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Tent Village, Ocean Grove. July 29,  2017. By Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


It must be great fun to be a kid living in a tent during an Ocean Grove summer.  Instead of bicycles to zoom around the sidewalks of the Village,  there are now skateboards and scooters.

I saw a teenager coasting down Mt. Hermon Way on a skateboard, in her gravity defying short shorts, maintaining her decorum all the while speaking on a cell phone.  It is certain—-someday she will have a tattoo, and her parents will approve.   This is the new look of femininity.

But the Village girl, on her scooter, shows no sign of becoming anything but a proper young lady.


JUDY GARLAND    from The Wizard of Oz.


“Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh, why can’t I?

“If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow.
Why, oh, why can’t I?”

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Tent Village in Ocean Grove. July, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.



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Tourism of the historical kind---the kind to be encouraged in our historic town. Paul Goldfinger photo @ Blogfinger .net.

Tourism of the historical kind—the kind to be encouraged in our 19th century historic town. Paul Goldfinger photo @ Blogfinger.net.


HUGH JACKMAN.  “Don’t throw your past away; you might need it some rainy day.”    From The Boy From Oz:

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Quiet tents. Winter in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Quiet tents. Winter in Ocean Grove. 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©


DISTURBED:   “The Sound of Silence.”

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Ocean Grove tents. June, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove tents. June, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to read the sign.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

In Morris Daniels’ book  The Story of Ocean Grove, 1869-1919,  he said, “Being primarily a camp ground, tents were the abode of the people.   By the end of 1871, The CMA (‘The Association’) owned 201 tents, but these were not sufficient to meet the demand.”

By 1879, it was decided to rearrange the tents around and near the Auditorium. Then there were about 700 tents. The tents were divided into “blocks” which were given names such as Auditorium Circle, Bethany, and Bethesda. The tents were very popular, and if Rev. Stokes were around today, he would not be surprised by the competitive popularity of the tents in Ocean Grove.

In the photo above, the sign  indicates to watch for pedestrians over the next 600 feet. In 1871, carriage drivers had to pay similar heed.

I bet that the pitter-patter of raindrops on the canvas roofs caught the attention of the tenters. It must have been a very reassuring sound to those religious pilgrims of the 19th century in Ocean Grove, and surely they thought of them as gifts from heaven.

Here is Tony Bennett  regarding those gifts.  He is at Carnegie Hall live on June 9, 1962 with the Ralph Sharon Orchestra—it can’t get better than that.

Here is a link “The Summer Tents” from August 2013


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Tent Village. August, 2017. Kodachrome moment. Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to enlarge

RACHAEL CANTU  “De Colores”  (Tr. Made of Colors)


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Ocean Grove tent colony. Interior.  Paul Goldfinger ©. 2015.

“Maria Elena.”

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Ocean Grove Tent City. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. 5/11/17.

Jean says, “The little paths between the rows of tents are quaint.
You walk down, and there’s the Great Auditorium in all her splendor.

“They soon will be occupied, and personal touches will embellish each tent.
It won’t be long now.”

RICKY NELSON    from the movie soundtrack of Pulp Fiction.  Tent City is a lonesome town until the occupiers begin to show up on May 15.   Then it springs to life—it is a community within a community having its own rhythms and even its own customs. Kids love it there. By June 1, it is  no longer a lonesome town.  —-PG

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Ocean Grove. December, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Blogfinger.net

Ocean Grove. December, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Blogfinger.net

SHE AND HIM   “The Christmas Waltz.”

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Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger

Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger   ©

The tents are now all empty.  A cold rainy end-of-September breeze is wafting  along Asbury Avenue.  Some of the tents are open to the elements, and this one has white canvas that is catching the breezes and flapping about, making soft sounds as the material seems alive.   Inside there is a yellow color that contrasts with the gray day.  A bit of light shows through and makes the interior glow.   Dusk is upon us, and soon it will all turn dark.

It won’t be long before the Camp Meeting crew gets here and buttons it all down.  But meanwhile, while the day seems sad, there still is a spark of life evident here on this desolate Grovarian street.

BOB DYLAN    from his album Shadows in the Night

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