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4th of July, Night in Venice Will Be Here Soon
The 4th OF JULY is a little more than one week away, and NIGHT IN VENICE is early this year on July 11th, about two weeks away.
Let’s review the basics of these important upcoming events: The 4th of July Fireworks are set for 10 p.m. They will be fired from the Ocean close to the Music Pier and will be visible from the beach and boardwalk.
There will be two bike Parades starting at 10 a.m. The SOUTH OCEAN CITY Parade: registration at 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury, starts at 40th and Central. Goes south on Central to the 52nd St. Playground. The GARDENS CIVIC ASSN. Parade: Registration at 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot with a route through the Gardens. Entry in both Parades is free.
Autos on Saturday; Pops Opens; Unusual Contests to Follow
(June 20) An ANTIQUE AUTO Exhibition on the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., will showcase over 300 interesting cars. One of the longest running events of its kind in the East, the exhibit has been featured here for over 70 years. This is a fascinating event for all ages. It’s also ideal for “selfies.” Pose by an ancient Rolls Royce and post your photo on facebook. Just don’t touch vehicles without permission of the owner. A Boardwalk Parade follows the exhibit at 2 pm. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.
(June 20) Our popular, professional soccer team, the Nor’easters, face the hard charging New York Red Bulls in a match to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s “Feed the Storm Drive.” Fans donating non-perishable foods will receive $1 off per item, maximum 2 items. The Nor’easters will compete against The Red Bulls Under 23 Squad in a Mid-Atlantic Conference match-up, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Purchase tickets at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.
Miss New Jersey Pageant Will Be Here June 10th-13th
The Miss New Jersey Pageant returns to Ocean City this Wednesday through Saturday.
But first a word about OCEAN CITY RESTAURANT WEEK which is now under way and runs through Sat., June 13th. Participating members are offering special, fixed dining selections which mean savings for you on many delicious specialties. Choose from an array of dining selections from participating members. Visit eatinocnj.com for details.
MISS NEW JERSEY events kick-off on Wednesday, June 10th with its annual Parade set for 7 p.m. from Sixth to 14th Street on the Boardwalk. All 28 contestants will show their shoes and be dressed to salute the Parade’s theme “Pages through the Ages.” Cierra Kaler Jones, reigning Miss New Jersey will lead the Parade.
Artisans Here This Weekend, Miss New Jersey Next
The Artisans of Philadelphia will return to Ocean City this weekend for its 70th Annual visit. The Artisans have been in business for over 100 years. It is a “Family Fraternal Benefit Society” whose mission is to provide affordable insurance coverage to working people. The organization is also known for supporting charitable organizations in the Delaware Valley.
On Sat., June 6th, the Artisans will hold its Miss Artisan Pageant 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, a young lady is selected to represent the group for the upcoming year. Professional entertainment is featured in the program. The public is invited, admission is free.
43rd Annual Flower Show This Weekend
When Ocean City initiates a good event, we stick with it! This is true of the Baby Parade- over 100 years, Night In Venice, the Antique Auto Show and Boardwalk Art Show over 50, Martin Z. Mollusk Day, 44, the Block Parties in their mid 30s, the Doo Dah Parade 30, and First Night in its 20s.There are many more. This is just a sample.
We are fortunate to have a corps of volunteers who have worked diligently to make these and other events a success. The OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (May 29-31) is an example of how a good idea turned into a durable and appreciated festival.
Memorial Weekend Features Fun Events, Solemn Ceremonies
Sometimes the meaning of Memorial Day gets diminished by a barrage of sales advertised on TV, etc. offering “unbelievable specials.” In Ocean City this weekend there will be a number of serious tributes to our fallen heroes. There will also be plenty of family fun made possible by the sacrifices of our courageous men and women service personnel.
(May 25) The meaning of MEMORIAL DAY 2015 will be underscored by our ANNUAL CEREMONY at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Street and Wesley Ave. at 11 a.m. Participating organizations include American Legion Post #524, VFW Post #6650 and L/cpl George L. Dramis Marine Corps Detachment 676 and the City.
The program will include a welcome by Michael A. Dattilo, special assistant to the Mayor: Invocation and also the benediction by Col. (Ret.) Edmund J. Speitel, US Army; The Star Spangled Banner, by Julia Mary Wilson who will also end the program with “God Bless America.” The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Michael Morrissey, Commander VFW Post 6650.
