Ocean Grove’s 150-year-old tent colony going up despite coronavirus concerns

It was the summer of 1983 when Henry Will’s family first joined Ocean Grove’s tent colony, a collection of more than 100 canvases attached to small wooden cottages that are set up each spring in a tradition that dates back 151 years.

The living quarters are close. So close, Will said, that you could easily listen in on the television show your neighbor is watching if the volume is right.

“You can’t have a TV on in your tent and have it playing really loud because other people are gonna be bothered by that. We have to learn to be flexible because you’re living in close proximity to each other,” s…

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Posted: May 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Ocean Grove’s 150-year-old tent colony going up despite coronavirus concerns”

  1. That People said at 7:35 am on May 13th, 2020:

    have to wait for guidance from Phil Murphy is the sad part of this article. People adapt.

    And what Senator Rand Paul said yesterday to Dr. Fauci applies here as well, Governor Woodchuck, “you are not the end all”

  2. Agreed said at 9:37 pm on May 13th, 2020:

    I’m all about letting the fine folks of the tolerant community of Ocean Grove take all the risks they want!

  3. Lovefishing said at 6:46 am on May 14th, 2020:

    If you are nervous being near the tenters it’s an easy solution, don’t go near them.

  4. Bill Rice said at 8:30 am on May 14th, 2020:

    This is the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever heard of.Risking the entire town’s health on these tent weirdos with TVs in them

  5. @ Bill Rice said at 8:41 am on May 14th, 2020:

    Tent Wierdos ? Is that all you have, an insult?

    The US Constitution applies with regards the religious aspect of this. And as the article says, people are adapting and I have faith in people, not government restrictions. People yearn to be free and I have been watching the daily infection and death counts. In New Jersey, they have been dropping precipitously as they are in NY. The lock downs were not meant to cure the disease, nor end deaths from it; only to flatten the curve so that hospitals would not be overwhelmed.

    98% of people survive this and there are people (thousands) walking around with antibodies that never knew they had the virus. We need to build herd immunity.

    Life must go on and I believe things will be fine. People are tired of cowering in their own homes. You see it across America.

    “Can you hear the people sing? ”