What do they have in common? Just another wonderful weekend in Ocean Grove where there is always something happening! And to think they used to call this place Ocean Grave. Back in the days…. and there was a time in Ocean Grove where life was much more sedate and serene; of course it still is if that is what you are looking for.
There was a time when cars were not allowed on the streets of the town after midnight on Saturday. Where did they go? They had to be removed from the streets and not returned until Sunday night. This town has religious roots, founded by Methodists who to this day run the town so to speak. In actuality the Camp Meeting Association which is the organization which ran the camp meetings – those retreats and spiritual renewal times and educational events that were the raison-d’etre for the formation of Ocean Grove. Methodists from all over the country would travel to the Jersey Shore for a week or two of respite from city life and an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of the universal Methodist community. They built a Great Auditorium where services are held every Sunday BUT concerts are held every Saturday night of the summer. Over the years we have seen some great talents of our times and tomorrow night we will go to the Doo Wop Concert which signals the summer is over.
However, during the day tomorrow we are going to the Great Flea Market which is held every spring and summer. Hundreds of dealers selling everything from vintage toys to towels, tee shirts to tea pots, antiques, artifacts and albums. This event takes place on the wide grassy median of Ocean Pathway. It’s quite a sight with the ocean in front of you and the Great Auditorium behind you.
Even after almost 10 years I still am in awe of the beauty of this town. Every day I feel like I’m living in a postcard or a movie set or a Norman Rockwell painting. New is good, old is often better and to enjoy life in this throw-back-in-time town is wonderful, delightful and I feel very lucky or blessed (as one might say in Ocean Grove) to be able to reside there intermittently. Life is good.