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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 sponsored by NAP, the National Association of Tired People. Floats include Ronald Mac Donald, Ocean City Home Bank, Wonderland Amusement Pier, the Chatterbox, A Mouse’s Christmas and the Annual Variety Comedy Show at the Music Pier on Dec. 13 to benefit Gilda’s Club. Fire engines from Ocean City and Marmora will roll by.

Mayor Sal Perillo will ride in the Parade. He will be joined by Molly Lavin, Miss Ocean City, Carley Boehning, Little Miss Ocean City and Sarah Ford, Junior Miss Ocean City. Brownie troops will be represented. There will be Llamas from Bready Farms in Tuckahoe, ponies, the Seashore Dog Training Club and antique autos. Individual performers include Suzanne Muldowney portraying the Ice Princess, a stilt walker and the Wind Chimes Christmas Tree. Santa will arrive in a horse and carriage and greet children after the Parade in front of City Hall at the Open House.

There will be free carriage rides with Santa from noon till 3 p.m.

The Open House at City Hall will include a tour featuring unique wreaths created by City Personnel, carols sung by Andi Cocozza and Doug Hanson, the Wind Chimes Christmas Tree, cookies and hot chocolate and greetings by Mayor Sal Perillo. There will be an area to drop off gifts for our personnel serving in the Armed forces. Suggested gifts include chap stick, protein bars, tooth brushes, batteries, shaving cream, snack foods, sun tan lotion and used cell phones. For a complete list of items call 609- 525-9300.

SINDIA DAY SATURDAY: It was just 107 years ago in December of 1901, that a huge four masted ship, the Sindia, ran aground off the 17th St. Beach in Ocean City. The shipwreck will be fondly remembered on Sat., Dec. 13 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th Simpson Ave., which has many relics taken from the Sindia before it completely immersed in the sand. The shipwreck was a benign one as there were no fatalities. Those who ran down to the beach to witness the historic event say that the wind streaking through the sails of the Clipper Ship made a frightening noise, like the sound of cannons shots. Legend has it that a gold idol, spirited away from the orient and hidden in the hold of the ship caused the wreck. The idol is reported to have been very upset about being removed from its home and somehow caused the disaster. Then there’s another story that the crew was partying over enthusiastically upon arriving in the states and not paying attention to their duties. The program will include lectures by local historians Paul Anselm, Ken Cooper and Fred Miller. Admission is free. For information call 609-399-1801.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS ORCHESTRA presents Joy to the World , a holiday musical gala at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. (Ocean City High School) on Fri., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Bill Scheible will conduct the program that includes carols, scenes from the Nutcracker, the Canadian Brass, the Cape Shore Chorale and the Angelus Chorus directed by Richard Stanislaw who will also emcee. The program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Norman and JoAnne Schaut. Tickets are $15, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call 609-525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.

The 4th Annual HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW is set for 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13 at the Music Pier. The show benefits Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and features Dave Carr, ventriloquist, Jim Daly, magician, Kenny Ray Walker, comedian who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show, Mike Rage, host of America’s Funny Man and More. Tickets are $15, children under 5 are free, available at City Hall Annex or the door.

GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! We have sold out of admissions to our popular New Year’s Eve gala for a number of years now. So don’t delay- order them today- over eight hours of quality entertainment-from 4 p.m. to midnight at 9 central locations for just $14. With fireworks a midnight! This has to be the best New Year’s Entertainment value in the universe! Stop at First Night Headquarters at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave., across from City Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week or call 609-391-0060. To order online access www.firstnightocnj.com.

OUR 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. Showgoers are asked to bring gifts of non-perishable food for the City’s food Cupboard. Greg Gregory, Somers Point businessman and comedian, will emcee. Ted Prior and the El Live Christmas Band will play medleys of Christmas favorites. Performers from Michael Hartman’s Tis the Season Holiday Spectacular will entertain. Santa will arrive at the end of the evening. The Carolfest is made possible through a grant from Dietz and Watson of Philadelphia.

A FLANDERS HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS produced by talented Ocean City soprano, Nancy Fox, is set for Tues., Dec. 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the historic hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. This “gift to the community” features performers from the area with an unusual power point display that weaves the heavenly pictures from the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes into music of the season. These photos are fantastic (I’ve seen many of them on the internet). The program is timed to accommodate last minute gift buyers who would enjoy a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a snack after shopping all afternoon in Ocean City’s many unique stores. Admission is free.

COMING SOON: ‘TIS THE SEASON, a holiday spectacular from Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Co., Dec. 19-21 at the Music Pier. Tickets available at City Hall Annex or online a www.ocnj.us.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by the Ocean City Repertory Theatre, Sun., Dec.21, 7 p.m. at Denovum, 908 Asbury Ave., tickets are $10 at the door, call 609-525-9294 for information.

CHECK OUT the OCEAN CITY FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave. and the OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17TH and Simpson Ave. for exhibits of outstanding artwork and holiday gifts.

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