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Ocean Grove Beach. at Heck Avenue September 22, 2018. 6:30 pm. Paul Goldfinger © Click to sort it all out.

 

The OG Beach at Heck Avenue was pretty active at twilight on a Saturday.  A big party with dancing and a sit-down dinner on the front lawn was going on across the street at the Handford House on Ocean Ave.

On the beach there was a bridal photo shoot near the dunes, and by the water was a big volley ball game.

Who said that the “season” is over after Labor Day?

 

BOB DYLAN:  “When the World Was Young.”

 

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Hi Mom!     Bamboozle attracted 80,000 people to A. Park in 2012.  Many crowded the rentals in OG.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor. Blogfinger.net

Did you ever hear certain Grovers belittle the parking complaints of residents in this way?   I have, and it is a cliché  chosen to intimidate residents and trivialize the effects of parking distress on their quality of life.   Such talk often emanates from the mouths of realtors and speculators who want to build condos, sell houses, and rent stores. And they want to minimize the parking problems here to naive prospective buyers and renters.

Here is a quote from a BF parking article last October, 2017.   “Jack Green said on Facebook that there are only about 18 days at peak season when there is trouble parking.” 

The truth is that there are many 3-day weekends and weekdays each summer and also on some spring and fall weekends where the number of cars exceeds the spaces in the Grove. The “season” actually extends from May through October.

When glut happens, there are  issues that  adversely affect those who live in town and ironically pay real estate taxes, one way or another.  Here is a link to our article regarding the “Parking Derangement Syndrome” first described at the Blogfinger Offshore School of Medicine in Ocean Grove:

Parking derangement syndrome

Did you happen to notice the syndrome during the Giant September Flea Market which just happened? The F bombs were flying around the Pathway and landing on the two Norms’ porches. This problem is about more than parking.  Crazed drivers were circling our streets looking for a space.  They were frustrated, wild-eyed, hot, and angry.    They were lured by advertisements promising a good time. (Fake news and false advertising) None of the organizers provided any parking assistance (such as shuttles.)    If a parking space were to appear, its life expectancy was averaging 15 seconds or less.

This is no way to live; I don’t care if it is “only” 50 days each year.

Consider the email we got today from Rosemary of Ocean Grove:

“Good Morning Paul:
I just learned that 20,000 attendees are expected for the inaugural Sea Hear Now Festival  (art, music and surfing) in neighboring Asbury Park on the weekend of September 29 and 30)  Much of the available parking near the boardwalk was acquired by the promoters from the city.  Not sure if this is to provide parking for attendees or to have space to stage.  AP will also receive $1 from each ticket sold.  
I assume we Grovers will be competing for spaces over here in Ocean Grove as the spillover would appear inevitable.  Just when we were beginning to enjoy the relative quiet of the post season.
Best,
Rosemary
Editor’s note:  Thanks Rosemary.   Not only is the Camp Meeting Association of Ocean Grove striving to have more tourist weekends year round, so is A. Park whose parkers will be inundating the Grove.  The AP crowd won’t be happy until every weekend  in their city is filled with tourist lures.
And, if the North End extravaganza eventually gets built here,  there will be yet another source of that sucking sound which draws cars, SUV’s and giant trucks into the Grove adding to air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and culture pollution which we already are experiencing.
My son’s dog Pooja can’t even find a place to poop lately.
The Zombies come by the thousands. Last year a few lurched over to the Grove; this year it is October 6.

2013 Zombies. A. Park. At least 20,000 will come this fall. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to enlarge the mob.

* Dictionary.com:

adjective Slang. cockamamie
  1. ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical: full of wild schemes and cockamamie ideas.

 

SEAN HAYES:

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Around town with Jean Bredin who attended this event.  Ladies’ choice dance:

 

 

TONY BENNETT:  “Dancing in the Dark.”

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19th century walkway along Wesley Lake: It was called Lake Avenue, not Beach Avenue. And the lake was a lake not a retention/detention basin (as it is currently labeled)

Ocean Grove walkway along Wesley Lake by Founders Park: It was called Lake Avenue, not Beach Avenue. And the lake was a lake not a retention/detention basin (as it is currently labeled) Re-posted from 2016.

 

AMY VACHAL

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Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Re-posted from summer 2016.

 

Scene:  The crowd was entering the great Auditorium prior to the Summer Band concert celebrating their 64th anniversary.  Among the visitors to the free concert were some out-of-towners.  We sat down on an aisle.

 

Man overheard speaking to his wife:   “Look Betty, they got an organ!”

 

Another out of towner behind us speaking to his wife:

She:  How many seats in this building?

He:  About 600

She:  Wow

Me:   (turning around) The Auditorium seats 6,500.

