Photo by C. Leslie www.sparkvisitmonmouth.com 87 round to celebrate the uniqueness of this Victorian town, such as the Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend in February, Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend in March, a Vintage Car Show in May and a British Car Show in September, the Fall Harvest Festival Arts and Craft Show in October and the Victorian Holiday Festival and House Tour in December. A stroll along Main Avenue anytime of the year is a rich reminder of Victorian life with its many quaint gift shops and antique stores. Art shows, craft fairs, flea markets, house and inn tours, concerts and fireworks, along with kite-flying and sandcastle contests, volleyball, boogie board and inner-tube races, and lifeguard competitions fill the calendar. Anglers catch fluke, kingfish and striped bass right off oceanfront jetties. Take a walking tour of historic sites on tree-lined streets. Come during the summer to visit the Tent Colony, a historic community of 114 tent homes replete with manicured lawns and flower boxes. Stop by the Centennial Cottage dating to 1879, or visit the Historical Society Museum. Check the Historic Sites & Collections section of this guide for information. The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, whose mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth and renewal in a Christian seaside setting, runs the town. Founded in 1869, the Camp Meeting continues to put on a vibrant program of preaching, teaching and celebration. Each summer, the historic Great Auditorium, known for its massive 10,000-pipe organ, excellent acoustics and seating for 6,000, is host to a classical music series, free organ concerts, and famous-name artists, as well as religious services. This year Ocean Grove will kick off its 2017 summer season by hosting over 300 vendors at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Giant Spring Flea Market in June and close the season with the Giant Fall Flea Market in September. See all that Ocean Grove has to offer by visiting the town events calendar at oceangrovenj.com/events.html. Ocean Grove is a “dry” town, but it’s just a short stroll down the boardwalk to Asbury Park, a major entertainment hub with concert venues, clubs, restaurants, art galleries, antique shops and a lively boardwalk. It is easily accessible by NJ TRANSIT’s North Jersey Coast Line to the Asbury Park train station. Reach the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association main office at 732-775-0035 or the box office at 800-965-9324, or visit www.oceangrove.org. Visit www.oceangrovenj.com for the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-774-1391.
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