Doo Dah Parade goes off earlier in the day on April 8
What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/8/17
Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for Ocean City’s fourth annual Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 10.
Tickets ($25 to $35) will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday (April 8) on the Ocean City Music Pier. Mr. Mature, a tribute to men ages 55 and older, is the first and only event of its kind in the nation. It opens with a raucous production number, includes talent and poise competitions, and mixes humor with nostalgia. Philbin’s quick wit will be a perfect fit. In addition to hosting, the popular TV personality will conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.
More than 10, a record number in the pageant’s short history, will vie for the title. Celebrity judges will include Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick and QVC on-air host Bethanie Lori.
Mark Soifer, the founder of the pageant and of many other special events in Ocean City, will be honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Soifer retired at the end of 2016 at the age of 84, after a 45-year career as public relations director for the city.
The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend. Boardwalk merchant We Make It Personal will provide prizes.
Earlier in the day, Philbin will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.
DOO DAH PARADE OPEN TO NEW ENTRIES
The 32nd annual Doo Dah Parade will start at noon Saturday, April 8, and feature marching bands, floats, a grand marshal and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds. The traditional finale at the end of the parade route at the Ocean City Music Pier includes a “Pie-asco,” in which everybody is invited to smoosh their friends with shaving-cream pies.
The parade route starts at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and finishes at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets). The route this year will include special viewing areas (free) with emcees in the downtown at City Hall and on the boardwalk at the Music Pier.
Registration is open to any individuals or groups who would like to participate in the parade. Sign up online at ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade. Basset hound owners can use the same form to register. Ocean City is proud to welcome back Dietz and Watson as a sponsor.
TICKETS CURRENTLY ON SALE
Tickets for the following shows are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
- OC-Con: OC-Con Comic Festival, April 1-2, Ocean City Music Pier. Special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam. Autograph, photo and Q&A sessions available. Information – com.
- Philly Soul and Rock & Roll: Concert to benefit American Legion Post 524, May 6, Ocean City Music Pier.
- Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience: Pets perform amazing stunts and acrobatics, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 10, Ocean City Music Pier.
- KC and the Sunshine Band: Dance concert by the iconic band, 7:30 p.m. May 28, Ocean City Music Pier.
- Ocean City Theatre Company’s Children’s Series: Five morning stage shows on the Music Pier July 3 to Aug. 1
- Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company Musicals: “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).
Girls Weekend begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, with a Fashion Show featuring men’s and women’s clothing available in local stores. Tickets ($20) are available by calling (609) 399-1412 or by visiting the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway), 7th Street Surf Shop, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave. location) or The Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Avenue). The show will be held at Glazed Over Studios (also at 704 Asbury Avenue) and doors open at 6 p.m. Information: Girls Weekend Facebook event page.
Tickets also are on sale (at ticketmaster.com) for the first eight shows announced in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier:
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (June 9) Tickets
- Dave Mason (June 19) Tickets
- The Temptations (June 26) Tickets
- Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10) Tickets
- The Hooters (July 17 and 18) Tickets
- Graham Nash (July 24) Tickets
- Shawn Colvin with opening act Joan Osborne (July 31) Tickets
- The Beach Boys (August 21 and 22) Tickets
COMING UP THIS WEEK
BOOK SALE AT OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (March 11): Used book sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the atrium outside the library. Shop for specially-prices books, CDs and DVDs. This event is hosted by friends and volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library.
FREE LECTURE ON THE USE OF RAIN BARRELS (March 16): The Ocean City Environmental Commission’s free lecture series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, with a presentation on rain barrels, how they work and how they are installed and used. The lecture precedes the Ocean City Environmental Commission’s Rain Barrel Workshop, which will be scheduled for later in the spring. Jim Hansen, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, will make the presentation. All lectures are in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall (Room 110) at the Ocean City Free Public Library at 1735 Simpson Avenue. They are free and open to the public.
MORE SPRING EVENTS
GIRLS WEEKEND (March 31-April 2): Features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. Information: Girls Weekend Facebook event page.
OC-CON (April 1-2): Meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, a superhero run, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia on the Ocean City Music Pier. Special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam. Autograph, photo and Q&A sessions available. Information – ocnjcon.com.
DOO DAH PARADE (April 8): Noon on Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City Boardwalk. Free.
MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT (April 8): Regis Philbin hosts the annual tribute to men 55 and older at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Sponsored by Flanders.
THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 8): The first of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.
THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 15): The second of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (April 16): Traditional nondenominational service starts at 6:30 a.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.
EASTER FASHION PROMENADE (April 16): Judging begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. The Philly Keys, a dueling piano show, will start at noon.
BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.
SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at www.marchforbabies.org/event/sjshore.