He:  Oh…I just left out a zero.

 

Another conversation:

We:  Let’s sit here on the aisle  (Behind us is a couple—they discuss our presence in muffled tones.)  Then they get up and move to different seats.

Another couple sits in those seats behind us:

She:  These are wonderful seats!

 

VINCE GIORDANO and  THE NIGHTHAWKS   from the movie The Aviator     “Stardust”

 

 

 

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Great Auditorium. Music of the Spirit concert. August 26, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

The video below is from the final part of this 6 part composition—Songs of Faith.   It is called “Where Moses Stood.” This section includes choir, organ, brass and percussion.  The words from the last two stanzas are:

“Oh, Mary, oh Mary, oh Mary. No! No! No! No! No! No!

“Don’t you weep and don’t you mourn.

“If I could, I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood.

“Pharaoh’s army got drownded, oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn.”

 

 

 

August 26, 2018.  Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

The Songs of Faith is like an exciting 6 chapter short-story book that unfolds with beauty, grace, emotions, unexpected plot twists, and wonderful melodies.  Each part captures your mind  in a way that as each one draws to a close, you wish it would stay a bit longer but you also anticipate the next surprise.

Composer Gwyneth Walker borrows from time-worn hymns and gospel tunes while punctuating them with lively and modern hooks and tempos.

It is a great privilege for the audience last night that this piece was performed in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, and the OG Camp Meeting Association deserves high praise for their willingness to sponsor such an original commission, in association with the Summit Music Festival in Summit, New Jersey.  And to present this production at no cost is remarkable indeed.

The presentation included the 120 voice OG Choir, the MidAtlantic Brass Ensemble with percussion, Gordon Turk on the Hope-Jones Organ, and soloists including Monica Ziglar (soprano) Katherine Pracht (Mezzo-Soprano,) Justin Beck (Baritone Soloist) and Ronald Naldi  (Tenor Soloist.)

Jason Tramm conducting.

They were all marvelous, and JoAnnn Lamolino (trumpet soloist in Part 4) was so good with her rendition of “Were You There” performed with Gordon Turk that she received an expansive round of applause–well worth the acclaim.

After the concert, I bumped into soloists Ronald Naldi and Justin Beck walking briskly outside, on the dark tent side of the Auditorium.  Beck was already in shorts, while Naldi had loosened his tie.  They were chatting amiably and smiling as they downed some well-earned soft drinks.

As they breezed by I  told them that their concert was terrific, but their smiles and pace indicated that they knew the event was a success—and so it was.

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Founders’ Park. August 25, 2018 © Blogfinger photo.  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

It’s a peaceful Saturday afternoon—a perfect summer day with temperatures in the 70’s. Founders’  Park in Ocean Grove is my favorite park because of the open spaces with walkways, trees and scenic views. It is surrounded by historic homes, reminding me of another beautiful park——the Place des Vosges in Paris

There are benches, some in the shade and others in the sun. It’s a great place to sit or lie under a tree to nap or read a book.  And the nighttime photography there can be very dramatic.  It is a place that is historic, sweet, safe and comforting.

At Founder’s Park, some soft rock music could be heard floating over from the A. side. Probably coming from the outdoor stage of the Stone Pony.  Some folks were on the water in swan boats.  Despite the parking overload in town, and the Asburians walking to cross the bridge, this park never seems crowded.  It will get a bit  busier and noisier  as Saturday night approaches.

Meanwhile, a small group of  twenty-something’s had rigged up a tightrope between two trees, but none of them could complete the entire trip.  A couple walking along Lake Avenue stopped to kiss while standing,   Something inspired them at that moment.  They were heading toward the ocean when they decided to stop short and get hot.  Another couple heading east on bikes also had to stop;  she stood by while he fixed a flat.

In the middle of the park is  the site of the famous fountain which is currently in Alabama for a restoration for which  the OG Historical Society  and historian Ted Bell have raised over $100,000 and still counting.  That fountain will be returned and ready to go in time for the town’s 150th anniversary in 2019.

If  you have never visited Founder’s Park, you should go there.   Bring a picnic, a Wiffle Ball game, a dog, a book, a date, a bike,  or a blanket.

Or you can bring a pad and a pen—nobody writes letters any more.  Does anybody  still write love letters?—It’s got to be more romantic and meaningful than a text.

 

BONNIE JAMES:

 

 

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From Jean Bredin  (video)  Around Town with Jean:

“The Ocean Grove Summer Band performed a variety of songs tonight at the Great Auditorium. this is  Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”—a traditional march to get toes tapping and hands clapping at the conclusion of an OG concert.
There was a nice crowd who came out to hear the music.
Harry Eichhorn treated us by leading the band for a number of songs .
This is their 66th year.
Here is a Blogfinger link from 2015.

