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Paul Goldfinger photo.The Great Auditorium.  Ocean Grove.  September 11, 2011. Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge.



U.S. MARINE BAND.  “Colonel Bogey”   from an album called “Great Marches Not by Sousa.”



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OG near Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph©. July 6, 2020.  Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor of Blogfinger.net


MARINE BAND:  Did you miss this music on July 4?  Let’s not let that evil virus push us down too far.

John Phillip Sousa wrote this little ditty which is  “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

In Ocean Grove there is a long heritage of patriotic music.  Sousa appeared in the Great Auditorium many times, and his music made it even greater.

Go to the OG Historical Society and visit his portrait in full military regalia.  He was the director of the Marine Band. They say that he wouldn’t allow his musicians to tap their toes.

Oh, and go to the museum and ask why they are the Historical Society and not the Historic Society.



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July 2, 2018 © Warming up for July 4. Patriotism in the Grove. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

Blogfinger Sousa festival—



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Ocean Grove, summer 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net.

Ocean Grove, summer 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net.

August 13, 2015,

To the Editor   @Blogfinger.net:

My wife and I along with another couple spent the day in Ocean Grove, NJ. We are from Phillipsburg, NJ and had never been in OG. During the course of the day we sat on a bench facing the ocean as many others do while at the shore.

We were facing lifeguard stand #4, when the clock struck 5 pm. We watched the routine that takes place at the end of a long day in the sun; making sure everyone is safe. My friend and I are both veterans—he Army, me Navy. We are both active in our community with patriotism and Americanism.

We were curious to watch what would be done with the American flag at the end of the shift. We sat in amazement as we watched the lifeguards not only handle the flag properly and respectfully, but we watched them fold the flag in the proper manner.

Very, very impressive! We were so pleased to watch this perfectly executed folding of the flag, we decided to high tail it to the area where the lifeguards from stand #4 store their equipment. We introduced ourselves as veterans and expressed our appreciation and gratitude for the way they conduct themselves on the beach, and for their handling and storing of the American flag. We were informed that all lifeguards perform the same duty and ceremony at their respective stations.

Please know, all veterans, their families, those presently serving and our homeless veterans would be proud of the lifeguards in Ocean Grove.

A true sign of Patriotism and Americanism.

Bill Nixon, US Navy Veteran

Barry Willever, US Army Veteran

Editor’s Note:   Thanks to Bill Nixon and Barry Willever for their service and for their praise of Ocean Grove’s excellent life guards.

OG is traditionally a patriotic place going back to Pres. Teddy Roosevelt and before that to Pres. Grant who spoke to a large group of Civil War veterans in the Auditorium.

Today many Grovers fly American flags with pride, and our glorious July 4 parade, sponsored by the OG Camp Meeting Association, offers a major tribute to our country.  —–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ. July 4, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net.

Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ. July 4, 2015 parade.   Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net.

From Finian’s Rainbow

“On the day I was born, said me father, said he

I’ve an elegant legacy, waitin’ for ye

‘Tis a rhyme for your lips and a song for your heart

To sing it whenever the world falls apart

“Look, look, look to the rainbow

Follow it over the hill and the stream

Look, look, look to the rainbow

Follow the fellow who follows a dream.”


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Blogfinger photographer Prosper Bellizia spotted this array of flags in Ocean Grove's tent colony. July 2015. ©

Blogfinger photographer Prosper Bellizia spotted this array of flags in Ocean Grove’s tent colony. July 2015. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Ocean Grove is a patriotic place as judged by American flags flying all over town. It seemed to me that the flags had become less numerous around the Grove,  and now are more evident, although our population probably at least doubles each summer.  We always fly the flag at our home, and so do some of our neighbors.

And of course there is the electric flag in front of the Great Auditorium behind the choir loft.  I have observed the crowds at Saturday night concerts  look around in wonder as the electric flag is lit and several thousand people sing the National Anthem inside that acoustically glorious building. When the flag lights up there are looks of amazement on many faces, and you can almost feel the goose bumps bumping around the hall.

I guess OG was always like that.   If you read about the Presidents who came here including Teddy Roosevelt who assembled the Rough Riders on Ocean Pathway, and the speeches given by President Grant, Wilson and others, you can appreciate that the flags flying around town are a part of the town’s patriotic history. It represents certain roots that many of you value, judging from our piece about Sunday beach closures.

FYI there is a wonderful flag store where you can find a huge selection plus all the poles and hardware you could need. Their flags are made in America.  It is called Kempton Flags at 2800 Ridgewood Road in Wall Township.  (it is on Rt. 34 north side)   http://www.kemptonflag.com.   It is not far from OG.    They will dispose of your old flags, but you can also do that at the Municipal Building in Neptune  (the town, not the planet.)

AARON WEINSTEIN.   “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”  from his album A Handful of Stars. The reference to a handful of stars reminds me of the 13 original ones on our nation’s first flag.

Aaron Weinstein made this first album when he was nineteen years old and still in music school. He was so talented that the  publishers gave him full discretion to choose musicians, etc in the making of the album.

I saw Aaron perform live at the Axelrod Art Center in Deal in 2013.  He had just turned 28.

And below is a link to a jazz post on BF from last year where Weinstein is mentioned.

jazz article link

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