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Night lite on the beach. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left Night lite on the beach, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach.   By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find  people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and  balsam wood.  A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior.  Then the lantern is  gently released. There is no string–it is free as a gull.

The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean,  getting smaller and smaller in the night sky.  It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.

 

JOHN DENVER:

 

 

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Vest pocket park with antique urn near Mt. Carmel Way in the OG mountains. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Vest pocket park with antique urn near Mt. Carmel Way in the OG mountains. November, 2014.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  Click to enlarge.

BEVERLY KENNEY:

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Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor. ©   Re-post.

 

 

I heard a talk by a National Geographic photographer, a famous guy, who was discussing how he makes his photos come alive. He was referring to the fact that when he found a photogenic scene, it usually wasn’t enough.

He needed life–he needed “magic,” usually involving the addition of a person or people. So he would wait, sometimes for quite awhile until something happened, and then he would trip the shutter.

Today I was photographing the “White House” owned by Charlotte and Tom Pritchard at 93 Main, where Charlotte had created a fun Halloween display.  I was looking for magic and I found some in the form of inquisitive squirrels as well as tweeting birds   (real tweets—not the digital kind).

So I made a couple of video clips to catch the sounds, but suddenly I was aware that a couple was approaching, walking towards my location from the east. Magic perhaps?

I was standing in the street, next to the curb, so they didn’t see me at first.  As they came by, I fired my iPhone a few times. But the best was when the young woman turned my way, saw me with my camera, and reacted instantly. The photo above was the only frame that captured this “decisive moment.”

I told her that she would be on Blogfinger, and she was happy to hear that. As for me, magic and a pretty girl—that’s the best!

 

–By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

 

 

THE DRIFTERS with BEN E. KING

 

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Ocean Grove beach. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove beach. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

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.  2020 re-post  (The original question posited in the headline is still valid.)

There are multiple factions in the small town of Ocean Grove (pop  3,700,) and these organized groups are largely isolated from each other. Woven into the fabric are homeowners and renters who live here but do not belong to any organizations, thus becoming, by default, a faction of their own.

According to social scientist Steve Valk, whose family has lived here for several generations, it would be important for these factions to find ways to appreciate and cooperate with each other. For example he cites the religious groups and the secular groups which ought to find common ground for the benefit of the town. One example of such cooperation is the recent interaction, since Sandy, between Ocean Grove United (OGU) and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association  (CMA); however we have recently seen how tenuous that relationship is when we recall the  clash about Sunday sermons this past summer.

The CMA ran the town from 1869 to 1980—-111 years. Neptune Township  treated OG as a sort of gated community.  The CMA made the rules and imposed blue laws until the N.J. Supreme Court put a stop to that in 1980 when Neptune  took over active governance in the Grove  (although they were technically the governing body almost since the town’s founding.)  Since 1980, the CMA has continued its mission and  it has largely kept out of the way of Neptune Township.

But we now see the CMA and the Township working together on the North End Redevelopment Project, but suspicious elements have been revealed, and that project does not seem to be designed primarily with the town’s best interest at heart.

As for the Neptune Township governance, you have seen the results of our recent poll which shows  that 80% of respondents mistrust  the Neptune Township Committee. Interestingly, over the years, there were times when the citizens rose up against Neptune control resulting in law suits and even a failed referendum to allow the Grove to become a separate town which it did for one year in 1925.

The other organizations here also tend to have their own agendas and to be run like private clubs. Such groups include the Homeowners Association, the Historical Society, Ocean Grove United, and the Chamber of Commerce.

They don’t work together very much for the good of the town.  They are busy with their own activities.  For example, the Chamber of Commerce runs big events to try and drum up business for the merchants.  But what do they do for the benefit of those who live here?  We asked them to take over sponsorship of the Town-wide Yard Sale, but they refused.

 When we introduced a new idea for the town—the Blogfinger Film Festival—a benefit for the boardwalk—-only a few of the members would be sponsors for the program, and hardly any attended the event.

When we think of factions in town, we can see the visible ones, but how about the invisible ones such as families that have lived here for generations and are part of networks that act in concert with each other, with the CMA,  and with the Township governance, especially where land use, zoning,  and parking are concerned.  Let’s call that “the network of special interests.”

For them the town of Ocean Grove seems like a gift that keeps on giving. This network never speaks publicly, shows its face, or identifies itself, but what it does and has done will impact all of us and will determine what the town will be in the future. 

We have seen the results of favoritism for those special interests in the Greek Temple and Mary’s Place.  The North End Redevelopment Project is a good example to keep an eye on.  Who will be the winners, and who will be the losers?

Because of indifference by the public, organizations, and special interests, Ocean Grove may become an at-risk town which could end up a failed historic  place without focus and character, such as is seen in other shore towns—unless the public pays attention and the organizations here begin to work together for the overall benefit of the town and not just on their narrow pet projects, like the Homeowners Association which is currently circulating a simple-minded parking survey while ignoring the improprieties and illegalities around town regarding land use issues.  The HOA has teamed up with the Neptune Committee ever since 2008 when it supported 165 residential units, mostly condos, at the North End.

