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Street Rods Roll Into Town, Two Air Shows Set

The STREET RODDERS roll into town this weekend. An array of colorful vehicles from throughout the East Coast will be displayed on the Boardwalk and at the 5th Street Parking Lot during the 34th Annual Shore Rod Run. Cars will be parked at the Sports and Civic Center parking lot from noon Fri., Sept. 5 till noon Sun., Sept.7. There will be a boardwalk display of vehicles on Sat., Sept. 6 from noon till 4 p.m.

A street rod is any car manufactured prior to 1964 that’s been modified with more modern parts. Owners are creative about how they enhance their vehicles and often decorate with colorful, painted designs.

The South Jersey Street Rod Assn., sponsors of the event, will hold a craft show at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace,on Sat., Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

A fashion show is set for Sat. at 1:30 p.m. inside the Music Pier auditorium, featuring clothing from Gabrielle’s of Ocean City. Admission is free and event is open to all.

The Fabulous Grease Band will entertain at the Pier on Sat. at 8 p.m. The Grease Band plays the hits of the 50’s through the 90’s. Admission is $20, the public is invited. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or on line at www.ocnj.us.

TWO AIR SHOWS FOR THE PRICE OF NONE! Two Air Shows are set for Ocean City in September. Stunt plane pilots and sky divers will perform a two hour Aerobic Air Show for the first time over the beach on Sun., Sept. 14. The display will be visible the entire length of the Boardwalk from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sat., Sept. 20, the City’s Airport Assn. will hold its 20th Annual Air Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. Admission is free. The Airport grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes and there will be an exciting model airplane demonstration by the Atlantic County Sky Blazers.

On Sun., Sept. 21, OVER 400 CORVETTES will assemble on the Ocean City Boardwalk from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 11TH CEREMONY: The City will hold its annual September 11 ceremony on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 11a.m. in the Memorial Park, 6th and Wesley Ave. The public is invited. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to the adjacent Tabernacle Auditorium.

The ceremony will honor victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeovers and American military personnel who died in the battle against terrorism. VFW and American Legion Posts are sponsoring events to ensure that the innocent victims will never be forgotten. The ceremony will begin with the recognition of emergency service personnel who remained strong throughout the entire ordeal. Police Chief, Chad Callahan, will be keynote speaker and Mayor Sal Perillo, fire and police officials and local school children will participate. A bagpipe band will provide inspirational music.

The Annual HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT is set for Sat., Sept.13 at the City Golf Course, 2600 Bay Ave. The 12 hole, par 37 golf course is ideal for all levels, students to seniors. The tournament will feature a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. sharp. All players must sign in at the Humane Society at 1 Shelter Road between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. There will be a “Putting for Paws” children’s green with prizes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS presents Let’s Go to the Movies on Sun., Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier highlighting Oscar Winners over the years. Award winning pianist Claire Haung-Ci will play Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy. Tickets $15/$10, sponsored by Ocean City Home Bank.

On Tues., Sept. 9 there’ll be a Cole Porter Review, 7:30 p.m. at the Pier, tickets $15 and $10 sponsored by Mack and Manco in memory of Frank Ruggieri and on Wed., Sept. 10 there will be a patriotic tribute to 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pier featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir sponsored by N.J. American Water Co., tickets $20/12. Buy Pops’ tickets at the Music Pier Box Office or online at www.ocnj.us.

REMINDERS: THE OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER has a bus trip scheduled for the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thurs., Sept.18 to see the work of the great landscape artist, Turner. Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in hardstone carving is also on the Museum itinerary. Bus leaves Ocean City at 8 a.m., leaves New York at 4 p.m. Call 609-399-7628 for information.

THE OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S Annual luncheon will feature Ambassador William J. Hughes on Wed., Sept. 10 at noon in the Flanders Hotel. Call 609-399-1801 for reservations. On Sat., Sept. 13, the Museum will hold its annual Fair on the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local restaurants including Tigerlilly Cafe, the Chatterbox, the Promenade and others have been providing outstanding entertainment programs for the Community. Now the Dessert/Dinner Theatre at the Creperie, 506 9th St., will offer three short plays on Thurs. and Fri., Sept, 25th and 26th at 8 p.m. including Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives, Maiden Voyage, adapted from a play by Christopher Durang and “The Marriage Proposal” by Anton Chekhov.

A ROUSING CONCERT by the John Walters Cape Community Band is coming your way on Fri., Sept.12 at 8 p.m. in the Music Pier. Tickets for this Sousa type concert are $5, available at the Music Pier Box office or at the door.

REMEMBER TO SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES!

COMING BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! The Bacon Brothers, yes Kevin is one of them, will entertain with their band at the Ocean Music Pier, Sat., Oct. 11 to benefit the Ocean City Education Foundation. Call 609-525-9300 for ticket information.

We will end this column with a poem in tribute to the good old fashioned, twisted and rounded… Pretzels.

Pretzels are in basic terms Writhing salt, enameled worms
Whose mission is to undermine
The haughty, horizontal line-

On level table tops they lodge
Devising means of sabotage- Which somehow never seem to jell-
And maybe this is just as well…

Mark Soifer

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