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Art of Surfing Returns to Music Pier This Weekend

Ocean City is recognized throughout the country as an outstanding SURFING COMMUNITY. The High School has won over 20 regional championships sponsored by the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Its team has competed several times in the nationals against some of the best surfers in the world including contingents from Hawaii.

Many surfing groups hold competitions and fundraisers here. The City accommodates enthusiasts by designating surfing areas at the 7th and 16th St. and Waverly Beaches. There are three shops in Ocean City specializing in surfing, 7th Street Surf Shop, Heritage Surf and Sport Shop and Surfers Supplies.

This weekend (July 30 – Aug. 1) THE ART OF SURFING FESTIVAL will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with an exhibition that will be interesting whether or not you surf. Admission is free. Hours are Thurs. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., noon to 10 p.m.

Ocean City’s Aaron Bogushefsky, an art teacher in the City’s School system, has done an amusing and original poster for the event. The poster will be for sale along with an array of surfing artwork from nationally acclaimed artists. There will be a book signing by Paul Kosten on “The Progressive Art of Body Surfing” and signed copies of other books available.

Live music will be featured nightly from 7 to 10 p.m. Bands include: Thurs., 80’s Revenge, Fri. Blue Wave Theory and Sat. Sharkskin, wearing sharkskin suits. A Yoga Surfing session will be held at 4 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. by Local Lou.  It will benefit the Heart of Surfing Organization that helps autistic children learn to surf and have fun. Cost is $10 per person. An exhibit of Surf Memorabilia will be presented by Bill Simon and there will be much more. For information call Steve Miller, (609) 744-3229.

(July 30) MASTERWORKS CHOIR presents Beethoven’s Mass in C –7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. This Mass was chosen to help celebrate Masterwork’s 45th year in Ocean City. It is a favorite among singers for its elegant balance of lyrical melodies. Church is handicapped accessible, concert is free. Visit www.masterworkschoirocnj.org.

(Aug. 2)  OC POPS-COUNTRY LEGENDS: A Toe-Tapping extravaganza featuring some of Nashville’s best talent. Highlights include such country classics as Coal Miner’s Daughter, Crazy, Harper Valley PTA, 9 to 5 and more. Sponsored by Johnson’s Popcorn, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $25/$20. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 3) THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES and the BIG BAD PIG is a new musical based on a book by Eugene Trivizas. When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, their mother warns them to beware of the Big Bad Pig. But the little wolves sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who does more than just huff and puff. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers to provide a surprising and satisfying solution to the little wolves’ housing crisis. 10:30 a.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $10, Call (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 3) DAVID BROMBERG – An American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter plays Bluegrass, Blues and folk music. He has accompanied many artists during his career including Bob Dylan. Bromberg’s Quintet and Band will be joined by special guest, singer- songwriter, Dar Williams. Show host will be legendary folk DJ, Gene Shay. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39, all seats reserved and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-300 at tickemaster.com and at Music Pier Box Office.

(Aug. 5) Second Sand Sculpting Contest of Season, starts 9 a.m. at the 6th Street Beach. Categories for ages 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens, Individual Adults and Families. Free. Prizes awarded. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 5) Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, 1p.m. on 6th St. Beach, registration at noon. This Pageant attempts to find and honor the most glamorous Crustacean in existence. Previous winners have included Crabunzel, Copa Crabana, Taxi Crab and Crabahontis. Winner is awarded the “Coveted Cumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean comeliness. Entry is free. Prizes are awarded. Absolutely no painting or gluing objects to crab’s shells.  Contestants are briefed and given information on how to care for Hermit Crabs. Pageant is followed by King of Klutz Races to determine the world’s fastest Crustacean

(Aug. 6) OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB OPEN HOUSE: Experience the beautiful view and talk to members of this historic 635 ft. Pier, the oldest, continuously operating facility of its kind in the nation. Tour 6 to 8 p.m. at 14th St. and Boardwalk. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of canned or dried food for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Event is held to coincide with City’s popular Family Nights on the Boardwalk. Call George Ingram (609) 398-0534 for information.

(Aug. 6) TWINS CONTEST: Prizes for twins who look most alike and least alike. Divided into age groups, 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens and Adults. Registration begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Contest starts 6:30 p.m. Entry is free. Prizes are awarded.

(Aug. 7-9) 53rd ANNUAL BOARDWALK ART SHOW: Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Hours: Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Begins in vicinity of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Ocean City Art Center is offering free space to student artists. Call (609) 399-7628 for information. Event started by Dr. Marcia Smith, James F. Penland and Mayor B. Thomas Waldman.

(Aug 8) EASTERN SURFING ASSN., South Jersey District Contest #6: Registration at 7th St. Beach begins 7 a.m. First heat in the water, 8 a.m. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. (No Wave Date Aug. 15). For more information, www.snjsurfesa.org.

(Aug. 8) 40th Annual Boys and Girls SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the north end beach adjacent to the Ocean City/Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing from 10 a.m.- noon. Parental supervision required. Participants must bring their own bait. Age groups 8-10, 11-13, 14-16. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each age group. On going casting and fishing instruction will be provided during the tournament. Sponsored by the Ocean City Fishing Club and Ocean City Recreation Department. For information, Call (609) 399-6111. Rain date is Aug. 15.

(Aug. 8) MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT: Will be held at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Reigning Miss Ocean City, Kendall Coughlin, will preside. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For more information visit www.ocexchangeclub.org     or call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 9) OC POPS-Classics at the Pops: Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster and Violinist, David Kim playing Bach. Honoring retiring Concertmaster, Olga Konopelsky. Program also features former Weil competition winner Alexander Bui playing Chopin piano concerto plus award winning harpist Caitlin Mehrtens and flutist Hannah Hammel performing  Mozart’s harp and flute concerto. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Sponsored by Dr. Edna and Mr. John Cellucci, tickets are $20/$15. Call (609) 399-6111, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

NEVER, NEVER SWIM AT AN UNGUARDED BEACH

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