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Miss Ocean City Sat., Weird Contest Week Starts Monday!

Five weird contests presented with impeccable taste will be featured in Ocean City Aug. 17-21. Weird Contest Week, whose motto has always been and will always be “Wacky but Not Tacky,” features a series of unusual competitions starting 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The contests are spread out over five days so as not to over-dose the population in weirdness. Entry is free and there are categories for all age groups. Prizes are awarded. On Mon., Aug. 17 events kick-off with Salt Water Taffy Sculpting. Participants are asked to create works of art from sticky but pliable taffy provided by Shrivers on the Boardwalk. Past entries have included a unicorn, ferris wheel, eyeglasses and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. French Fry Sculpting is scheduled for Tues., Aug. 18... Read More

Boardwalk Art Show This Weekend, Baby Parade Aug. 13th

The 46th ANNUAL BOARDWALK ART SHOW is set for this weekend, Aug. 7-9 extending from 8th to 12th Streets on the boards. Several hundred artists from throughout the East coast will exhibit and sell their work. You’ll find outstanding artwork at reasonable prices. This is one of the longest running art shows of its kind in the country and was founded by former Ocean City artist and businessman, James F. Penland at the urging of Dr. Marcia Smith. Former Mayor Tom Waldman supported the event that eventually led to the establishment of the Ocean City Arts Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. Call 609-525-9310. It took over 100 years to get here, but next Thursday Ocean City will celebrate its 100th... Read More

Miss Crustacean Pageant Next, News About 100th Baby Parade

The hermit crab world is abuzz with excitement. The date is fast approaching for the 36th Annual Miss Crustacean HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT, an event that has captured the imagination of the populace! The Hoopla is set for Wed., Aug. 5 at the 6th St. Beach starting 1 p.m. A bevy of curvaceous crustaceans will follow in the claw steps of such glamorous past title holders as Crabunzel, Crabahontis, Crag McMuffin, Copacrabana and Pirates of the Crabibbean not to mention Taxicrab and Crab Salad. The winner captures the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, a large trophy with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark and pizza crust for fiber. In addition, the victor gets to waddle down a flower... Read More

Night in Venice Weekend

Ocean City’s 55th Anniversary of Night In Venice 2009 Event Information: Friday, July 24th, 5-9pm, Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival, 6-9th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Admission is FREE with an array of seafood for sale from over 40 vendors, entertainment for children and crafters. Saturday, July 25th, Night in Venice Boat Parade - Starts at 8pm at the Longport Bridge. Boats sail along the bay and in and out of lagoons through 23rd Street. Viewing the Parade: Grandstand seating is set up along the street ends. Seating is FREE but get there early! Tickets are also available to purchase to view the boat parade from the Bayside Center located at 5th Street & Bay Avenue. Children 12 and under are $3.00, adults are $7.00 for admission, gates open at 5:00 pm (sorry no parking; use of trolley... Read More

Night in Venice Boat Parade Starting Time Changed to 8 p.m.

For safety reasons caused by the tides, the Night in Venice Committee has decided to start Saturday’s boat parade at 8 p.m. The 9th St. bridge will close to automobile traffic at approximately8:20 p.m. and remain closed until all boats pass through. The Longport and 34th St. bridges will remain open to car traffic. The only two viable dates for the City to hold the Parade this year were July 18 and 25. Back in January it was determined that the 25thwas the best choice. Since then lagoons have filled in more than expected so the committee made the decision to delay Night in Venice starting time from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to safeguard boats. House judging will be one half hour later from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. As of Tuesday, July 21, fifty boats had registered for the Parade. The... Read More

Night in Venice Began in 1954 as Part of the City’s 75th Anniversary Party

Fifty-five years ago, City officials decided to hold a boat parade and bay front home celebration as part of the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75thAnniversary.   It was to be based on a similar event in Venice, Italy. Art Watkins, the City’s Public Relations Director and Jack Jernee, captain of the lifeguards, organized the event. Watkins had been a tour director and witnessed the Venetian regatta before coming to this family resort.   Thanks to Watkins and Jernee and with funding from the City, the modern Night In Venice was born in the summer of 1954. An earlier event, also called Night In Venice, was held in Ocean City in the early 1900s. It consisted of Philadelphia debutantes accompanied by bands sailing through lagoons and greeting bay front homeowners.   The modern version has been held every year since 1954 and never once... Read More

Ocean City is a Happening Place! Here’s a Way to Keep Current!

There is so much going on in Ocean City, I often worry that you might be missing some of the good entertainment and events that happen here. There are many diverse organizations in town presenting many, many worthwhile programs. One way to keep up is through this newspaper. Another is to frequent our two websites, the City’s, www.ocnj.us and the Chamber of Commerce site, www.oceancityvacation.com. Both carry a comprehensive list of events and other pertinent local information. Another is to sign up for City email which regularly carries information about WHAT’S HAPPENING in Ocean City. You can do this by accessing www.ocnj.us. The Public Relations Office at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., has a printed list of special events and other local information available. We’re open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to... Read More

Information About 4th of July, Night in Venice and More

4th OF JULY FIREWORKS will be set off from a barge off the 9th Street Beach at 9 p.m. on Sat., July 4th. They will be visible along the boardwalk. The QVC network will be in town during the weekend filming segments about Ocean City that will be shown to millions throughout the country. The 4th begins with two bike parades, one in SOUTH OCEAN CITY, the other in the north end GARDENS area. Both start at 10 a.m. and are free to participants. The South Ocean City Parade forms at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 40th and Asbury Ave. The Parade route is from 40th and Central Ave. to 53rd and Central. It ends at the 52nd Street Playground where prizes are awarded and refreshments are served. Participants should be... Read More

Antique Autos, Pops Opens, Balalaikas This Weekend

Over 300 VINTAGE AUTOS roll into Ocean City on Sat., June 27 for the 53rd Annual Antique Auto Show set for the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is followed by a boardwalk parade from 6th to 14th Sts. Admission to the show grounds is free. The event is sponsored by the local chapter of the Antique Automobile Assn. of America and the City. It is directed by David Blyler. It features an array of vehicles from Model A and Model T Fords, antique military vehicles and cars of just about every make and model over 25 years old. Antiques such as Rolls Royce’s and Corvettes are showcased. Cars are judged and prizes awarded to owners of the most outstanding vehicles.... Read More