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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.

 

BETTE MIDLER:

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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.  Abover is 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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Tent Village, Ocean Grove. July 29,  2017. By Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

It must be great fun to be a kid living in a tent during an Ocean Grove summer.  Instead of bicycles to zoom around the sidewalks of the Village,  there are now skateboards and scooters.

I saw a teenager coasting down Mt. Hermon Way on a skateboard, in her gravity defying short shorts, maintaining her decorum all the while speaking on a cell phone.  It is certain—-someday she will have a tattoo, and her parents will approve.   This is the new look of femininity.

But the Village girl, on her scooter, shows no sign of becoming anything but a proper young lady.

JUDY GARLAND    from The Wizard of Oz.

“Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh, why can’t I?

“If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow.
Why, oh, why can’t I?”

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

It was 5:30 pm over at the tent village. Probably dinner time.  Breezes were blowing and it was  relatively quiet….except for Gordon Turk rehearsing inside the Great Auditorium.   The Hope Jones organ is a powerful magnificent instrument, but now, with the windows and doors closed,  its sound fit right into the mood.  A few kids were in the vicinity, but no adults. There is a special ending.    This is how it felt:

 

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