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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

Parade, City Hall Open House, Sindia Day Set for Saturday

Over 40 organizations will participate in Ocean City’s Christmas Parade set for Sat., Dec. 13 starting 10:30 a.m. The Parade route is from 6th to 11 Sts. on Asbury Ave. The Parade will be followed by the second annual City Hall Open House from noon to 1:30 p.m. City Hall is located at the corner of 9th and Asbury Ave. Offices will be decorated with unique wreaths and there will be entertainment and refreshments. The Christmas Parade will feature bands, floats and costumed characters. It will be led by the Elizabeth High School Marching Band. Other musical groups include the popular Pitman Hobo Band, Ted Prior performing an Elvis Christmas, entertainers from ‘Tis the Season, a Christmas gala set for the City’s Music Pier, Dec.19-21 and the world’s only Wind Chimes Band... Read More

Train Show, Santa Paws This Weekend, Holiday Concerts Set

This is the busiest holiday season in my memory for special events and music in Ocean City. The downtown Christmas celebration last Friday with Santa descending from the roof of City Hall was a huge hit. Children cheered (well more like screamed) at the sight of the airborne elf. Wonderland’s free train rides at City Hall Annex were crowded all day and will be open again this weekend. There will be free horse and carriage rides again from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends till Dec. 20-21 leaving from in front of City Hall. There will be photos with Santa in a lifeboat at the Music Pier the same weekends for a charge from noon till 3 p.m. Our colorful CHRISTMAS PARADE is yet to come! It’s set for Sat., Dec. 13th... Read More

Quiet Festival, Nap Rally, Big Craft Show Set for this Weekend

A highlight of this weekend’s Quiet festival will be the kick-off of NAP, the National Association of Tired People, a festival spin off. I have been elected president of NAP, an organization I founded three years ago but have been too exhausted to do anything about until now. In accepting the presidency I note that I have been tired for about 40 years and so feel uniquely qualified to represent the millions of tired folks in this country and around the world. Surely we can all find something to be tired about. I will underscore this at my acceptance speech during the Quiet Festival’s Wind Chimes Symphony set for Sat., 11 a.m. in front of the Music Pier Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. During this ceremony, there will be a maple pod drop... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City for Halloween

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE, Thursday, Oct. 30 starts 7:15 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave. and ends at 11th and Asbury. It is presented by the Ocean City Exchange Club in cooperation with the City. Late entries in the costume divisions will be taken starting 6:30 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave. There will be bands and floats to complement the many costumed marchers. Bob Blevin, our recently retired police chief, will be grand marshal. Bring canned or dried food to the Parade. Boy Scouts will collect your donations for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. TRICK OR TREAT FAMILY NIGHT will be held Fri., Oct. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Candy and refreshments will be served. The event starts with a children’s book... Read More