(Fri., May 25) UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN! Mayor Jay Gillian will turn a key in the sand as various dignitaries, lifeguards and bathers look on. The purpose? To unlock the ocean for another season. This is a ritual that many shore resorts have repeated for decades. But this year something new will be added inOceanCity. Think about it. Who benefits the most when the ocean is unlocked? Hmmmm! Why the fish of course! Now they can swim here legitimately without fear of getting ticketed. It is a time of great rejoicing for our finny friends! They plan to show their appreciation by sending three fishy emissaries to thank the City. Bring your camera. The emissaries have promised to pose for photos. TIME:Noon, PLACE: Moorlyn Terrace Beach, opposite Music Pier.
(Fri., May, 25) THE BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE: Following the Unlocking Ceremony, flocks of business folks will welcome the new season by marching into the water with brief cases, dressed in formal attire, as the Ocean City High School Band plays Pomp and Circumstance. They will be led by event organizer, realtor John Walton, followed by one of his associates with an OPEN Banner borrowed from Waltons’s latest Open House. The banner assures us that the Ocean is indeed open. Over 30 groups plus assorted costumed characters will participate.
Included in the line up are Century 21 Realtors, Boyars Food Market, Ocean City Theater Co., Ocean City High School Band directed by Donna Schwarz, Ocean City High School Deca Students, Debbie Cathcart director, Vendors from Stainton’s Gallery Shops, the Verizon Boardwalk mascot, the Peace and Love Yogurt Mascot, “Peace Bear” along with many other hyper-active mascots.
GUARDED BEACHES: The Ocean City Beach Patrol have announced the guarded beaches for the Memorial Day Weekend and a few days beyond (May26- June 1). Beaches are guarded from10 a.m.until5:30 p.m.weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on week days. Those guarded include Stenton Place, St. CharlesPlace, Brighton Place, 8th St., 9th St., 11th St., 12th St., 14th St., 26th St., 34th St., 44th St. and 57th St.SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES. If you have questions call the Beach Patrol at 609-525-9201 or 609-525-9200. For information on guarded beaches turn to Radio 1620AM or the City Access Channel 12. For all Emergencies call 911.
(Sat., May 26) Tony Marts presents ‘Rockin’ the Ocean City Music Pier, a tribute to the legendary band CHICAGO at 8 p.m.in the Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The program features the 9 piece Sounds of the Society Show Band. Doors open7 p.m., show 8 p.m., $20 general admission. Tickets available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.
(Sun May 27) BARKS ON THE BOARDS: Registered dogs can walk on the Boardwalk betweennoonand2 p.m.At1 p.m., dogs will compete in contests at the Music Pier- Best Dressed, Largest, Smallest, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner Look Alike, etc. Call 609-398-9500 or access www.hsocnj.org.
(Mon., May 28) Ocean City Lifeguards will set adrift “a wreath at sea” at 9:15 a.m.in the ocean at the south side of the Music Pier to honor those who have died for our country.
(May 27) Pianist RICHARD ALLEN FARMER will be featured in concert at the Tabernacle,550 Wesley Ave., at7 p.m.Admission is free. For information, call 609-399-1915 or access www.octabernacle.org.
(Mon., May 28) The Annual MEMORIAL DAYSERVICE will be held 11 a.m.at VeteransMemorial Park, 5th andWesley Ave. All who attend will receive a booklet written be Veteran Jim Houck containing biographical information on Ocean City service personnel who gave their lives during World War 1, World War ll, the Korean War and Viet Nam. Their names are on the Wall of Honor at Memorial Park.
Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Kenneth Patterson, U.S.Army. Mayor Gillian will speak and also honor Houck for his extensive work in compiling the booklet. Houck and Bob Marzulli, Commander of American Legion Post 524, will read the solemn roll call of those locals who have died in the service of our country.
Amazing Grace will be played by Jack Meehan on bagpipes and Greg Murphy from Buglers Across America will play taps. There will be the Wreath presentation and a POW, Missing in Action Service during the program. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Tabernacle adjacent to the Memorial Park.
(June 1-3) The City’s 40th Annual FLOWER SHOW returns to the Music Pier. The Show will honor the late James F. Penland, the distinguishedOceanCity artist and business man who was founder of the show. The first event was a Flower Art Show, with Penland painting pictures of flowers in the Center of the Music Pier Auditorium. Artists from the City’s Fine Arts League andArtsCenterwill exhibit paintings of flowers in tribute to Penland.
The show consists of Artistic Design Arrangements and horticultural specimens plus live piano music. Admission is free. Show times are Fri. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call, 609-525-9300.
Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS: Did you know that by using your Ocean City Free Library Card you have access to thousands of streaming videos on a variety of topics? Plus the Films On Demand streaming video platform provides a powerful search and browse tool, making it easy for you to find specific content quickly. Access Video on demand features nine expansive streaming collections that cover a wide range of subjects, including thousands of titles that you won’t find anywhere else. To use this resource, see a Reference Staff member or call 609-399-2434 ext. 5231.
Some free Library Events for the rest of May include: TED Talk, May 24, 11 a.m.in the Main Lecture Room with a discussion on longevity, Room N110: The Icons of Jazz Lecture Series, Sun. May 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with co hosts Michael Pedicin and Bob Ferguson in the Main Lecture Room; Young Adult: Games Program, Thurs., May 24 from 3-5 p.m., Conference Room 111 featuring board/video games and pizza. For more information call 609-399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.
(May 31) The Second Annual Big Girl Birthday Party will be held from5-9 p.m.in downtownOceanCity. The event benefits the City’s Community Arts Project, whose mission is to beautify the community through public art.
“Come out and enjoy an evening filled with made by you treats, good eats and sweets, shopping specials, giveaways, store drawings and more,” says Marcia Shallcross, Main Street Ocean City executive director. Get all the information on this fun filled evening. Call 609-398-4662 or stop at the Accent Gallery, 956 Asbury Ave., or the Main Street Office, 16 E. 9th St. at the Chamber of Commerce Information Center