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Christmas Parade, Train Show, Pops Concert This Week
There's plenty going on in Ocean City to keep you in the holiday spirit this week.
Santa will make another of his frequent appearances in Ocean City during the Downtown's Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE set for Friday, Dec. 6th, starting 6:30 p.m. Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. Following the Parade, Santa will be escorted to the Gazebo across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Avenue. Here, he will greet youngsters, pose for photos and distribute treats.
The Ocean City High School Band will keep the march lively as will the popular Pitman Hobo Band known for its great music and comical antics. There will be floats featuring Ocean City High School Championship sports teams. The World's only Walking Christmas Tree will light up and greet on-lookers for a Parade Photo Op.
Earlier Than The Bird, Huge Craft Show This Weekend
Two holiday special events are set for this weekend in Ocean City: The Second Big Holiday Craft Show at the Music Pier and the “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday extravaganza in the downtown from 8 a.m. till noon.
First Night Expands Programs on Football Field & Parking Lot
In addition to its usual array of outstanding indoor entertainment, First Night Ocean City has expanded its New Year’s Eve events at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk and the adjacent 5th St. Parking Lot.
The new programs will feature everything from the largest ice rink south of Rockefeller Center to “Bouncy,” the world’s tallest snowman, a 30 ft. inflatable.
There will also be a Dixie Dragonfly Swing Ride with ten swings that holds up to 20 adults or 30 children, a trackless train ride around the ice rink and an up and down Peanut the Elephant Ride. These attractions will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Pony rides are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. at the same location.
Quiet Festival This Week. Why Have One?
By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist
I can’t tell you how many times people have stopped me on the street and shouted, “Hey Mark! Why have a Quiet Festival?”
I can’t tell you, because no one ever has. But still, it’s a good question. We started the Quiet Festival because of the hectic pace of modern life, the noise, confusion, speed and to foster a greater appreciation for natural things like twirling maple pods, the horizon, interesting clouds, bubbles, yawning, the wind and even quiet pets.
Quiet Festival Features a Free Program for Kids
This year’s edition of Ocean City’s Quiet Festival will feature a free program that will entertain kids, their parents and the public.
Highlight of the three day event will be a quiet extravaganza that includes a Quiet Pet Contest, a Quiet Magician, a Quiet Artist who will draw a cartoon of your child’s favorite animal, the Quiet Turtle Singers with their giant tortoise Big Bart, an ethereal harpist and the Snore at the Shore, the world’s only quiet snoring contest.
Impossible you say? No one can possibly present all of this quietness any place on today’s mille second, bombastic planet. “Not so,” says NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, presenters of the Quiet Festival for the past ten years with the blessing of the City. “We were providing quietness before quietness was cool.”
What's Happening This Weekend in Ocean City 10/24/13
(Thurs. Oct. 24) The Ocean City Exchange Club and the City present the 66th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE beginning 7:15 p.m. This event is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area. Parade Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.
The event includes eight divisions with colorful costumed marchers competing for prizes. There will also be numerous decorated floats, several high school bands and the always entertaining Pitman Hobo Band.
Remember to bring a can of food on Thursday evening. It will be collected by local Boy Scouts. They are assisting the Ocean City Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. Registration in the Parade is free at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register Thursday night at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Parade Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.
Welcome Night, Halloween Parade, Frankenstein This Week
Two, popular, long running Ocean City events and a brand new one are set for this week in Ocean City and all are free:
(Wed., Oct. 23) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean City organizations, groups and businesses meet with residents to acquaint them with their services and products. It is a pleasant evening that includes giveaways, refreshments, and door prizes plus lots of valuable information about the community.
Welcome Night was begun over 40 years ago. It was originally held at the old Ocean City High School in the cafeteria. Its popularity has never waned. It is especially helpful to new residents. But all residents find it a valuable and an enjoyable evening out. For information, call (609) 391-0240.
Trail of Two Cities a Popular Event for Both Runners and Walkers
Ocean City’s TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point on Nov. 2 provides a spectacular experience for both runners and walkers alike.
If you’re a runner you get to test your endurance over the high inclines of the bridges. If you’re a walker you are able to enjoy the scenic wetlands, and bay plus a panoramic view of the City. Bring a camera and wow your friends with some great photos.
Block Party Weekend Attracts Thousands to Ocean City
Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 39th time Oct. 12-14.
Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long FALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 12 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.
Frankenstein Arrives at Library, Hero Walk Sunday
Ah, Frankenstein! Such fond memories… He was the horror celebrity of my childhood. Then along came the Wolf Man, another memorable demon. These two were to clash in a monstrous battle royal movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.”
