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Fall Block Party, Big Fireworks Display on Saturday

Ocean City has developed a series of major fall special events and none is larger than its Indian Summer Weekend Festival, Oct. 9-11th. Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long block party that extends from 5th to 14th Streets along Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 9. Over 400 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party that features hand made products ranging from wind chimes and floral decorations to paintings and photography. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A huge fireworks display is scheduled on Saturday following the block party. The fireworks will be set off from a barge off the 9th St. Beach at 9:30 p.m.

Block Party events also include a variety of foods highlighted by Greek specialties, ribs, sea foods, pizza, hotdogs, burgers, baked goods and more. Bands and street musicians entertain along the block party route from 1 to 4 p.m. They will include Tidal Wave, a popular Beach Boys type group, The Ralph Roberts Trio and entertainers Tony DeLuca and Keith Hickman. There are free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., also from 1-4 p.m. Public service displays for non-profit organizations are set up on 9th St. between Asbury and Central Aves.

Visitors will be able to buy FIRST NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE admission buttons during the block party. Admission buttons, program books with complete schedules will also be available at Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Ave., in the heart of the block Party. Program books will also be available in the City Hall area. First Night offers 60 entertainment programs at central locations and concludes with a fireworks display at midnight. Tickets are an economical $14 per person.

All City municipal lots will be free during the block party and parking meters are free. Parking at the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave., in back of McDonalds will be free as will be the parking lot at 5th and Asbury next to the Fire House.

The Indian Summer festival has been held for 27 years and attracts thousands of visitors who remain in Ocean City for the weekend. It is sponsored by the Retail Merchants Assn. of Ocean City in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and City. For information call 609-399-2629 or accesswww.oceancityvacation.com.

Visitors will have plenty to see and do during the festival. In addition to the block party, there is a seafood center set up at the Music Pier, Oct. 9-11 and Boardwalk merchants hold table sales starting Fri., Oct. 8 and ending Mon., Oct. 11. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sun., Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Asbury Ave.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th and Asbury Ave., will present a block party night concert on Sat., Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. featuring the Annie Moses Band. The band includes strings, buoyant vocals and dynamic rhythms. They have performed in Nashville and on Public Broadcasting’s national TV network. Tickets are $20 or $17 in advance call 609-399-1915.

NOTE: The Farmers Market held Saturday in the downtown will not be held on block party weekend but will be held every Saturday after in October at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Halloween Parade is also one of our most popular fall events. It has been produced for over 40 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club. It returns to entertain us on Thurs., Oct. 28 starting 7:15 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave., concluding at 11th and Asbury. There will be bands, floats and an array of costumed participants competing for prizes. Registration is open through Oct.26. and is available only on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. There is a hotline to assist you, call 1-800-813-5580. Any questions can be left on voice mail at this number and will be answered, reports Jeff Shirk, Parade Chairman.

There will be FREE HAYRIDES on the Boardwalk, noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24 and 30. Passengers may get on and off at 8th and 12th Sts. Free face painting, pumpkins and Trick or Treating are also being offered by Boardwalk merchants.

There will be Trick or Treating in the DOWNTOWN on Oct. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. from 6th to 11th Streets.

FUND RAISERS: The Ocean City Farmers Market held on Saturdays through October (except for Block Party Day this week) will have a special guest Oct. 16 and 23. Jennifer Bernardini and her family and friends will set up a booth, “CUPCAKES FOR THE CURE” in an effort to raise $2300 to help find a cure for Breast Cancer.The sale will support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation that has raised over $1.5 Billion for research, education and health services since its inception in 1982.

FRIGHT NIGHT: The Community Arts Project presents its popular Fright Night on Fri., Oct. 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. You are invited to join a cast of characters for an evening of suspense, illusion, mystery and thrills. Tickets are $65 to benefit public art and the Shaina Horton/Palermo Fund to assist a young Ocean City mother recover from cancer. For tickets visitwww.communityartprojects.com or call 609-576-2562 or 609-425-2687.

The Annual Ocean City High School BAND BOOSTERS FRUIT SALE is underway. It offers a fine variety of fresh fruit from Florida ranging from fresh citrus to apples, pears, pineapple and more. Orders are being taken through October and fruit will be delivered, Sat., Dec. 4. For information, ask any High School Band member or call 609-399-1290.

COMING SOON: The Ocean City Fire Department’s 3rd Annual OPEN HOUSE is set for Thurs., Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be fun for all the family including demonstrations and safety tips, hotdogs and soda, soft pretzels, face painting, lots of photo ops and more. Guests include the Ocean City Police Dept., U.S. Coast Guard, N.J. State Police, the Ocean City Beach Patrol, N.J. Division of Fire Safety, Office of Emergency Management and New Jersey Forest Fire.

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has set WELCOME NIGHT for Wed., Oct. 27 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to learn about organizations and products and services available to the community. Admission is free. There will be door prizes, give-aways and refreshments.

The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE invites you to attend an opening reception and awards ceremony on Fri., Oct. 8 at its gallery, 608 Asbury Ave.,from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. The reception will honor award winning artists and show their work. All entries will be on exhibit through October. Gallery hours are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BACK BAY CLEAN-UP: Volunteers are needed to clean back bay areas of Ocean City, Sun., Oct.10 from 9 a.m. till noon. Kayaks supplied on a first come, first serve basis. Launch locations will be Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Ave., Tennessee Ave. Ramp and 34th St. For information, call 609-525-9285.

1 Comment

  1. Rosemary White says:

    Hi,
    How can we get an application to your October 6 Craft Fair??
    We make marionette puppets and other children’s toys and would like to participate.
    Rosemary

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