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EARLIER THAN THE BIRD, CRAFTS FESTIVAL, HOLIDAY EVENTS SET – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Nov. 19)  Shop early and gobble up the Savings during Downtown Ocean City’s EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Shopping Extravaganza this Saturday along Asbury Avenue. The best deals will be from 7 a.m.till noon. Shop in your pajamas and you may win a turkey if judged one of the best dressed. There will be free coffee and giveaways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides, free photos with Santa and free face painting and more in the shopping district. For information, call (609) 398 –GOOC. (Nov. 19-20) The second of two major November craft festivals will be held Sat.-Sun. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of Fine Arts and... Read More

Quiet Festival, Craft Shows, New Mural, Veterans Day This Week – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Now through Nov. 15) The 10th Annual QUIET FESTIVAL, that has already been featured in AAA Magazine, and on national CBS Radio started yesterday and continues though Nov.15. All events are free. The schedule includes: (Wed. Nov. 9th) The Official Quiet Festival OPENING CEREMONY in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. at noon featuring a Yawn Along to Beautiful Dreamer, the Ocean City High School Sign Club, a Yo Yo Demonstration by Air Circus, the World’s only Maple Pod Drop, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performing Brother Can You Spare a Chime, Nancy Fox singing a quiet song, Quiet Festival Poems, bubbles, leaf squeezing, paper airplanes and more. (Thurs. Nov.10) Open Poetry reading with Bud Cole, Mark Soifer, the Bad Penny Poets and whoever wants to read, 7 p.m.... Read More

Trail of Two Cities Saturday, Quiet Festival Next

(Nov. 5) The 16th Annual TRAIL OF TWO CITIES race/walk over the 9th St. Causeway is set for Sat., Nov. 5 starting 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center. The event begins at 8a.m. and concludes at JFK Park in Somers Point. THE CAUSEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES FROM 8 A.M. TO 9:30 AM. ON SATURDAY. Runners and walkers may register starting 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center. Cost per runner is $25. Buses will be available at JFK Park to bring participants to start of race from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport participants back to Ocean City at the conclusion of the race. Free refreshments will be available at the finish line. For information, call City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.,(609) 525-9300 or New York Ave.... Read More

Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Scheduled

(Oct. 19) Due to impending weather, the Ocean City Fire Department's OPEN HOUSE scheduled for tonight, Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. has been POSTPONED. Please check back for information on a rescheduled date. (Oct. 22) FALL BEACH SWEEP: The Ocean City Environmental Commission and Clean Ocean Action are sponsoring a Beach Sweep, Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All members of the Community are invited to participate in the semi annual “counted clean-up sweep” of City beaches. Clean Ocean Action uses data cards to record litter collected and enters information into a national data base of marine debris. Participants form teams of two or three people to pick up and record litter on the beach. Environmental Commission members will assign volunteers to groups, provide equipment and instructions at... Read More

Street Rods Roll Into City: September 11 Ceremony set for Veterans Park

(Sept 9-11) Street Rod enthusiasts from throughout the East Coast will bring their colorful cars to Ocean City this weekend. They will display their vehicles on the Boardwalk and the 5th Street Parking Lot during the 34th Annual Shore Rod Run. Cars will be parked at the Sports and Civic Center 5th Street Parking Lot starting Friday afternoon Sept. 9th till 1 p.m., Sun., Sept. 11th. There will be a Boardwalk display on Sat., Sept. 10 from noon till 4 p.m. A Street Rod is any car manufactured prior to 1964 that’s been modified with more modern parts. Owners are creative about how they enhance their vehicles and often decorate with colorful, painted designs. The City sponsors the event which is administered by the Public Relations Office of the Department of Community Services. There... Read More

King and Queen of Plop Welcomes a Busy Fall Season

Ocean City will welcome the fall season with yet another Wacky But Not Tacky Contest, The King and Queen of Plop on Friday, Sept. 2. (Aug. 31) But before we get to that we should report that National Public Radio’s popular Show, “FROM THE TOP,” hosted by famed pianist, Christopher O’Reilly will tape a broadcast with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, today, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show is scheduled as a regular feature of the Pops’ summer schedule. It will showcase outstanding young musicians from throughout the country and be broadcast on 250 NPR stations to more than 700,000 listeners. It can be heard locally on WRTI 90.1 FM, Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the Pops Show are $20/$15 and are... Read More

City to Celebrate Fourth of July with Bike Parades, Music and More

July 4th Weekend: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events. The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting theMusic Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office,609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us. Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9... Read More

Doo Dah Parade Named a Top Ten Event By AAA World Magazine

The Automobile Association of America's AAAWORLD MAGAZINE has just selected our Doo Dah Parade in its Ten For The Road, their picks “for the Top 10 Events in the Region.” Ocean City was one of only two communities in New Jersey to be selected, the other being Cape May for its Sherlock Holmes Weekend. Ocean City consistently wins awards as a community for its tourism, downtown and environmental achievements. It was just named as one of the most vital independent retail (downtown) markets in the nation by the Independent Retail National Leadership Summit. It has been named the number one family beach resort in the country by the Travel Channel, the number one vacation spot in the region by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the Ten Most Unforgettable Vacations in the Nation... Read More

Meadowlark Lemon, A Legendary Contributor to Black History Month

Meadowlark Lemon, the phenomenal basketball player and beloved star of the Harlem Globe Trotters, will be a timely grand marshal for the City’s Doo Dah Parade on April 16. He will be an excellent follow-up to Black History Month celebrated in February.  In his more than 25 seasons, Meadowlark played in 16,000 games, in 94 countries performing before kings, queens, presidents and popes.  He was the premier ambassador of American good will to multi millions of fans here and in over 100 countries.  He is an important figure in the integration of sports in this country. Meadowlark and the Globe Trotters also focused much needed attention on American basketball and the fledgling National Basketball Assn. (1)They showcased the skills of black players providing pro basketball with a welcomed... Read More