Posts Tagged ‘Ocean Grove tents’

COVID-19.    Internet graphic from the NIH.


Is the July 4 parade next to be scheduled? Paul Goldfinger photo. 2019. ©


Tents begin to “go up” each April. Blogfinger photo April 2018.


Friday, April 25, 2020. 4 pm


We have learned from a reliable source that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will be “opening the tents and the beach on June 15.”




A worker sprays disinfectant to sanitize Duomo square in downtown Milan, Italy, March 31, 2020. (AP/Luca Bruno)

NOTE:  This was reported on Friday April 25 by the Guardian.

“Scientists in Italy find coronavirus on airborne pollutants, suggesting that the disease could travel further by air than previously assumed.”

“It could also explain the high rate of infection in heavily polluted northern Italy. ”

“Larger droplets carrying the virus land within two meters of the carrier, but smaller droplets can linger in the air for longer, and move farther. It is unclear whether the smaller droplets can cause infections.”

“The study has not yet been peer-reviewed, but previous studies and experts suggest the premise could be valid, and should be researched further.”

“It is unclear whether the virus is viable or able to cause infections when carried by pollution. ”

Something to think about when considering the close quarters among the tents.

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Tourism of the historical kind---the kind to be encouraged in our historic town. Paul Goldfinger photo @ Blogfinger .net.

Tourism of the historical kind—the kind to be encouraged in our 19th century historic town. Paul Goldfinger photo @ Blogfinger.net.


HUGH JACKMAN.  “Don’t throw your past away; you might need it some rainy day.”    From The Boy From Oz:

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Ocean Grove tents. June, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove tents. June, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to read the sign.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

In Morris Daniels’ book  The Story of Ocean Grove, 1869-1919,  he said, “Being primarily a camp ground, tents were the abode of the people.   By the end of 1871, The CMA (‘The Association’) owned 201 tents, but these were not sufficient to meet the demand.”

By 1879, it was decided to rearrange the tents around and near the Auditorium. Then there were about 700 tents. The tents were divided into “blocks” which were given names such as Auditorium Circle, Bethany, and Bethesda. The tents were very popular, and if Rev. Stokes were around today, he would not be surprised by the competitive popularity of the tents in Ocean Grove.

In the photo above, the sign  indicates to watch for pedestrians over the next 600 feet. In 1871, carriage drivers had to pay similar heed.

I bet that the pitter-patter of raindrops on the canvas roofs caught the attention of the tenters. It must have been a very reassuring sound to those religious pilgrims of the 19th century in Ocean Grove, and surely they thought of them as gifts from heaven.

Here is Tony Bennett  regarding those gifts.  He is at Carnegie Hall live on June 9, 1962 with the Ralph Sharon Orchestra—it can’t get better than that.

Here is a link “The Summer Tents” from August 2013


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Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger

Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger   ©

The tents are now all empty.  A cold rainy end-of-September breeze is wafting  along Asbury Avenue.  Some of the tents are open to the elements, and this one has white canvas that is catching the breezes and flapping about, making soft sounds as the material seems alive.   Inside there is a yellow color that contrasts with the gray day.  A bit of light shows through and makes the interior glow.   Dusk is upon us, and soon it will all turn dark.

It won’t be long before the Camp Meeting crew gets here and buttons it all down.  But meanwhile, while the day seems sad, there still is a spark of life evident here on this desolate Grovarian street.

BOB DYLAN    from his album Shadows in the Night

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