument that he has been working on. 7/18/17. Click to enlarge

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Did you ever dream of traveling around the country in a van with a rock band?  Well, Daniel Hickman of Tennessee, currently of Ocean Grove, did just that for five years when he was in his twenties.  But he wasn’t a musician. He was a technician who made sure that the group’s guitars were fit as a fiddle.  Daniel loved the experience;  is there any doubt? ——– especially if you read  Keith Richards biography.

Daniel has trained for years working on guitars—-repairing them and building them.  He continued studying his craft with experts along the way as he traveled all over America with the Latin Rock group  “de Sol.”  He calls himself a “luthier”  (definition:  “a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.”)

Daniel comes from an artistic family and he probably inhaled guitar music living near Nashville.   His career as a luthier has been progressing since 2005.  After that rock gig, he moved to New Jersey and found himself with a very special business opportunity at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove  (66 South Main Street in Neptune) where he has had a workshop/studio since 2015 called “Don’t Fret Music.”

Daniel is  grateful to Herb Herbst and the staff at the JSAC for providing him with a rare situation. He not only builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments,, but he has begun a program to provide lessons in  guitar,  piano,  and uke.  Dan has recruited a talented young teacher to work with students of all ages, and the lessons are given in a separate space off Dan’s workshop.  He also repairs amps and he is moving into “retail.”  Daniel plans to develop a “full service guitar shop and music store.”  His shop is downstairs off the parking lot, with a private entrance to the left.

At the age of 32, Daniel is ambitious and enthused. “We are in the infancy of Don’t Fret Music.”

Daniel’s workshop/studio is a fascinating place, and to watch him work, you get the impression that he is highly competent. He worked on my guitar–he is an exacting craftsman.

Daniel is excited about the future of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. “There is a lot going on here,” he says;  “The venue is full of talented artists in residence ,some of whom paint, do screen printing, social media, and photography.”   There also is an acting ensemble “La Strada.”    He wants to be supportive of his artist colleagues at JSAC.

One of his ambitions is to see a variety of new music performances in the  JSAC theater.  He hopes for bluegrass and jazz among the choices. This ambition seems very real given the recent downsizing of the secular  programming in the Great Auditorium and the real need for some musical variety to satisfy OG’s diverse demographics and to balance against the music scene in Asbury Park.

Blogfinger will help promote new music  and arts programs in Ocean Grove. It sounds like the JSAC  may be on the threshold of something more than yoga and children’s ballet.  Currently there is an arts show going on. Call them for details.

Daniel’s shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 3 pm -7 pm except Saturday which is 11 am to 5 pm. Call 732 361 5060  or DontFretNJ@gmail.com or the web site: DontFretNJ.com.

On August 20, Daniel is inviting the public to an open house to celebrate his second year anniversary in Ocean Grove. There will be music, food and other festivities.  More info. to come.   And, for the record, Daniel lives in Ocean Grove and he “loves the town.” It makes him happy because he knows his neighbors, people say hello, and the town is charming. Daniel knows most of the business people in the Grove and he feels at home here.

de Sol   “Blanco y Negro.”



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