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Boardwalk Art Show, Miss Crustacean and More Coming Soon

August special events kick off with the 52nd edition of the BOARDWALK ART SHOW. It will be held Aug. 1-3 and will extend from 8th to 11th Streets on the Boards. More than 60 artists will participate in one of the longest running fine art shows in the Country.

Artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Florida will exhibit and sell their work. It is traditionally a show where visitors can acquire excellent art at reasonable prices. Hours are Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Call (609) 525-9310.

The Boardwalk Art Show was started by Dr. Marcia Smith, Ocean City’s first female doctor, an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who helped to fund the event. She and artist-businessman, James F. Penland, worked with Mayor B. Thomas Waldman to present the colorful exhibition.

The success of the initial shows led to establishment of the Ocean City Arts Center and put Ocean City on the “cultural map.” Waldman also helped to establish the Ocean City Historical Museum and provided the first homes for both the Museum and Arts Center, at a former school House on Wesley Ave.   

HERMIT CRAB HOOPLA: The MISS CRUSTACEAN Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, the world’s first and only event of its kind (no one else has dared to attempt it) and for good reason, is set for Wed., August 6 starting  at 1 p.m. near the volleyball courts at the 6th St. Beach. Past Miss Crustaceans include Crabapatra, Copa Crabana, Taxi Crab, Crabunzel, Pirates of the Crababbien, Craberet, etc. Entries are judged on the originality of the displays featuring the crustacean. No painting on crab’s shell is permitted.

Register the day of the event on site at noon. Entry is free. The winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while an enthralled crowd cheers and sings, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” The winner is also presented the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” a large loving cup with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of food for a hermit crab.

Miss Crustacean has been a question on Jeopardy, mentioned on Wheel of Fortune, named one of the ten most unusual events in the country and featured on radio and TV throughout the United States and the world. It is officially sanctioned by NASCRAB, The National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach that dispenses information on how to care for Hermit Crabs and finds homes for discarded crustaceans. 

The Pageant is followed by the exciting KING OF KLUTZ Hermit Crab Races held at the same location on the 6th Street Beach. Crabathletes race over a 6 ft. plywood oval with the winner receiving the King of Klutz Plaque. Entry is free. Register day of event at noon.

A SAND SCULPTING CONTEST will also be held on August 6th starting 9 a.m. on the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free. Categories include 5 years and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens, Single Adults and Families. Bring buckets, shovels and your imaginations. 

(Jul 31- Aug. 2) ART OF SURFING Festival 2014, at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk: Hours, Thurs. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon to 10 p.m. A free, family event featuring original artwork from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country. Also features classic boards, memorabilia, free board appraisals and more. Contact info.artofsurfingfest@gmail.com or facebook.com/artofsurfingfestival.

(Aug. 2) The BERENSTAIN BEARS presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Program is based on five stories from the Berenstain Bear books. These classic tales come together in one fun, entertaining and heart warming production. 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre across from the Music Pier. Tickets $10, call (609) 399-0006 or visit moorlynfamilytheatre.org. 

(Aug. 2) The Ocean City Pops celebrates it 85th ANNIVERSARY with a spectacular show featuring Richard Troxell, 6 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Presenting the most popular tunes of each decade 1929-2014. Narrated by Daniel Pantano of the Academy of Vocal Arts and Concert Operetta Theater. Tickets $125 includes beverages, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert and complimentary parking and silent auction. Contact Mrs. Linda Herbert, H (609) 398-9132, C (609) 214-2135.

(Aug. 3) Ocean City Pops presents BIZET TO BROADWAY: 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Join the Pop’s favorite tenor, Richard Troxel with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano, Kirstin Chavez for an evening of Broadway and opera favorites from Carmen to Carousel. Tickets $20/$12, call the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 4) G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, an alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, known for its unique and laid back blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. Tickets $35 through TicketMaster, 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply) or at the Music Pier Box Office, cash and check only. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Aug. 5) The Ocean City PBA, Local 61 presents NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, America’s Night Out Against Crime, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Richard Grimes Recreation Complex, 6th and Bay Ave. This is a free, family oriented, carnival style event that includes live music, food, dunk tanks, moon bouncers, interactive games, face painters and informational booths. Call (609) 525-9108.

(Aug. 5) Ocean City Pops presents SHALOM BROADWAY! 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Jewish favorites and Fiddler on the Roof. Featuring Broadway artists Netanel Bellaishe, Jim Clow and Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz. Tickets $20 at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug 6) The Ocean City Pops presents POPS Potpourri! 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Singers Dominic Inferrera and Elisa Matthews /Songs by Lerner and Lowe, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and many more. Tickets $15 at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/Boxoffice. 

(Aug.7) The LUCKY GUESS Game Show with Ron Mac Closkey is one of many free entertaining events at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. A cross between Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire, players have to answer multiple choice questions in six categories: Entertainment, Pop Culture, History, Sports, Current Events and Movies. Come to compete or watch. It’s lots of fun and has been a big hit at our First Night Celebration. The show is set for 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall N110.

(Aug. 7) Unlimited Ride Wristbands benefit OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE from 2 to 5 p.m. at Playland Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk. Purchase a $15 wristband the day of the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Operation First Response assists our wounded heroes and their families.

(Aug. 7) TWINS CONTEST: Prizes for those who look most alike and least alike. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Aug. 9) STUART LITTLE presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre across from the Music Pier.

(Aug. 9) The Miss Ocean City Pageant at Music Pier, sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club, 7 p.m. For information: www.ocexchangeclub.org.

(Aug. 9) 39th Annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament: 9 a.m.-Noon at north end beach adjacent to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing from 10 a.m.-noon. Parental supervision required. Must bring your own bait. Awards presented in various age groups 8 to 16 years. Casting and fishing instruction will be provided. Rain date Aug. 16. For information, call (610) 793-1970.

NOTICE: A program promoting Organ Donation is set for Sat., Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Macedonia United Methodist Church, 941 Simpson Ave. Learn the facts, ask questions about donations of hearts, lungs, eyes, etc. A continental breakfast will be served from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. For information, contact Joe Pratt, (609) 457-3364.

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