Historical Museum Offers Antique Appraisals
Ever wonder what that antique or collectible you have at home is worth? Well wonder no more. On Thurs., May 21, The Ocean City Historical Museum will offer professional appraisals of your treasures.
Bruce Dooley and Bill Booth of Elwood Antiques, veteran appraisers, will be featured. The program starts at 6 p.m. in the Senior Auditorium of the Community Center, 18th and Simpson Ave. Items will be appraised for $5, with a limit of three per person.
Participants will be admitted at 6 p.m. Others will be admitted free at 6:45 p.m. but will not be able to have items appraised. For information, contact the Museum (609) 399-1801.
Re: Youth Event, Martin Z. Mollusk, Mother's Day Concert
(May 9) YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: A much needed and serious event follows the exploits of Martin Z. Mollusk this week…. But let’s talk about that first, it’s very important. The Ocean City Housing Authority has organized a public service festival designed to educate youth and help young people of the community.
The program honors the memory of Maliha Chowdury, who died tragically last December. It will “give our youth the tools they need to cope and thrive” in these hectic and challenging times and will include educational sessions. All funds will benefit the establishment of a scholarship in Maliha’s name at Ocean City High School.
Entry to the event is free. The program is being supported by local businesses and other donations. There will be food for sale on Saturday to help raise funds for the educational effort. The festival will be held starting 10 a.m. at Peck’s Beach Family Courtyard, 204 4th St… Mychal Kendricks of the Philadelphia Eagles and William Green, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, will visit to support the cause. For information, contact Alesia Watson, Executive Director of the Ocean City Housing Authority, (609) 399-1062.
Block Party Saturday with Many Events to Follow
Reminder: The City’s 32nd “Smile-Long” SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for (Sat., May 2nd) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown. We say “Smile-Long” because most folks really enjoy the mile long event that extends from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.
There will be over 350 Crafters, 100 specialty shops, restaurants, food vendors and live music. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. music by Bubba Mac’s Blues Band, Tidal Wave, the Robert Boney Ensemble, Big Daddy Band, Tony DeLuca and Keith Hickman is scheduled. At the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., there will be free pony rides for children. Also, popular magician and juggler, Chad Juros, will perform at that location.
Downtown Merchants and Boardwalk Merchants will hold Table Sales all weekend. The Block Party is organized and run by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. For information call 1.800.BeachNJ or access www.oceancityvacation.com.
There will be free Block Party Parking from Bay Avenue to Wesley Ave. which includes City lots in that area. Meters will be working on streets beyond Wesley to the Boardwalk. Boardwalk Pay-Parking Lots will be open.
Gala Spring Block Party Set for May 2nd
Ocean City’s 32nd SPRING BLOCK PARTY is just a week and a half away. The popular event will be held on Sat., (May 2nd) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mile long festival extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. along Ocean City’s Award Winning Downtown.
There will be over 350 crafters with lots of unusual and practical items for sale. The downtown features over 100 specialty shops and some especially good restaurants.
You can enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Big Daddy Band featuring Larry Conner will be at 6th St., Robert Boney Ensemble at 7th St., Tony DeLuca, a one man band at 9th St., the Tidal Wave Band at 10th St., Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th St., and Keith Hickman will be entertaining at 14th St. There will be free pony rides for the children at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., also from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. And talented magician, Chad Juros, will be performing his astounding tricks and juggling at that location.
Spring Events Blooming in Ocean City
Seems like spring finally arrived with the Doo Dah Parade on Saturday. The sun was shining, the Boardwalk was full of cheerful spectators, the bands played, the costumed characters cavorted and over 500 basset hounds brought smiles to young and old alike.
Here are some of the events that are coming your way between now and the big May 2nd. Block Party and beyond:
Who's Who at the Doo Dah Parade
WHO WILL BEGIN PARADE: The colorful Pitman Hobo Band will lead the Ocean City’s 30th Doo Dah Parade on Saturday, April 11th. The legendary Pitman organization has been with us all 30 years of the event. The Parade starts at noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier where there will be various ceremonies and the exciting PieAsco.
The Hobo Band will be joined by two Dixieland Bands, a Bagpipe Band and the “School of Rock,” two high school pop bands.
WHO WILL END THE PARADE: At least 500, easy going, ear flapping, tail wagging Basset Hounds in honor of the Tri State Basset Hound Rescue League that finds a home for abandoned bassets and rehabilitates them. Following the Parade there will be a gathering of the friendly pooches at the High School Practice Field, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The public is invited to fraternize with the doggies and enjoy the display tents. Admission is free.
