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Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show Also Showcases Talented Pets

Today’s cartoon graphically depicts the drama and variety of the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion competition set for 11 a.m. Sat. (April 11) at Carey Stadium. Poorly Drawn Dog, the larger pooch on the left, represents the talent portion of the event. As you probably know, pets can do amazing things. I have not yet taught our loveable poodle mix, Sweetie Pie, how to juggle eight biscuits like Poorly Drawn Dog. But if I hold a biscuit to her nose and say “Eat It!” she always obliges. On Saturday, you can expect dogs to dance, jump through hoops, sing, (well sorta make a noise that sounds like singing) and many that will roll over and over. Then there are those who will completely ignore fervent requests to perform because they are interested in... Read More

Major Charity Craft Show This Weekend. Easter Is Next.

During times when local charities need it the most, Norman and JoAnne Schaut of the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild are doing more than their part. The Schauts of Ocean City produce huge, highly attended craft festivals here. All profits from these shows go to non-profit groups that assist the needy. Over $90,000 has been donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. This amount will exceed $100,000 after the Schaut’s upcoming show at the Music Pier April 4-5. Other charities that receive substantial support include the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer Research and the Atlantic Riding Center for Handicapped Children. “The Craft Show financial gifts are the largest single source of income that we receive,” said Ecumenical Council Treasurer,... Read More

Wind Chimes Musicans Wanted! No Experience Necessary!

I know you. You’ve always wanted to play a musical instrument, haven’t you? Perhaps the guitar. Maybe the piano or tuba. But you’ve never had the time, right? Playing a musical instrument is a dream you just haven’t be able to fulfill. Well, do we have good news for you! Now you, your brother, sister, mom or dad, any relative or friend imaginable can become an instant musician! It’s true. All it takes is one call and you can be a member of the World’s First and Only WIND CHIMES BAND of Ocean City, New Jersey. It’s that easy. No special talent is required. All you have to do is hold up a set of chimes and the wind and your forward motion will take care of the rest. The next performance of... Read More

A Pie In The Face Is Always Good For A Laugh…

A pie in the face is always good for a laugh. Just ask Soupy Sales, one of many legendary comedians who fine tuned the slapstick technique. Soupy will be back for Ocean City’s Pie in the Face extravaganza that follows the Doo Dah Parade on April 18. It’s called the PieAsco, a word we made up for the event. You won’t find PieAsco in the dictionary. If you type it on your computer, the Word Spell will reject it. All this tells you is that we’re ahead of our time. Word Spell and the dictionary will catch up to us in the years to come. Here’s how the PieAsco works. Folks sit in grandstands in front of the Music Pier and when Soupy gives the signal they smoosh each other in the... Read More

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