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Founder's Park Art Show 2005. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Founder’s Park Art Show 2005. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click image to see that she must have been a beautiful baby.


This is the sort of small-town community event that we need in OG.  So much better for the locals during the loveliest time of year in the Grove (springtime) when we should have our town to ourselves.

Am I repeating myself?  Well golly..some things bear repeating  (or is it bare?)




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Boardwalk Pavilion 2003. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Boardwalk Pavilion 2003. By Paul Goldfinger ©



CANADIAN BRASS:  “The Sussex Carol”

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Photo-shoot on Main Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo.   2012




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Auditorium Pavilion.  by Paul Goldfinger  ©




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Beachfront. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. 2010 By Paul Goldfinger.Copyright. Click left for full view.

Beachfront sunrise. 7:53 a.m. 2002. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click image for full view. Reposted from December 17, 2012.  Blogger Susan Heney reminded me of this post.


As a photographer, I much prefer sunrises to sunsets. Maybe it’s because photographs of sunrises are rarer than sunsets. After all, most people are still awake when the sun sets, but hardly anyone is up and about when the sun reappears early in the morning. But also, in my opinion, sunrises are more beautiful than sunsets, and speaking philosophically, more uplifting because beginnings are happier than endings.

Yet people love to see images of sunsets. To be honest, I almost never photograph a sunset or accept one for publication on Blogfinger (with very rare exceptions). I think they are corny and boring. Some of you will probably sneer at my opinion and consider me to be an  effete snob. One of the definitions of effete is  “decadent.” I like that, although I have never actually tried it — except when I sneak over to Days for an illicit hot fudge sundae, once or twice each summer.

Of course, this image has some special meaning this year, since the portion of the pier that is seen here is no longer present due to hurricane Sandy. The picture reminds me of the song from Annie –“Tomorrow”  (“The sun will come out tomorrow; bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun…”).  But that’s not the song for this photograph. Instead, I’m in the mood for John Rutter’s music, and here is his “Blow, blow thou winter wind.”   — Paul Goldfinger


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By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff historian/researcher.


This  is a postcard image of a tall sail schooner with a bit of a breeze hitting its sails off the Grove’s beach—- 108 years ago in 1906.

Not much on text back then— just a simple “Greetings from Ocean Grove” which still holds up today, not so much for that schooner………..


COLEMAN HAWKINS    (tenor sax)   From a jazz planet far, far away–contemplates the passage of time with “What a Difference a Day Makes”

What a difference a day makes
There’s a rainbow before me
Skies above can’t be stormy
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss
It’s heaven when you find romance on your menu
What a difference a day makes
And the difference is you


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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Younger than springtime. By Paul Goldfinger ç
Ocean Grove, New Jersey.  Tent Village. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.



“Younger Than Springtime” is from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein.


By Frank Sinatra:


Younger than springtime are you
Softer than starlight are you
Warmer than winds of June
Is the gentle love you give me

Gayer than laughter are you
Sweeter than music are you
Sunlight and moon beams
Heaven and earth are you to me.


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Founders' Park. Ocean Grove. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2016. This is the Fitzgerald Fountain before it was refurbished in 2019.  Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger   Re-post from 2016.


The Story of Ocean Grove, 1869-1919 by Morris S Daniels.  Published in 1919 by the Methodist Book Concern in New York City:

“In a little old dingy tent, one of ten erected on the sand drifts of what was later to be known in Ocean Grove as Thompson Park but now called Founders’ Park, there occurred on the night of July 31, 1869 an event of immense significance.

“What happened was not unusual of itself, and the surroundings were not such as to impress one that history was making within the confines of the poor little tent, illumined, as it was, by a few tallow candles; but ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow.'”

Morris Daniels tells us that about 12 people gathered in the tent which belonged to Mrs. Joseph Thornley.  They all had arrived the day before and pitched their tents there.  There were no chairs, so they all sat on rough pine boards.

Daniels says, “The night was dark, save for the stars which twinkled brightly from overhead, while the few candles within cast a weird shadow upon the scene.

“Some had come directly from their own tents while others had preferred to wander over the yielding sands to the edge of the dune overlooking the sea to watch the moon rise from her briny bed.

“But shortly after nine o’clock all had gathered in the little dimly lighted tent for Ocean Grove’s  first religious service—–a prayer meeting.”


WARREN VACHE´    “Stardust”

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Night lite on the beach. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left Night lite on the beach, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach.   By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.


We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find  people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and  balsam wood.  A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior.  Then the lantern is  gently released. There is no string–it is free as a gull.

The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean,  getting smaller and smaller in the night sky.  It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.





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Wesley Lake.  Ocean Grove.   By Paul Goldfinger © 2014.


HARRY JAMES AND HIS ORCHESTRA.     “I’ve Heard That Song  Before” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne  (1942)   from Woody Allen’s film Hannah and Her Sisters:


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