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Christmas Parade Friday, Train Show on Weekend
(Dec. 4) The City’s Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE brings Santa to town in a horse and buggy. The Parade begins 6:30 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Afterwards Santa will be at the Park across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. He will pose for photos (bring your camera) and hand out treats.
Bands featured in the Parade include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, the Pitman Hobo Band and the Ed Coles Dixieland Band. Among the groups to march are the Ocean City Theatre Co., the Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth All Star Team, the American Legion, Girl Scout Troop 41371, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Cape May County Sherriff’s Dept. Mounted Unit, OCHS Best Buddies International Club, Strathmere Fire Co., Jr. Red Raiders Football Team, Miss Middlesex County, Starstruck Dance Academy, 7th St. Surf Shop, Barbizon Modeling, Vittorio’s Restaurant, The Walking Christmas tree and more.
Old Fashioned Christmas in the Downtown on Friday 11/25/15
(Nov. 27) This popular event will feature lots of free fun and entertainment from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. SANTA descends from the City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., the PHILLIE PHANATIC and many others entertain: Program includes Show Stoppers (Carolers and String Band) strolling Avenue 6-9th St. from 2 - 4 p.m.; Fox Production Singers strolling from 8th-11th St., 2 -4 p.m.; Michael Hartman, Ocean City Theatre Co., 4-5 p.m. at City Hall; Keith Hickman, performing on City Hall Steps, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Dean Duncan, Stilt Walker, strolling from 6-11th St., 2-5 p.m.; free Horse and Carriage Rides, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. from in front of City Hall; SANTA, Gazebo Park, across from City Hall, 2-3 p.m., 5:15-5:45 p.m. (bring your camera), the PHILLIE PHANATIC, 4-6 p.m. at City Hall. Program sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
There's No Place Like Ocean City For The Holidays! 11/18/15
Ocean City specializes in entertaining and inspirational holiday events.
(Nov. 21) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD, 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Downtown Asbury Avenue Holiday Shopping celebration and fun filled experience! Enjoy the best bargains in the morning! Shop in your PJs. Win a Turkey if judges select you as one of the best dressed. You may also win gift certificates or more.
From noon until 3 p.m. enjoy FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES and photos with Santa in Ocean City’s Award Winning Downtown. Bring your camera!
(Nov. 16-22) FITNESS WEEK: Benefit from a week of workouts, seminars, lessons and demonstrations designed to help you improve your mental, physical and spiritual health and better enjoy the holidays in top condition. Try cycling, Pilates, yoga, pickleball, kickball, Zumba and more at various City locations including: OC Aquatic and Fitness Center, Golden Buddha, Yoga Ginger, OC Arts Center and Local Studio Workout. $20 for any 5 sessions. Visit www.ocnj.us/recreation or OC Aquatic and Fitness Center for a complete schedule. Also check out the list of free events offered. For more information, call (609) 398-6900.
11/11/15 Veterans Day Program Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 A.M.
Ocean City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM will be held Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be held at the Tabernacle adjacent to the Park.
The program includes a Welcome by Jim Mallon; Invocation by Pastor Steve Donat, St. Peter’s Methodist Church; Presentation of the Colors by L/CPL George L. Dramis, Marine Corps League Detachment 676; the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Julia Mary Wilson; the Pledge of Allegiance led by American Legion Commander Bob Marzulli followed by the Armed Forces Medley Colors Retired.
Mayor Jay A. Gillian will offer remarks and Ocean City Primary School students will present a “Thank You To Veterans.” VFW Commander, Mike Morrissey will introduce guest speaker, Vietnam Veteran, Joe Griffies. There will be a Placing of the Wreath by Clark Manley and Jim Riviello, Benediction by Reverend Mark P. Bruesehoff, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Closing by VFW Commander Mike Morrissey. The Memorial Wreath is provided by Mark Videtto, Spinning Wheel Florists.
Trail of Two Cities on Sat., Quiet Festival Next Week 11/4/15
The City’s popular Trail of Two Cites 5K Walk/Run over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Saturday starting 8 a.m. at the Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. It ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.
