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Archive for Holiday Events

Mothers Day Features a Concert and Flowers in Ocean City

The West Chester District Senior Strings, a large group of talented musicians, will be featured in a free concert at the Music Pier on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 9 at 4 p.m. The group is directed by Charles dePasquale, a veteran member of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. The concert is sponsored by the Ocean City Art Center’s Friends of Music, an organization that was established by Esther Weil. Esther brought several hundred concerts to Ocean City during her life time and she and her husband, Paul, were true patrons of the Arts. The Weils financially supported many of the concerts so that admission was either free or very affordable. Sunday’s concert is in memory of Esther. She brought many great performers here- famed soloists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, piano virtuoso... Read More

First Night, First Day, Bottle Celebrities Here This Weekend

If you have been waiting until the last minute to buy your FIRST NIGHT Admission buttons, here is what to do. Go to Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Ave., diagonally across from City Hall. Everything you need is there. Admissions are just $14 for over 60 entertainment programs inside central, indoor locations. You’ll find entertainment for every member of the family from toddlers to grandparents. A brochure with the complete schedule of activities comes with each button. This makes it easy for you to plan your evening. Ocean City First Night is truly the best New Year’s Eve entertainment buy available. You can pay by cash, check or credit card. First Night takes Visa, Master Card and Discover. You can also purchase First Night T SHIRTS at Gillian’s, an item destined to... Read More

Get Your First Night Buttons Now! They’re Going Fast!

Our First Night celebration is definitely one of the best New Year’s Eve entertainment buys ever offered! Probably THE BEST! Where else can you enjoy 60 entertainment programs plus amusement rides and miniature golf for just $14 on the holiday? Where else indeed? No place else but in Ocean City, New Jersey, America’s Greatest Family resort since 1879 and counting. Admission buttons are selling fast. There’s just one week left until New Year’s Eve and the past three years we have sold out of buttons. This means you should buy yours as soon as possible. First Night admission buttons are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. at First Night Headquarters, Downtown Gillian, 838B Asbury Ave. You can also order on line at www.firstnightocnj.com You can order by... Read More

Message in Bottle Winner Will Return Here for First Night

Want to become a not so instant celebrity? Put a message in a bottle. Have it dropped off at sea. And wait. That is what Heidi Kay Werstler did 24 years ago when Ocean City held its one and only Message in a Bottle contest. With the help of her father, Heidi, then 6, sealed the message in a soda bottle obtained from a boardwalk store. Then she waited, and waited. Years passed. The bottle became a distant memory. Recently Heidi’s memory was pleasantly jolted. Her bottle washed ashore after the Nor’easter that racked the East Coast in November. The bottle had traveled 200 miles (approximately 8 miles per year) to the Outer Banks. It was retrieved by maintenance personnel cleaning the beach at the Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, North... Read More

About Trail of Two Cities, Quiet Festival & Veterans Day

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES: Here’s your chance to get close up and personal with the new bridge construction. Join the genial group for the Trail of Two Cities run/walk over the 9th Street Causeway on Saturday. You will be able to see the construction as you have never seen it before and enjoy a healthy run, jog or walk to boot! The event starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center and ends in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. Registration begins 7 a.m. at the Transportation center located on Haven Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts. in back of McDonalds. Buses will be available at Kennedy Park to transport participants to the Ocean City Transportation Center from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport folks back to Ocean... Read More

Parade, Family Night, Haunted House, Free Concert This Week

Many entertainment events are scheduled this week plus the rescheduled WALK FOR THE WOUNDED which will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to assist wounded soldiers and their families. The walk begins at 12:30 p.m., registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Enjoy food, ceremonies, music and a 3 mile stroll on the boardwalk. Raise $50 and receive a free, long sleeve T Shirt. Contact Tricia Ciliberto 609-399-0012 Ext. 1106 or visitwww.ochome.com. The City’s colorful HALLOWEEN PARADE is set for tonight, Oct. 29 starting 7:15 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. This is the 62nd annual march sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club in cooperation with the City. There will be costumed... Read More

Block Party, Fireworks, Entertainment and More This Weekend

Never has our INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND been packed with so much to do! In addition to the Mile Long Block Party on Saturday, a huge fireworks display has been set for Saturday evening preceded by entertainment. There will be shows at the Music Pier and Tabernacle, a seafood center at the Music Pier, Boardwalk table sales and downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sunday. There will be FREE PARKING AT 5TH and Asbury next to the Fire House, free parking at the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave. in back of McDonalds and all Municipal Lots and parking meters will be free. I’d suggest entering the City by 34th St. or the Longport Bridges because of one lane traffic both ways on part of the 9th St. Causeway. There will... Read More

MS Bikers, Yard Sale, Underdog This Weekend, Block Party, Fireworks Next

Over 7,000 bikers will roll into Ocean City for the annual MS Bike-a-thon on Sat., Oct. 3. The event raises over $4 million for the Delaware Valley MS Society which services those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis and searches for a cure. Bikers begin arriving at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, before noon and will spend the day in Ocean City leaving Sunday morning on the return trip to the Philadelphia area. The event was started by Philadelphia TV anchor and author, Larry Kane. I had the pleasure of meeting with him to help plan the first ride. The initial bike tour had 30 riders, Larry and a group of his friends. The event is now one of the largest of its kind in the country. Larry’s mother... Read More

September 11th Ceremony, Street Rods This Weekend, Aviation Festival Next

SEPTEMBER 11: Ocean City remembers victims of the September 11th tragedy and celebrates its heroes. The remembrance ceremony begins 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 6th and Wesley Ave. John Divel, Commander of American Legion Post #524 and active in many veterans’ organizations, will be guest speaker. Bagpipe music will be part of the ceremony. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be held in the Tabernacle Auditorium across the street. IT’S STREET ROD WEEKEND: Over 300 colorfully modified cars will be on display at the Sports and Civic Center parking lot, 6th St. off Boardwalk, Friday through Sunday (Sept. 11-13). On Saturday the cars will be on the Boardwalk from noon till 4 p.m. This week’s show is open to all street rods with no age restrictions and... Read More