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Ocean Grove playground near Fletcher Lake. March 24, 2019 © Blogfinger photo

 

OG playground  Blogfinger photo. ©

 

BLOSSOM DEARIE:

 

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Blogfinger report March 24, 2019

Italian boutique to open. Just what we need, another tourist business. This store will be in the vacant pizza building, next to the former April Cornell shop. April and others were forced out by rents. Is this business going to pay more than April?  Is the landlord waiting for legal weed in NJ?  The vote is today in Trenton.

Nagles was closed this winter. Having our downtown be a ghost town in the off season is a big concern. How about some businesses that cater to the residents as well as tourists. Cheese on Main has done it

“the good life.?” What does the “good life” mean to the Chamber of Commercials? See Oceangrovenj.com. Their schedule does not include one of OG’s unique events designed for the residents: The Townwide Yard Sale on May 11, but they do include Cinco de Mayo.

 

Blah, Blah, Blah perform “Fifties”

 

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Paul Goldfinger photograph © Undated.

 

CHRISTINA PERRI   “A Thousand Years”  from the film soundtrack  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

 

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Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © Feb. 16, 2016.

Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©    Re-post.  Feb. 16, 2016.   Click to enlarge.

“…..and the rain subsided, the cold snap ended, so it was great for taking a walk. The sky was a panorama of dark gray clouds….it was a dramatic sight…as sometimes it is after rainstorms.”

Jean

THE STORYVILLE JASSBAND    “I Get the Blues When It Rains.”

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July 4, 2015. Days Kazoo Band. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. Blogfinger.net. Ocean Grove lifestyles.


CONNIE EVINGSON AND THE JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET:

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“A blustery day” by Bob Bowné. “Man impersonates a sea gull.”  October 4, 2015. The non-fishing pier in Ocean Grove, NJ. Special to Blogfinger. ©  Click image to enlarge.

TONY BENNETT:

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View of the Delaware Water Gap from John and Jean's property. By Paul Goldfinger ©

View of the Delaware Water Gap from John and Jean’s property. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click  to see “simple gifts.”

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Our old friends John and Jean live in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.   Their home is in Scotrun where, if you look at the sign quickly, you see “scrotum.”  I don’t know why, but that always makes me laugh.

They are up on 16 acres from where they can see the Delaware Water Gap. We have shown photos of their property  and their dogs on Blogfinger over the years.  When it’s winter up there, things can get difficult traveling on the historic road that winds uphill to their beautiful home, built  in the ’30’s and designed to be strong and to fit into that landscape. You drive past fields, woods, farms and a big old red barn.

John in their gorgeous kitchen. He has some specialties, including breakfast and leg of lamb for dinner. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

John in their  kitchen. He has some specialties, including breakfast and leg of lamb for dinner. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

John is a fabulous cook as well as a hunter, a gun collector and a raconteur .  He invented the Okeefenokie nickname for the Poconos and he specializes in training German Short-hair hunting dogs.   Jeanie is a nurse and a medical innovator  who co-founded with me  the first freestanding pacemaker clinic  in Morris County at Dover General Medical Center.  She then went on to co-found the first pulmonary rehab center in the area.  Jean is an opera/music buff and a clog dancer.

 John and Jean have visited Ocean Grove many times. She  likes to go to classical concerts and church services in the Great Auditorium.  He discusses food and cooking with Eileen. He likes to sleep in our 3rd floor bedroom in the summer where he cranks up the ac until it is “as cold as a meat locker.”

John and Jean Wiarda in Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©

John and Jean  in Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Jean sent us a note today describing her emergence from hibernation.  It’s a lovely piece of writing—I can see her sitting there, looking out over her woods and fields—gazing at the Gap.

“I just came in from outdoors – the FIRST morning I have been able to sit outside with Dotzie and my coffee in weeks, probably months.  The little porch outside the front door faces directly into the early morning sun and captures the warmth and holds it there in a little pocket formed by the shape of the building.  It was glorious – I had to wear my visor and eventually had to remove my fleece coat.  Hallelujah!!!

“Of course, this reprieve is going to be short lived – the polar vortex is coming back this coming week but . . . whatever.  At least we are having this little break.  Also, some of the snow on the roof is disappearing which is a relief!”

AARON COPELAND      “Simple Gifts”–an excerpt from Appalachian Springs.

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Relaxing at the front window of Odyssey. This is what coffee man Joey Lipp hoped for. Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff photo. ©  Ocean Grove, Jan. 18, 2019.

By Jean Bredin.  Reporter at Blogfinger.net

“A cold dank day in Ocean Grove.  Thought I’d head to Odyssey for a cup of brew.

“This coffee house is already morphing into a destination:  Cool music in the background, chatter from customers having their coffee, students reading…

“I was lucky to be sitting in the front window, by the door, watching the world go by.

“People coming and going greeting me with a smile, and then saying,  “Have a nice day” when they were leaving.

“How did I get so lucky?”

CAST OF ON THE TOWN.  Leonard Bernstein:

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Auditorium Square Park. Ocean Grove, NJ. October, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

FRANK SINATRA     (First heard in the 1946 film “Three Little Girls in Blue.”)

 

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New Jersey Marathon in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2015.

On August 23, 2017, Newsmax published its top 50 religious landmarks in America.   They began their coverage with this:

“Christian pastors and Jewish rabbis and leaders have initiated nearly every significant sociopolitical event in America. Their churches and synagogues were catalysts and hubs that made possible the American War of Independence, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. They founded schools and hospitals, created architectural wonders, and emphasized the preservation of nature.

“Religious landmarks in most of the original 13 states could easily fill their own top 50 lists, especially the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. However, these sites exemplify the diversity of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and commitment to religious freedom — the hallmark of American exceptionalism.”

This statement is extraordinary and it is true. Below is what they said about Ocean Grove:

1. “God’s Square Mile;” Ocean Grove, New Jersey; 1869 This popular seaside retreat, concert, and vacation destination for millions is a lasting testament to the Victorian-era revivalist movement that followed the Second Great Awakening.

Methodist ministers founded Ocean Grove believing “religion and recreation should go hand in hand.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town is crammed with picturesque Victorian homes, antiques, a historic Auditorium, chapel, and tent community, and offers numerous tours and activities on land, sea, and air. Methodists still gather here regularly as well as other Christian groups

 

Editor’s Note:

This designation is huge, at least in the eyes of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. It  is a great honor for the CMA, but it perpetuates the myth that Ocean Grove is still a religious community and not a small town with multiple factions including the CMA.

The CMA is a powerful presence here, but the most salient emblem of the community are the Victorian homes which are maintained and paid for by a largely secular and diverse community of residents.

This award will have practical consequences, and perhaps our readers would like to speculate as to what these consequences will consist of.

Here is a link to the Newsmax presentation:

www.newsmax.com/BestLists/top-religious-landmarks-america/2017/08/23/id/809233/

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger,net

BEN WEBSTER:

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