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Busy Week of Events in Ocean City

Plenty of events to choose from this week in Ocean City:

Thurs. Oct. 30: Ocean City’s Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club has for years been one of the best in the region. You’ll see an array of colorful costumed characters vying for prizes in different divisions. The Ocean City and Mainland High School bands will be featured. Plus the famous Pitman Hobo Band, known for their amusing antics and great music, will entertain you. There will be floats and other special entries.

The Parade starts 7:15 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. through Ocean City’s Downtown, voted the best in South Jersey. Boy Scouts will be collecting canned and dried food along the route for the Food Cupboard. For more information, call the Parade Info Hotline, 1-800-813-5580.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT in Ocean City is Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children should be accompanied by adults and wear reflective clothing. Be careful when crossing streets, carry a flashlight and costumes should provide good visibility.

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About Welcome Night, Halloween Parade and More

Ocean City’s Annual WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is set for Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Here you will meet groups, businesses and organizations throughout the City and learn what they have to offer. Admission is free and there will be refreshments, give-aways and door prizes. Call (609) 399-1412 for more information.

HALLOWEEN Related Events:

The City’s 67th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 30th starting 7:15 p.m. Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. The event has been presented all 67 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club and is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area.  Jeff Shirk chairs the event.

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Trail of Two Cities, Dog of Year Event - Both November 1

The 25th Annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 1 starting 8 a.m. The popular event begins at the Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. in Ocean City and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

The run/walk is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 plus. Pre-registration received by Oct. 29 is $25. Day of race at the Ocean City Transportation Center is $30 starting at 7 a.m. No mail-ins after Oct. 29. Immediate families of up to four people can register for $75 up to Oct. 23. Families must pre-register with a separate form completed for each family member.

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Fall Block Party, Fireworks and More This Weekend

The Popular FALL BLOCK PARTY/FIREWORKS and related events are set for this weekend. Preceding the Block Party on Friday, October 10, the Ocean City High School Football Team will dedicate their home game to BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.

The players will be wearing pink socks and the field will have pink ribbons painted on it. The Red Raider Football Association will honor family members of student athletes who have fought or are fighting Breast Cancer by making them honorary captains for the game. The School will donate $1 from each admission to Breast Cancer Awareness. To donate, call Tonia Nathan (609) 214-0010 or Marcia McCulley (609) 425-2911.

The game is set for Carey Stadium at 7 p.m. and fans are asked to “wear pink.”  Painting the Field pink was started by Mike Lenhardt, City Supervisor of Grounds, to honor his wife Gina, who died from Breast Cancer.

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Frankenstein Exhibit Starts Wed., Hero Walk Sunday

Last October Ron MacCloskey, a life–long Frankenstein fan, exhibited his collection of portraits and cartoons of the world’s most famous monster at the Ocean City Free Public Library. This October, the Library will feature an all new exhibit from MacCloskey’s collection starting Wednesday, Oct. 1 and running through the month in its Atrium. Among over 50 portraits is one of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. “He loved old Horror Movies, especially Frankenstein,” Priscilla told MacCloskey.

Also in the exhibit is a cartoon by internationally syndicated artist of the “Close to Home” strip, John McPherson, who was grand marshal of Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade two years ago.

In addition to the exhibit, MacCloskey will present “The World of Frankenstein, a Fan’s Tribute to the Monster.” This is an original show written and performed by MacCloskey. It is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 23 starting 7 p.m. in the Library’s Auditorium, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free to both Frankenstein events.

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Walk for Wounded, MS Bikers on Saturday

Ocean City’s Award Winning Boardwalk hosts numerous charitable events benefiting organizations that combat Heart Disease, Cancer, ALS and many other non-profit, public service foundations. Several years ago, the Public Relations office researched the total amount all these groups raised in Ocean City. It was $30 million. It has grown since then.

Two such events will be held in Ocean City this Saturday, Sept. 27th the WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and BIKE MS CITY TO SHORE 2014 RIDE.

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Over 350 Corvettes to Pack Boardwalk on Sunday

One of the largest Corvette Shows in the East will brighten Ocean City’s Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 21. Over 350 Corvettes, including every model ever manufactured, will be exhibited from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from 6th to 14th St. on the Boards.

Local Corvette owners and many from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey will participate plus scattered entries from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and Florida. The show is held rain or shine.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Ocean City Airport on Sunday. The Ocean City Humane Society and Food Cupboard will accept donations at that location.

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September 11th Ceremony Thurs., Air Shows to Follow

The City will hold its September 11th   Patriot Day Ceremony on Thursday starting 7p.m. at Ocean City Fire Headquarters, 550 Asbury Ave. The program includes Striking of the Four Fives, James Smith, Deputy Fire Chief of Ocean City Fire and Rescue Services; Presentation of the Colors, L/Cpl George L. Dramis, Marine Corps Color Guard; Flag Salute, Bob Marzulli, Commander, American Legion Post 524 and Michael Morrissey, Commander, VFW Post 6650; National Anthem, Julia Mary Wilson; Retire the Colors.

Invocation, Rev. John Jamieson, Ocean City Fire Department Chaplain; Introduction of dignitaries, Michael Dattilo, Ocean City Business Administrator; Keynote speaker, Ocean City Chief of Police, Chad Callahan; Laying of Wreath, Ocean City Police and Fire Department representatives; Amazing Grace, Jack Meehan Bagpipes; Remarks and Benediction, Rev. Gregory Johnson, Shiloh Baptist Church, and the Singing of God Bless America by Elizabeth Toal of the Ocean City Theatre Co. 

