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Vanessa Williams and the Temptations in Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/20/17

 Williams opens the 2017 Pops season on Sunday, Temptations perform on Monday

Backed by the renowned Ocean City Pops orchestra, the multi-talented VANESSA WILLIAMS will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 25).

Tickets ($65, $75 and $85) are still available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers.

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She has sold millions of records worldwide and scored No. 1 and Top 10 hits on charts including Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recording and the Broadway stage have earned her four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

At Sunday’s show, she’ll perform hits such as “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film “Pocahontas,” “Dreamin’,” and “Save the Best for Last.” But she’ll also pay tribute to her Broadway career with a Sondheim medley and sing classics such as “Stormy Weather.”

The show opens the 2017 Ocean City Pops season, and the orchestra will take the spotlight for the first 20 minutes of the show. For a complete schedule of the Pops’ wide variety of shows this summer, visit www.oceancitypops.org.

The Music Pier will come to life again on Monday (June 26) as Motown legends THE TEMPTATIONS perform for the first time in Ocean City. For more than 50 years, The Temps have celebrated a rich history of smash singles. “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” are among the band’s astonishing 32 Top 20 singles. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets start at $59. Visit ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND: O.C’S GOT TALENT and ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW

More than 300 vintage vehicles will be on display 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (June 24) at the annual ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. The classic cars will cruise down the Ocean City Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street starting at 2 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Jersey Cape region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. For information, visit jerseycape.aaca.com.

On Saturday night (June 24), talented people with backgrounds in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, and more will compete for prizes in front of a special guest panel of judges for the fourth annual OC’S GOT TALENT SHOW. The show is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door with the proceeds benefiting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Sponsored by Glenn Insurance. To compete, visit oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call 609-398-1118. For tickets, call 609-399-6111, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

FARMERS MARKET AND WACKY WEDNESDAYS START ON JUNE 28

Ocean City’s popular weekly FARMERS MARKET opens for the season 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. It returns every Wednesday through Sept. 6 on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Crafters set up on the street adjacent to the Farmers Market.

Use your creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into your very own unique masterpiece during WACKY WEDNESDAY on June 28. The contest is free and open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy. This year, the traditional “July Jubilee” and “Weird Week” contests will be held weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer. For more information on each week’s theme, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 609-399-6111.

Starting in July and running through the end of August, Ocean City’s boardwalk and downtown will be host to a series of weekly events:

  • Character Nights: 6 p.m. Sundays on the boardwalk (ends Aug. 6). Mascots for Ocean City Boardwalk businesses will sign autographs at the Music Pier. Sponsored by Manco & Manco Pizza, Surf Mall and Jilly’s.
  • Funtastic Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Mummers Nights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on the boardwalk (starting July 11). String bands strut the boards between Sixth Street and 14th Sponsored by: Shirt Shack, Preps, Ocean Treasures, Henry’s Fine Jewelry.
  • Beach Walks: South end location at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson’s Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. North end location at OC/Longport Bridge parking lot Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m, Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Family Nights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the boardwalk. Different bands and entertainers set up between Sixth Street and 14th Sponsored by: Shriver’s, Playland’s Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.
  • Historic Tours: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue.

MORE UPCOMING EVENTS IN OCEAN CITY

BROADWAY ON THE OC BOARDWALK VIII (June 28): Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2017 summer season takes to the Music Pier stage to bring Broadway favorites to life. OCTC will celebrate its 10th anniversary by welcoming back performers from every Mainstage production in its history.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 or $20. Sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation. For tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

VFW BENEFIT COMEDY SHOW (July 1): Rocky LaPorte and Big Daddy Graham. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $25. Appropriate for all ages. For tickets, please visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111. All proceeds benefit Ferguson-Foglio Post 6650 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“CELEBRATE AMERICA!” WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (July 2): Vocalist Justin Gonzales joins the Pops in a program of patriotic favorites with a special tribute to our veterans. Concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

“MADAGASCAR” (July 3): Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, the Ocean City Theatre Company stage production brings to life all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. All Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

GARDENS BIKE PARADE (July 4): Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Association. Registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Parade begins at 10 a.m.

SOUTH END BIKE PARADE (July 4): Sponsored by the South Ocean City Improvement Association. Registration 9 a.m. at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Parade begins at 10 a.m.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION (July 4): Kite-flying competition at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment (6 p.m. registration on Ninth Street Beach). Yo-yo and spinner demonstrations and contest start at 8 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest is at 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Air Circus. At 9 p.m., a spectacular boardwalk fireworks display tops off the evening. Fireworks will be launched from a barge off Ninth Street Beach and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (July 5): Celebrate America with a good old-fashioned apple and cherry pie eating contest. No hands allowed! Contest is free. Open to all ages. Pies provided by Tastykake. Limited to 150 participants. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier.

SUPER DIAMOND: THE NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (July 5): Good times never seemed so good. A tribute to the beloved pop icon Neil Diamond features classic hits such as “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Cracklin’ Rose,” “Song Sung Blue” and many more. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $35/$25. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

SAND SCULPTING CONTEST (July 6): Registration is free and begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. Judging for the first contest of the season takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

SOUNDS LIKE FUN: KIDS FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT (July 6): Meet the Ocean City Pops Woodwind Quintet during a concert of favorites from television and film featuring “The Unhappy Aardvark,” an enchanting tale with a happy ending. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m. and takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier. Free admission for concert of about 45 minutes.

 

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