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Ocean Grove tent village. Twilight.  Click on  photo to appreciate this image as night approaches.   August, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©

Composer Pietro  Mascagni:  “Cavalleria Rusticana , Intermezzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performed by the Slovak Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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“Tents at Nighttime.”   A lovely painting by Theresa Troise Heidel, New Jersey water-colorist. Re-post from last spring.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Theresa Troise Heidel is a New Jersey water color artist who has done many paintings at  the Jersey Shore, including Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. As a youngster, she got to stay for awhile at a family friend’s tent.  Her parents “sang in the Great Auditorium.”

She was enchanted by the tents. She said, “There was something magical about the way the rain sounded pattering the canvas above me, not to mention the aroma of fresh coffee being perked—-such atmosphere.”

About the painting of the tents at night, she said, “I invented the night life look.”

The Jersey Shore article featured a well-done story about several of the OG tent interiors which the writer got to visit.

But this magazine, in its index section where brief profiles of Jersey Shore towns are posted, we find that once again the media got it wrong about Ocean Grove.  They portray the Grove as a summer religious enclave where the main aspects consist of the Camp Meeting Association, the Tent Village, and the Great Auditorium.

The article extols the Hope-Jones organ;  “spiritual birth, growth and renewal;”  “worship;”  “praise events,”  “the world’s greatest preachers on Sunday;” and “God’s Square Mile.”

And  again, there is little  recognition that our town is  a diverse place where a wide variety of people live, play and enjoy life. Is it too much to hope for that the media might actually open their eyes and look beyond the religious trappings  and stereotypes and recognize a town with many secular and historic aspects as well as evolving demographics?

Certainly the religious underpinnings of OG  are real and admirable, but other dimensions need to be recognized.

The last writer to successfully address these aspects was Ted David in his 2002 book “The Other Side of Ocean Grove”

At Blogfinger we make it one of our main themes  to portray our town and its lifestyles  as they  really are.

The song below performed by Beverly Kenny captures the feel of this town.

BEVERLY KENNY:

 

 

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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 by Paul Goldfinger ©. October, 2018.  Click to enlarge

 

MEN’S CHOIR  from Sex and the City movie soundtrack.

 

 

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Paul Goldfinger © Ocean Grove Tent Village, October,  2018 ©

 

LeAnn Rimes:

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Ocean Grove tent village. Labor Day weekend. 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph.©  Click to enlarge.

 

BOBBY SHORT.   “Penthouse Serenade.”  From his album  Songs of New York.

 

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Mysteries abound in Tent Village. Ocean Grove. September 2, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©   click to enlarge

 

BEN WEBSTER AND OSCAR PETERSON:  “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”

 

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

 

BETTE MIDLER:

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“Tent Village” Ocean Grove, oil on canvas by Jack Bredin. Photograph by Rob Bredin. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

The tents are arrayed around the Great Auditorium in  summer.  Those who stay in the tents are part of a unique community within a community.

For this oil painting, Jack was inspired by the peacefulness that prevails there, especially late in the afternoon, towards dusk.

Here is link to a Blogfinger video clip that captures that sense of place and peace. You can hear the Hope-Jones organ playing quietly in the background. Children enjoy the Village and roam about fearlessly.

Tent Village Blogfinger video clip

Jack Bredin’s paintings are always  on exhibit at the Ocean Park Gallery on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

EVA CASSIDY:

 

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Friends let friends enjoy the Grove when they’re away. August 28, 2017. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

As I passed this young woman, she was watering the flowers along the edge of Tent Village in Ocean Grove, NJ, taking her time while her two small children played nearby. She and her family are here, occupying her best friend’s tent, during one of the loveliest times in the Grove—the end of August.  They are from Pennsylvania, and they seemed so happy to be here. Sometimes we have to look around through the eyes of visitors, especially those who get to stay here for awhile.

The temperate weather now is so pleasant:  the light is soft, the breezes gentle, and there is no humidity.  As we have pointed out, there is something ethereal about the Tent Village when it is occupied by soft spoken people, children, flowers, and, oftentimes, by the sweet sounds of the Hope-Jones organ or the voices lifted high coming from inside the Great Auditorium with glorious choral harmonies sometimes accompanied by  symphonic ensembles.

But the effect is sustained mostly by the voices of those who are chatting on porches, kids on skateboards or parents relaxing within the protective safe-zone of the Village.

Abraham visits our backyard pond. He loves to see the fish. Paul Goldfinger portrait. 8/30/17. ©

When I went home and stood in my own garden, a tiny boy, 3 years old, approached me and said hello. His name was Abraham, and as he stood there with me, his mom caught up.  I invited them in to see our pond fish.

Abraham and his family are from Yonkers, NY, and he has been visiting the Grove for the last 3 years, while his parents have been coming for the last 7.  His Mom is originally  from Sweden, and aside from Abraham’s enthusiasm and a three year old’s natural cuteness, he is bilingual.  He pointed to a flying insect and said, “Dragonfly.” He was correct, and his mom took it all in stride.  Abraham and I conversed in Swedish for awhile, and then he went home to sleep.

So, a couple more visitors caught up in OG’s gentle end of summer.

THE BAND PERRY: “Gentle on My Mind”  this version won a 2015 Grammy nomination. It also won Grammies in 1968 for the composer and for Glen Campbell.

“Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind
Gentle on my mind
You’re gentle on my mind.”

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