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Archive for Holiday Events

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

Carolfest, Tis the Season Set, Get First Night Buttons Now!

This Community’s CAROLFEST, featuring a cast of professional performers, is set for 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is free. Show goers are asked to bring gifts of non-perishable food for the City’s Food Cupboard. Greg Gregory, a Somers Point businessman and talented comedian, will emcee and add his noted sense of humor to the program. Ted Prior and the El Live Christmas Band will play medleys of Christmas favorites including Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, Oh Tannenbaum, Jingle Bells, Frosty, Rudolph and more. Performers from Michael Hartman’s Tis the Season Holiday spectacular will entertain with a medley of Christmas favorites including The First Noel, Silent Night, Joy to the World and more. There will be a puppet show and special guest Bud Terry will team... Read More

Train Show, Santa Paws This Weekend, Holiday Concerts Set

This is the busiest holiday season in my memory for special events and music in Ocean City. The downtown Christmas celebration last Friday with Santa descending from the roof of City Hall was a huge hit. Children cheered (well more like screamed) at the sight of the airborne elf. Wonderland’s free train rides at City Hall Annex were crowded all day and will be open again this weekend. There will be free horse and carriage rides again from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends till Dec. 20-21 leaving from in front of City Hall. There will be photos with Santa in a lifeboat at the Music Pier the same weekends for a charge from noon till 3 p.m. Our colorful CHRISTMAS PARADE is yet to come! It’s set for Sat., Dec. 13th... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City for Halloween

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE, Thursday, Oct. 30 starts 7:15 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave. and ends at 11th and Asbury. It is presented by the Ocean City Exchange Club in cooperation with the City. Late entries in the costume divisions will be taken starting 6:30 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave. There will be bands and floats to complement the many costumed marchers. Bob Blevin, our recently retired police chief, will be grand marshal. Bring canned or dried food to the Parade. Boy Scouts will collect your donations for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. TRICK OR TREAT FAMILY NIGHT will be held Fri., Oct. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Candy and refreshments will be served. The event starts with a children’s book... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City

Sat., Oct. 18--- The Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Devon Vanderslice, who has been an outstanding Junior Miss, will preside. Performers will include Little Miss Ocean City, Carley Boehning, Miss Ocean City, Molly Lavin and former Junior Miss Ocean Karli Scott. Fifteen young ladies will compete for $4,700 in scholarships and awards. Tickets are $10, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 525-9300 or at the Music Pier Box Office the evening of the Pageant. Sat.-Sun. Oct. 18-19 --- Free Hayrides and Trick or Treat on the Boardwalk from 8th to 12th Sts., noon till 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 19--- The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk starts10 a.m. at 6th and Boardwalk. This is a non competitive... Read More