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How to Prepare Yourself for Upcoming Special Events

As a public service, we are offering some helpful hints on how to prepare yourself for upcoming special events. By taking just a few minutes to read the capsules below, you could increase your enjoyment of a special event by 25 to 40 per cent, according to studies recently completed by Trash Buster and Martin Z. Mollusk. THE WOOFIN’ PAWS pet fashion competition is coming your way on Sat., April 11 starting 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The contest is for any pet that will not eat another pet. So it wouldn’t be too cool if your pet boa constrictor tried to eat Sweetie Pie, my cute little poodle mix. She would probably nip your snake on the nose, make it cry and create a general disturbance... Read More

The Doo Dah Dope Sheet, All the Doo That’s Fit to Dah! & More!

The 2009 issue of the Doo Dah Dope Sheet has just hit the streets with a thud! In case you’re not a subscriber, and I would be amazed if you were, we’ll review some of its highlights in this column. 24th ANNIVERSARY: It’s been 24 years since the first Doo Dah Parade began in Ocean City! This year’s edition of Doo Dah is set for Sat., April 18 starting noon at 6th and Asbury Ave. From there it wanders to 12th and Asbury, then to 12th and Boardwalk and ends with much fanfare in front of the Music Pier. Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade has evolved into a celebration of humor and a showcase for over 500 BASSET HOUNDS, one of the largest gatherings of the loopy eared pooches in the world. Humorous brigades... Read More

Bill Dana To Be Grand Marshal Of 24th Doo Dah Parade

Legendary Comedian, BILL DANA, will be grand marshal of Ocean City’s 24th Annual Doo Dah Parade set for Sat., April 18th starting at noon. The Parade kicks off a WEEKEND OF COMEDY AND CONSERVATION in Ocean City as the community will celebrate Earth Day on Sun., April 19th at the Bayside Center. Dana’s career in show business spans over 50 years. Many know Bill as Jose Jimenez, a popular character he originally created for the Steve Allen Show. But he has also been a successful writer, author, producer, director, recording artist, inventor, stand-up comedian and environmental artist. The versatile comedian created Ecolo/Jest, the first syndicated cartoon panel in America dedicated to the environment in 1970. This makes his appearance especially appropriate for the Doo Dah/Earth Day weekend. His cartoon books will be... Read More

Keyser Soze Reunion, Battle of the Bands Here This Weekend

KEYSER SOZE, a popular Ocean City Rock Band, will reunite for one concert only at the Music Pier on Friday (Feb. 20) starting 6 p.m. Led by Ocean City native, Ed Shiffler, Keyser Soze gained exposure in the late 90s playing in New York, Los Angeles and local venues. Keyser Soze eventually dispersed but members remain friends and loyal to Shiffler, a very talented singer/songwriter. Ed now lives in New York and has formed new band, The Dangerous Ones, that is gaining popularity in the Big Apple. Shiffler continues to write original songs and supports himself performing music. He also has a seasonal job with the New York Mets baseball team. Keyser Soze includes Shiffler, Steve Cavaretta, Matt Charles and Andrew Baird, who is flying in from Lake Tahoe for the performance.... Read More

Always the Same, Always Different, That’s Ocean City

Always the same, always different. That’s how Ocean City is viewed by many tourists. When you visit here you get the best of the old and the new. And in these uncertain times, that combination will retain vacationers and attract new ones. Ocean City has held fast to its family traditions…It is reliable. It stays the same in a positive way. People feel comfortable here and that’s important especially in these chaotic days when folks are looking for stable environments. Positive sameness or reliability has always made good business senses. So has progress. And Ocean City gets good marks for that too. Over the years events have been expanded, new facilities have been added and we’ve become very environmentally conscious. Green communities are now preferred by vacationers and travelers according to... Read More

Shows, Rock Concert, Battle of Bands set for February

Want to take your special someone to a lovely entertainment program on Valentine’s weekend? We can help you. Want to hear a great rock band that was formed in Ocean City and is returning here for a reunion? No problem. Is a Battle of the Bands your cup of tea? Well we can provide that too. It’s all happening in Ocean City in February. THE RETURN OF KEYSER SOZE: This popular Ocean City rock band will reunite for one concert only at the Music Pier on Fri., Feb. 20 starting 6 p.m. Led by Ocean City singer-songwriter, Ed Shiffler, Keyser Soze gained exposure in the late 90’s and until a few years ago was playing frequently at such venues as the legendary CBGB’s in New York City, at the ‘Go Go... Read More

World’s Ugliest Dog to Visit OC Humane Society

The Ocean City Humane Society is hosting a birthday party for its many residents--dogs and cats patiently waiting to be adopted by attentive best friends. A no kill shelter, the Society has decided to celebrate all of its animals’ birthdays on Sat., Jan. 10 from noon till 2 p.m. at the award winning facility located on 1 Shelter Rd., off Bay and Tennessee Avenues. Grown-ups, children and their pets are all invited. Visitors should bring their cameras because there will be a special guest. It will be a bona fide canine celebrity, Elwood, winner of the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Elwood is a Chinese Crested Chihuahua mixed breed living in Sewell with his caregiver, Karen Quigley. Elwood won the title at the Colleseum in Petaluma, CA trotting away with the crown... Read More

First Night, First Day at Beach Ring in New Year

Ocean City’s popular FIRST NIGHT on Dec. 31 followed by FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH on Jan. 1 are two economical ways to ring in the New Year. First Night, which features over 75 entertainment programs at nine locations, is priced at just $14 an admission button. First Day at the Beach is free unless you’re running the 5K and then there’s a $20 charge, but you receive a T Shirt at registration. First Night was initiated at Boston in 1976 as a safe, non-alcoholic way to keep families and individuals together on the holiday. Ocean City began First Night 17 years ago. That first year there were over 1,000 visitors, which we thought was astounding. Last year there were 10,000. Two additional locations have been added this year. Gillian’s will open its... Read More

Carolfest, Tis the Season Set, Get First Night Buttons Now!

This Community’s CAROLFEST, featuring a cast of professional performers, is set for 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is free. Show goers are asked to bring gifts of non-perishable food for the City’s Food Cupboard. Greg Gregory, a Somers Point businessman and talented comedian, will emcee and add his noted sense of humor to the program. Ted Prior and the El Live Christmas Band will play medleys of Christmas favorites including Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, Oh Tannenbaum, Jingle Bells, Frosty, Rudolph and more. Performers from Michael Hartman’s Tis the Season Holiday spectacular will entertain with a medley of Christmas favorites including The First Noel, Silent Night, Joy to the World and more. There will be a puppet show and special guest Bud Terry will team... Read More