Ocean City resident, Dick Richards, a recent inductee into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, will be grand marshal of Ocean City’s 58th annual Night In Venice, Sat., July 28.
Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s legendary Comets. He recorded Rock Around the Clock and Shake Rattle and Roll with Haley two songs that made Rock ‘n Roll history.
Now in his eighties, Richards still performs with today’s version of the Comets. Regulars at Branson, Missouri, the group tours Europe every year where they are immensely popular.
This year’s regatta will be extra special. It will be the first time the gala has been held since the new causeway has been completed. This means a smoother evening as there will be no boat delays on the return voyage because of bridge openings and traffic will be uninterrupted over the causeway.
All boaters who enter the parade will be given a $50 money card for gas or decorations and a photo of their entry in the Parade. They will also receive a commemorative mug illustrating both the old bridge and new super span. This will be the City’s official souvenir of the historic construction and a valuable collector’s item.
Home owners who enter the Night In Venice competition will also receive the mug. There will also be prizes awarded in both the home and boat divisions.
Those who wish to enter the competitions may register online at www.ocnj.us/NIV or stop at the Public Relations Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, 609-525-9300. You can also fax the office at 609-525-0301. After hours and on weekends, call 609-364-4010.
The Night In Venice Boat Parade begins 7 p.m. by the Longport Bridge and concludes at Bay and Tennessee Aves.
(June 27-29) Our JULY JUBILEE fun contests continue on Wed., June 27 with That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles (chew a work of art out of a huge Ward’s Chocolate Chip Cookie). There will also be a Super Hero Impersonation Contest. On Thurs., June 28, contestants are challenged to create a work of art out of paper clips. Fri., June 29, the contests conclude with Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling, extremely non-violent. Place the crab on its shell. The first one that turns over on its claws is the winner.
All contests are held 11 a.m. at the Music Pier. Entry is free. Prizes are awarded. All contestants receive a ticket for one free ride at Wonderland.
(June 27) The GREATER OCEAN CITY THEATER CO. presents Broadway on the Boardwalk lll, featuring Tony Nominee and Broadway sensation, Annie Golden, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. This will be an entertaining evening of Broadway favorites performed by a professional cast. Annie Golden will recreate her iconic performances in Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Xanadu and others. Tickets are $20/$18. Call 609-525-9248.
(June 27) FUNday at Playland, benefits Community Quest’s Housing and Support Services for persons with special needs. Unlimited rides/ mini golf/ go carts for a $10 wrist band at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk, 1 p.m. t o 5 p.m., $10. Rain date July 29. For information, call 609-646-0388 or visit www.cqinc.org.
(June 29) The INDEPENDENCE 1 Mile Bay Swim and ½ Mile Bay Race starts at Kennedy Park in Somers Point. Time: 6 p.m. for the ½ Mile includes Special Olympics Class; 6:30 p.m. for One Mile Start. The Bay Course begins and ends at Kennedy Park. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds benefit the C-Cerpants Swim Team. Call Liz Casey 609-602-9716 or email email@example.com.
(June 30) Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Music Pier Pavilion. Call 610-368-6656 for vendor information.
(July 1) Recording artist, Michael Cord will be featured in Concert, 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Call 609-399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.
(July 1) Nor’easters Soccer Team vs. Bermuda Hogges 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Half time events include a Zumba Workout and Euro 212 Soccer Celebration. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for children, free entry to any player on FC summer teams. Call 609-525-9999 or visit www.OceanCityFC.com.
(July 15) KING’S BRASS a nine-piece virtuoso ensemble entertains 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free admission. Call 609-399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.
(July 1-3-5) (Thurs.2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) the Ocean City Pops presents the Broadway Musical CRAZY FOR YOU,the thrilling song and dance tunes of George Gershwin. The program is in collaboration with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Michael Hartman, director, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., 7:30 p.m., matinee Thurs. at 2 p.m. Tickets $25, available at the Music Pier Box Office 609-525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us. Sponsors: Jilly’s in memory of Beverly Kreisberg, Primo Pizza, Joel Mott lll and the McMahon Agency.
(July 2) BEATLEMANIA NOW- 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terr. Tickets $18 at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Proceeds benefit Ocean City Post 6650 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS of the US.
(July 4th Events) Include the North End Garden Civic Assn. BIKE PARADE starting at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Registration 9 a.m., Parade 10 a.m. South Ocean City Assn. Bike Parade, Registration, 9 a.m. (40th and Asbury Ave.) Parade starts at 40th and Central Ave., 10 a.m. KITE FLYING CONTEST, by Air Circus. Registration 6 p.m. at the 9th Street Beach. Yo Yo Demonstrations and Contests 7 p.m. and Hula Hoop Contest for all Age Divisions 7:30 p.m. Call Air Circus, 609-399-9343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MUSICAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY 9:30 p.m. fired from a Barge off the 9th St. Beach by the Music Pier.
What’s Happening at the Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY?(Mondays, 1-3 p.m. through July 30in Room N116) Learn to Play the exciting game of Contact Bridge. This course is appropriate for all new and beginning players. To register for classes, contact Karen 609-399-2434, Ext. 5238.
Enjoy the Classic Film Series with Dr. Walter Brown every Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. except Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission is free. TED Talk, Ideas Worth Spreading: Thurs., June 28, 11 a.m. till noon, program features the scientific discoveries of futurist Juan Enriquez. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Music, monthly lectures by Paul Mack Somers of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Thurs., June 28, “The National Music Of Russia and Eastern Europe, 6:30 p.m. in Main Lecture Room, N110. Fri., June 29, 6:30 p.m. Main Lecture Room, A Musical Evening with Alan Mann, performs the classics of Sinatra, Como, Goulet, Cole Porter, etc. Youth Activities: Dystopian Book Club for Grades 6 and up, 7 t o 9 p.m., Conference Room, N111. Those who sign up will receive free copies of all the books: June 28- Introductions; July 12, The Maze Runner by James Dashner; July 26, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi; August 9, Legend by Marie Lu; August 23, The Unidentified by Rae Mariz. The Library’s Resource Spotlight features Gale’s Small Business Resource Center, a comprehensive online resource offer content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, market research, tax/accounting, marketing, contracting and more. Also included are hundreds of sample business plans created by real life entrepreneurs.
For Information on Library events, call 609-399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.