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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.





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Enthusiastic patriots down the row from Eileen and me.     Summer Stars 7/5/18. All photos and videos by Paul Goldfinger.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor at Blogfinger.net

Another season of Summer Stars unfolded with the Imperial Brass, a world-class group of 30 musicians who traveled to Ocean Grove to present a marvelous concert to 425 enthusiastic folks in the Great Auditorium on a hot summer July evening.

This was a special occasion for the group, because joining them was Phil Smith of Ocean Grove and the World.  Phil has a summer cottage in the Grove and he has played here before.   For  40 years he was principal trumpet with the NY Philharmonic.  And sometimes he plays during Sunday services in the Great Auditorium

In addition, our own Gordon Turk participated on the Hope-Jones organ, and there was another special guest:  Warren Vaché, jazz cornettist.

Probably the most impressive part of the concert was when Gordon Turk conducted an ensemble of 10 brass players to do a brilliant piece called “Grand Choeur Dialogué”  I was mesmerized.

The three soloists were amazing  with gorgeous tones and technique, so we have some video clips.—turn up your volume.     And the Imperial Brass were absolutely the best. To hear such an accomplished group perform within the acoustics of the GA was a great privilege.





I cannot express how wonderful this concert was. Our tickets cost $29.00 for two. Sitting near me was Congressman Frank Pallone.  We talked music for  about 30 seconds after the concert ended—he stayed for every note.  I’ve seen him there before.   Don’t miss all the Thursday Summer Stars  concerts coming up. The seats are not reserved.

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Around town with Jean Bredin. Ocean Grove. 7/4/18 ©   Click to enlarge.  Staff, Blogfinger.net


BF John Phillip Sousa festival 2018   El Capitan

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Ocean Grove, NJ. May visuals. Paul Goldfinger © c. 2016.



KARRIN ALLYSON from her album Round Midnight


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Boardwalk Pavilion. Summer, 2017. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click to see Harry’s head better—it’s right in front of us—the guy with the trumpet.


Link to a prior BF post about the summer band:

Summer band Jean Bredin

This group loves to play Broadway show music thanks to Harry Eichhorn.   Here is the original Broadway cast of Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein:

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove, N.J. Independence Day parade. 2015.  Click to enlarge.



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Tree Lighting Ceremony  ©  By Jack Bredin, Ocean Grove. Photograph by Rob Bredin.  Click image to enlarge it.  You may find some surprises.





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See anybody you know?    Dec 24, 2017. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger ©


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Paul Goldfinger ©. Thornley Chapel, Ocean Grove, New Jersey . Undated.




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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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