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Martin Z. Mollusk Day and Block Party Coming Soon

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/27/16 (April 30) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. Call (609) 399-6111, xt. 9711. (April 30) GREAT STRIDES WALK: 10 a.m. registration at the 6th St. Practice Field, off the Boardwalk. 11 a.m. Walk. Great Strides is a family oriented event with a healthy 5K Walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is its largest national fundraiser. For information, call (610) 325-6001. (May 2-31) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents a unique exhibit, BOARDWALK  CATS, the... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Day on the Horizon

  Weather prognosticators and vacationers alike experience a tinge of excitement as Martin Z. Mollusk Day on May 7 nears.  Will the city’s relatively famous hermit crab see his shadow, thus assuring the populace that summer will arrive one week early? Born along the Great Zambezi River in Africa, Martin was deserted at an early age. Forced to fend for himself, Martin adopted the surname “Mollusk” from a sign he noticed on a passing commercial boat that read “Mollusks for Sale, $1.99.” The  “Z” stands for Zambezi, the river that coddled him. He selected the name Martin because it goes well with Mollusk. In his teens, he stowed away on a “red eye flight” to Tepid Swamp, Louisiana where he attended Tepid Tech, a school noted for environmental studies. There he majored in... Read More

31st Doo Dah Parade Set For Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/13/16 Ocean City’s 31st annual DOO DAH PARADE is Saturday, April 16, starting at noon at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. The colorful march goes from 6th to 12th St. on Asbury turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier. There the annual PieAsco is held. The Parade features the music of the Pitman Hobo Band, Atlantic City Bagpipe Band, two Dixieland Bands and other musical units. There will be group and individual entries including the Ghost Busters, a ladies skating contingent, clowns, a group of German Shepherds, radio stations and much more. Entry in the Parade is free. Call (609) 399-6111, email msoifer@ocnj.us or visit ocnj.us/doo-dah-parade.  All entrants receive a free Doo Dah T-Shirt from Dietz and Watson. To register a basset... Read More

Comic Book Show, Girls Weekend Now, Doo Dah Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ (4/7/16) Residents and visitors will be treated to three special events in the next two weekends. The OC-CON Comic Book and Memorabilia Show and GIRLS WEEKEND are both set for April 9-10. The DOO DAH PARADE will be held on April 16 with the Basset Hound Olympics on April 15. The OC-Con event at the Ocean City Music Pier will give the public a rare insight into the colorful world of comics.  Visitors will be able to meet with noted comic book illustrators including Ron Wilson at discussion sessions during the weekend.  There will be comic creators from Disney Films, Marvel Comics, Archie Comics, DC Comics and many more.  Members of the 501st Legion of “Star Wars” fame will be in attendance both days.  On Sunday,... Read More

Doo Dah Parade to Have Two Grand Marshals

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/30/16 Here’s some very exciting news worth tweeting. If you don’t tweet, tell someone else, to tell someone else, to tell someone else, and soon millions will know. There will be two grand marshals of the 31st Annual Ocean City Doo Dah Parade on April 16. Yes, it’s true! There will be a community grand marshal and a regular “run of the mill” grand marshal. The community grand marshal will be Doug Jewell, owner of Air Circus, the kite and novelty store on the Boardwalk. Doug is receiving the recognition because of his many contributions to our special events including Doo Dah, Martin Mollusk Day, Miss Crustacean, Night In Venice, Weird Contest Week, etc. Doug has also brought the Eastern Regional Yo Yo Championships to Ocean City... Read More

Pet Fashion Show Kicks Off Easter Weekend Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/23/16 A new category has been added to Ocean City’s annual Woof n’ Paws Pet Fashion Show on Saturday, March 26. It’s “Small Pets in Carriages,” a growing, national phenomenon. It seems that an increasing number of pet owners have taken to rolling their small dogs, cats and whatevers through town in baby carriages to show them off and keep them comfortable. In recognition of this growing trend, Woof n’ Paws has decided to add the category to its competition. The long-standing categories return: Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Cat, Swim Suit Division, Best Dressed Pet (Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Bunnies, Ferrets, etc.) Plus Best Bonnet, Pet/Owner Look-Alike and Intelligent Pet Tricks. Pet owners will be able to compete in three categories for $5. Entry fee is collected by... Read More

Great Egg Hunt Kicks Off Spring and Easter Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/16/16  (March 19)  THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 2:30 p.m., 11th St. to 14th St. on the beach. Five (5) age groups: 0-2 yrs. and 3-4 yrs (11 St. Beach); 5 yrs and 6 yrs (12th St. Beach); and  7 yrs old  (13th Street). Rain date: March 20. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.  (March 19-20) SPRING FESTIVAL OF GUARANTEED HANDCRAFTS & FINE ART: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Believed to be the only show in New Jersey where every offering is guaranteed to be made in the USA by the artisan in the booth. Features jewelry, glass, watercolor and oil paintings, beach and bay photography, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet foods, wood carvings, floral... Read More

Mr. Mature America Pageant Set For This Saturday

What's Happening 3/10/16 The third annual Mr. Mature America Pageant will be held on Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The event is the only talent pageant for men 55 and older. It celebrates the talents, relevance and contributions of our senior citizens. The show will feature seven contestants and special performances by non- competing senior entertainers. There will be a display of senior art work in the solarium and Jerry Lukas, a renowned senior cartoonist, will create free, personalized cartoons for visitors. Contestants include Dr. John Phillips, 72, of Somers Point, a life-long educator and martial arts champion who will break wood on... Read More

Mr. Mature America Contestants Named

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/4/16 The contestants for this year’s Mr. Mature America Pageant March 12th at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier represent a variety of talents: They include John Phillips of Somers Point with a Karate demonstration (He will break boards on stage); Tom McGill, Ocean City, a comedian; Rene Sese, Ocean City, a singer; William Andrew Dowling, Ventnor City, a poet; Ray Hufnagle, Somers Point, an artist; Peter Sposato, Toms River, a singer; Bob D’amore, Ocean City, a pianist and  Captain Joel Fogel, Somers Point, a pianist. Special guest senior performers who will entertain but not compete include Rock’n Roll Hall of Famer, Dick Richards of Ocean City, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets.  He will be featured with his band the Ready Rockers.... Read More