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The Fight Against No-Vacation Nation

The United States, more than any other country in the world, equates the perception of busyness to success. We work long hours, rarely take breaks, eat sad sandwiches at our desks, and almost never take vacations. To the world at large, the sentiment is simply that Americans work far too much. The U.S. Travel Association has coined a name for our affliction – Work Martyr Syndrome. In a period where cutbacks are prevalent, U.S. workers position themselves as indispensable by putting in a lot of face time at the office, resulting in the lowest amount of vacation time used in the past 40 years. In fact, the U.S. is the only advanced nation in the world that doesn’t offer workers a guaranteed paid vacation. With... Read More

Christmas Parade Friday, Train Show on Weekend – 12/2/15

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQE8RqFQl6A&feature=youtu.be[/embed] (Dec. 4) The City's Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE brings Santa to town in a horse and buggy. The Parade begins 6:30 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Afterwards Santa will be at the Park across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. He will pose for photos (bring your camera) and hand out treats. Bands featured in the Parade include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, the Pitman Hobo Band and the Ed Coles Dixieland Band. Among the groups to march are the Ocean City Theatre Co., the Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth All Star Team, the American Legion, Girl Scout Troop 41371, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Cape May County Sherriff's Dept. Mounted Unit, OCHS Best Buddies International Club, Strathmere Fire Co.,  Jr. Red... Read More

Old Fashioned Christmas in the Downtown on Friday – What’s Happening 11/25/15

(Nov. 27) This popular event will feature lots of free fun and entertainment from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. SANTA descends from the City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., the PHILLIE PHANATIC and many others entertain: Program includes Show Stoppers (Carolers and String Band) strolling Avenue 6-9th St. from 2 - 4 p.m.; Fox Production Singers strolling from 8th-11th St., 2 -4 p.m.; Michael Hartman, Ocean City Theatre Co., 4-5 p.m. at City Hall; Keith Hickman, performing on City Hall Steps, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Dean Duncan, Stilt Walker, strolling from 6-11th St., 2-5 p.m.; free Horse and Carriage Rides, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. from in front of City Hall; SANTA, Gazebo Park, across from City Hall, 2-3 p.m., 5:15-5:45 p.m. (bring your camera), the PHILLIE PHANATIC, 4-6 p.m.  at City Hall. Program... Read More

There’s No Place Like Ocean City For The Holidays 11/18/15

Ocean City specializes in entertaining and inspirational holiday events. (Nov. 21) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD, 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Downtown Asbury Avenue Holiday Shopping celebration and fun filled experience! Enjoy the best bargains in the morning! Shop in your PJs. Win a Turkey if judges select you as one of the best dressed. You may also win gift certificates or more. From noon until 3 p.m. enjoy FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES and photos with Santa in Ocean City’s Award Winning Downtown. Bring your camera! (Nov. 16-22) FITNESS WEEK: Benefit from a week of workouts, seminars, lessons and demonstrations designed to help you improve your mental, physical and spiritual health and better enjoy the holidays in top condition. Try cycling, Pilates, yoga, pickleball, kickball, Zumba and more at various City locations... Read More

Veterans Day Program Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 A.M.

Ocean City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM will be held Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be held at the Tabernacle adjacent to the Park. The program includes a Welcome by Jim Mallon; Invocation by Pastor Steve Donat, St. Peter’s Methodist Church; Presentation of the Colors by L/CPL George L. Dramis, Marine Corps League Detachment 676; the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Julia Mary Wilson; the Pledge of Allegiance led by American Legion Commander Bob Marzulli followed by the Armed Forces Medley Colors Retired. Mayor Jay A. Gillian will offer remarks and Ocean City Primary School students will present a “Thank You To Veterans.” VFW Commander, Mike Morrissey will introduce guest speaker, Vietnam Veteran, Joe... Read More

Trail of Two Cities on Sat., Quiet Festival Next Week

11/4/15 The City’s popular Trail of Two Cites 5K Walk/Run over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Saturday starting 8 a.m. at the Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. It ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. THE CAUSEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO INCOMING, EAST BOUND TRAFFIC from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Pre-registration is $25. It ends Nov.4, and is available online only at www.lmsports.com. Same day registration is $30 starting 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center. The Trail of Two Cities provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy and photograph the scenic causeway including the wetlands, bay and outline of Ocean City. Runners from 9 years and under to 70 and older compete for medals. There is an awards ceremony when all runners have completed the... Read More

Introduction to Ocean City

Introduction To Ocean City

Once you get here, the only noise you’ll hear will be the waves, bell-ringers and food vendor barkers and some great music. There will be plenty of energy and enthusiasm, but no stress.

There’s plenty to do, but it will be all on YOUR schedule.

The first stop is the boardwalk, a 2.5 mile long and 50 feet wide stretch, lined with shopping, amusements, arcades, ice cream parlors, sweet shops and restaurants. Go to a water park, ride a Ferris wheel that gives you a spectacular view of the beach, play miniature golf, listen to music by the Ocean City Pops, or just relax on the beach.

One of our best events is Family Night. It’s held every Thursday in July and August, so fire up your vocal... Read More

10/28/15 Many Events Coming Soon, Only One is Quiet!

THE QUIET FESTIVAL is coming soon. I’d like to review that first, because it takes some preparation. Then we’ll review HALLOWEEN and The TRAIL OF TWO CITIES. The 12th Annual Quiet Festival, the only event in the area that celebrates quiet things and contemplation, is set for Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14. Let’s start with Nov. 14. This is the center piece of the Quiet Festival. It features a QUIET PET CONTEST, the only one in the universe that we know of plus other fun activities. The events are held in the Senior Auditorium of the Community Center that takes up an entire block between 17th and 18th Sts. on Simpson Ave. The Senior Center is on the 18th Street side. The Quiet Pet Contest is open to Mice, Ferrets, Hamsters,... Read More

10/21/15 Trail of Two Cities 5k set for Nov. 7

The 20th Annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 7th starting 8 a.m. The event begins at the Transportation Center 9th and Haven Ave. in Ocean City and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. Race day entry will be conducted starting 7 a.m. at the Center. Beat the crowd and pick up entry packet early (pre registrants only) Fri., Nov. 6th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. The event is open to all ages from 9 years and under to 70 and over. Pre-registration is $25 if received by mail by Oct. 30th or online at www.lmsports.com if received by Nov.4th. Day of the... Read More