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Archive for Upcoming Events

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

A Pie In The Face Is Always Good For A Laugh…

A pie in the face is always good for a laugh. Just ask Soupy Sales, one of many legendary comedians who fine tuned the slapstick technique. Soupy will be back for Ocean City’s Pie in the Face extravaganza that follows the Doo Dah Parade on April 18. It’s called the PieAsco, a word we made up for the event. You won’t find PieAsco in the dictionary. If you type it on your computer, the Word Spell will reject it. All this tells you is that we’re ahead of our time. Word Spell and the dictionary will catch up to us in the years to come. Here’s how the PieAsco works. Folks sit in grandstands in front of the Music Pier and when Soupy gives the signal they smoosh each other in the... Read More

How to Prepare Yourself for Upcoming Special Events

As a public service, we are offering some helpful hints on how to prepare yourself for upcoming special events. By taking just a few minutes to read the capsules below, you could increase your enjoyment of a special event by 25 to 40 per cent, according to studies recently completed by Trash Buster and Martin Z. Mollusk. THE WOOFIN’ PAWS pet fashion competition is coming your way on Sat., April 11 starting 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The contest is for any pet that will not eat another pet. So it wouldn’t be too cool if your pet boa constrictor tried to eat Sweetie Pie, my cute little poodle mix. She would probably nip your snake on the nose, make it cry and create a general disturbance... Read More

The Doo Dah Dope Sheet, All the Doo That’s Fit to Dah! & More!

The 2009 issue of the Doo Dah Dope Sheet has just hit the streets with a thud! In case you’re not a subscriber, and I would be amazed if you were, we’ll review some of its highlights in this column. 24th ANNIVERSARY: It’s been 24 years since the first Doo Dah Parade began in Ocean City! This year’s edition of Doo Dah is set for Sat., April 18 starting noon at 6th and Asbury Ave. From there it wanders to 12th and Asbury, then to 12th and Boardwalk and ends with much fanfare in front of the Music Pier. Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade has evolved into a celebration of humor and a showcase for over 500 BASSET HOUNDS, one of the largest gatherings of the loopy eared pooches in the world. Humorous brigades... Read More

Bill Dana To Be Grand Marshal Of 24th Doo Dah Parade

Legendary Comedian, BILL DANA, will be grand marshal of Ocean City’s 24th Annual Doo Dah Parade set for Sat., April 18th starting at noon. The Parade kicks off a WEEKEND OF COMEDY AND CONSERVATION in Ocean City as the community will celebrate Earth Day on Sun., April 19th at the Bayside Center. Dana’s career in show business spans over 50 years. Many know Bill as Jose Jimenez, a popular character he originally created for the Steve Allen Show. But he has also been a successful writer, author, producer, director, recording artist, inventor, stand-up comedian and environmental artist. The versatile comedian created Ecolo/Jest, the first syndicated cartoon panel in America dedicated to the environment in 1970. This makes his appearance especially appropriate for the Doo Dah/Earth Day weekend. His cartoon books will be... Read More

World’s Ugliest Dog to Visit OC Humane Society

The Ocean City Humane Society is hosting a birthday party for its many residents--dogs and cats patiently waiting to be adopted by attentive best friends. A no kill shelter, the Society has decided to celebrate all of its animals’ birthdays on Sat., Jan. 10 from noon till 2 p.m. at the award winning facility located on 1 Shelter Rd., off Bay and Tennessee Avenues. Grown-ups, children and their pets are all invited. Visitors should bring their cameras because there will be a special guest. It will be a bona fide canine celebrity, Elwood, winner of the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Elwood is a Chinese Crested Chihuahua mixed breed living in Sewell with his caregiver, Karen Quigley. Elwood won the title at the Colleseum in Petaluma, CA trotting away with the crown... 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

Quiet Festival, Nap Rally, Big Craft Show Set for this Weekend

A highlight of this weekend’s Quiet festival will be the kick-off of NAP, the National Association of Tired People, a festival spin off. I have been elected president of NAP, an organization I founded three years ago but have been too exhausted to do anything about until now. In accepting the presidency I note that I have been tired for about 40 years and so feel uniquely qualified to represent the millions of tired folks in this country and around the world. Surely we can all find something to be tired about. I will underscore this at my acceptance speech during the Quiet Festival’s Wind Chimes Symphony set for Sat., 11 a.m. in front of the Music Pier Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. During this ceremony, there will be a maple pod drop... Read More