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By Paul Goldfinger ©

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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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

 

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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Hudsons in the Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left

Hudsons in the Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © The owner of that Ocean Avenue home collected Hudsons, so the club would meet each summer with their cars for a reunion.  Click to see more clearly.

 

WILLIE NELSON AND KIMMIE RHODES.

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8:30 am. Vicky Redfern of Harrisburg, Pa. surveys the empty Ocean Grove beach.

8:30 am. Vicky Redfern of Harrisburg, Pa. surveys the empty Ocean Grove beach.   Click images to enlarge. Re-post from the autumn of 2013.

Bikers whiz by an empty Ocean Pathway Paul Goldfinger photo Sept 4 8:30 am ©

Bikers whiz by an empty Ocean Pathway
Paul Goldfinger photo Sept 4, 2013,  8:30 am ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

On a beautiful September 4 morning, there were just a few scattered walkers, joggers, bikers and dogs tugging on leashes.   The beach was totally empty.  Lifeguard stands were standing together in a bunch.

Vicky Redfern is in town to sign papers for her new OG year-round home.  She was wondering if there is anything to do here in the winter.  Anybody want to comment on that?     There are 12 comments below which are of interest.

My suggestion would be to take tango lessons.  Here’s Gato Barbieri from “The Last Tango in Paris:”

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Founders' Park.Ocean Grove, NJ c. 2004 By Paul Goldfinger

Union soldiers.  Civil War reenactment in Founders’ Park.Ocean Grove, NJ c. 2004 By Paul Goldfinger.  Click image to view larger version.   ©  Originally posted on Blogfinger in June, 2013.

MOLLY MASON AND JAY UNGAR.  “Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground.”

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Schooner

By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff historian/researcher.

This  is a post card 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     From a jazz planet far, far away–contemplates the passage of time with “What a Difference a Day Makes”

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OG Flower Shop. By Paul Goldfinger ©

OG Flower Shop. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-post from 2013.  This business closed a few years ago.

JACK NICHOLSON (He has retired from the movies.)  This is Jack singing, from the soundtrack of

Something’s Gotta Give.  Jack was born in Neptune City.

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Dec. 20, 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo © left click

Dec. 20, 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo © left click.  Re-posted Feb. 2018.

WHAM:  “Last Christmas”

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Wesley Lake postcard 1905.     Click to enlarge.

 

K.D. LANG:

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September 8, 2012. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photo.

September 8, 2012. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Reposted from 2013.

SOUNDTRACK:  MAX RAABE

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