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Message in Bottle Winner Will Return Here for First Night

Want to become a not so instant celebrity? Put a message in a bottle. Have it dropped off at sea. And wait. That is what Heidi Kay Werstler did 24 years ago when Ocean City held its one and only Message in a Bottle contest. With the help of her father, Heidi, then 6, sealed the message in a soda bottle obtained from a boardwalk store. Then she waited, and waited. Years passed. The bottle became a distant memory. Recently Heidi’s memory was pleasantly jolted. Her bottle washed ashore after the Nor’easter that racked the East Coast in November. The bottle had traveled 200 miles (approximately 8 miles per year) to the Outer Banks. It was retrieved by maintenance personnel cleaning the beach at the Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, North... Read More

Parade, City Open House, Train Show, Sindia Day – This Weekend!

The City will follow-up its very successful holiday program of last week with another weekend of fun filled events. The action begins on the Boardwalk, Saturday Dec.5 at 10 a.m., with our popular TRAIN SHOW inside the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is a two-day event set for 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Sat. and 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sun. Children will be fascinated by the colorful Garden Railway display on the stage of the Pier. It features larger sized trains built to be displayed outdoors. Youngsters watch from the stage and are permitted to work the controls of the exhibit. A 10 x 20 ft. display by the South Jersey S Gaugers with four and five models operating simultaneously will be set up in the Solarium... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird, Regional Craft Show This Weekend

Ocean City is the place to shop the weekend before Thanksgiving, or any weekend for that matter. But for now, let’s stick with the upcoming weekend, the one before Turkey Day! Something new has been added to downtown special events. It’s called “Earlier than the Bird” and we think you’ll agree that it’s really something to twitter about. Downtown merchants will present the one and only Earlier Than the Bird shopping extravaganza on Sat., Nov. 21 from 7 a.m. till noon along Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th Sts. Stores will offer cost cutting specials and will give away free coffee, coffee mugs and other freebies. You’ll have the opportunity to win one of many $25 Downtown Gift Certificates. Restaurants will feature a variety of dining specials. Merchants will be dressed... Read More

Quiet Festival, Craft Show This Weekend, Holiday Specials Next

Ah, yes, it’s Quiet Festival Weekend, that time of year when those of us who enjoy silence and placid activities celebrate while the majority of the population completely ignores us. Yes, amid the Texting, Face booking, My Spacing, U Tubing and general hyper-activity, we take our stand (or seat) listening to the wisdom of sea shells, leaf squeezing, pin dropping, Yawning Along, maple pod dropping, flying kites and paper airplanes, inspecting clouds and relaxing to the inspirational tinkling of the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band. Here’s the Quiet Festival Schedule: Wed., Nov., 11- Ken Thorpe, Paper Air Plane enthusiast, visits 8th St. Playground After School Program at 3:30 p.m., shows children how to fly and make paper airplanes, does the same thing at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 12 for After... Read More

About Trail of Two Cities, Quiet Festival & Veterans Day

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES: Here’s your chance to get close up and personal with the new bridge construction. Join the genial group for the Trail of Two Cities run/walk over the 9th Street Causeway on Saturday. You will be able to see the construction as you have never seen it before and enjoy a healthy run, jog or walk to boot! The event starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center and ends in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. Registration begins 7 a.m. at the Transportation center located on Haven Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts. in back of McDonalds. Buses will be available at Kennedy Park to transport participants to the Ocean City Transportation Center from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport folks back to Ocean... Read More

Parade, Family Night, Haunted House, Free Concert This Week

Many entertainment events are scheduled this week plus the rescheduled WALK FOR THE WOUNDED which will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to assist wounded soldiers and their families. The walk begins at 12:30 p.m., registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Enjoy food, ceremonies, music and a 3 mile stroll on the boardwalk. Raise $50 and receive a free, long sleeve T Shirt. Contact Tricia Ciliberto 609-399-0012 Ext. 1106 or visitwww.ochome.com. The City’s colorful HALLOWEEN PARADE is set for tonight, Oct. 29 starting 7:15 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. This is the 62nd annual march sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club in cooperation with the City. There will be costumed... Read More

Pink Field, Humane Society Festival, Dog of Year This Weekend

Before we cover this weekend, here are events that have been rescheduled because of last weekend’s storm: WALK FOR THE WOUNDED will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to assist wounded soldiers and their families. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the walk begins 12:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Special guest will be Tracey Davidson of NBC 10. Enjoy food, ceremonies, music and a 3 mile stroll on the Boardwalk. Raise $50 and receive a free, long sleeve T Shirt. Ocean City Home Bank is major sponsor. Contact Tricia Ciliberto 609-399-0012 or visitwww.ochome.com. FREE HAY RIDES are scheduled for the Boardwalk, Sat.-Sun., Oct. 24-25 from noon till 4 p.m. Passengers may get on and off at 8th and... Read More

Events Keep Rolling On Through Fall in Ocean City

Last weekend’s Indian Summer Weekend was a great event. And there’s much more to come in the weeks ahead. HALLOWEEN EVENTS begin this Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17 and 18 on the Boardwalk. There will be free hayrides from noon till 4 pm. Passengers may get on and off at 8th and 12th Sts. There will be free pumpkins, face painting and Trick or Treating. Bring the children and have some early Halloween fun. This event will be repeated Oct. 24-25. WALK FOR THE WOUNDED presented by the Ocean City Home Bank takes place on Sat., Oct. 17. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to support wounded soldiers and their families. We have all heard the stories about the struggles of veterans who have returned from serving our country and... Read More

Block Party, Fireworks, Entertainment and More This Weekend

Never has our INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND been packed with so much to do! In addition to the Mile Long Block Party on Saturday, a huge fireworks display has been set for Saturday evening preceded by entertainment. There will be shows at the Music Pier and Tabernacle, a seafood center at the Music Pier, Boardwalk table sales and downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sunday. There will be FREE PARKING AT 5TH and Asbury next to the Fire House, free parking at the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave. in back of McDonalds and all Municipal Lots and parking meters will be free. I’d suggest entering the City by 34th St. or the Longport Bridges because of one lane traffic both ways on part of the 9th St. Causeway. There will... Read More