I have added a sub-title to this post as the organ featured served as the “gateway organ” for my subsequent love of the instrument.
I do not remember how I found out about it, but I recall driving the hour from Warren to Ocean Grove one Sunday afternoon around 1979 to attend a pipe organ recital on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. . . and a performance it was.
Here is a link to the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium. It is a cogent history of the instrument.
My recollection is that it was not as majestic back then, but I was just a teenager, oblivious to most of my surroundings. As time has marched on, my preference for “church” organs over “theatre” organs became entrenched. That being said, I cannot minimize the effect this particular instrument has had on my life.
Dr. Carol Williams, “swinging” on the Hope – Jones/ Skinner organ at the Great Auditorium, “Down the Shore” in Ocean Grove, NJ.