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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, RESTAURANT WEEK ARRIVE, FLOWER SHOW NEXT

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

Ocean Dip, Barks on Boards, Memorial Service this Weekend

The traditional turning of the key to open the ocean followed by a joyful BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE into the sea, kick off the City’s Memorial Day Weekend events on Fri., May 22. City Beach Patrol members and officials will key the sand at noon on the Moorlyn Terrace beach near the ocean… and Voila! the waters will be ours for another season! Next, business folks dressed in spiffy attire will march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. It’s their way of welcoming another season and the vacationers it will bring to this popular family resort. The originators of the plunge, Ed Shiffler, Matt Donovan and Jason Bowen, inspired by the walking antics of Monty Python and Company, will be back to march and bask in their grand achievement.... Read More

Arts in Downtown, Choral Fest, Yard Sale This Weekend

DOWNTOWN ARTS CELEBRATION: Artwork by Ocean City and Upper Township students will be exhibited along Asbury Ave. on Sat. April 25 and Sun., April 26th. On Saturday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., there will be free face painters, caricature artists and sidewalk chalk designs. Some members of the Ocean City Pops will perform at 1 p.m. and the Ocean City High School Jazz Band will entertain at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the vicinity of 9th and Asbury Ave. From 10 a.m. till noon, children can create their own artwork at the Fine Arts League on Asbury, 608 Asbury Ave. There will also be merchant sidewalk sales and restaurant specials. On Sunday, the Fine Arts League will host a pastel workshop from 2-4 p.m. Cost is $5 and includes materials. For... 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

Keyser Soze Reunion, Battle of the Bands Here This Weekend

KEYSER SOZE, a popular Ocean City Rock Band, will reunite for one concert only at the Music Pier on Friday (Feb. 20) starting 6 p.m. Led by Ocean City native, Ed Shiffler, Keyser Soze gained exposure in the late 90s playing in New York, Los Angeles and local venues. Keyser Soze eventually dispersed but members remain friends and loyal to Shiffler, a very talented singer/songwriter. Ed now lives in New York and has formed new band, The Dangerous Ones, that is gaining popularity in the Big Apple. Shiffler continues to write original songs and supports himself performing music. He also has a seasonal job with the New York Mets baseball team. Keyser Soze includes Shiffler, Steve Cavaretta, Matt Charles and Andrew Baird, who is flying in from Lake Tahoe for the performance.... 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

Parade, City Hall Open House, Sindia Day Set for Saturday

Over 40 organizations will participate in Ocean City’s Christmas Parade set for Sat., Dec. 13 starting 10:30 a.m. The Parade route is from 6th to 11 Sts. on Asbury Ave. The Parade will be followed by the second annual City Hall Open House from noon to 1:30 p.m. City Hall is located at the corner of 9th and Asbury Ave. Offices will be decorated with unique wreaths and there will be entertainment and refreshments. The Christmas Parade will feature bands, floats and costumed characters. It will be led by the Elizabeth High School Marching Band. Other musical groups include the popular Pitman Hobo Band, Ted Prior performing an Elvis Christmas, entertainers from ‘Tis the Season, a Christmas gala set for the City’s Music Pier, Dec.19-21 and the world’s only Wind Chimes Band... 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