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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.

Steve Valk (photo above) is a contemporary dance dramaturge, visual artist, designer and currently the director of the first Insitute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt Germany. He is an American who visits his family’s Ocean Grove home every summer. He has done that since his childhood in the 1960’s.

Last year he was consulting with the Martha Graham Ballet Company in New York City

I have met with Steve in the past to tap into his long term perspective and interest regarding  Ocean Grove and what needs to be done to preserve its future. We had our first meeting for this summer today, but it wasn’t predominantly about the Grove.  We will get to that before he leaves.

We got together this morning at Café Volan on Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park. It’s a down-home sort of place where the mood is bohemian and the coffee is excellent. We need a place like that in Ocean Grove.  Steve likes to bike around OG and AP, but then he often wears another hat as he goes into New York to meet celebrities such as the creators of the Sopranos and Northern Exposure, among others. Check on the link below to get up to date.  You can find other posts by using the Blogfinger search box above and type in Steve’s name.

SIDNEY BECHET with the Gershwins’ “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess



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1. Town picnic  planned by the TOGETHER campaign for July 19, 6-10 p.m.  More details to follow

2. Town Meeting planned for July 6 at 7:00 p.m.  Youth Temple.

3. Giant  Craft Show on Father’s Day Weekend, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  250 crafters and artists.

4.  Historical Society summer meeting on June 24 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the OG Community Room. “A Visit from John Phillip Sousa” by Rich Chiemingo, a costumed interpreter and expert musician who acts as the March King himself.  There will be refreshments, and the General Meeting of the HSOG will follow.  Questions? Call 732 774 1869.

5.  Tropical Storm Andrea to hit the Shore on Saturday.   But no threat of high winds or coastal flooding here.

6. Nuthatch spotted in OG backyard. We haven’t seen this bird  here before, but he was often seen in Morris County where we used to birdwatch.    He is sort of flat headed, with a grayish color and a black eye stripe.  He likes to hang upside down while eating suet, so he reminds us of a woodpecker or of my cousin Harold.  He has a strong pointy beak and he is rather skittish, so you can speak skittish to him,  or Yiddish if he looks Jewish.

Eurasian nuthatch. Ours did not have the reddish belly. The upper part was blue-gray.

Eurasian nuthatch. Ours did not have the reddish belly. The upper part was blue-gray.

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