Saturday, May 12, 2012

Craft Shows and Ocean Grove

Today we spent time visiting my Mom, Lori. 
She is a great crafter.
There is nothing she can't make.
She use to make Country Crafts.
ie:  the bunnies, beeswax ornaments,
snowmen etc . . .
My apartment is decorated in good
fashion with my Mom's crafts.

Then she got tired of it and taught herself
how to make beautiful jewelry.

Here she is at her jewelry craft table.

I get my love of crafts and country decorating from my Mom.

Here's a photo my hubby took of my Mom, Lori, me and Aunt Rose.
I think he did a great job.  The sun was so bright it was hard to get a shot.

My Mom lives in Ocean Grove. It is a great little town.
So much christian history. It's only about 30 minutes drive
from my home.

They have the most colorful and beautiful Victorian homes.

One of the things that continues to make Ocean Grove a unique community is the colony of tents and the people who occupy them in the summer months. Many of today's "tenters" are fifth and sixth generation tent families who would not trade the summer life style for anything.
As the name implies, Camp Meetings were just that, camp grounds were visitors lived in tents during the summer months to attend the religious meetings held on the grounds. Because of its many groves of trees, especially pines, Ocean Grove, which got its name from the tree groves, was a perfect retreat. Visitors were able to escape the heat of the big cities in the summer and live a more simple life in the tents which surrounded the squares where the meetings were held. Originally Ocean Grove's meetings were open air, with the worshipers sitting on rough hewn pine benches in a semi circle around a "preacher's stand" capable of seating up to 75 ministers.
However, as Ocean Grove grew in size and popularity, permanent structures began replacing the tents and many of the groves of trees were cut down to provide room for the building. Of the original 600 tents only 114 exist today. The fully modernized tents today have a wooden back room, with modern facilities including bathrooms, kitchens and sleeping space. The structure provides a place to store the canvass tents in the winter as well as providing the tenters a place to store their personal belongings. Then in the spring the tents are taken out and placed over their wood frames on the front of the platform. When the summer residents return to their tents they bring out their rugs, furniture and personal items and begin the process of decorating their canvas parlors. Many of the tenters plant gardens and individualize and personalize their tents by painting the porch rails, adding furniture and also decorative elements. Although living in a canvass tent for three months of the year provides little privacy from their neighbors at times, the tenters relish their unique community and return year after year.

The Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, NJ, is considered to be the most impressive and largest enclosed auditorium in New Jersey, and is the center of activity in Ocean Grove since 1894. It is used for Sunday services in the summer and showcases are held for well-known preachers and evangelists known throughout the world. Concerts, exhibitions, and other entertainment are also held in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove. 

This summer Kirk Cameron is coming and doing Love Worth Fighting For a Marriage Conference - hubby and I will be attending.

It really is so awesome to attend a church service
at the great auditorium.
I saw Pastor Charles Stanley here several times
and it is really very moving.

The Auditorium's pipe organ is one of the 25 largest in the world.
 Installed in 1908 by the innovative organ builder Robert Hope-Jones.

And of course the beautiful beaches.

Our Christian Heritage is so important.
God commands us to pass it on to future generations.
Ocean Grove has been a little town trying desperately to keeps Gods commands and pass it on . . .

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

New International Version (NIV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

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