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Archive for Holiday Events

Two Theater Companies Present Valentine Shows This Weekend

The Ocean City Theatre Co. and the Ocean City Repertory Theater will both present Valentine’s programs this weekend. Michael Hartman’s O.C. Theatre group is offering a CABARET of BROADWAY LOVE SONGS on Sat., Feb. 12 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. starting 7:15 p.m. with a Dessert reception. The program begins at 8 p.m. The Show will feature an array of unforgettable love songs plus production numbers from West Side Story and Wicked. The Theatre’s professional cast of performers presented outstanding shows with the Ocean City Pops this past summer and recently during First Night. They return to offer the community a delightful Valentine. Tickets purchased before 4 p.m., Feb. 11 are $12 a... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Gets a New Costume for First Night

For 35 years, our pesky hermit crab Mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, has loyally served Ocean City. On the first Thursday in May, he ventures on to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer arrives one week early at this family community and resort. A one week extension of the season is nothing to sneeze at in these competitive times. It’s a nice bonus for residents, vacationers, the kids and of course the business folk. No one can say Martin hasn’t come through for Ocean City. During his 35 year tenure he has seen his shadow 34 times. Once he saw a partial shadow and summer arrived 3 ½ days early. It has been an astounding record. For this reason the First Night Committee, the Chamber... Read More

Reminders: First Night, First Day, Free Christmas Dinner & More

It's time to get your FIRST NIGHT New Year's Eve admission buttons. The popular holiday gala features over 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $14. There are fireworks at midnight. This safe, non alcoholic celebration is definitely the best and most economical New Year’s Eve entertainment program in the area, perhaps in the country, maybe the universe. Opening ceremonies are set for 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It will include a ribbon cutting with City officials, entertainment by the Main Stage Singers, face painters and a trinket give-away. The City will unveil its new Martin Z. Mollusk costumed character that will represent the Hermit Crab in all parades and other functions. Free copies of Martin’s biography and toy shell hermit crabs... Read More

Holiday Events Continue…Get First Night Buttons Now!

HIGHLIGHT OF OUR HOLIDAY entertainment, A Christmas Wonderland, is set for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m., Dec.19 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is Ocean Theatre Company’s high energy song and dance spectacular directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring an all professional cast, the family show is geared to all ages. Tickets are 12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Call 609-525-9300, accesswww.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY Theater has added Santa’s List to its holiday shows. One of Santa’s Elves has stolen the Naughty and Nice List. Santa’s Elves then get involved to help save the holiday. The show is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays through Dec.18 at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. starting... Read More

Gala Holiday Celebration Friday, Rides for Kids at Annex

There will be a truck stop and train station at City Hall Annex this Friday. Colorful rides that little ones will find fascinating and fun. Wonderland Amusement Pier has installed a mini amusement park for kids at 901Asury Ave. It’s a main feature of the City’s OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS in the Downtown that kicks off the holiday season Nov. 26. The free rides will open 1 p.m. and be available throughout the celebration that concludes at 5 p.m. That’s when Santa arrives dramatically from City Hall roof with assistance from a fire department hook and ladder truck. The rides will also be available at special times during the holiday season courtesy of Gillian’s. The day’s schedule includes free photos with Santa in a lifeboat from 1 to 3 p.m. on City Hall Lawn... Read More


Here are some of the fun, free and fulfilling Holiday events coming your way... Consider shopping in your pajamas in downtown Ocean City on Sat., Nov. 20 between 7 a.m. and noon. You could win a turkey and gobble up substantial savings at the same time. “EARLIER THAN THE BIRD” deals will be offered by Asbury Ave. area merchants the weekend before Thanksgiving. “Get there between 7 and 9 a.m. for the best buys,” advises Marcia Shallcross, executive director of Main Street Ocean City. And wear your PJs. Turkeys will be awarded to those sporting outstanding pajamas!” In addition there will be free coffee give-aways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Shoppers will also be able to sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. Plus, from noon till 3 p.m. free horse and carriage... Read More

Really Big Fireworks July 4th! Balalaikas Here July 3

Highlight of our 4th of July celebration will be a REALLY BIG fireworks display on Sunday, July 4th at 9pm. The Fireworks will be shot from a barge off the 9th Street Beach. This permits the use of larger fireworks because they are not being detonated close to land. The exhibition will be accompanied by music and can also be heard by tuning into WIBG FM, 94.3 on the dial. The annual Air Circus Kite Flying Contest will be held starting 5:30 p.m. at the 9th Street Beach on July 4. There will also be a concert on the Boardwalk by the rock band Tidal Wave while the kites are flying. Prizes will be awarded for kites judged Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Youngest Flyer... Read More

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