At Peirson’s Place

Peirson’s Place. Richmond, Massachusetts. ©  Award winning photograph. By Paul Goldfinger. Click left for full view.   Re-posted from March, 2014.  Blogfinger.net


By  Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (We like to re-post this piece about every 1-2 years)

Photographer’s note: If you go to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, near Tanglewood, there are lots of old B and B’s. Our friends Dick and his wife Luisa used to stay at Peirson’s Place, an old house, sort of ramshackle, with a large barn in the back where the kids could play and even sleep.

Mrs. Peirson would make breakfast each morning — nothing fancy like some places where they serve Eggs Benedict. Dick is an internist, now retired, who also is a pianist. His wife Luisa is an artist, so they’re the sort of people you run into at Pierson’s Place.

Eileen and I went there a few times. During the day you could visit farmers’ markets or historic attractions or towns in the area such as Lenox and Stockbridge. You could also wander the grounds of the Tanglewood Music Festival where the peaks of the Berkshires give off vapors in the morning. You can listen to a rehearsal in the afternoon and then picnic on the great lawn, under the stars, while enjoying the magnificence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

One morning I got up and meandered around the property at Peirson’s Place. There’s something about those cool mornings in the mountains as the new sun ripples across everything that’s still wet with dew and crisscrossed with leftover shadows.

I looked at the old house and the barn. There were flowers all around, and you could touch them, but not pick them. That’s what Mrs. Peirson did before everyone came down for breakfast.

As I walked about, I came upon an old garage where I was startled by the eye of a creature peering out at me. It seemed alive even after I  moved closer and identified it. The big red eye belonged to an old English sports car that was just itching to roar out of there onto the country roads.

SOUNDTRACK.  “Someday Soon” by Judy Collins.

2018 Addendum:  Eileen came upon a 1992 interview about Peirson’s Place.  Margaret Mace Kingman (1912-1998) was being interviewed for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology archives.  She was a descendant of the Peirson family which owned the property .

The interview was about her life and education, but this is what she said about the family’s Richmond, Mass. home:

“My childhood was right here on the property because I was born in the same room, in the same bed my mother was born in, in the same room my grandfather was born in. The property had been in the hands of my family since the land was bought from the Indians in 1761.”

Margaret became a college professor, and she added,  “Sometimes I take students up around on the trails; we have quite a number of trails because we have, along with the property I gave to my son, more than 400 acres here. And you can see the trees still, some of the crab apple trees to which he had grafted other types of apples. They’re still growing although everything’s grown up now into forest. It used to be much more open than it is today.”


Internet photo

Internet photo.

By Eileen Goldfinger, Food Editor @Blogfinger.net


July is blueberry time in New Jersey. A favorite way to enjoy them is in pancakes.

You’ll need a nonstick griddle. Heat on medium.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place two parchment lined cookie trays in the oven.

This will keep the cooked pancakes warm while you  cook the remainder of the batter.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs, lightly whisked

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted for the batter

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted for the griddle

3 cups fresh blueberries

pure maple syrup


Preheat griddle.


In a large bowl whisk together the first four ingredients.

In a medium size bowl whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and butter.

Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and then fold in the blueberries.

Do not over mix the batter, leave it lumpy, or the pancakes will become tough.

Brush a thin layer of butter on the griddle. Drop a 1/3 of a cup of batter on the griddle.

Flip the pancakes when little bubbles begin to show on the top and the bottom begins to brown. Allow the second side to brown. Then transfer pancakes to the trays in the oven.

Add more butter to the griddle as needed. Continue making pancakes, keeping the finished ones warm in the oven.

Serve with real maple syrup.

Makes 12 pancakes.


Have a cup of Joe with your pancakes, and,  at the diner, be careful how you  say “I’d like a short stack ” to the waitress.

“COFFEE IN A CARDBOARD CUP.”   From the Broadway show  “70, Girls, 70” by Kander and Webb who wrote Cabaret.

Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove rainy day. July 18, 2019. Blogfinger.net



Rain? What rain?

Ocean Grove. July 18, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Blogfinger.net ©


LOS LOBOS  from the original soundtrack of La Bamba.

Jack Bredin looking east along Wesley Lake. July 17, 2019. Celebrating Ocean Grove’s 150th birthday. Photograph by Rob Bredin. ©   Click on image to enlarge.



FRANK CHACKSFIELD   from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg   “I Will Wait for You.”


Here is a re-review of a very good Japanese restaurant in Wall, not far from OG.—Paul


SUMO table. They all look like this. These guys are waiters, so don’t mess with the wasabi.  All photos by Paul Goldfinger © November 27, 2018.

By Paul and Eileen Goldfinger, Editors  @Blogfinger.net

Do you like sushi like we like sushi?  We discovered a fabulous place. Our friends Jake and Vivian recommended it.  It is the Sumo Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Wall Twp, 10 minutes from Ocean Grove.  You must try it.

