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Shhhhhhh….Enjoy the Quiet Festival This Weekend

This is a fast paced, noisy world we live in with music that relies more on amplification and thunderous repetition than melody… and TV programs and movies that feature ear shattering explosions and cars that sail into space before disintegrating in flames. Noise! Noise! Noise! Speed! Speed! Speed!

Enter the Quiet Festival, Ocean City’s celebration of serenity and soundless stuff. The event is set for Nov. 14-16. The Centerpiece of the Festival is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 15 at the Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Here you will find events ranging from the Quiet Pet Contest and Maple Pod Fish Exhibition to the making and flying of paper airplanes and a snoring contest.

The event set for 10 a.m. to noon in the spacious Senior Room of the Community Center. The Quiet Pet Contest invites Hamsters, Mice, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Hermit Crabs, Ferrets, etc. to compete for prizes. A Chicken applied recently and has been placed in the Etcetera Category. The contest has also been opened to stuffed animals like Teddy Bears and anything else quiet and cuddly. 

Entry is free with ribbons awarded for Best Decorated Display or Habitat, Least Hyper Active, Cutest Critter, Super Hero Outfits and anything else the judges find interesting. Certificates of appreciation will be given to all entrants. Advance registration would be appreciated: Call Public Relations, (609) 399-6111, ext 9300 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

VETERINARIAN Lee Rubin of Margate will be head judge of the contest. Over the years Rubin has been contacted by the Coles Brothers Circus and the Philadelphia Police Department for hazardous jobs. He once attended to two tigers that wounded themselves while in a chute at the circus. He was confined in tight quarters with the animals that were only under local anesthesia. For 23 years every dog of the Philadelphia Police Department was under his care. He has done surgery on hawks, herons and pelicans removing hooks from them. He has raised an orangutan, pampered elephants and saved the lives of countless animals.

The Saturday program will also include the Turtle Singers with their friendly, prize winning Tortoise “Big Bart.” Doug Jewell of Air Circus will perform quiet Yo Yo Tricks. Ken Thorpe and Crew will show visitors how to make and fly Paper Airplanes and cartoonist Jerry Lukas will draw personalized cartoons of your favorite animal. The SNORE AT THE SHORE, a competition to honor the quietest snorer, is also scheduled.

The World’s first and only Maple Pod Fish Exhibition will be featured. These creatures are the traditional Maple Pods that spin like tiny helicopters from Maple Trees with only one difference. They have miniature eyes, the residue of seeds, that make them look like fish. Plus the Potomac Bead Company will help visitors make a bracelet or necklace out of quiet beads for free. They can take these home as souvenirs of the Quiet Festival.

Opening Ceremonies for the Quiet Festival will be held in the Park opposite City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. on Fri., Nov.14 at noon. The program includes a performance by Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language Club directed by Amy Anderson followed by a Yawn Along to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer led by Nancy Fox. Maple Pods will be tossed into the air and spin to the turf, Paper Air Planes will soar over the Gazebo, Huge bubbles will be created by Doug Jewell and there will be a pin drop and performance by the world’s only Wind Chimes Band.

Also on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. there will be an open poetry reading at the Ocean City Library. All are invited to read their work or listen. On Sun., Nov.16th, you’re on your own: take a reflective walk, inspect the clouds, horizon and trees, stroll the boardwalk, sniff the fresh air, fly a kite, give your dog a tummy rub, recite the Quiet Festival Lament to anyone who will listen: I do not hear your song/ I do not hear your words/ I never watch the moon/ Or listen to the birds/ I’m lost in all the noise/ That saturates my space/ I’m weary of the clatter/ Find me a quiet place…..

(Nov. 15-16)  THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of the Finest Arts and Crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, One of a kind crafters from the East Coast will exhibit and sell their handi-work. Parking is free at nearby Boardwalk lots. For information, call (609) 365-2239. The event is produced by JoAnne and Norman Schaut who have donated thousands of dollars from its proceeds to local charities over the years. A second show, The CHRISTMAS ARTS and CRAFTS FESTIVAL will be held on Nov. 22-23 at the Music Pier featuring 75 booths of all new exhibitors designing and decorating. Call 800-822-4112 for more information.

(Nov. 19) Singer, Songwriter, Historian Eddie Shiffler will talk on Controversies of our Forefathers, covering stories about Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, Aaron Burr, the  founding of the Secret Service and more. Enjoy a provocative, informative evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lecture Room, N110 of the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.

(Nov. 20) Ocean City High School presents its 9th annual Scholarship Dinner PICNIC IN PARADISE. The event will be held in the Ocean City High School Cafeteria, 5th St. entrance, from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults are $25, Children $15. Takeouts will be available. This will be a night filled with fantastic dishes by local chefs and excellent music by Mr. Tym Cox and his jazz-rock ensemble. Attendees receive a program book and an opportunity to win door prizes. All proceeds will be used for senior scholarships. Contact Ms. Amy DePasquale (609) 399-1290 ext. 1312 or adepasquale@ocsdnj.org.

(Nov. 22) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Downtown Shopping Extravaganza, 8 a.m. till noon in downtown Ocean City along Asbury Ave. Start your shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in pajamas, win prizes, enjoy early bird shopping specials. For more information, call (609) 399-1412.

(Nov. 27) The Fast and the Furriest 5K TURKEY TROT & One Mile Fun Run: A 5K run/walk Thanksgiving morning and 1 mile fun run benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Pre-register online at www.active.com. Pre-registered packet pick up: Wed., Nov. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ocean City Senior Center, Race Day registration 7 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in front of Music Pier. Race starts 8:30 a.m. Applications available at Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Sneaker Shop and the Humane Society. Call (609) 398-5068.

COMING SOON: CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN, Nov. 28, “Our Miracle on Asbury Ave.” 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join the merchants and Chamber in kicking off an old fashioned downtown Christmas. Welcome Santa Claus to town.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. P.W. Scrubbs, a Golden Retriever, crowned Ocean City’s Dog of Year on Saturday. Scrubbs’ sponsor, Donna Gay Dillion, reports he can balance a tennis ball of his nose. The event raised funds for the Ocean City Dog Park.

 

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