For 39 years the MISS CRUSTACEAN Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant has attracted hundreds of curvaceous crustaceans and their best friends.
On Aug. 1, America’s most glamorous Crabettes will congregate at 1 p.m. on the 6th Street Beach to compete for the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean Comeliness. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark, pizza crust and a dash of swamp water.
In addition to the coveted cup, the victor gets to waddle down a flower bedecked runway as adoring throngs sing the Pageant’s theme song, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”
The new Miss Crustacean follows in the footsteps of such legends as Crabunzel, Taxi Crab, Crabopatra and Crabahontis.
The Pageant is followed by the rollicking Hermit Crab Races with about 150 crabathletes plodding, creeping and clunking over an 8ft plywood oval. A bugler sounds the call at the starting gate (a plastic cake dish cover) before each heat.
Entry in both events is free. A Sand Sculpting Contest will also be held on the 6th St. Beach starting 9 a.m., Aug. 1. Entry is free and prizes awarded. Spectators should bring cameras. You’ll be amazed at what you see!
PAMPER SCAMPER Alert: Ocean City’s popular Baby Crawling Race, is set for Tues, Aug. 7 at the 6th Steet Volley Ball Courts opposite Wonderland Pier. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the entertaining action begins at 9:30 a.m. The contest is free and prizes are awarded.
This entertaining race is for babies 15 months and younger. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Recreation Division with prizes donated by Ocean City merchants. For information, call (609) 525-9304.
Ocean City’s 103rd Annual BABY PARADE, the longest consecutively running in the nation, is set for Thurs., Aug, 9th. The colorful event begins at 10:15 a.m. Parade Route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. Grand marshals this year are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of best selling Ocean City history books.
The Parade competition is open to children from infants to ten years of age. Parents may register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Forms are also available at the second floor of City Hall, Room 214, open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9300. After hours, call 609-364-4010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registration is Tues., Aug. 7 at noon. The fee is $5 per child and $10 for commercial floats. All children receive a commemorative gift for being in the Parade.
The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger and his committee. Bamberger, a photo engraver, was one of the organizers of Labor Day. The Parade is now directed by Susan Canale who heads a committee of 40 volunteers.
Musical groups that will be included in the parade are the Interboro High School of Pennsylvania Marching Band, the Pitman Hobo Band, the Atlantic City Bagpipers, the Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guards, an Award winning youth color guard with music and the Ed Coles Entertainers.
A TWINS CONTEST follows the Baby Parade on Aug., 9th starting 6:30 p.m. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Entry is free.There are divisions for all ages for twins that look the most and least alike. Call (609) 525-9300.
Events at the Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Aug. 1, the Library presents Ceol Binn which is Irish for “Sweet Music” with Stephanie Sussmeir (harp) and Leslie Clarke (guitar and vocals) performing Celtic tunes plus classical and international music, Main Lecture Room, 7 p.m.; The National Music of Italy and Spain will be discussed by Paul Mack Somers of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 2, Main Lecture Room; A free concert featuring the Packaged Goods Orchestra, 7 p.m. Aug. 3rd, Main Lecture room with songs from the 50s to the 70s; A Gidget Book Signing, featuring the real Gidget, Kathy Zuckerman, who will discuss her new documentary, “Accidental Icon,” is set as part of the Art of Surfing Festival, Fri., Aug. 3rd at 1 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 4 at noon, Main Lecture Room. Free showings of Accidental Icon will be held Fri. at 1 p.m. and Sat. at noon; Youth Adult author, Margaret Stohl, will discuss her YA series, “Beautiful Creatures and Icons” and sign books, Sat., Aug. 4, Main Lecture Room, 3 p.m.; As part of the Summer Jazz Series the University of Delaware Faculty Jazz Ensemble will play a blend of Caribbean inspired jazz Sun., Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. This is just a sample of what the Library has to offer. Access www.oceancitylibrary.org or call (609) 399-2434 for complete information.
(Aug. 1) Ocean City Pops presents a Tribute to TONY BENNETT with singer Eddie Bruce and the Pops. Also featuring young trumpeter Geoff Galante and the Night Café Trio. This program is in memory of Pop’s longtime favorite drummer, Carl Mottola. Tickets are $20/$12, at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or access www.ocnj.us.
(Aug. 1) “Treasures from King Tut’s Tomb” presented by Dr. Stephen Phillips, 4pm, Lecture Room N110, Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th & Simpson, 609-399-2424 x 5238.
(Aug. 1) DECLUTTER YOUR WORLD presented by Ellie Wiess, ACC,CEC, CMM, 3 weekly sessions (90 min. each) Wednesdays, August 1st, 8th & 15th, 6:30pm, Lecture Room N110, Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th & Simpson, 609-399-2424 x 5238.
(Aug. 2-4) ART OF SURFING Festival at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Hours: Thurs. 7-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., noon till 10 p.m. Admission, free. Features original artwork from surfing’s biggest names, live music, a chance to meet the artists from across the country. For information, call (609) 744-3229.
(Aug. 3-5) 50th Annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW: Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Hours: Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Aug. 5) The Ocean City Pops present An Evening With MOZART with glorious singers and award winning pianist Claire Huang Ci playing Concerto No. 23 in A, 8 p.m. Sponsored by Oves Restaurant. Tickets $15 and $10, available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.
(Aug. 6) The Fabulous FABLE Factory 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Monroe wanders into a seemingly abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever which activates the factory machinery, an assembly line of actors who create fabulous fables. Tickets, $9, available at the Music Pier Box Office or on-line at www.ocnj.us, call (609) 525-9248.
(Aug. 6) Carolyn ARENDS, vocal recording artist, in concert with Spencer Capier, 7 p.m. at the Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., admission, free. Call (609) 399-1915.
(Aug. 6) The Machine PINK FLOYD Ultimate Tribute Band, 8 p.m. at Music Pier. America’s top Pink Floyd Show has forged a 20 year reputation for excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating one of their own. Over the years, the Machine has sold out theaters, casinos, and large clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia and at renowned music festivals. Tickets on sale through TicketMaster, 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
(Aug. 7-8) The Ocean City Pops presents “I Wish I were IN LOVE Again!,” an evening of Broadway Love Songs, with singers Alex Bechtel and Liz Filios at 8 p.m. Featuring the best of Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim, Cole Porter, Lerner and Lowe, Gershwin, etc. Also featuring talented pianist, Joseph Mohan, playing a new Broadway medley. Tickets $20/$12 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.
Fundraiser – Ocean City Gardens Civic Association is again sponsoring PHOTOS by the SEA, Thursday, August 9th, 4:30-7:30pm and Sunday, August 12th, 3:30-6:30pm, reduced sitting fee of $50 includes one 8×10 photograph, call Pat at 609-391-1657 to schedule an appointment. Fundraiser supports local charities & scholarships.
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