It is a lovely place with very fresh and delicious food. The owner Kimberly is gracious, and the service is wonderful.  Trip- Advisor gave them 5/5 stars; Blogfinger gives them 5/5 Fingers  (or Bloggies depending on which coast you are on;)  4 Square gave them 4/5

This sort of sushi and sashimi feast is amazing. We had it for dinner. It will feed, in our opinion, 6-8 people, and it comes in a variety of sizes…

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Chico, OG dog, visits the Asbury dog beach and has a great time stealing a blue toy from one of his pals. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Chico belongs to Moe Demby, BF staff.

Chico, OG dog, visits the Asbury dog beach and has a great time stealing a blue toy from one of his pals.  Chico belongs to Moe Demby, BF staff. Paul Goldfinger photograph.  ©   Re-post from 2014.


Owners socialize also. It's a good way to meet people who share a love of dogs.

Owners socialize also. It’s a good way to meet people who share a love of dogs. ©


Sundown. Chico hates to leave. Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park dog beach. July 12, 2014.

Sundown. Chico hates to leave. Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park dog beach. July 12, 2014.

The dog beach at the north end of Asbury Park is a gathering place for the dog community there.  They are allowed to bring their canine friends  once the lifeguards are gone.  It was obvious that it was a social event for the dogs and their owners.  The dogs ran around off leash and they had a great time. Some frolicked in the ocean. The owners made sure that everything was clean and safe. It also is one of the most beautiful times of day to visit any beach on the east coast.

The dog park group in Ocean Grove asked the CMA to approve a similar dog beach for OG north end.  CMA said that it is “not part of our mission.”

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger–re-post from 2014.  Keeping hope alive.

JOHN LITHGOW    album Sunny Side of the Street

Patriotic Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph©   7/18/19


LESLIE ODOM, JR  from the Broadway show Hamilton


WASSUP? Ocean Grove

Blogfinger cow


—-With all the heat and rain, mosquitoes will be breeding like crazy. Make sure that there is no standing water on your property; not even tiny amounts


—OG fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 9:00 pm.  Come to the beach for a rare event.


—Letter from OG resident:

Dear Neighbors,

According to many major publications and housing experts, dryer lint caught in the dryer vent system is a significant cause of home fires.

Recently, a local company performed professional dryer vent cleaning for us, and we were amazed at the findings: a bird’s nest behind a closed vent; a screen cap inside the vent to catch the lint, and the lint was so balled up that air couldn’t get through, and we found loads of lint in the vent lines where owners were seasonal as well as full-time residents.

Considering OG’s history of fires and the potential for more, we urge all homeowners to clean the removable filter after each cycle and to have their dryer vents professionally inspected and cleaned regularly.

Please, feel free to share this information with others.



Ocean Grove Citizens Patrol will end operations after 29 years.   This is an official statement:

“The OGCP was solely funded by the generous residents of Ocean Grove through the yearly fundraiser.  The OGCP has actively tried to recruit new members as the number of dedicated volunteers has been dwindling.  Support from local officials has not been as strong as in previous years which prompted the Executive Board to decide that the OGCP has served it’s mission purpose of citizens protecting citizens.  Read more in the Coaster.

Stephen Froias, well known to readers of the Ocean Grove Record and the Tri-City News has been commissioned to write a series about Ocean Grove history in the Coaster, starting today, July 17.  He lives in Massachusetts now, but that is not holding him back.
For those interested in OG history, do not miss this series.
—Bridgegate:  No there there!  As predicted, Bridgegate has been proven to be an airless fake news issue.  The Coaster, after 3 consecutive front page articles, does not mention Bridgegate in today’s 7/18 issue.
Presumably the Mayor of Neptune is still engaged in some sort of secret hot-air conversation with Asbury Park dingbats.  So we probably will still hear more from the Neptuners who, ironically, are representing Ocean Grove in some useless talks to make the Asburians happy.
But really, we should defer to the Neptune Police Dept. which has been dutifully locking and unlocking the gates every day, protecting us from criminals as it has done for many years.


Girl and boy in their summer clothes (and dogs) at the Ocean Grove Bakery. 7/17/19. Blogfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


a. The OG Bakery has taken up some of the Nagle’s slack, serving a wide variety of baked snacks as well as sandwiches.  Go check their lunch and snack menu.  We did a taste test of their coffee and found it to be excellent.  They offer cappuccinos and lattes too, plus a busy and cheerful al fresco scene.

b.  The new bagel shop near the old April Cornell location is almost ready to open. That will be another source of casual eating.  We will taste test their bagels when they open.

c. There is another shop over there with brown paper over the windows and no signs to tell us what will open there.   Any of you know?

d. A realtor will also open soon along that strip near the bakery.



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