Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 38th time Oct. 6-8.
Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long FALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 6 and attracts more than 40,000 visitors. Over 350 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party. An array of hand made products will be featured. Block Party hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A huge fireworks display is scheduled following the block party. The fireworks are fired from a barge off the 9th St. Beach at 9:30 p.m.
Block party events include a variety of foods. There is a popular Greek Food Festival that has been featured at the event every year since it began 38 years ago. Seafood, ribs, hot dogs, pizza, soft pretzels, bagels, baked goods and funnel cakes are offered and more.
Bands, clowns and other entertainers are featured along the block party route.
There are free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m.
Public Service displays for non-profit organizations are set up on 9th St. between Asbury and Central Avenues.
In addition to the block party, there is a popular seafood center at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Oct. 6-8, featuring local vendors. Ocean City merchants hold table sales on the Boardwalk and along Asbury Ave. between 6th and 13th Sts. during the weekend.
The second Annual Ocean City Boardwalk Music Festival at the Ocean City Music Pier and on the Boardwalk is set for Sat. and Sun., Oct.6-7 as part of the weekend. Live music starts at 4 p.m. with performances on the Boardwalk and inside the Music Pier. The music pauses during the fireworks display. Afterwards bands return to the Music Pier stage for a Bubba Mac Reunion Jam until 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, the festival features live Reggae music with local and regional bands from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Music Pier.
(Sept. 28) RUN FOR THE FALLEN: Participants run one mile for every New Jersey member killed in operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Runners will be in Ocean City from 2:45 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. stopping at various locations for a brief ceremony. The Ocean City run ends at the American Legion Post, 3304 Bay Ave. A complete schedule of ceremony street locations appeared in this column last week listing the names of the fallen and when the runners would be closest to your neighborhood. If you missed this information, call Jack Hagan (609) 304-3088 or Mark Soifer (609) 525-9300, cell (609) 364-4010.
(Sept. 29) WALK FOR THE WOUNDED: A three mile walk to benefit Operation First Response, an organization dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to soldiers returning from over seas. Registration begins 8:30 a.m., a ceremony honoring service personnel will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will leave the Music Pier at 10 a.m. Visit www.ochome.com, click on walk tab or call Tricia Ciliberto at (609) 399-0012 ext.1106.
(Sept. 29) MS BIKE-A-THON: One of the largest events of its kind in the country. Over 7,000 bikers will roll into town to raise $3 million for the Delaware Valley MS Society. This event was started 36 years ago in Ocean City with 30 bikers by TV anchor, Larry Kane. It honors his mother who died from Multiple Sclerosis. Call (609) 525-9300.
(Sept. 29) CITY WIDE YARD SALE: This popular event is held at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Wesley Ave. and at homes throughout the City from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To reserve a spot at the Tabernacle or be listed on the map featuring home sales locations call (609) 398-4662.
(Sept.29-30) Boardwalk and Downtown merchants will hold TABLE SALES from 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave. The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., will join the merchants by holding its Annual outdoor Gallery Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 30. In addition to the outdoor galley there will be an indoor exhibition “Night Life, depictions of lights and darkness,” plus original paintings, pottery, jewelry and prints. Call (609) 814-0308.
(Sept. 30) Ocean City HALF MARATHON & 5k: Enjoy a run through 13.1 miles of spectacular views of the City including the down town business district and Ocean City’s Award Winning beaches and Boardwalk. $60 Registration until Sept. 29. No Race Day registration. The 5 K Run will be held on boardwalk only, $25 registration fee. No refunds. First 400 pre-registered guaranteed a race shirt. Visit www.ocnj.us , or call (609) 525-9317.
(Oct. 3) CYSTIC FIBROSIS Foundation hosts its 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point with a 7 a.m. Continental Breakfast and 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Start, plus Lunch for all players. There will also be a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. Hors d’oeuvres, light fare and an awards ceremony are set for 6 p.m. Donation is $150 per golfer. To participate in the event, to make a donation or for sponsorship or volunteer opportunities please contact Myra Corcoran (609) 399-7890 or access firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Sept. 21 through Oct. 13) The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813Asbury Ave., is presenting, The Odd Couple, Female version, by Neil Simon. Be sure to enjoy this hilarious show about the most mismatched roommates of all time, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m-9:30 p.m. Admission is $15.00. Call (609) 457-6686 or visit www.ocrep.org.
Want to be in the HALLOWEEN PARADE on Thursday, Oct. 25 starting 7:15 p.m.? Registration is available only on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. There is no registration at the Sentinel as in previous years. For information call the Info Hotline– 1-800-813-5580. Parade route is from 6 to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave., reports John Shirk, Parade Chairman.
The Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. is offering a full line up of theatre, dance and Music EDUCATIONAL Programming for Kids/Youth this fall. These are very worthwhile programs. For a complete listing of programs or to sign up, email email@example.com, call (609) 398-1118 or download registration packet on the education page on www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com.