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Joy Adase in 2014 when she joined the garden tour. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Four years ago, Joy and Mike Adase found the OG home of their dreams on Heck Avenue.  They sold their 5 bedroom house in Howell, downsized their stuff, and moved into a historic  (1885)  two-story, 2 bedroom,  1200 square foot Ocean Grove cottage at #97  What-the-Heck Avenue.

Here is a link to an article we posted about the Adases in 2014 when they were newcomers:

New Grover in town. What the heck.

Since they have been here full time, they have been  “in love” with the town of Ocean Grove and with  their unique home.

So this year, the Adases decided to join the house tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of OG, which was held on Friday, August 3, 2018.  During the tour, Mike and Joy got out of the way and visited one of their favorite spots:  New Hope, Pa.

Joy said that it was a lot of work to get her home just right for the tour, but she is happy to “share”  her  home with visitors;  the more, the merrier.  “I feel blessed to live in this beautiful town and in this home,” said Joy. Now that it’s over, she says, “I’m glad we did it.”

Docent Joanne greets visitors on the porch. Note the original metal awning. 8/3/18.  All photographs by Blogfinger.net

There were 8 homes on the tour, and many visitors, mostly women in groups of 2-4, were happily making the rounds.

The house was on display with five docents providing a lively tour.  Joanne, a neighbor, was greeting visitors on the porch. She pointed out the original metal awning overhead, which is rare in the Grove. The original doorbell is rung by twisting a knob.

Docent Mike explains the front parlor. Blogfinger photos © 8/3/18

Inside was another neighbor Mike who says he loves to chat, so being a docent is right up his alley, and this is the third year he is doing it.  He used the joke-of-the-day with every visitor, pointing out the “one butt staircase” heading to the master bedroom.

Visiting the living room. Blogfinger is seen in the mirror photographing.

On the second floor was Colleen, another neighbor.  She repeated the butt joke.  (awright awready with the butt jokes!)

Docent Colleen at the top of the staircase (room enough for one at a time)

Having neighbors conduct the tour offered an extra dimension of enthusiasm  as Colleen allowed visitors to poke their heads into the bathroom.

Of course, the whole house was lovely and spotless.  We met some visitors from out of town including: Pennsylvania, Ramsey and Midland Park.  Visitors to the Grove are well familiar with the exteriors of our homes, but to tour the interiors is quite a special experience especially for house voyeurs.

Docent Marty in the Serenity Garden. Blogfinger photo 8/3/18 ©

Outside was Marty who was enjoying showing the Serenity Garden.  This is another of those OG gardens that are quite special in small spaces.  She pointed out the grape vines growing on the side fence and the popcorn plant along the edge of the house.  Pick a piece and smell it to experience the Jersey Shore popcorn aroma.

The next day Joy relaxed on her porch, sipping from her Christmas cup,  happily reviewing the tour with Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net. 8/4/18

MARIA MULDAUR:

 

 

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Ocean Grove lifestyles series. August 2, 2015. 7 pm. Asbury Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

Ocean Grove lifestyles series. Re-posted from  August 2, 2015. 7 pm. Asbury Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net   Click to enlarge

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

The Ocean Grove porch culture often includes dinner on the porch.  It is very common, and some people set up candles or have a chandelier.  They entertain company this way. It is most charming and very historic. Before air-conditioning people would eat outdoors to catch the ocean breezes and they would even sleep on their porches.  This practice also allows for conversations with passers-by. It’s a good way to make new friends.

These al fresco diners are from Germany although they are actually Dutch. The  lady in blue is a neighbor.  The young man is with the international contingent among these porch denizens; he is their son, but he also is an American citizen. The house belongs to these Europeans who used to live here, but now they come back in the summer for a dose of Americana and Victorian charm.

I didn’t ask them what they were eating, but, of course, there was a bottle of wine to make the meal complete.  Come to think of it, I don’t know what they eat in the Netherlands.   I asked their permission to do the photo.  They heard of Blogfinger, so I didn’t have to explain why I wanted their picture. I didn’t ask their names because Blogfinger is a place where people comment without names and where the photographs usually speak for themselves.

I showed them the Netherlands gold coin that I wear from 1604.  It brings me luck.  That was the year that the Hundred Year war ended.  Let’s all make a toast to the end of wars.

These porch people didn’t have any dinner music  but they seemed perfectly happy without it, although I, on the contrary, have to have a soundtrack,  so we will add some music  for this photo.  Let’s see…hmmmm. After dinner we can watch the stars over Wesley Lake:

JIMMY BUFFETT

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