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Archive for Upcoming Events

Miss Ocean City Sat., Weird Contest Week Starts Monday!

Five weird contests presented with impeccable taste will be featured in Ocean City Aug. 17-21. Weird Contest Week, whose motto has always been and will always be “Wacky but Not Tacky,” features a series of unusual competitions starting 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The contests are spread out over five days so as not to over-dose the population in weirdness. Entry is free and there are categories for all age groups. Prizes are awarded. On Mon., Aug. 17 events kick-off with Salt Water Taffy Sculpting. Participants are asked to create works of art from sticky but pliable taffy provided by Shrivers on the Boardwalk. Past entries have included a unicorn, ferris wheel, eyeglasses and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. French Fry Sculpting is scheduled for Tues., Aug. 18... Read More

Miss Crustacean Pageant Next, News About 100th Baby Parade

The hermit crab world is abuzz with excitement. The date is fast approaching for the 36th Annual Miss Crustacean HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT, an event that has captured the imagination of the populace! The Hoopla is set for Wed., Aug. 5 at the 6th St. Beach starting 1 p.m. A bevy of curvaceous crustaceans will follow in the claw steps of such glamorous past title holders as Crabunzel, Crabahontis, Crag McMuffin, Copacrabana and Pirates of the Crabibbean not to mention Taxicrab and Crab Salad. The winner captures the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, a large trophy with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark and pizza crust for fiber. In addition, the victor gets to waddle down a flower... Read More

Night in Venice Boat Parade Starting Time Changed to 8 p.m.

For safety reasons caused by the tides, the Night in Venice Committee has decided to start Saturday’s boat parade at 8 p.m. The 9th St. bridge will close to automobile traffic at approximately8:20 p.m. and remain closed until all boats pass through. The Longport and 34th St. bridges will remain open to car traffic. The only two viable dates for the City to hold the Parade this year were July 18 and 25. Back in January it was determined that the 25thwas the best choice. Since then lagoons have filled in more than expected so the committee made the decision to delay Night in Venice starting time from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to safeguard boats. House judging will be one half hour later from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. As of Tuesday, July 21, fifty boats had registered for the Parade. The... Read More

Ocean City is a Happening Place! Here’s a Way to Keep Current!

There is so much going on in Ocean City, I often worry that you might be missing some of the good entertainment and events that happen here. There are many diverse organizations in town presenting many, many worthwhile programs. One way to keep up is through this newspaper. Another is to frequent our two websites, the City’s, www.ocnj.us and the Chamber of Commerce site, www.oceancityvacation.com. Both carry a comprehensive list of events and other pertinent local information. Another is to sign up for City email which regularly carries information about WHAT’S HAPPENING in Ocean City. You can do this by accessing www.ocnj.us. The Public Relations Office at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., has a printed list of special events and other local information available. We’re open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to... 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


LULU TEMPLE, a philanthropic organization that supports free children’s hospitals in Philadelphia and throughout the country, will visit Ocean City May 29-30. LuLu has been coming to Ocean City for 47 years and this weekend will be led by Potentate, Joel L. Ward. The charitable organization will celebrate its 125 Anniversary with a band concert 8 p.m. at the Music Pier on Friday and a Saturday parade on the Boardwalk at 1 p.m. from 6th to 12th Sts. The concert band was organized in 1891 and is the oldest of all the 191 Shrine Centers in North America. The free program will include varied selections of show tunes and patriotic music. It ends with a rousing rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. The parade features floats, music and motorcycles. Ocean City’s RESTAURANT... Read More

Wellness Fest, Memorial Day, Flower Show, On the Way!

This will be a very healthy weekend in Ocean City. The WEEKEND OF WELLNESS or WOW EXPO is set for the Music Pier, May 15-16 and admission is free! Smack dab in the middle of all this, the American Heart Assn. will hold its annual HEART WALK on Saturday starting 10:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The event attracts over 5,000 participants. Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Center and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 609-223-3762 or visitwww.heartwalk.kintera.org/southernnjspring. On Sun., the OCEAN CITY TRIATHLON/DUATHON completes the Wellness Weekend starting 6a.m. at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., with swimming, running and biking plus a kids’ course. For information, call 609-525-9317 or contactlrumer@ocnj.us. Also on Sun., May 17, the Ocean... Read More

New Features of our Doo Dah-Earth Day Celebration

Every recurring event should have new features, right? Keeps it interesting. Gives you something to put on My Space or to twitter about. I don’t have a My Space nor do I know how to twitter. When I first heard about twittering I thought it was “for the birds.” But millions of people now twitter and this column will give them material in case they run short. Even if you don’t twitter, this will be useful for emailing, blogging or just plain casual conversation. First of all you should tell your friends that there will be over 500 basset hounds waddling in the Doo Dah Parade. This is not new. But it’s astounding. Then there’s a bunch of new brigades. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority has entered a Precision Drill Team that will... Read More