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Suzie Neustadter entertained the Cabaret audience downtown. 9//28/19 Paul Goldfinger photos and videos.  Click image to enlarge the scene.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

For a long while, it seemed that the Chamber of Commerce only had eyes for the blues when it brought the same musical groups downtown for their various festivals.

But this time, seemingly out of the blue, came a wonderful musical program at Main and Pilgrim Pathway, with no street closures, only music of the sort that we have not heard before here:  Broadway, Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, jazz, Gershwin, Amy Winehouse, Beatles, and others, and it was so refreshing and professional.

An Ocean Grover, Lou Parisi, brought the  program that included well known  jazz pianist Art Topolow and a variety of terrific Jersey singers and musicians.  We’ll try to get their names.

And this is the sort of programming that we at Blogfinger have been craving:  something joyful and personal that could connect with a small crowd of locals and without the parking glut and tourist mob scene that we usually see in the  Grove.

I often kid the Chamber of Commercials, but there was nothing commercial about this 3 hour program which was relaxing and great  fun.  Even the traffic going by seemed to add a sense of spontaneity to the music, and that is a desirable quality.

I  tried to find out from a Chamber member as to what bright light ignited this wonderful surprise, but all he could say was, “We wanted a change.”

I’d like to think that this program reflects a new awareness of our community of residents and its needs.


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Maeve had just returned to the Grove after participating in a “PorchFest” in A. Park. 9/28/19


It’s not exactly “girls in their summer clothes” because Fall is just  5 days old, but it did hit 80 today in the Grove.  We spotted Maeve down one of the streets off Main, on her cell phone.  I asked her if I could photograph her for our “Portraits in the Grove” series when a car pulled up.   It was her parents—just in time.   I gave them a Blogfinger card, and they were pleased for the photo shoot   (I took 3 frames and was done.)  Maeve is 20 years old and a natural model.

And, by the way, the idea of a PorchFest is terrific.  They had small musical groups performing all afternoon on porches throughout  A. Park.   That would be a good idea for us to emulate as another musical event aimed mostly towards the residents of the Grove.




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Bob and Caroll of Mt. Hermon Way heading over to the Osteria on a balmy OG evening. Paul Goldfinger portrait 9/22/19 ©  M10. Click to enlarge.





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Will the future of OG come into focus?  Paul Goldfinger photo.OG.  Summer 2019.



The giant “fall” flea market is over.  Soon to occur:  Another craft show, dog parade, trolley tours, Cabaret on Main, Harvest Festival–close down Main Avenue on October 5, Victorian house tours, and then Commercial Christmas will reappear, done large.

The Chamber of Commercials  is currently driving the bus, promoting down-town businesses.  They don’t care about residential OG.  CMA is taking a break, but not for long. The Home Groaners don’t wonder about these things, but they don’t wonder much about anything having to do with lifestyles in the Grove. And the elected officials don’t care.

So what will define Ocean Grove in the future?  Will it be behaving like a historic village in small town America.?  It looks like it will appear as a sort of junior Disneyland where bored outsiders can come and do this or that, and investors can exploit the real estate market with rentals and condos.

The events and crowds keep multiplying,  and, in addition,  we are becoming a bedroom community, an appendage,  for Asbury Park where they know who they are.   And the CMA infrastructure will continue to enlarge its mostly religious calendar.

The beach scene is welcome and expected and is a given–not part of this conversation.

Next summer the CMA-sponsored classical music will be great again—with tiny audiences.  And the town will be burgeoning with religious events and tourists. Maybe the CMA will get its wish to restore the old predominant religious focus here,  even though the town’s residents are largely secular.  The residents don’t exactly know who they are.

At the end of this month, Red Bank will have an Oyster Festival on one day, September  29, from 12 to 6 .  Otherwise they have no large events. And what they have through the summer are for the residents, such as jazz and movies in the park.  They have a large downtown and a bigger town, but they keep the spirit of the place for the sake of their residents.

And Neptune is soon having a concert at the Shark River for the River area residents. When did Neptune offer a musical program for Grover residents? Why do they ignore us?

So, again, what is the point of this constant barrage of tourists in Ocean Grove–a town with an identity challenge?

–Paul Goldfinger


GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS   From the soundtrack of Woody’s movie Zelig.


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Paul Goldfinger photo © Sept 15, 2019. Ocean Grove boardwalk.



SOUL VENDORS   “Surfing Medicine.”


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Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13

Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground, is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13


2019: Aviva is probably a teenager by now.   Is she now wearing tie-dye shirts like Mindy?  Such shirts are still available, but you need a time-machine from Amazon to order them.



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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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Ocean Grove Beach. Paul Goldfinger ©. Undated.





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OG lifestyles: a youthful emphasis of late. Paul Goldfinger photo. Undated. Blogfinger .net ©


THE VILLAGERS  from the soundtrack of HBO’s  Big Little Lies:





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This neighborhood yard sale was nearby, on the way to the Giant Flea Mkt. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


STUFFY SHMITT   from his album Other People’s Stuff:


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