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Block Party Weekend Attracts Thousands to Ocean City

Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 39th time Oct. 12-14.

Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long FALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 12 and attracts more than 40,000 visitors.

Over 350 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party. An array of hand made products will be featured. Block Party hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A huge fireworks display is scheduled following the block party. The fireworks are fired from a barge off the 9th St. Beach at 9:30 p.m. There will be entertainment on the boardwalk all evening prior to the fireworks.

Block party events include a variety of foods. There is a popular Greek Food Festival that has been featured at the event every year since it began 39 years ago. Seafood, ribs, hot dogs, pizza, soft pretzels, bagels, baked goods and funnel cakes are also offered and more.

Bands, clowns and other entertainers are featured along the block party route.

There are free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be Public service displays for non-profit organizations off Asbury Ave. to Central Ave.

Parking will be free on city lots and streets from Wesley Ave. to the bridge. Meters will be working and there will be a charge after Wesley Ave. to the Boardwalk.

In addition to the block party, there is a popular seafood center at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Oct. 12-14, featuring local vendors. Ocean City boardwalk and downtown merchants hold table sales on the Boardwalk and along Asbury Ave. between 6th and 14th Sts. during the weekend.

(Oct. 11-13) Also during the Block Party Weekend, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present a musical tribute to FRANK SINATRA, a song and dance revue featuring 53 of his most popular songs. The program features talented, professional performers. It’s set for the Moorlyn Theatre, Oct. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $18. Call (609)399-0006.

(Oct 12) Stephen Serwatka again presents his “New Jersey Nature” program, 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, between 5th and 6th Streets on Bay Ave. This educational program enables the public to have a fun and an educational experience with non releasable wild and tame domestic animals. It is a rare opportunity to see these animals up close in a relaxed atmosphere. Steve answers questions “from the curious minds” he encounters. Free admission. Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assn.

(Oct. 17-19) the Ocean City Fishing Club sponsors a 100th anniversary SURF FISHING Tournament for six member teams of men and women throughout the East Coast. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning teams. To register go to www.oceancityfishingclub.com Participants may make an optional donation of canned goods to support the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

(Oct.17-19) Red and White ALUMNI Weekend. Barbeque and home football game Friday night. Luncheon at OCHS Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call (609) 425-2911.

(Oct. 19) JUNIOR Miss Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $10 at Music Pier Box Office. Scholarship Pageant for girls ages 12-15. For information call (609) 525-9304 or email kfenton@ocnj.us.

(Oct. 19-20) The Shirt Shack Hayrides on the Boardwalk, free, noon to 4 p.m. Get on and off at 6 th and 12th Sts.

(Oct. 20) American Cancer Society MAKING STRIDES against Breast Cancer: 8:30 a.m., registration at 6th St. Practice Field. This is a powerful and inspiring event that unites communities to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer. It educates people about the steps they need to take to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable. It raises money to make a difference. For information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/southjersey.

(Oct. 23) Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce WELCOME Night: 6 to 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Meet City groups and organizations. Free event. For information call (609) 391-0240.

(Oct. 24) HALLOWEEN PARADE: 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Ave. from 6-11th Sts. Website registration only through Oct. 23 at www.ochp.blogspot.com. For information call Info Hotline 1-800-813-5580.

(Oct. 26)  Downtown Merchants Trick or TREAT—2-4 p.m., 6th-11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. at participating merchants.

(Oct. 26-27) MURDEROUS Night at the Museum, a Murder Mystery comedy with audience interaction presented by the Ocean City Theater Co. Join the exciting fun at the Music Pier, 7:30 p.m. on the 26th and 2 p.m. on the 27th. All tickets are $10. Call (609) 525-9300 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Through the Month Of October) A fantastic Halloween or anytime treat brought to you by the Ocean City Free Public Library: Ron Mac Closkey’s Frankenstein Exhibit in the Atrium of the Library features cartoons and artwork of the legendary monster by famous personalities such as Gary Larson of The Far Side and plenty of interesting memorabilia. Frankenstein has been featured on everything from cereal boxes to postage stamps and you will see much of it here. On October 25 at 7 p.m., Mac Closkey and the Library will present “Jeepers Creepers, it’s Boris Karloff” a program that has also been featured at the Lincoln Center in New York. Both this show and exhibit are free, interesting and lots of fun. For information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Through October) The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents its third annual KID FRIENDLY Haunted House, “a well lit, less scary, Trick or Treat Tour.” Hours 4-7 p.m., admission $5 per child. Call (609) 457-6686 or access www.ocrep.org. for a list of days and to make reservations.

I have just published my 8th poetry book, “A Nation of Things.” It’s 56 pages, with over 100 poems, many of them published in literary magazines throughout the country. I’ll end this column with one of the poems from the book…

  October
The wind drops by to say hello-
The leaves decide it’s time to go…
The earth repeats, “I told you so…”

These moody days are perfect times
For Nature’s melancholy rhymes:

Listen to the clouds drift by-
Listen to the crickets die…

The honk of geese across the sky…

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