THE CAUSEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO INCOMING, EAST BOUND TRAFFIC from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Pre-registration is $25. It ends Nov.4, and is available online only at www.lmsports.com. Same day registration is $30 starting 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center.
The Trail of Two Cities provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy and photograph the scenic causeway including the wetlands, bay and outline of Ocean City. Runners from 9 years and under to 70 and older compete for medals. There is an awards ceremony when all runners have completed the course at Kennedy Park. Free refreshments will be available for participants. Race results will be available at 9:30 a.m. at www.lmsports.com.
Many Events Coming Soon, Only One is Quiet! 10/28/15
THE QUIET FESTIVAL is coming soon. I’d like to review that first, because it takes some preparation. Then we’ll review HALLOWEEN and The TRAIL OF TWO CITIES.
The 12th Annual Quiet Festival, the only event in the area that celebrates quiet things and contemplation, is set for Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14. Let’s start with Nov. 14. This is the center piece of the Quiet Festival. It features a QUIET PET CONTEST, the only one in the universe that we know of plus other fun activities.
The events are held in the Senior Auditorium of the Community Center that takes up an entire block between 17th and 18th Sts. on Simpson Ave. The Senior Center is on the 18th Street side.
10/21/15 Trail of Two Cities 5k Set for Nov. 7
The 20th Annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 7th starting 8 a.m. The event begins at the Transportation Center 9th and Haven Ave. in Ocean City and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. Race day entry will be conducted starting 7 a.m. at the Center. Beat the crowd and pick up entry packet early (pre registrants only) Fri., Nov. 6th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.
The event is open to all ages from 9 years and under to 70 and over. Pre-registration is $25 if received by mail by Oct. 30th or online at www.lmsports.com if received by Nov.4th. Day of the race is $30. Immediate families up to four can register for $75. Families must pre-register and all forms must be received by Oct. 30th. (See entry form for details.)
10/14/15 Junior Miss, Welcome Night, Halloween Events Set
(Oct. 17) The JUNIOR MISS Ocean City Pageant is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, at 7 p.m. Eleven contestants between ages 12-15 will compete. Admission is $10, available at the door.
(Oct. 28) Ocean City Chamber of Commerce WELCOME NIGHT is set from 6-8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. A free event. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
(Oct. 28) THE MONSTER and HIS BRIDE: You are cordially invited to Frankenstein’s 80th Anniversary Party, 7:30 p.m., at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library,17th and Simpson Ave. The following friends and family are expected to attend: Dracula, Wolfman, The Mummy, Zombie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Hunchback. Featuring student performers from Ocean City High School. Reception to follow. Come howl the night away with all the cool Ghouls. For more information, call (609) 399-2434 ext. 5222.
10/7/31 Block Party, Fireworks, Hero Walk Saturday
(Oct.10) The City’s popular Fall Block Party is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will extend from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. and feature over 400 crafters, food vendors, entertainment and public service displays.
Over 100 downtown stores, plus restaurants will be open featuring their specialties. Free entertainment is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes free pony rides and nationally acclaimed magician, Chad Juros at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave.
Entertainment on the Avenue: The Big Daddy Band led by Larry Conner and Mike Bracey will perform at 6th St., Robert Boney, 7th St., Tony DeLuca, 9th St., Tidal Wave,10th St., the Bubba Mac Blues Band, 13th St. and Keith Hickman, 14th St. There will be public service booths at 9th St., opposite City Hall.
The Chamber will also be selling First Night Admission Buttons at its Block Party Booth on 9th St. by City Hall. Buy them now for $15. Price goes up to $20 after December 15. You can also order at www.firstnightocnj.com or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
Saturday evening will feature a spectacular FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 9:30 p.m.
9/30/15 Fall Block Party and Fireworks Coming Soon
(Oct. 10) Ocean City’s Mile - Long Fall Block Party: It will be here before you know it. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, entertainment and public service displays will be featured. The event extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s lots of fun and good exercise.
Over 100 Asbury Ave. stores in the City’s award winning downtown will be open featuring an array of gifts for the holidays. The popular Greek Food Festival will return to 9th and Asbury Ave. and downtown restaurants will be offering their specialties.
