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Greenleaf  Park, near the New York Ave. tents. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger–OG at night series ©  Click to enlarge.

 

JOHNNY HARTMAN  “The Very Thought of You.”

 

 

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A tale of two bicycles on a Sunday in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger ©

 

DENISE VAN OUTEN:

 

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Paul Goldfinger. Ocean Grove Beach. 8/12/21 ©.  Detecting metal.

 

YO-YO MA AND FRIENDS:

 

“Dona Nobis Pacem”   (Give Us Peace)

 

 

 

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Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. © Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (Re-posted from October 2015)

 

This carousel horse, photographed after the season in Seaside Heights, reminds me of Broadway—sometimes happy and sometimes sad.   I’m thinking of the show Carousel which proclaims, “June is busting out all over.”

The Fantasticks has a song called “Round and Round” which begins as a gorgeous fantasy—-“Life is a colorful carousel,”  but later the song becomes dark, sad, and scary.

However,  for the most part, Broadway brings us joy as in “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma.

I see this carousel, devoid of riders and seemingly sad because the season is over, and yet the scene, like a Broadway set, is bursting with vivid colors and, in a way, with memories of life itself.

So, in wondering about this photograph and how to see it, I decided that it is joyful and not sad, and if the horse could talk he would say, ” Please sir, I want more oats”  (sorry for the Oliver  joke, such as it is.)   I wonder how a child would view it.

And certainly now, in 2021, with Broadway (and even the London stage) mostly dark for an indefinite period of time, we will have to wait to experience the joy of the musical stage.

Of course, we can still hear the music.  We try to keep that music alive on Blogfinger.  It’s easy to forget, but we won’t. (Thanks Mom!)

And, the Seaside Heights boards have come alive this  summer (2021) so you probably can find the carousel going round and round, We’ll have to go there and find out.

 

Here is MIMI HINES from a show called “The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd.” It is a happy song full of the sort of vivid optimism that we often find in Broadway musicals and, sometimes, in life.

 

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Deal, New Jersey. Jersey Shore Gallery. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Deal, NJ. Jersey Shore Gallery. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

 

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW  from her album the Very Thought of You.

 

 

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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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Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Trinity Church.  Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to further illuminate.

 

LOUDON WAINRIGHT III   (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  “Carrickfergus”

 

 

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Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo

Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo Click to make bigger.   Re-post. 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today for those who want to obtain their beach “tags” now.  If you order by mail, there will be a $7.00 mailing fee. The cost for 2016 will be the same as 2015. You have to sign and return the enclosed card which promises that you will “follow all of the beach rules and regulations.”

Is this unique, or do other towns require that you sign a pledge to follow the rules?  Do you think these rules are stated clearly?   I wonder how many of you have actually read the rules.   If you haven’t, here are a few that are of particular interest.

  1. You may not swim at the North End beach because it is reserved as the “primary surfing beach.”
  2. You must “obey lifeguards.”  So if you are a sweet young thing in a bikini, you may not want to agree to this rule.
  3. Use of electronic devices such as radios are only permitted if you wear a headset.
  4. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Will you parents with precocious, brilliant kids restrain them from going to the beach alone?
  5. No disrobing or changing clothes on the beach.  Heck, that is a popular spectator sport.
  6. No burying persons below grade or in standing position.  Does this mean that both the buryer and the buryee cannot be standing?  Do the same rules apply if you are burying a dead person?
  7. Sports fishing is allowed in “locations not being used for bathing or surfing.”  This could use some clarification.
  8. No flying kites over beach or boardwalk.  Is that 24/7 or only while the lifeguards are there?
  9. Only service dogs are allowed on the beach or boardwalk.  Do they mean year-round?
  10.  No bikes, skateboards or skates except between 3 am to 10 am  (Neptune ordinance)   Why is Neptune Township writing this rule?   (Thanks I.M. Radar.)  The CMA is empowered to make rules for the beach and boardwalk.  The CMA has jurisdiction over those areas.
  11.  No smoking on the beach.  CMA allows smoking in their parks, but they probably made this specific area smoke-free because people pay to get on; they don’t pay to visit the parks, including Auditorium Square Park which, strangely, allows smoking despite the big wooden structure next door.
  12. Ball playing, Frisbees,  sports activities permitted “as conditions allow.”

Well,  you get the idea.  There are 45 such rules and regulations;  you have to decide which ones you want to obey fully, which ones you will gracefully ignore, and which ones you will obey selectively.

Oh, and who gets to enforce all these rules, especially if they are 24/7?  And how does the CMA insure equal justice under the law?

JOHNNY DEPP and HELENA BONHAM CARTER  “By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics 1979)

“By the sea, Mr. Todd, that’s the life I covet
By the sea, Mr. Todd, ooh, I know you’d love it
You and me, Mr. T, we could be alone
In a house what we’d almost own

“Down by the sea, anything you say
Wouldn’t that be smashing?

“With the sea at our gate, we’ll have kippered herring
What have swum to us straight from the Straits of Bering
Every night in the kip, when we’re through our kippers
I’ll be there slipping off your slippers”

 

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Paul Goldfinger video.  Watch it carefully and play the music as you watch.  Hit the music button first and then hit the video button.

This Spring Lake home is on Morris Avenue, near that beautiful downtown.  Spring Lake is a real town, with no mega events, no parking issues, a strong sense of community, and a government that represents the citizens.

There are 3 churches there.

 

 

 

BRUNO MARS  “When I Was Your Man.”

 

 

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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

 

BUDDY HOLLY

 

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