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Quiet Festival Features a Free Program for Kids

This year’s edition of Ocean City’s Quiet Festival will feature a free program that will entertain kids, their parents and the public.

Highlight of the three day event will be a quiet extravaganza that includes a Quiet Pet Contest, a Quiet Magician, a Quiet Artist who will draw a cartoon of your child’s favorite animal, the Quiet Turtle Singers with their giant tortoise Big Bart, an ethereal harpist and the Snore at the Shore, the world’s only quiet snoring contest.

Impossible you say? No one can possibly present all of this quietness any place on today’s mille second, bombastic planet. “Not so,” says NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, presenters of the Quiet Festival for the past ten years with the blessing of the City. “We were providing quietness before quietness was cool.”

“It’s a done deal!” The program is set for Sat., Nov. 9th starting 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Enter quietly from the 18th Street side of the complex. The Senior Center will be the first room on your right.

Some pertinent details: The Quiet Pet contest provides quiet pet owners a unique opportunity to show off their best friends and win prizes.  It is open to White Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Rabbits, Ferrets and Cooing Birds. You want to enter another kind of quiet pet? Let us know. Categories include best dressed or decorated, best displays, best personality, most unusual, plus a lettuce eating contest. NAP asks contestants to register in advance so they will know how much lettuce to buy. Call (609) 525-9300, at night and weekends 609-364-4010 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

Some more details. The Quiet Magician will be Chad Juros who has performed in Las Vegas and many major venues throughout the country. The Quiet Cartoonist, Jerry Lukas, is famous for creating thousands of personalized cartoons in many places both quiet and noisy.  The Snore at the Shore asks you to relax in an easy chair and perform
the quietest snore imaginable.  NAP invites you to enjoy an entertaining, fun filled Saturday morning at the City’s spacious Community Center.

Quiet Festival Opening Ceremonies are set for noon, Fri. Nov. 8th in the park across from City Hall., 9th and Asbury Ave. Scheduled are the renowned Yawn Along Ensemble accompanied by the inspirational tinkling of the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performing Beautiful Dreamer, soprano Nancy Fox with a quiet aria, the semi exciting Maple Pod Drop, bubbles galore, and quiet surprises from Doug Jewell of Air Circus.

Paper Airplane flying, pin dropping, leaf squeezing, and more are on the agenda.

The opening concludes with a moment of silence to inspect the clouds. Celebrants then retire to the nearby Chatter Box Restaurant for a quiet, Dutch Treat Lunch. (No chattering or boxing is permitted).

An Open Poetry Reading is also scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Mark Soifer will read from his new book, A Nation of Things and
local poets will recite from their work. Those interested in poetry are invited to attend to either read, listen or ask questions.

For information about the Quiet Festival, call (609) 525-9300, after hours or on weekends (609) 364-4010 or emailmsoifer@hotmail.com.

NOTICE: The TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway is set for Sat., Nov 2 between Ocean City and Somers Point starting 8 a.m. The race will be run on the south side of the causeway (Information Center side) and this road will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:15 a.m. The north side road will be open. There is day of race registration for the event at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave., starting 7 a.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

REMEMBER OUR VETERANS during the annual Veterans Day Program at the Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. For information, call (609) 525-9300.

SCHOLARSHIP DINNER: The 8th Annual Ocean City High School Scholarship Dinner is set for Nov. 14 from 5-7 p. m. in the High School Cafeteria (5th St. Entrance). Enjoy a night filled with tasty
dishes featuring the specialties of local chefs and travel through the decades with music by Mr. Tym Cox and his jazz rock ensemble. There will be door prizes. The event is sponsored by the OCHS Leadership Club with all proceeds benefiting High School Scholarships. Tickets are $25 per person, Children 3-10, $10, children under 3 are free. For information, contact Ms. Amy Pasquale (609)
399-1290 ext. 1312 or adepasquale@ocsdnj.org.

CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS Festival: This event features many of the best artisans on the East Coast exhibiting and selling one of a kind specialties ideal for gift giving during the holiday season. The popular show is set for Nov. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Free Parking at nearby City lots. A $3 contribution benefits local charities. Children under 12 are free. For information, call 1-800-822-4112.

A CELEBRATION: The Historic Flanders Hotel will hold a 90th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 17 from 4 to 8 p. m. “The Jewel of the Southern Jersey Shore” invites you to join as they celebrate this special occasion for the benefit of the Ocean City Historical Museum. The day will include a Display of Flanders Memorabilia and Antiques, Presentation of the History or the Flanders, Butler’d Hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner with music and dancing. Tickets are $50 a person with all profits from event donated to the Ocean City Historical Museum. For tickets call or stop at the The Flanders (609) 399-1000 or the Museum (609) 399-1801. Evening attire recommended. Roaring 20’s style rewarded.

LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN EVENTS: Trick or Treat in Ocean City is set for Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. All children should be accompanied by an adult, have fire proof costumes and should be able to see clearly in them.

The FRANKENSTEIN Art and Memorabilia Exhibit will be on display in the Atrium of the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. to Oct. 31st. Check out all of the Library’s special, free programs. Call
(609) 399-2434.

The KID FRIENDLY HAUNTED HOUSE (Well Lit, Less Scary Trick or Treat Tour) will be held at the Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., through Oct. 31st from 4 to 7 p.m.  Dressing up is not mandatory but encouraged. $5 admission per child. Call (609) 457-6686 or http://www.ocrep.org.
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