There will be free entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. including free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Nationally acclaimed magician, Chad Juros, will also perform at the Tabernacle Grounds at that time.
9/23/15 Run for the Fallen, Walk for the Wounded
Two events that honor our heroic service personnel are scheduled this week:
(Sept. 24) Ocean City hosts THE RUN FOR THE FALLEN on Thursday. This is an organization of runners and their support teams whose mission it is to run one mile for every New Jersey resident in the Armed Forces killed during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heading north from Cape May, the runners pause briefly at each mile marker in homage to a specific service member and their family. The military runners will stop at each of the HERO MARKERS where a brief ceremony will take place. The group will stop and stay in Ocean City at the end of the first day.
Our Veterans Organizations ask as many residents as possible to come out to one or more of our HERO MARKERS to support the runners and reflect on the sacrifices of these service members and their families. For information about when runners will be at Ocean City locations along the route, call Jack Hagan, Adjutant, Post 524 of the American Legion (609) 304-3088 or access http://www.oceancityvacation.com/job/321/49/list.html.
(Sept. 26) WALK FOR THE WOUNDED, A three mile walk on the Boardwalk to raise money for wounded soldiers returning from overseas will be held on Saturday. The event benefits Operation First Response a non profit organization that provides financial aid to the veterans and their families.
9/16/15 Corvettes to Roll into Town on Sunday
(Sept. 20) Over 450 Corvettes will be displayed on the Boardwalk from 6th to 14th Sts. on Sunday starting 11:30 a.m. The autos will date back to the Corvette’s first model in 1953 and include every model to the present.
The show is one of the largest in the East with Corvette owners for Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey plus scattered entries from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and Florida. The show is held rain or shine.
The cars will gather at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Ocean City Humane Society and Food Cupboard will be accepting donations at that location. Cars will depart for the Boardwalk at 11a.m. and be on display until 4 p.m. The line of vehicles will extend from 6th to 14th St. on the boardwalk.
9/11 Ceremony, 2 Air Shows, and Car Show this Week
The City will once again remember and honor those who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks of 2001. Over 3,000 people died as the result of the attacks including civilians, fire fighters, first responders and police officers.
The program will be held in front of the Fire House at 6th and Asbury Ave. starting 7 p.m. It will begin with the “Striking of the Four Fives” by the Ocean City Fire and Rescue Services. Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 will present the colors. The Flag Salute will be led by Bob Marzulli, Commander of American Legion Post 524 and Clark Manley of the VFW. Members of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will lead in the singing of the National Anthem.
Rev. John Jamieson, Ocean City Fire Department Chaplain, will present the invocation followed by Michael Dattilo who will introduce dignitaries. Michael Morrissey, Commander of VFW Post 6650, will be the keynote speaker. There will be the laying of a wreath by Ocean City Police and Fire Department Representatives. The program will be concluded with Remarks and Benediction by Rev. Drena Money Garrett of St. James AME and the rendition of “God Bless America” by Julia Mary Wilson.
9/2/15 List of Upcoming Special Events in Ocean City
(Sept. 4) KING & QUEEN OF PLOP (or Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal) Pageant on Friday, 11 a.m. at 9th St. Beach opposite Music Pier. Contestants perform dramatic plops in slow motion to welcome the fall season. Entry in contest is free. Registration at 10:30 a.m. Event features celebrity Ploppers and music by the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band. For information, call (609) 399-6111.
(Sept. 6, 8 & 11) THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND -- The Ocean City Pops and Greater Ocean City Theatre Company present a fully staged musical filled with humor, romance, drama and non-stop melody. Features songs like Cabaret and New York, New York. 7:30 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by: Sunday, Masonic Club of Ocean City; Tuesday, The Original Fudge Kitchen; Friday, Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard. Tickets $30/25. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
(Sept. 7) OCNJ LABOR DAY RACE: 5 Mile beach run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. $20 pre-registration, $25 day of race. $10 for 14 years and under. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.
