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Ocean City September Highlights

Sept. 11: OCEAN CITY REMEMBERS the victims of the September 11th tragedy and celebrates it heroes. Remembrance ceremony begins at 11 a.m. John Divel, Commander of American Legion Post # 524 of Ocean City will be guest speaker. There will be bagpipe music. Sept. 11-13: THE ANNUAL STREET ROD WEEKEND, Over 300 colorfully modified cars will be on display at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk Friday through Sunday. On Sat. the cars will move to the boardwalk from noon till 4 p.m. There will be a craft show at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace on Sat., Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Fashion Show in the Music Pier auditorium at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited. Also on Sat., Sept 12 the... Read More

US Navy Country Band to Play Free Concert Sept 27

Country Current, the United States Navy’s Country Band, will be featured in a free concert at the Music Pier on Sun., Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. The popular group has entertained here before to a full house. The talented seven member ensemble has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now, the White House and the Wheeling Jamboree. They play all types of country music from contemporary country rock to traditional Blue Grass and Western Swing. Free tickets are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. 609-525-9300. Annex hours are Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free tickets are also available by sending a stamped, self addressed envelope to Community Services, 901 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226. Requests are limited to six tickets. The U.S.Navy’s Jazz Band is scheduled for... Read More

Night in Venice Weekend

Ocean City’s 55th Anniversary of Night In Venice 2009 Event Information: Friday, July 24th, 5-9pm, Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival, 6-9th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Admission is FREE with an array of seafood for sale from over 40 vendors, entertainment for children and crafters. Saturday, July 25th, Night in Venice Boat Parade - Starts at 8pm at the Longport Bridge. Boats sail along the bay and in and out of lagoons through 23rd Street. Viewing the Parade: Grandstand seating is set up along the street ends. Seating is FREE but get there early! Tickets are also available to purchase to view the boat parade from the Bayside Center located at 5th Street & Bay Avenue. Children 12 and under are $3.00, adults are $7.00 for admission, gates open at 5:00 pm (sorry no parking; use of trolley... Read More

Night in Venice Began in 1954 as Part of the City’s 75th Anniversary Party

Fifty-five years ago, City officials decided to hold a boat parade and bay front home celebration as part of the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75thAnniversary.   It was to be based on a similar event in Venice, Italy. Art Watkins, the City’s Public Relations Director and Jack Jernee, captain of the lifeguards, organized the event. Watkins had been a tour director and witnessed the Venetian regatta before coming to this family resort.   Thanks to Watkins and Jernee and with funding from the City, the modern Night In Venice was born in the summer of 1954. An earlier event, also called Night In Venice, was held in Ocean City in the early 1900s. It consisted of Philadelphia debutantes accompanied by bands sailing through lagoons and greeting bay front homeowners.   The modern version has been held every year since 1954 and never once... Read More

Information About 4th of July, Night in Venice and More

4th OF JULY FIREWORKS will be set off from a barge off the 9th Street Beach at 9 p.m. on Sat., July 4th. They will be visible along the boardwalk. The QVC network will be in town during the weekend filming segments about Ocean City that will be shown to millions throughout the country. The 4th begins with two bike parades, one in SOUTH OCEAN CITY, the other in the north end GARDENS area. Both start at 10 a.m. and are free to participants. The South Ocean City Parade forms at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 40th and Asbury Ave. The Parade route is from 40th and Central Ave. to 53rd and Central. It ends at the 52nd Street Playground where prizes are awarded and refreshments are served. Participants should be... Read More

37th Annual Flower Show This Weekend at Music Pier

Ah yes, I remember it well. The first Flower Show was called the Flower Art Show. It featured both flowers and artwork. It was the idea of James F. Penland, who many of you may know. Jim started the Boardwalk Art Show back in the 60s. He also convinced Mayor Tom Waldman that Ocean City should have an Art Center. Waldman provided the second floor of a former school at 409 Wesley Ave. that housed the Historical Museum downstairs. Both organizations have since moved on. The area is now a mini park. But back to the Flower Show. Penland enlisted the Ocean City Garden Club to help run the show. He added color and excitement to the first event by painting flower landscapes at the Music Pier while the show was in... Read More

Major Charity Craft Show This Weekend. Easter Is Next.

During times when local charities need it the most, Norman and JoAnne Schaut of the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild are doing more than their part. The Schauts of Ocean City produce huge, highly attended craft festivals here. All profits from these shows go to non-profit groups that assist the needy. Over $90,000 has been donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. This amount will exceed $100,000 after the Schaut’s upcoming show at the Music Pier April 4-5. Other charities that receive substantial support include the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer Research and the Atlantic Riding Center for Handicapped Children. “The Craft Show financial gifts are the largest single source of income that we receive,” said Ecumenical Council Treasurer,... Read More

Shows, Rock Concert, Battle of Bands set for February

Want to take your special someone to a lovely entertainment program on Valentine’s weekend? We can help you. Want to hear a great rock band that was formed in Ocean City and is returning here for a reunion? No problem. Is a Battle of the Bands your cup of tea? Well we can provide that too. It’s all happening in Ocean City in February. THE RETURN OF KEYSER SOZE: This popular Ocean City rock band will reunite for one concert only at the Music Pier on Fri., Feb. 20 starting 6 p.m. Led by Ocean City singer-songwriter, Ed Shiffler, Keyser Soze gained exposure in the late 90’s and until a few years ago was playing frequently at such venues as the legendary CBGB’s in New York City, at the ‘Go Go... Read More

First Night, First Day at Beach Ring in New Year

Ocean City’s popular FIRST NIGHT on Dec. 31 followed by FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH on Jan. 1 are two economical ways to ring in the New Year. First Night, which features over 75 entertainment programs at nine locations, is priced at just $14 an admission button. First Day at the Beach is free unless you’re running the 5K and then there’s a $20 charge, but you receive a T Shirt at registration. First Night was initiated at Boston in 1976 as a safe, non-alcoholic way to keep families and individuals together on the holiday. Ocean City began First Night 17 years ago. That first year there were over 1,000 visitors, which we thought was astounding. Last year there were 10,000. Two additional locations have been added this year. Gillian’s will open its... Read More