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Tribute, New “See Food” Event set for Night in Venice Weekend

Night In Venice Weekend will feature the City’s 4th Annual Tribute to the Philippines and a new SEE FOOD EVENT as well as the gala Bay Celebration. But First a recap of our 4th of July schedule: July 4th Bike Parade, South Ocean City Improvement Assn., Registration 9 a.m., 40th and Asbury Ave. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4th Bike Parade, Gardens Civic Assn., Registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Parade begins 10 a.m. Entry is free for both events. 4th of July Kite Flying Contest, 7 p.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier, sponsored by Air Circus. Entry free followed by entertainment on the Boardwalk. A Spectacular Musical Fireworks display, ignited from a barge off the Music Pier at 9th St. Beach, will... Read More

Join the 59th Celebration of Night in Venice

Night In Venice will celebrate its 59th Anniversary on July 20th. The colorful Boat Parade and Bay celebration began in 1954 to mark the Diamond Jubilee or 75th Anniversary of Ocean City. It normally features about 80 boats and 250 decorated homes. This year the Parade will be enhanced by the HERO Foundation that promotes the use of designated drivers to end drunk driving tragedies. Thanks to its founders, Bill and Muriel Elliott, the program has gone national. It is now keeping drunk drivers off the roads in States throughout the country. The Elliott’s lost their son, Ensign John Elliott, a graduate of the Naval Academy, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. The HERO Foundation will enter ten decorated boats in the Parade that will be a salute... Read More

Are You Ready to Sculpt Fries and Crumble Cookies?

Taffy Sculpting! French Fry Sculpting! Cookie Crumbling? and more are all features of Ocean City’s July Jubilee, June 24th to 28th, at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  The event includes fun contests for all ages leading into the gala 4th of July weekend. July Jubilee was started over 20 years ago when Elsie Gillespie, then president of the Chamber of Commerce, wanted to treat vacationers arriving early for the 4th of July to an interesting time. When she called me, I suggested that we repeat contests from our popular Weird Week held in August. And so it came to pass, that the last week in June was designated July Jubilee by Elsie. One contest is held daily, 11 a.m. in the Pavilion of the Music Pier. Entry is free. The... Read More

Miss New Jersey and First Jeep Show Come to Town, Bring Dad for Johnson’s Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Fest

This is a good year to be hosting the Miss New Jersey Pageant. With the Miss America program returning to Atlantic City there will be even more media attention focused on Miss New Jersey and that will be good for Ocean City. Ocean City has been hosting Miss New Jersey for 17 years. The franchise was secured during a meeting in Atlantic City at Miss America headquarters. Christine Wright and I attended the session to assure Miss America officials that Ocean City was ready to host the State Pageant. Wright ran the pageant for about five years and was succeeded by Michael Allegretto, former City Recreation Director, who was later asked to join the Miss America staff. Lou and Silvia Barthold then took over and Lou now runs the pageant alone... Read More

Miss America to Attend Final – Miss New Jersey Comes to Town for Parade and Pageant June 12-15

But first a WELCOME to our good friends, THE ARTISANS. This group has been supporting Ocean City for 68 years and will be back again this weekend showcasing its annual Miss Artisan Pageant, 8 p.m. on Sat., June 8 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, the Artisans select the young lady who will represent  them  for the coming year. Entertainment is part of the program which is free and open to the public. The 80th Annual MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (the 17th held in Ocean City) will be held here June 12 to 15. The event starts with a Parade on the Boardwalk on June 12 at 7 p.m. with contestants dressed as “Villains Down the Venue.” This is a fun event where you’ll find the... Read More

41st Annual Flower Show set for This Weekend; Lulu Comes to Town

The auditorium of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, will explode with color this weekend when the City’s Garden Club presents its 41st Annual Flower Show. The theme will be “Let’s Go to the Movies” with artistic design displays featuring entries like “My Fair Lady” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.” There will be an Arts and Crafts Division Celebration of the Cinema and the Horticultural Division will feature Roses, Orchids and a variety of plants. The show was started by the late Ocean City artist and businessman James Penland in cooperation with the City’s Public Relations Office. Penland contacted the Garden Club as he knew there could be no show without the Club’s leadership. The event runs from Fri. May 31st to Sun. June 2. Show hours are... Read More

Business Folks Plunge, Moorlyn Re-Opens, Navy Seals Race, Barks on Boards, Bucks County Singers, Memorial Day Service

This Weekend plus Monday Friday, May 24 will be an historic and hysterical day in Ocean City. The Ocean City Tabernacle will re-open the Moorlyn Theatre on Friday and show movies seven days a week until the fall. The Theatre will also offer live entertainment starting July 1. That’s the Historical part. Also on Friday, the Business Person’s Plunge will celebrate its tenth anniversary. This event features business folks dressed formally and toting briefcases and flags. They will smart step into the ocean accompanied by mascots, costumed characters and just plain “characters” to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. This is semi inspiring but mostly hysterical. John Walton, director of the Parade, estimates that over 100 will participate. He reported the latest entries to be Bangles and Bows with their mascot Princess Bangles,... Read More

Flower Show Theme is Let’s go to the Movies!

The theme of the City’s 41st Annual Flower Show,May 31st to June 2nd at the Music Pier will be “Let’s Go to the Movies.”  This turns out to be very appropriate in more ways than one. Not only does it provide a fine category for the show’s Artistic Design Division but it could well underscore the resurgence of family movies taking place at the Moorlyn  Theatre in Ocean City thanks to the Ocean City Tabernacle. The Theatre will open again for movies on Memorial Day Weekend and for live entertainment July 1st with “Oh What A Night,” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In addition to movies there will be Comedy Nights, Youth Evenings, programs for children and adults by Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company and... Read More

Business Persons Plunge Set For May 24

This resort’s 10th annual Business Persons Plunge will kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, notes realtor, John Walton, a founder of the event and its director. The popular plunge is the way City merchants and organizations celebrate the coming of a new season. In dramatic fashion, dressed in business suits and sporting other unusual costumes, they smart step into the sea. This year they will march to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance played by the Ocean City High School Band standing on the sidelines. The action begins at noon on Fri., May 24 on the sands opposite the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Walton is enthusiastic about the event declaring there will be a record number of participants on the 24th. “Future business students from Ocean City High School... Read More