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Holiday Fun for Everyone on Friday in the Downtown

Bring the children, bring all of the family to Ocean City's downtown from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 29) for the annual "Miracle On Asbury Avenue! It's a warm and wonderful Christmas Party dramatically highlighted by Santa's descent from City Hall Roof when the clock strikes five. The downtown and 9th Street entrance to the City are both colorfully decorated for the holiday season. The stores are warmly lighted and there will be lots to see and do. There will be free photos with Santa in the Gazebo across from City Hall and free horse and carriage rides on Asbury Avenue. The Phillie Phanatic will hug and cavort from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Lively entertainment is scheduled featuring Michael... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird, Huge Craft Show This Weekend

Two holiday special events are set for this weekend in Ocean City: The Second Big Holiday Craft Show at the Music Pier and the “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday extravaganza in the downtown from 8 a.m. till noon. Earlier than the Bird is a colorful, fun event set for Sat., Nov. 23 that extends from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Avenue. You are invited to check out special savings offered in over 100 downtown shops the Saturday before Thanksgiving. You are also invited to shop comfortably in your pajamas if you so choose. Free turkeys from Boyar’s Market will be awarded to the best dressed. There will be free coffee and give-aways at John and Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury, Ocean City Coffee Shop, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and... Read More

First Night Expands Programs on Football Field & Parking Lot

In addition to its usual array of outstanding indoor entertainment, First Night Ocean City has expanded its New Year’s Eve events at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk and the adjacent 5th St. Parking Lot. The new programs will feature everything from the largest ice rink south of Rockefeller Center to “Bouncy,” the world’s tallest snowman, a 30 ft. inflatable. There will also be a Dixie Dragonfly Swing Ride with ten swings that holds up to 20 adults or 30 children, a trackless train ride around the ice rink and an up and down Peanut the Elephant Ride. These attractions will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Pony rides are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. at the same location. Skates will be provided for use at the 80 ft. by 40... Read More

Quiet Festival Features a Free Program for Kids

This year’s edition of Ocean City’s Quiet Festival will feature a free program that will entertain kids, their parents and the public. Highlight of the three day event will be a quiet extravaganza that includes a Quiet Pet Contest, a Quiet Magician, a Quiet Artist who will draw a cartoon of your child’s favorite animal, the Quiet Turtle Singers with their giant tortoise Big Bart, an ethereal harpist and the Snore at the Shore, the world’s only quiet snoring contest. Impossible you say? No one can possibly present all of this quietness any place on today’s mille second, bombastic planet. “Not so,” says NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, presenters of the Quiet Festival for the past ten years with the blessing of the City. “We were providing quietness before quietness... Read More

Welcome Night, Halloween Parade, Frankenstein This Week

Two, popular, long running Ocean City events and a brand new one are set for this week in Ocean City and all are free: (Wed., Oct. 23) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean City organizations, groups and businesses meet with residents to acquaint them with their services and products.  It is a pleasant evening that includes giveaways, refreshments, and door prizes plus lots of valuable information about the community. Welcome Night was begun over 40 years ago. It was originally held at the old Ocean City High School in the cafeteria. Its popularity has never waned. It is especially helpful to new residents. But all residents find it a valuable and an enjoyable evening... Read More

Trail of Two Cities a Popular Event for Both Runners and Walkers

Ocean City’s TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point on Nov. 2 provides a spectacular experience for both runners and walkers alike. If you’re a runner you get to test your endurance over the high inclines of the bridges. If you’re a walker you are able to enjoy the scenic wetlands, and bay plus a panoramic view of the City. Bring a camera and wow your friends with some great photos. The run is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 and over. It starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. Pre registration received by Oct.30 is $25, day of race at Transportation Center is $30. No mail-ins after Oct. 26. To be considered... Read More

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... Read More

Frankenstein Arrives at Library, Hero Walk Sunday

Ah, Frankenstein! Such fond memories… He was the horror celebrity of my childhood. Then along came the Wolf Man, another memorable demon. These two were to clash in a monstrous battle royal movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.” Such excitement in our Chester, Pa. neighborhood! We argued about it for weeks at Franklin Grammar School. Who would win? The smart money was on Frankenstein. After all he was a huge figure constructed with heavy-duty nuts and bolts. The Wolf Man was just a regular guy who turned hairy and grew fangs during a full moon. As I recall Frankenstein was victorious. More importantly these two monsters were portrayed by great actors. Boris Karloff was Frankenstein and Lon Chaney, Jr., the Wolf Man. Along with the horror stuff, these performers somehow made the... Read More

City Hosts Three Humanitarian Events This Week

Ocean City is known for its support of charitable and humanitarian events. Last year over $30 million was raised by organizations that held events here.  These ranged from the Heart Assn. to charities assisting our armed service personnel. This week Ocean City will host three events: The MS Bike Tour, The Walk for the Wounded and The Run for the Fallen: (Sept. 27) The NJ Run for the Fallen honors service members who fought and died in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Relay teams will run from Cape May Light House and cover 172 miles ending at the N.J. Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel on Friday. Teams are scheduled to stop at various “Hero Markers” in Ocean City starting 3:05 p.m. They will stop at each Marker... Read More