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Carolfest, Tis the Season Set, Get First Night Buttons Now!

This Community’s CAROLFEST, featuring a cast of professional performers, is set for 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is free. Show goers are asked to bring gifts of non-perishable food for the City’s Food Cupboard.

Greg Gregory, a Somers Point businessman and talented comedian, will emcee and add his noted sense of humor to the program. Ted Prior and the El Live Christmas Band will play medleys of Christmas favorites including Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, Oh Tannenbaum, Jingle Bells, Frosty, Rudolph and more.

Performers from Michael Hartman’s Tis the Season Holiday spectacular will entertain with a medley of Christmas favorites including The First Noel, Silent Night, Joy to the World and more.

There will be a puppet show and special guest Bud Terry will team with Prior in a guitar duet of I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Soloist Margie Daily will sing Rockin’ Around the Christmas tree and soprano Nadine Nelson will be featured in “Oh Holy Night.”

A comedy skit, Grandpa Got Run Over By a Reindeer, will include cast members Barbara Murphy and yours truly as grandpa.

The Audience will join Prior and the band for a carol sing-along during the show. The program concludes with the ensemble singing Here Comes Santa Claus as Santa arrives to pose for photos and give treats to the children. Neil Regina, Ted Prior’s manager, is producing and directing the program.

The Carolfest was started over 30 years ago by tenor, Walter Fredericks, who sang often with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Four Aces founder and TV personality Al Alberts brought his talent showcase to the Music Pier following Fredericks. Alberts has retired to Florida where he and his wife, Stella, keep active producing and hosting a syndicated radio show.

The Carolfest is made possible by the sponsorship of DIETZ AND WATSON in cooperation with the City. For information, contact the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.

‘TIS THE SEASON —The Ocean City Theatre Company presents ‘Tis The Season, a holiday spectacular of song and dance at the Music Pier this weekend. A cast of professional singers and dancers will entertain in a high energy tribute to the holiday season. The shows are directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman who has produced numerous successful programs for the Ocean City Pops in past seasons. The event is appropriate for all ages and special rates are available for groups of 15 people or more. Shows are set for Fri., Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, children 12 and under, $10.For tickets call 609-525-9300, stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. or visit www.ocnj.us. Some tickets will be available at the door. The event is sponsored by GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER.

Get your FIRST NIGHT, New Year’s Eve Celebration admission buttons now! This is going to be one of the best evenings ever with many new performers including the legendary Gary U.S. Bonds, Grammy Award nominated Trout Fishing in America, the Hegman String Band, the Johnny and June Cash Experience, the Norristones Doo Wop singers, nationally acclaimed ventriloquist, David Pendleton and more. The Grease Band, Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Broadway by Request, Bob Ferris Big Band, Ted Prior El Live Show will all be back along with the Give and Take Jugglers, Chad Juros, the magical prodigy, comedians, Irish Dancers and more. The rides at Wonderland are free to button holders from 5 to 9 p.m. First Night Admission buttons are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Downtown Gillian’s, 838-B Asbury Ave., 609-391-0060 or on line at www.firstnightocnj.com. Order as soon as possible! We have sold out for the past five years.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CANDELIGHT is set For 7 p.m. Sun., Dec.21 at Denovum, 908 Asbury Ave. This is a program by the Ocean City Repertory Theater and features professional actors spinning Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and friends…in a warm, candlelight atmosphere. A dessert buffet follows the performance along with a delightful romp at the Fezzwig’s Ball with the Victorian Dance Ensemble from Harrisburg, Pa. The event is hosted and staged by Flossi Micciolo, Producing Artistic Director of the Theater. Admission is $10. For information call 609-525-9294. The program is sponsored by Thomas H. Heist Insurance, Perry Egan Auto and Halliday Leonard Builders.

A FLANDERS HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS is set for Tues. Dec. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. This is a free event compliments of the Flanders and Fox Productions. Talented soprano, Nancy Fox and area performers will present a unique program that intertwines music of the season with dazzling pictures from the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes. The program is timed to accommodate last minute shoppers “who long for a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a snack after shopping all afternoon in Ocean City’s friendly Christmas atmosphere.” …Bring the children.

OTHER HOLIDAY NEWS: Breakfast with Santa is set for the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave., on Sat., Dec.20 from 9 a.m. till noon. For reservations, call 609-399-0113. Order from menu. Take photos with Santa.

Free Horse and Carriage rides with Santa are available Dec. 20-21 leaving from in front of City Hall from noon till 3 p.m.

Take Photos with Santa in an Ocean City Lifeboat, Dec. 20-21 from noon till 3 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. There is a fee. Call 609-399-2629.

THE OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17TH and Simpson Ave. and OCEAN CITY FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave. have exhibits and artwork for sale during the holiday season.

FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH: Janurary 1st, New Years Day, is a happening time in Ocean City. There’s a 5K race starting 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Register the day of the race at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace before 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. we hold our annual first dip in the Ocean at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach adjacent to the Music Pier. All who participate receive a coveted Beach Nut Certificate. There will entertainment by the popular folk band, Early Morning Reign, in front of the Music Pier during the beach and boardwalk activities

Shops are open at downtown Asbury Ave on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FLASH: First let me assure you that this is not a joke. On Sat., Jan. 10, Elwood, the World’s Ugliest Dog, will visit the Ocean City Humane Society from noon till 2 p.m. to wish its residents a Happy Birthday. (The Humane Society is celebrating the birthdays of all of its resident during this one big bash!) Elwood would like to see you there and perhaps you would like to see Elwood, the World’s Ugliest Dog. I repeat. This is not a joke!

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