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Artisans Here This Weekend, Miss New Jersey Next

The Artisans of Philadelphia will return to Ocean City this weekend for its 70th Annual visit. The Artisans have been in business for over 100 years. It is a “Family Fraternal Benefit Society” whose mission is to provide affordable insurance coverage to working people. The organization is also known for supporting charitable organizations in the Delaware Valley.

On Sat., June 6th, the Artisans will hold its Miss Artisan Pageant 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, a young lady is selected to represent the group for the upcoming year. Professional entertainment is featured in the program. The public is invited, admission is free.

Over the years, the Artisans have been generous supporters of the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard and City events including the Mr. Mature America Pageant and our annual Tribute to the Philippines. During the evening, we will present a “Key to the City” to Theresa A. Ludwig, Most Excellent Master Artisan, the Society’s Chief Executive Officer.

ONE FUNNY MOTHER WILL AGAIN EMCEE MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT

The Miss New Jersey Pageant arrives in Ocean City on Wed., June 10th. Events begin with the Miss New Jersey Parade beginning 7 p.m. from 6th to 14th St. on the Boardwalk. Cierra Kaler-Jones, reigning Miss New Jersey, will lead the Parade.

Two former Miss Ocean City’s will compete for the title, Devon Vanderslice and Dana Piccoli. Theme for this year’s Parade is “Pages through the Ages.” All 28 contestants will “show their shoes” and be dressed to compliment the theme.

Pageant Emcee will be Dena Blizzard, who is an emcee at the Miss America Pageant, a frequent guest at New Jersey 101.5 radio and a rising star as a professional comedian. Dena is currently touring with her hilarious show “One Funny Mother,” which has become a huge hit in theaters throughout the East Coast. Dena sits on stage, folds laundry and describes her “adventures in motherhood.” A former Miss New Jersey, Dena adds fun and laughter to the Pageant.

Miss New Jersey preliminaries will be held June 11 and 12 with the finals and crowning set for Sat., June 13. For tickets access www.missnewjersey.net and click on tickets.

REGISTER YOUR BOAT AND HOME NOW FOR NIGHT IN VENICE: “Dancing Under the Stars” is the optional theme for the 61st. Annual Night In Venice Boat Parade and Bay Front Home Celebration on Sat., July 11th. The colorful boat parade will begin at 6 p.m. by the Longport Bridge at the north point of the Island.

An array of decorated boats, many featuring music, will sail along the Bay and in and out of lagoons to Tennessee Ave. Several hundred bay front homes will also be showcased. Both home and boat owners will compete for prizes. Entry is free. All boat owners will receive a complimentary photo of their boat in the Parade.

The dancing theme will be represented on a commemorative mug given to all boat and home contestants. Participants are reminded they are free to choose any theme they wish. Grand Marshal will be John Stauffer of Johnson’s Popcorn, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in Ocean City. Johnson’s will distribute “fun items” to both land and water entrants. The Channel 6 Action News Weather Team and a legendary member of the Philadelphia Flyers will also be featured in the Parade.

To enter a boat or home in the Night In Venice Celebration, access www.ocnj.us/NIV , stop at City Hall Room 214, Mon.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300, email msoifer@hotmail.com  or fax (609) 525-0301. Ocean City received funding for this project through a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

(June 4)  WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th and Boardwalk. Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All rides only two tickets. At 9 p.m. see Birthday Bash FIREWORKS SHOW.  Rides open at 6 p.m. Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. Celebrating 84 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

(June 9) The Ocean City Fine Arts League Announces its FREE JUNE MOVIE NIGHT, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Based on a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, the film follows the Journey of a nine year old boy as he attempts to solve a family mystery. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock star. Movies are held at theOcean City Free Public Librarystarting 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

For More information, call the Fine Arts League (609) 814-0308 or the Library (609) 399-2434. Both the FINE ARTS LEAGUE and OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., offer free art exhibits this month. For information, call the League or the Arts Center (609) 399-7628.

(June 13)  OCEAN CITY POLICE CHASE– 5 K Run and 2 Mile Walk begin 8 a.m. Registration held a Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Hosted by OCPBA Local 61. For more information visit www.runtheday.com or www.ocpba.com.

(June 13) EASTERN SURFING ASSN, South Jersey District Contest #3. Registration at 7th St.  Beach begins 7 a.m. First Heat in water 8 a.m. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join at the Beach. (No Wave Date, June 20) For more information, www.snjsurfesa.org.

(June 20) ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW – Over 300 vintage vehicles will be exhibited on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Boardwalk Parade scheduled for after 2 p.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(June 21) On Opening Night, the Ocean City Pops presents an EVENING WITH JUDY COLLINS, Grammy winning singer-songwriter known for her imaginative interpretations of Folk Standards. Hear hits like “Amazing Grace,”  “Send in the Clowns” and many more. Sponsored by the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $35/25. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(June 21) MEET JUDY COLLINS on opening night after the concert at a dessert reception at Flanders Hotel. Sponsored by John L. Curto and Paul and Dr. Mary Yuraschevich. $25 per person.  Reservations appreciated by June 16. For information, call (609) 398-0924 or access www.oceancitypops.org.

(June 22) LUCINDA WILLIAMS in Concert, three time Grammy Award Winner kicks off the 2015 Monday Night Boardwalk Concert Series at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 7:30 p.m. Opening the show are Buick 6.Tickets are $39, all seats reserved, – available by calling 1-800-745-3000, at ticketmaster.com and the Music Pier Box office at www.ocnj.us.

REMINDER: The Ocean City Board of Realtors Annual PLANT SALE is set for Sat., June 20 from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. at a new location, the Board’s Office, 405 22nd St. Proceeds benefit Waves of Caring of Ocean City. The sale features annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, flowering bushes, vegetables and flats at discount prices. Pre-sales start at the Board’s Office, Thurs., June 18, from 9a.m. to 4 p.m.

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