8/26/15 - Ploppers, Air Shows, Street Rods Coming Soon
Some exciting events and one goofy one are scheduled soon. The goofy one will be first. It's the King and Queen of Plop Pageant set for Friday (Sept. 4th) 11a.m. at the Ninth Street Beach. Contestants are asked to greet the fall season by performing dramatic plops on the beach. Winners will be named The KING AND QUEEN OF PLOP (or Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal 2015).
Participants will perform in slow motion to add to the drama and avoid injury. There will be categories in various age groups, male and female. Ribbons will be awarded to category winners. The two best entrants will be crowned King and Queen of Plop. Entry in the contest is free. Register starting 10:30 a.m. at Ninth St. Beach opposite Music Pier. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.
A group of non-competing celebrity Ploppers will open the event. They include Super Soprano, Nancy Fox with the Fox Vocal Arts Ploppers; Yo Yo Plopper, Doug Jewell and Suzanne Muldowney, AKA Shelley, the Mermaid. Music will be provided by the World's Only Wind Chimes Band.
8/19/18 OC Pops, King and Queen of Plop and More
8/12/15 Baby Parade Thursday, Little Miss Ocean City Friday
All of a sudden it’s the middle of August and time for the BABY PARADE! The 106th edition is set for Thursday, starting 5:30 p.m. The route is 6th to 12th St. on the Boardwalk. It is the longest continuously running Baby Parade in the world.
Didn’t register yet? Entries are being taken the day of the Parade from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. The Parade is open to children from infants to ten years of age. You will see colorful entries in Kiddie Cars, Coaches, Strollers, Express wagons and floats. Registration is $5 per child. Prizes are awarded and all entrants receive a memento for participating in the parade.
There will be music by the Pitman Hobo Band, Atlantic City Fire Department Bagpipers, Ed Coles Dixieland Band and Michael Hartman’s Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Grand Marshal will be Nicole Brewer of CBS-3TV. For information, call (609) 399-6111.
8/5/15 Baby Parade, Weird Contest Week, Art Show Here Soon
Ocean City’s 106th BABY PARADE is set for Thurs., (Aug. 13th) starting 5:30 p.m. Parade Route is from 6th to 12th Streets on the Boardwalk. It is the longest, continually running Baby Parade in the country.
Photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, an organizer of Labor Day, founded the Parade in 1909. Children from infants to ten years of age may enter. The colorful event features Divisions of children in fancy decorated Go-carts, Strollers, Coaches, Kiddie Cars, Express Wagons and walking. There is also a Comic Division, Small Floats Division and category for floats entered by businesses and organizations.
The Parade is famous for its creative entries. You may see children dressed as princesses, aviators in crafted planes, Cinderella and even crabs and fish. Rousing music is provided by the Pitman Hobo Band plus a Dixieland Band, Bagpipe Band and others. Nicole Brewer of CBS-3TV is this years Grand Marshal.
Numerous awards are given and each child receives a memento for participating in the Parade. Entry fee is $5 per child. Register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry list closes 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug.11th at Information Center. Call (609) 399-6111.
7/29/15 Art of Surfing Returns to Music Pier This Weekend
Ocean City is recognized throughout the country as an outstanding SURFING COMMUNITY. The High School has won over 20 regional championships sponsored by the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Its team has competed several times in the nationals against some of the best surfers in the world including contingents from Hawaii.
Many surfing groups hold competitions and fundraisers here. The City accommodates enthusiasts by designating surfing areas at the 7th and 16th St. and Waverly Beaches. There are three shops in Ocean City specializing in surfing, 7th Street Surf Shop, Heritage Surf and Sport Shop and Surfers Supplies.
7/22/15 Ocean City is Fortunate to Have...
Ocean City is fortunate to have a historic FISHING CLUB. For the past three years its members have invited visitors to stroll the 635 ft. Pier, watch surfcasting demonstrations and take photos from a magnificent location.
Visitors have also learned about the remarkable history of the Club. It is the oldest, continuously operating facility of its kind in the nation. It has hosted national surfcasting events and has given back to the City by supporting its Food Cupboard.
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