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Spring is soon. Ocean Grove , NJ. Stephen is a Grover .  April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Main Ave. Ocean Grove. c. 2004. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Main Ave. Ocean Grove. c. 2004. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Silver gelatin darkroom print.


SARAH VAUGHAN  From the album After Hours at the London House.


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Moe Demby portrait © Chico (L) and Abby. Ocean Grove. Blogfinger.net.


PACHALBEL’S CANON  by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:





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Donna Fox, Jersey Girl,  2015 at Nagle’s.  Portrait by Paul Goldfinger. “Down the shore everything’s all right.” *


Donna Fox author

–*Song  performed by Bruce Springsteen from Tom Wait’s composition “Jersey Girl.” It plays if you click on the link above.

KELLI O’HARA   from the 2015  Broadway cast album  of  The King and I.

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Digging out. Pilgrim Pathway Ocean Grove. 12/29/10. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©.  Click to enlarge.



Pilgrim Pathway, OG. 12/29/10. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


MADELEINE:   From Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

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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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Grovers: Eileen Goldfinger and Carl Hoffman.  April, 2013. Main Avenue OG . Paul Goldfinger photo (Carl holds one of the OG beachfront.)

JAN CLAYTON from Carousel.    Looking forward to June.



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Ocean Grove., New Jersey.   Paul Goldfinger © 2012



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Ocean Grove PIer. By Bob Bowne

Ocean Grove Pier. By Bob Bowné.  October 29, 2013

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Reposted from 2013.

On October 29, 2012, when Super Storm Sandy hit Ocean Grove, Bob Bowné  climbed to the top of the Windamer Hotel and went out on a small balcony at the left side.  The wind was ferocious, but he managed to remain there while he gathered his photo gear.  Bob is a professional photographer, so when he saw the furor of the ocean and the beginning of flooding, he knew that he had to document this huge event.

The Windamer Hotel on Ocean Avenue facing the pier, in Ocean Grove near Embury Ave. Bob was on a small balcony--upper left. Blogfinger photo.

The Windamer Hotel on Ocean Avenue facing the pier, in Ocean Grove near Embury Ave. 10/29/12.  Bob was on a small balcony–upper left.   Photo by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net   ©

It was about 4:00 p.m., and the peak of the storm had not yet hit, but the sight of that tumultous ocean was awesome.  That is when he obtained the photograph that would become an iconic image of the storm. He said that he preferred making the image while the pier was intact, so that it would document what was, rather than what would be after.

The full strength of Sandy came to bear at about 9:00 pm. after the winds shifted and roared in from the south.    Bob was the only person in his building and he watched as the devastation evolved including the loss of most of the fishing pier and the boardwalk.    He went downstairs to check his apartment which was in the basement and he came face to face with a large piece of the Hotel’s roof. Water was pouring in over the boardwalk area and onto Ocean Avenue, heading west.

Sandy: Ocean Avenue. By Bob Bowné

Sandy: Ocean Avenue. By Bob Bowné. ©  Special to Blogfinger.

Bob Bowné is a life long Grover and he currently works as a carpenter.  In the past he was a commercial photographer who specialized in product imagery. He also was a surfer for many years and he used to photograph for surfing publications.

Ocean Avenue. by Bob Bowné

Ocean Avenue. by Bob Bowné. ©  Special to Blogfinger.

In preparation for a major exhibit about the storm at the Museum of the City of New York, 10,000 photographs were evaluated.  Bob’s spectacular shot of the ocean boiling over the OG pier was judged one of the most dramatic images.

The pier picture is the only one of his in the exhibit, but he has allowed us to publish a few more from that storm day. These gorgeous images are now exhibited  publicly for the first time.   Bob said that the light was unusual and transient, enabling him to obtain the photographs that we are now showing, without any software manipulation.

Opening of "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy. Bob used a fisheye lens for this shot.

Opening of “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.” Bob used a fisheye lens for this shot.

The exhibit opened on October 29, 2013.  Bob was there, and people asked for him to sign his photo.  The  exhibit is called “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy”

Bob Bowne, Photographer. Ocean Grove Pier (October 30, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger ©

Bob Bowné, Photographer. Ocean Grove Pier, October 30, 2013,  © Photo by Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger.net   © One year and a day after Sandy.


For anyone interested in purchasing one of Bob’s Sandy prints, here is his email:    bownephoto@optimum.net

BOB DYLAN  “Blowin’ in the Wind”

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Daniel Hickman, luthier. “Don’t Fret Music.” Jersey Shore Arts Center. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Here Daniel checks the “playability” and alignment of an instrument that he has been working on. 7/18/17. Click to enlarge

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Did you ever dream of traveling around the country in a van with a rock band?  Well, Daniel Hickman of Tennessee, currently of Ocean Grove, did just that for five years when he was in his twenties.  But he wasn’t a musician. He was a technician who made sure that the group’s guitars were fit as a fiddle.  Daniel loved the experience;  is there any doubt? ——– especially if you read  Keith Richards biography.

Daniel has trained for years working on guitars—-repairing them and building them.  He continued studying his craft with experts along the way as he traveled all over America with the Latin Rock group  “de Sol.”  He calls himself a “luthier”  (definition:  “a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.”)

Daniel comes from an artistic family and he probably inhaled guitar music living near Nashville.   His career as a luthier has been progressing since 2005.  After that rock gig, he moved to New Jersey and found himself with a very special business opportunity at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove  (66 South Main Street in Neptune) where he has had a workshop/studio since 2015 called “Don’t Fret Music.”

Daniel is  grateful to Herb Herbst and the staff at the JSAC for providing him with a rare situation. He not only builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments,, but he has begun a program to provide lessons in  guitar,  piano,  and uke.  Dan has recruited a talented young teacher to work with students of all ages, and the lessons are given in a separate space off Dan’s workshop.  He also repairs amps and he is moving into “retail.”  Daniel plans to develop a “full service guitar shop and music store.”  His shop is downstairs off the parking lot, with a private entrance to the left.

At the age of 32, Daniel is ambitious and enthused. “We are in the infancy of Don’t Fret Music.”

Daniel’s workshop/studio is a fascinating place, and to watch him work, you get the impression that he is highly competent. He worked on my guitar–he is an exacting craftsman.

Daniel is excited about the future of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. “There is a lot going on here,” he says;  “The venue is full of talented artists in residence ,some of whom paint, do screen printing, social media, and photography.”   There also is an acting ensemble “La Strada.”    He wants to be supportive of his artist colleagues at JSAC.

One of his ambitions is to see a variety of new music performances in the  JSAC theater.  He hopes for bluegrass and jazz among the choices. This ambition seems very real given the recent downsizing of the secular  programming in the Great Auditorium and the real need for some musical variety to satisfy OG’s diverse demographics and to balance against the music scene in Asbury Park.

Blogfinger will help promote new music  and arts programs in Ocean Grove. It sounds like the JSAC  may be on the threshold of something more than yoga and children’s ballet.  Currently there is an arts show going on. Call them for details.

Daniel’s shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 3 pm -7 pm except Saturday which is 11 am to 5 pm. Call 732 361 5060  or DontFretNJ@gmail.com or the web site: DontFretNJ.com.

On August 20, Daniel is inviting the public to an open house to celebrate his second year anniversary in Ocean Grove. There will be music, food and other festivities.  More info. to come.   And, for the record, Daniel lives in Ocean Grove and he “loves the town.” It makes him happy because he knows his neighbors, people say hello, and the town is charming. Daniel knows most of the business people in the Grove and he feels at home here.

de Sol   “Blanco y Negro.”



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