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Martin Z. Mollusk Gets a New Costume for First Night

For 35 years, our pesky hermit crab Mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, has loyally served Ocean City. On the first Thursday in May, he ventures on to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer arrives one week early at this family community and resort. A one week extension of the season is nothing to sneeze at in these competitive times. It’s a nice bonus for residents, vacationers, the kids and of course the business folk. No one can say Martin hasn’t come through for Ocean City. During his 35 year tenure he has seen his shadow 34 times. Once he saw a partial shadow and summer arrived 3 ½ days early. It has been an astounding record. For this reason the First Night Committee, the Chamber... Read More

Reminders: First Night, First Day, Free Christmas Dinner & More

It's time to get your FIRST NIGHT New Year's Eve admission buttons. The popular holiday gala features over 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $14. There are fireworks at midnight. This safe, non alcoholic celebration is definitely the best and most economical New Year’s Eve entertainment program in the area, perhaps in the country, maybe the universe. Opening ceremonies are set for 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It will include a ribbon cutting with City officials, entertainment by the Main Stage Singers, face painters and a trinket give-away. The City will unveil its new Martin Z. Mollusk costumed character that will represent the Hermit Crab in all parades and other functions. Free copies of Martin’s biography and toy shell hermit crabs... Read More

Holiday Events Continue…Get First Night Buttons Now!

HIGHLIGHT OF OUR HOLIDAY entertainment, A Christmas Wonderland, is set for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m., Dec.19 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is Ocean Theatre Company’s high energy song and dance spectacular directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring an all professional cast, the family show is geared to all ages. Tickets are 12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Call 609-525-9300, accesswww.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY Theater has added Santa’s List to its holiday shows. One of Santa’s Elves has stolen the Naughty and Nice List. Santa’s Elves then get involved to help save the holiday. The show is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays through Dec.18 at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. starting... Read More

Community Groups, Volunteers Key to Success of Events

A note from PEACHES LUKENS reminded me of what I have known for years but perhaps something you may not have considered. And that’s how Ocean City’s many community groups and volunteers make our numerous events a success and add to our quality of life… Every Christmas day for decades Peaches and her volunteers have provided a FREE HOME COOKED buffet for the community. This party includes everyone, not just people in need but those who have little or no family and would like to share Christmas day with others. Last year Peaches and her volunteers served over 700 dinners at St. Peters United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The menu this year includes turkey and all the fixings, plus desserts galore, live music, a freebies table of clothing and gifts. “Doors open at 11... Read More

Train Show, Parade, Sindia Day, Pops & More This Weekend

The JAY EGGLY TRAIN SHOW, one of the most popular of our Holiday events, is set for Dec. 4-5 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show is named after the late Jay Eggly, an Ocean City business man, who suggested that we start the exhibit. And how right he was. Train shows, Christmas and kids just naturally go together, and many adults have a warm spot in their hearts for the colorful, miniature models. The Ocean City Train Show and Sale features large working displays plus vendors that sell model trains, parts and accessories suitable for year around and holiday exhibits. A 10x20 ft. display will be exhibited by the South Jersey S Gaugers in the Solarium of the Music Pier with four to five models operating simultaneously. Loading... Read More

Gala Holiday Celebration Friday, Rides for Kids at Annex

There will be a truck stop and train station at City Hall Annex this Friday. Colorful rides that little ones will find fascinating and fun. Wonderland Amusement Pier has installed a mini amusement park for kids at 901Asury Ave. It’s a main feature of the City’s OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS in the Downtown that kicks off the holiday season Nov. 26. The free rides will open 1 p.m. and be available throughout the celebration that concludes at 5 p.m. That’s when Santa arrives dramatically from City Hall roof with assistance from a fire department hook and ladder truck. The rides will also be available at special times during the holiday season courtesy of Gillian’s. The day’s schedule includes free photos with Santa in a lifeboat from 1 to 3 p.m. on City Hall Lawn... Read More


Here are some of the fun, free and fulfilling Holiday events coming your way... Consider shopping in your pajamas in downtown Ocean City on Sat., Nov. 20 between 7 a.m. and noon. You could win a turkey and gobble up substantial savings at the same time. “EARLIER THAN THE BIRD” deals will be offered by Asbury Ave. area merchants the weekend before Thanksgiving. “Get there between 7 and 9 a.m. for the best buys,” advises Marcia Shallcross, executive director of Main Street Ocean City. And wear your PJs. Turkeys will be awarded to those sporting outstanding pajamas!” In addition there will be free coffee give-aways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Shoppers will also be able to sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. Plus, from noon till 3 p.m. free horse and carriage... Read More

Quiet Festival, Veterans Day, Huge Crafts Show This Week

The QUIET FESTIVAL, this community's annual crusade for silent stuff, is set for Nov.11 through 14. The event, inaugurated 15 years ago, showcases quiet pastimes ranging from paper airplane flying and paper clip art to acoustic folk concerts and poetry readings. Admission to all programs is free. Official ceremonies will be held on Fri., Nov.12 at noon in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. It includes the traditional YAWN ALONG to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer, the inspirational Maple Pod drop, a tinkling concert by the world’s only Wind Chimes Band who will play jingle Bells and Brother Can You Spare a Chime, kites with Air Circus, a quiet song by Soprano Nancy Fox, leaf squeezing, feather dropping and bubbles galore. The Ocean City High School Sign Club will sign to the... Read More

Trail of Two Cities this Weekend, The Quiet Festival Begins Nov. 10

The Trail of Two Cities between Ocean City and Somers Point will be a nostalgic jaunt for many this year. The 15th Annual 5K run/walk across the antiquated bridges and causeway will be the last before the old spans are demolished to make way for the new, multi-million dollar sky scrapers that will change the landscape of Rt. 52. The old fashioned bridges that yawned open to let boats through and cause traffic back-ups will be a thing of the past. But the former causeway, with its proximity to the water and congenial view of the bay, has installed fond memories into the hearts of many visitors and residents alike over the years. Recognizing this, the Trail of Two Cities Committee has decided to dedicate its 2010 commemorative shirt to the past.... Read More