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Jack Green Construction Company opens tents for 2020 season. NJ.com photo 5/12/20.


Paul Goldfinger photo. Summer 2019. Tourists visit Tent Village at night.


May 12, 2020

Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor@Blogfinger.net

President Michael Badger and Henry Will, CMA trustee who spends the summer in a tent, were interviewed  today for an article in NJ.com about the opening of the 114 tent enclave despite the risks of the coronavirus. The author of the piece is Avalon Zoppo.

Will acknowledged that life in the tent colony was dense and close, but Badger was certain that spending 4 months in a tent there would pose no risk.

Yet Badger said, “Space is tight.”

This tightly packed Tent Village is a classic “congregate setting” which the CDC frowns upon as unsafe.

Will said that some life style adjustments might be needed to reduce the risks.

“We’ll have to modify some things,” Will said, “But I think we’ll still have community.”

“Badger said he’s confident dwellers will be safe vacationing at the shore for four months.”

He said that the canvas was better than a mask indoors and that his renters would follow all precautions outdoors as set forth by the state and the CDC.

The article quoted Badger as being  reassured that if 6 foot distances were  not possible then his renters would wear masks.

He said that he will also instruct people how close they should place their towel to others at the beach and how close to walk on the boardwalk.

But no one was interviewed who might have differing opinions about viral transmission in this “tight knit” environment.

As usual for the media, the reporter resorted to stereotypes and lack of careful research when describing the Grove. He said, “Ocean Grove is a largely religious community of about 4,200 year round residents founded by a group of Methodists…”  He doesn’t have a clue as to how people live who rent in Tentland.

And he did not ask a single probing question about the viral dangers amongst the tents or about the risks to everyone in town due to huge unrestrained tourist events coming up, many sponsored by the CMA.

Is it possible that the reporter is unaware of the terrible pandemic currently enveloping the state of New Jersey?

This decision to go ahead with putting hundreds of people into a space that is as close as a refugee camp seems to be astonishingly irresponsible.

Badger said that 250 people will live there for the 4 month $7,000 summer rental. He didn’t mention all the visitors and tourists which are part of that active compressed social scene.

Even if Badger gets lucky and has no viral casualties, his reasoning is naive and dangerous. He is gambling with the lives of everyone who stays in or visits the Tent Village and secondarily with the lives of the many summer residents in the Grove proper.

And, by the way, this sentence was in the article:  “Two workers tested positive for COVID-19 and were quarantined, pushing the opening back two weeks.”



Here is a link to our recent post about health risks in Tent Village:


Is Tent Village a health hazard? Click here.

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The most photographed place in OG: Tent Village. Paul Goldfinger photo 2019 ©


May 11, 2020.

To the Editor:

I took a stroll through Tent Village this weekend and noticed that the tents are starting to be erected, oddly in the back locations away from sight. The CMA will be renting the tents this season, and this will eventually become a front page story that will reveal the CMA’s indifference.

Tight social gatherings create greater risk for the spread of COVID, and Tent Village is a very tight gathering.

So, it’s reasonable to conclude that opening Tent Village will increase the risk of infection and death.


Isak Grove

Ocean Grove, New Jersey




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“After.” Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger  ©. 2012.


SOUNDTRACK.  Stanley Turrentine: “Then I’ll be Tired of You.”

This song was written in 1934 by Arthur Schwartz and E.Y. Harburg.  “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyrics and he is famous for writing the words for so many classics including “April in Paris” and all the lyrics for the Wizard of Oz—-“If I only had a brain….”


Wiki note re Yip Harburg:    Edgar “Yip” Harburg attended high school with Ira Gershwin.  They met over a shared fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan and worked on the school paper becoming lifelong friends.

According to his son Ernie Harburg, the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw taught his father that “humor is an act of courage,and dissent.”

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Ocean Grove tent village. Twilight.  Click on  photo to appreciate this image as night approaches.   August, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©

Composer Pietro  Mascagni:  “Cavalleria Rusticana , Intermezzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performed by the Slovak Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Ocean Grove by Paul Goldfinger ©. October, 2018.  Click to enlarge


MEN’S CHOIR  from Sex and the City movie soundtrack.



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Paul Goldfinger © Ocean Grove Tent Village, October,  2018 ©


LeAnn Rimes:

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Mysteries abound in Tent Village. Ocean Grove. September 2, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©   click to enlarge


BEN WEBSTER AND OSCAR PETERSON:  “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”


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Tent Village in Ocean Grove. July, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.



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Tent Village. Ocean Grove, NJ. Around town with Jean Bredin. July, 2018.


The most photographed place in OG is the tent village.  It never moves; it’s a bit like ground hog day, yet, from a photographic point of view, the Blogfinger photography staff  (mostly Jean and I) continue to find inspiration in the lively lifestyles over there near the Great Auditorium.

There is a reason why so many potential tenters sometimes wait years to  rent a tent—and you can’t get one from Airbnb.  Above photo is by  Jean with a lovely nocturnal rendition of Tent Village.


JOHN COLTRANE    “It’s Easy to Remember.”

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Friends let friends enjoy the Grove when they’re away. August 28, 2017. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

As I passed this young woman, she was watering the flowers along the edge of Tent Village in Ocean Grove, NJ, taking her time while her two small children played nearby. She and her family are here, occupying her best friend’s tent, during one of the loveliest times in the Grove—the end of August.  They are from Pennsylvania, and they seemed so happy to be here. Sometimes we have to look around through the eyes of visitors, especially those who get to stay here for awhile.

The temperate weather now is so pleasant:  the light is soft, the breezes gentle, and there is no humidity.  As we have pointed out, there is something ethereal about the Tent Village when it is occupied by soft spoken people, children, flowers, and, oftentimes, by the sweet sounds of the Hope-Jones organ or the voices lifted high coming from inside the Great Auditorium with glorious choral harmonies sometimes accompanied by  symphonic ensembles.

But the effect is sustained mostly by the voices of those who are chatting on porches, kids on skateboards or parents relaxing within the protective safe-zone of the Village.

Abraham visits our backyard pond. He loves to see the fish. Paul Goldfinger portrait. 8/30/17. ©

When I went home and stood in my own garden, a tiny boy, 3 years old, approached me and said hello. His name was Abraham, and as he stood there with me, his mom caught up.  I invited them in to see our pond fish.

Abraham and his family are from Yonkers, NY, and he has been visiting the Grove for the last 3 years, while his parents have been coming for the last 7.  His Mom is originally  from Sweden, and aside from Abraham’s enthusiasm and a three year old’s natural cuteness, he is bilingual.  He pointed to a flying insect and said, “Dragonfly.” He was correct, and his mom took it all in stride.  Abraham and I conversed in Swedish for awhile, and then he went home to sleep.

So, a couple more visitors caught up in OG’s gentle end of summer.

THE BAND PERRY: “Gentle on My Mind”  this version won a 2015 Grammy nomination. It also won Grammies in 1968 for the composer and for Glen Campbell.

“Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind
Gentle on my mind
You’re gentle on my mind.”

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