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Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a GA usher in a full dress uniform, this is it. Blogfinger photo,with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.

Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a Great Auditorium usher in a full dress uniform, here he is.    Blogfinger photo, with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.  Repost from August, 2014.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

In order to read this post, you need to start the music first:

 

 

I went to photograph Jim—to ask him for help with Blogfinger,  but he looked at me through his sunglasses, he stared for short while, and then he said, “Paul, we’ve known each other many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: you never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt. 
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But it was Sunday morning, and Jim was wearing his Great Auditorium suit, complete with a white flower. So I offered him my respect, and he felt compassion and he let me photograph him. I didn’t dare position him on the hatched yellow lines—-no way.  I took only two frames for fear that he would make me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.

Finally he said, “Paul, some day, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But uh, until that day — accept this photograph  as a gift on this fine Ocean Grove Sunday and you will photograph the flowers in front of my house…….won’t you?  And you will put that photograph on Blobfinger!”  (sic)

And we did!

 

Editor’s note:  Jim Carrano and Lois  moved out of the Grove last year.  But those flowers remain. He returns once in a while to make sure that his flowers are OK.

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Cindy (L) and Eileen. Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Cindy (L) and Eileen. Mt. Hermon Way.. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net   Click to enlarge

 

ASHLEY GRAMINS:   From album Mama Rocks!

 

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Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo about to step onto the stage of the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger © 8/16/15. Blogfinger.net photo.

Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo about to step onto the stage of the Great Auditorium. He called the GA  “A spiritual, renewal place” and he said that “having love is most important….”     Photo by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©. 8/16/15. Ocean Grove, NJ

 

JOHN DENVER:

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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Kathy and Mark.    Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

INDIGO SWING  (They are a “retro-swing” group from San Francisco)

 

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Grovers rendezvous in southwest Florida: Punta Gorda. Eileen (L), Mary Lou, and Stormin’ Norman. Paul Goldfinger photo 2016. ©

OSCAR D’LEÓN    “Frenesi”

 

 

 

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While a press mob was besieging Nagle's, and the Gov was inside, this diner was not distracted. Paul Goldfinger photo. © 6/10/16 Ocean Grove, NJ.

While a press mob was besieging Nagle’s, and Gov. Christie was inside, this diner was not distracted.  Paul Goldfinger photo. © 6/10/16 Ocean Grove, NJ.

Re-post from 2016.

PUPPINI SISTERS:

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Kathy and Mark of Ocean Grove at the North End. Paul Goldfinger photo

Kathy and Mark of Ocean Grove at the North End. Paul Goldfinger photo

 

 

BRIAN WILSON RE-IMAGINES GERSHWIN:

“I’ve Got a Crush on You”   by George and Ira Gershwin  (1928)

 

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Thornley Chapel was built in 1889. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Silver gelatin print.

Thornley Chapel was built in 1889. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Silver gelatin print.

SOFIA PHILHARMONIC    “O Mio Babbino Caro”  from the opera (1918) Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini.

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Sue Anderson Gioulis. Artist. Near Tent Village in December 2009. By Paul Goldfinger.

 

 

BIG JOE TURNER:

 

 

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A Christmas Eve portrait by Paul Goldfinger. Firemen’s Park. Ocean Grove © Click to enlarge.

 

ELVIS AND MARTINA MCBRIDE:

 

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