Easter Events in Ocean City This Week and Weekend
(April 2-3) The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., presents the LIVING LAST SUPPER, 7 p.m. Experience an evening of drama and music as Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples followed by a unique communion service. Admission is free.
(April 3) All members of the Community are invited to prepare for Easter at the Annual GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE from noon to 3p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eight and Central Ave. Area clergy will preach on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Music by St. Peter’s choir and soloists. The Ocean City Ministerium and Ecumenical Council are sponsors of the service. Worshippers are invited to come and go or stay for the entire service. An offering will benefit the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet.
Memories is Theme of Mr. Mature America Pageant
Ocean City’s second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Music Pier. Seven contestants and three special guests will be featured in this unique contest for men 55 years and older.
In addition to dancing to a rousing opening number “It’s Raining Men” (an amazing demonstration of senior agility) contestants will be asked to perform a talent, demonstrate poise and discuss their fondest memory.
It was "Raining Men" at the Music Pier Sunday
This past Sunday, MR. MATURE AMERICA CONTESTANTS gathered at the Music Pier for their initial orientation. There will be seven contestants and three special senior guest performers.
The contestants are all in good shape. Only one using a cane which he discarded when rehearsing the lively dance number, “It’s Raining Men,” that will open the show on March 28.
Choreographer Jessica Albertson lined up her charges and the music boomed from the sound system. After initial instructions the men high stepped, twirled and were permitted to improvise at the end of the dance.
It was obvious that they were having a good time. Especially during the improvisation part during which you will see gyrations that defy the forces of gravity. “Raining Men” will be drenched with fun.
Dietz and Watson - Ocean City - "Perfect Together!"
Ocean City marks three decades of DOO DAH PARADES on April 11th. Dietz and Watson has been its major sponsor since the beginning.
Ocean City presents its second annual MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT on March 28. Dietz and Watson has been a major sponsor of the event since its inauguration last year.
Dietz and Watson is a family business. Ocean City is a family resort. Ocean City was recently cited as being one of the most friendly Cities in the nation for women business owners. Chairman and Chief executive of Dietz and Watson is Ruth Eni, affectionately known as Momma Dietz.
As former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean would say, “Dietz and Watson and Ocean City, Perfect Together.”
Rock'N Roll Hall of Famer will Perform at Mr. Mature America Pageant, March 28th
OCEAN CITY, N.J.--- DICK RICHARDS, Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame Drummer and an original member of the legendary “Bill Haley’s Comets,” will be a guest performer at the Mr. Mature America Pageant. The 91 year old musician, a resident of Ocean City, still tours with a new edition of the Comets. He has also formed a local group, “The Ready Rockers,” who play Oldies concerts throughout the area.
Richards and his Rockers will perform “Shake, Rattle and Roll” at the Pageant. The Rock classic will feature a rousing, drum solo by the durable musician.
Just Wanted to Remind You That
The second MR. MATURE AMERICA Pageant is set for March 28 at the Music Pier starting at 7 p.m. At 6 p.m. there will be a display of Memorabilia and keepsakes from area folks in conjunction with the Pageant’s theme MEMORIES. The Ocean City Historical Museum will feature a display. The exhibit will be open both before and after the program.
Spring Training Comes to Library on Saturday
You will be treated to the humorous and bizarre moments of the PHILLIES SPRING TRAINING program of 1915 on Saturday at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. This was the season, 100 years ago, that the team won its First National League Pennant.
It was quite different from the Spring Training being held in Florida today. The gloves were smaller, the baseballs were less hyper active and the players did not enjoy astronomical salaries. They had to have second jobs during the off season.
But that 1915 session would have made an excellent Soap Opera. Some players almost drowned in a storm, several members of the team were pursued by a lynch mob and there was an exciting confrontation when the team traveled to St. Petersburg by boat.
Phillies Add an Array of Prizes to Feb. 21st Program
The Philadelphia Phillies organization will add an array of prizes to the program on Feb. 21st about its 1915 Pennant Winning team. This is when baseball author and Phillies authority Bob Warrington will present an informative and humorous talk about Spring Training 100 years ago and how it differs from today.
Warrington will speak 1 p.m. at the Community Center’s Chris Maloney Auditorium, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free.
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