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Ocean City: A Perfect Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and Ocean City is the perfect place to spend the Valentine’s Day Weekend. Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company will present A Cabaret of Broadway Love songs and sumptuous dessert reception of Sat., Feb. 16 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6 th and Atlantic Ave. A really sweet time is guaranteed. Hartman’s performers will provide some of the most enchanting, unforgettable melodies ever to grace “The Great White Way.” You don’t have to go to Broadway any more to enjoy Broadway quality shows. Hartman has brought them to Ocean City. His productions with the Ocean City Pops and First Night, his many other shows here during the year, feature quality New York entertainers and have received outstanding reviews. Much of it’s due to Hartman’s producing, direction... Read More

Many Free February Events Available in Ocean City

Both of the City’s Art Centers are offering interesting free shows in February. The ART ON ASBURY Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., will host “Anything Goes,” along with its annual Arc student Exhibition and Sale. Entry is free to both exhibits which will feature an array of work by the Art Center’s talented members and a themed show highlighting Dogs by Arc students. Arc is a private, non-profit agency that makes a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities. You will find their work amazing and heartwarming.  Ocean City Fine Arts League (Art on Asbury) artists have been teaching Arc students for over nine years once a week for three hours. Artists Susan Rau, Jennifer Bird and Thelma Snyder spearhead the program and instruct students on how to paint... Read More

Ocean City is Open for Visitors, Please Help Pass the Word

Ocean City has made a remarkable comeback from Hurricane Sandy. The Boardwalk and Downtown are in good shape and we were able to accommodate 8,000 visitors during our New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration. Thanks to the tireless work of OCNJCARE, our super volunteer organization, its community partners and the City, this basic recovery was made possible. These groups continue to provide assistance to those who need help and will do so until the job is completed. It is very important that we get the word out to our visitors that we are open and ready to accommodate them now and for the upcoming season. Our Tourism industry revenues help keep the City tax base in check and also contribute substantially to the State’s Treasury and tax base. We have already held a... Read More

City to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Two Events

Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration was initiated a few years after his death by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School. The tradition is carried forward today by former councilman, Rev. Gregory Johnson, who will present  an inspirational reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” during a ceremony set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing  Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Mayor Jay Gillian will be keynote speaker and the Bubby Fan Gospel Group will perform. Carly Del Sorda will sing a solo. Sandy volunteers, including those from OCNJCARE, the group that continues to assist those affected by the... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/9/13

SONGS OF OUR CITY:  A Benefit Concert for OCNJ CARE will be held on Jan.12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10th and Central Ave. at 4 p.m. It will feature local and regional professional soloists including Nancy Fox, Debby and Jim Dalfanso and Bill Scheible, musical director of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. It is produced by former Miss Cape May County, Debora Pruitt “to raise funds and raise the spirits of the Community". OCNJ CARE is the volunteer organization that has been helping Ocean City residents recover from Super Storm Sandy since the very beginning. Suggested donation is $10. For information, call (609) 390-0860. The Ocean City FINE ARTS League, 608 Asbury Ave. reopened recently, and is presenting its January Judges Show at this time. Featured artists include Marilyn Brent, Lance... Read More

Last Minute Reminders for First of the Year

FIRST NIGHT is a unique opportunity for families and individuals to obtain eight hours of professional entertainment on New Year’s Eve.  for just $15 per person. It is definitely the Best Entertainment Value at the Jersey Shore providing over 70 entertainment programs and fireworks at midnight. Also included are rides at Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m., plus miniature golf at Gillian’s Adventure Golf from 2 to 9 p.m. The program is varied and appeals to all ages. There will be magic shows, musicals, comedy, a Mummers’ string band, Broadway music, the Grease Band, Trout Fishing in America, Michael Hartman specials and much more. The Ocean City Science Club directed by John Herrmann will offer First Night button holders the opportunity to observe and see the “real stars” at the... Read More

Get Your First Night Buttons now for New Year’s Eve

Everything is set for a great First Night program on New Year’s Eve in Ocean City. The Venues are ready, our volunteers are eager and City streets are in fine shape. Pass the word. First Night has a great entertainment program scheduled for you and your friends. There’s an impression in some places that all of the Jersey Shore remains devastated. Ocean City is very fortunate that its business community has made an amazing comeback and that the boardwalk is in good shape. And more good news, the Army Corps of Engineers will rebuild our beaches in January. We are more than prepared to entertain our First Night and First Day visitors. This is not to say that some of our residents are not in need, especially in obtaining housing. OCNJCARE and... Read More

See the Real Stars at First Night Through a Telescope!

A new feature has been added to First Night thanks to the Ocean City High School Science Club and Dr. John Herrmann, its Astronomy teacher. All visitors to First Night, our outstanding New Year’s Eve Celebration, will have the opportunity to see the “real stars” at the High School’s new observatory located on the 5th St. side of the school grounds near the football field. The Observatory will be open to all FIRST NIGHT Button Holders from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visitors will be able “to enjoy the wonders of the heavens during the holiday season,” says Dr. Herrmann. The Science Club will offer First Nighters telescope observations and photography of Jupiter and its moon, the waning of the gibbous moon and other celestial wonders. Who knows, we may even get... Read More

Christmas Parade Friday, First Night Buttons on Sale

Last week Santa descended from the roof of City Hall to greet his admirers. This week he will enter town on a Retail Merchant’s Association float as the grand marshal of the City’s annual CHRISTMAS PARADE. The event is set for Friday, Dec. 7 starting 7 p.m. Santa will float from 6th and Asbury Ave. to 11th and Asbury, then return to the mini park at 9th and Asbury Ave. to greet his friends, pose for photos and distribute treats to children. The Pitman Hobo Band, Ocean City High School Band and Pennsport String Band will serenade Santa in the manner to which he has become accustomed. Mayor Jay Gillian and First Lady Michele Gillian will represent the City administration along with Councilmen Tony Wilson, Pete Guinosso and Michael DeVlieger. The Ocean... Read More