Such excitement in our Chester, Pa. neighborhood! We argued about it for weeks at Franklin Grammar School. Who would win? The smart money was on Frankenstein. After all he was a huge figure constructed with heavy-duty nuts and bolts. The Wolf Man was just a regular guy who turned hairy and grew fangs during a full moon.
City Hosts Three Humanitarian Events This Week
Ocean City is known for its support of charitable and humanitarian events. Last year over $30 million was raised by organizations that held events here. These ranged from the Heart Assn. to charities assisting our armed service personnel.
This week Ocean City will host three events: The MS Bike Tour, The Walk for the Wounded and The Run for the Fallen:
Huge Corvette Show on Boardwalk Sunday
(Sept. 22) Over 350 CORVETTES will roll into Ocean City on Sunday. The huge show will include all Corvette models ever produced. The Boardwalk Corvette Club reports the display will stretch from 5th to 14th Streets on the boardwalk. The exhibit is scheduled from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. No bikes will be permitted in the area during this time.
Sept. 11 Ceremony, Two Free Air Shows Set for This Week
(Sept. 11) The City’s annual SEPTEMBER 11TH Ceremony will be held on Wednesday starting 6 p.m. at the Fire House grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Keynote speaker will be Mayor Jay A. Gillian and there will be an invocation and remarks by Rev. Brian Roberts, St. Peter’s UMC.
The L/Cpl. George Dramis Marine Corps Color Guard will present the colors, Julia Mary Wilson will sing the National Anthem and the Flag Salute will be led by Bob Marzulli, Commander of the American Legion Post and Michael Morrissey, Commander of the VFW.
Street Rods Arrive in Time for Smokey Joe's Cafe
(Sept. 6-8) STREET RODS, colorful, classic cars, return to Ocean City this weekend. The vehicles arrive starting Friday at noon and depart Sunday at 1p.m. following an awards ceremony. They will be on display at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., a new location this year.
On Saturday the Street Rods will be displayed on the Boardwalk from noon till 4 p.m. The Street Rodders will arrive just in time to enjoy Ocean City Theatre Company’s performances of “SMOKEY JOE’S Café, set for Sept. 6-7 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 7:30 p.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.
King and Queen of Plop set for Aug. 30 in Ocean City
By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist
OCEAN CITY, N.J.: How does Ocean City greet the coming of the fall season? By plopping,what else?
For the past five years this family resort has held the KING & QUEEN of PLOP Contest.
Participants demonstrate dramatic plops on the sand to illustrate their enthusiasm for the fall, a beautiful time in Ocean City with many special events.
Fireworks, Shell Pitching and Plopping Coming Your Way
An August Thanksgiving in Ocean City
A THANKFUL RESORT WILL CELEBRATE WITH FIREWORKS & MORE
Ocean City will celebrate Thanksgiving twice this year. Later in November but first on Saturday, August 24 when it will treat its loyal vacationers to an evening of entertainment capped by a gigantic fireworks display.
“We have a lot to be thankful for,” declared Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“First we were able to bounce back quickly from Hurricane Sandy, thanks to immediate and decisive action by the City and the efforts of an army of volunteers headed by OCNJ.CARE. Assistance Centers were set up immediately in order to feed and clothe those in need. By New Year’s Eve we were able to host10,000 visitors during our popular First Night Celebration.
Unusual Events Plentiful in Ocean City This Week
August 7th: Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant followed by the King of Klutz Crab races. Event starts 1 p.m. in the volley ball section of the 6th St. Beach. Glamorous Crabettes, many on colorful displays, vie for the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, symbol of Crustacean comeliness. Past winners include such legends as Crabunzel, Crabopatra, Copacrabana and Pirates of the Crabibbean. Winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while all sing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”
Peggy Lloyd Named Grand Marshal of City's Baby Parade
OCEAN CITY, N.J. She won’t be 100 until Sept. 10th. But that’s okay. Ocean City has named Peggy Lloyd grand marshal of its 104th Baby Parade on Aug. 8. It will give her a well deserved, pre-100th Birthday celebration during the popular event.
Lloyd may be approaching 100 but is as energetic as ever. This past week she climbed up a ladder and trimmed the Holly Tree in her back yard. In the winter she shovels the snow off her sidewalk. She is often seen walking the beach and her daily routine up to recently included an 8 mile bike ride to the end of the Boardwalk and back from her Gardens home.
Artisans Guild Craft Show Will Attract Crowds on Saturday
(July 27) The popular Jersey Shore ARTISANS GUILD CRAFT SHOW attracts hundreds of visitors to Ocean City. Created by City residents, JoAnne and Norman Schaut, all proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. The one-day show features outstanding crafters, photographers, artists and gourmet food specialists. It will be held at Carey Stadium field and inside the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk.
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