In 2002, a professor* at Monmouth University published an academic paper about OG history, emphasizing the powerful way that the activist HOA of 25-30 years ago  fought for the town and saved its life.  Below  is a quote**  from that research about that era.

Contrast the conclusion below with the current HOA which now is failing Ocean Grove through impotence, inaction, and lack of focus towards the issues which currently threaten our town the most.

The Home Groaners need to step up and save the town once again,  but this version appears to so far be hopeless in that regard.

** 2002:   “The HOA has maintained or reconstructed the carefully planned infrastructure of the founders, and even as Ocean Grove is being reborn as a contemporary tourist site, the HOA has worked with the CMA to preserve its sacred foundations. Just like the CMA, the HOA has been outstanding in its ability to secure what it wants and what it believes the community needs. Property values have risen, the community is again a safe place, tourism has been revived, an enormous amount of social capital has been generated, and the Victorian charm of the town has been restored.”

By Karen Schmelzkopf*  in the Journal of Historical Geography, 2002

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. “Summer Tents”–anybody creeping around?
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Re-post from 2012.

We have been having, according to Kathy Arlt, a bit of a “tent festival” on Blogfinger.  We have slow dancin’ in a tent and then Kathy’s historical account of tenting in the Grove.  Then we have the Hebrews sleeping in tents as part of the Passover story.

Well, it seems that throughout history, some hanky panky finds its way into somebody’s tent.  It sure did occur when the Sheik of Araby showed up, creeping around the campground.  Here’s Asa Prebner, even though he’s no sheik.   Asa is a rocker, and this is from his Session Americana album

—Paul Goldfinger

 

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“Cross on the Auditorium floating in the late evening mist.” By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger. Nov. 30, 2016. ©

“I dreamt we were standing
By the banks of the Thames
Where the cold grey waters ripple
In the misty morning light
Held a match to your cigarette
Watched the smoke curl in the mist
Your eyes, blue as the ocean between us
Smiling at me…”

THE  POGUES.  “Misty Morning, Albert Bridge.”   The Pogues were a Celtic punk band from London, popular in the 1980’s.

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Ocean Grove scenic.

Ocean Grove,  2012.  Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©  Re-posted from 2013 on Blogfinger.net. 

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Summer tents in 21st century Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Summer tents in 21st century Ocean Grove.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-post 2018.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor   @Blogfinger

The founders of Ocean Grove had the first religious service at the current location of Founders’ Park.   They stayed over, erecting tents.  The custom of staying in tents each summer was enjoyed by early visitors to the town.  People could rent tents in the 1870’s, and families would often hire a grouping of tents.  Some people bought lots and placed tents on them for their own use or rentals.  There were many shaded areas within groves of trees where the tenters could congregate, and by 1870, there ware 700 tents.  It was probably fun for those city people to take the train to the Grove and stay in a tent.

But as OG historian Ted Bell points out in the second chapter of his book  (Images of America: Ocean Grove), “Tents gave way to cottages.”  The first cottage was built in 1870.

Early OG summer guests (1870's) enjoyed the shade from the many trees in town. From Ted Bell's book on OG from the Images in America series. Photo courtesy of the HSOG.

Early OG summer guests (1870’s) enjoyed the shade from the many trees in town. From Ted Bell’s book on OG ,  Images in America series. By permission of Ted Bell.

Tent life summer 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Tent life summer 2013. Guests  listen to a concert outside the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.  Tenters sit on their porches and hear the music for free.  It’s not exactly Tanglewood, but Sousa and Mozart live here too.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

140 years ago, the town was quickly coming alive as a summer resort  in many ways including the construction of religious buildings, homes, hotels, boarding houses, beach pavilions, eateries and shops.  Some people who had bought lots with tents, converted the tents to cottages, and those architectural features can still be recognized today, and those cute OG cottages are much in demand.

Today, about 100 tents remain,  owned by the OGCMA, and those  tents are quaint tourist attractions which intrigue modern-day visitors and are still sought after for summer vacations. Ocean Grove wasn’t the only Campground in America—there were many.

From Wikipedia:   “In the aftermath of the American Civil War, such evangelical camp meetings gained wide recognition and a substantial increase in popularity as a result of the first holiness movement camp meeting in Vineland, New Jersey,  in 1867.  In the mid-Atlantic states, the Methodist Church led many of these camp meetings and established semi-permanent sites for summer seasons.”

Rev Osborne, the founder of Ocean Grove, received his orders at the Vineland meeting to seek out a site for a Campground on the Jersey Shore.    Founded in 1869, Ocean Grove has been called the “Queen of the Victorian Methodist Camp Meetings.”

JERRY DEER  “Country Fiddler”

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Keeping cool in the Great Auditorium. by Paul Goldfinger back in the cheap seats. ©

Keeping cool in the Great Auditorium. by Paul Goldfinger back in the cheap seats. ©  Repeated from 2014 in Ocean Grove, NJ  ©

 

LARRY CHANCE AND THE EARLS

 

 

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