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Kymme gets ready to vacate. Photo by Jean Bredin. © 9/10/20.

Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff:

Whenever I take a walk, it seems a story is in my path.  Being curious about the tents and the end of the season, I wanted to see how things were:  I was greeted by Kymme VanCleef, a 62 year tent resident.

She will be leaving in a week.  She shared  generational stories and how her three grandchildren enjoy visiting.  She wishes she could take her flowering climbing vine home with her.

“Grow For Me.”      From the original motion picture soundtrack of A Little Shop of Horrors.

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Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © Feb. 16, 2016.

Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©    Re-post.  Feb. 16, 2016.   Click to enlarge.


“…..and the rain subsided, the cold snap ended, so it was great for taking a walk. The sky was a panorama of dark gray clouds….it was a dramatic sight…as sometimes it is after rainstorms.”



THE STORYVILLE JASSBAND    “I Get the Blues When It Rains.”

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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove by Jean Bredin. August 14, 2020 ©


Jean:     “Old Glory never fails to move me. This large flag proudly waves on Main Avenue in view of the Camp Meeting Association flags.   It is a beautiful sight to behold.”


From an essay on the flag by William O’Malley of the Heritage Foundation:  “The promise of America lives on through those brave heroes who have, over the centuries, fought to fulfill our societal vow that, wherever the American flag flies, there too shall be found life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


“HYMN TO THE FALLEN”   From the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan—-score by John Williams.

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Tent Village, Ocean Grove. Jean Bredin photograph. July 18, 2020. © Blogfinger.net.


By Jean Bredin.  Blogfinger.net reporter/photographer. 

Bob and Bonnie Harley have been tenters all their lives.  Bob’s father and mother, Jack and Helen Harley, were the occupants to this tent over 60 years ago.

I asked them how has it been in Tent Village this year?

“Very quiet, ” Bonnie replied.  Maybe 85-90% occupied, but mostly weekenders.  They reminisced about many things. There is much history to be found among the tenters.

Bob said he learned to swim in the Ocean Grove Pool at the North End.


Ocean Grove Choir Festival in the Great Auditorium.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©


Jean noted:  “Jack Harley was the maestro  of the Teaneck Bergen Chorus many years ago.  My father was a member.  Jack encouraged his singers to join the Ocean Grove Choir Festival, which my father did.”

“The next year I came down to sing.  The rest is history. I am a year round resident of Ocean Grove.”


Here’s an arrangement that Jack probably would appreciate.  It’s Max Raabe with the Das Palast Orchester performing in Carnegie Hall:   “Singing in the Rain.”




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Ocean Grove beach morning. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net. © 6/24/20




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Jean Bredin OG. April 14, 2020. Blogfinger.net


Sitting in Auditorium Square Park this afternoon was lovely.

You would hardly think there is a pandemic going on.

I think I was in the 2% of folks wearing a mask.

Nobody came near me though, so that was a plus.






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Ocean Grove boardwalk. What happened to 6 feet apart?  By Jean Bredin. March 20, 2020. ©


Love is in the air, in spite of the Corona virus. A balmy warm night was inviting to get out of the house and stroll on the Boardwalk. Lots of people had the same idea.






Sophie Milman

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Feb.  26, 2020.    Jean Bredin went down to the OG boardwalk:

“Not all days are sunny and bright.  Today was foggy, but atmospheric. There was no sight of Asbury Park, people on the boards, or seagulls for that matter.

“But , life at the beach is still OK.”

Put on the music, and then the video. You can replay the video while the music goes on. Use the video pause button to view a series of individual stills from the video;



KITTY KALLEN AND HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA.   From the documentary  The War.  “I’m Beginning to See the Light.





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Jean Bredin ©. Blogfinger staff. Ocean Grove, February, 2020.





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“I found this little alley behind the tent houses. Nothing has changed here for years and years. No progress whatsoever; just the way I like it.”  Says Jean Bredin.


Around town with Jean Bredin. Feb. 12, 2020. Blogfinger staff. ©


But Jean…..you never know when something might be happening; when there is something in the air. When scarlet billows start to spread. Sunday morning;  And someone’s sneaking around the corner;   maybe old Macky’s  back in town.








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