Two free AIR SHOWS are set for the weekend: The City’s ANNUAL AIR FESTIVAL will be held at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave., on Sat., Sept. 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a ground display of a B25J Mitchell World War II Bomber plus a WWW II Grumman TBM Avenger.

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Two Exciting Free Air Shows Set for Ocean City

Some great aerial entertainment is coming your way. And it’s free!

In less that two weeks Ocean City will present two exciting and entertaining air shows in two days.

The first is the ANNUAL AIR FESTIVAL at the Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. It’s set for Sat., Sept 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a ground display of a B25J Mitchell World War II Bomber plus a WW2 Grumman TBM Avenger. Bring your cameras. You will want to take photos of these legendary aircraft.

The airport runway will be covered by interesting aircraft. These will include Classics, Antiques, Ultralights, Warbirds and Homebuilts. There will also be military vehicles and antique cars on display.

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Street Rods Roll Into Ocean City for 40th Annual Weekend

REMINDER: The King and Queen of Plop Competition, also known as the Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal contests are set for Friday, August 29 at 11 a.m. at the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier. Contestants are invited to demonstrate their most dramatic falls (in slow motion) to welcome the fall season. Entry is free. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

Over 150 STREET RODS will be in Ocean City Sept. 5-7. An array of colorful vehicles from throughout the East Coast will be displayed on the Boardwalk and at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., during the 40th Annual Shore Rod Run.

Cars will be parked at the Tabernacle from noon Fri., Sept. 5th till 1 p.m. Sun., Sept.7. There will be a boardwalk display of vehicles on Sat., Sept. 6 from noon till 4 p.m.

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King and Queen of Plop Contest set for Fri., Aug. 29

On Aug. 29 Ocean City presents its unique King and Queen of Plop Competition, also known as the Miss Fall Gal and Mr. Fall Guy Contest. The event is held at 11 a.m. on the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier. Contestants are asked to greet the fall season, always a lovely time of year, by falling dramatically (in slow motion) to the sand. Those performing the most dramatic renditions are awarded the King and Queen of Plop Trophies. Runners–up receive ribbons. Entry is free.

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Baby Parade Thursday, Little Miss O.C. on Friday

Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade is set for Thursday, August 14th starting at 5 p.m. Founded by Philadelphia photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, it is the oldest, continuously run event of its kind in the nation.

The Parade starts at 6th and the Boardwalk and concludes at 12th and Boardwalk. It is open to children from infants to 10 years of age. Last minute registrations taken the day of the Parade.

The Parade will feature children in fancy and humorous displays plus floats and bands.There will be an awards ceremony in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, following the Parade. For information, call (609) 525-9300.                  

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Weird Week, Pamper Scamper, Baby Parade Coming Soon

Weird Contest Week, the Pamper Scamper and Baby Parade are coming soon. But first a REMINDER that a SAND Sculpting Contest will be held at the 6th Street Beach starting 9 a.m. on (Aug. 6) and the MISS Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Hermit Crab Races are set for 1 p.m. on (Aug. 6) at the 6th St. Beach. Crab Beauties and Crabathlete racers may register starting noon at the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free to all contests, prizes are awarded. In the event of rain, events will be held inside the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk.

Also our annual TWINS CONTEST is set for (Aug.7) inside the Music Pier with registration beginning at 6 p.m., contest starts 6:30 p.m. Contest is for twins of all ages who look most and least alike. Entry is free. Ribbons are awarded.

WEIRD CONTEST WEEK in Ocean City is set for Aug. 11th to 15th. The event billed as “Wacky but Not Tacky” features one unusual contest each day in the Music Pier Loggia (porch), Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace starting at 11a.m. Entry in all contests is free.

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Boardwalk Art Show, Miss Crustacean and More Coming Soon

August special events kick off with the 52nd edition of the BOARDWALK ART SHOW. It will be held Aug. 1-3 and will extend from 8th to 11th Streets on the Boards. More than 60 artists will participate in one of the longest running fine art shows in the Country.

Artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Florida will exhibit and sell their work. It is traditionally a show where visitors can acquire excellent art at reasonable prices. Hours are Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Call (609) 525-9310.

The Boardwalk Art Show was started by Dr. Marcia Smith, Ocean City’s first female doctor, an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who helped to fund the event. She and artist-businessman, James F. Penland, worked with Mayor B. Thomas Waldman to present the colorful exhibition.

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Night in Venice Celebration on Saturday, July 26th

NIGHT IN VENICE, the City’s gala Boat Parade and decorated home celebration is set for Saturday, July 26th starting 7:30 p.m.  The decorated boats will travel along the Bayfront and through lagoons from the Longport Bridge to Tennessee Ave.

Boat and Home entries will be competing for prizes. As of Tuesday morning boats are still registering for the event. Over 150 homes are expected to be decorated. Entries for boats and homes will be taken on line at www.ocnj.us/NIV until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, after that call 609-525-9300.

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Fireworks, Philippine Festival, Craft Show This Week

A FIREWORKS DISPLAY presented by the City’s Boardwalk Merchants Assn. is set for Wed., July 16. It will be visible off the Boardwalk starting10:30 p.m. This is the second of two fireworks shows hosted by the Boardwalk Merchants for the 2014 season.

Ocean City’s fifth annual Tribute to the PHILIPPINES is set for Sat. July 19 and Sun. July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun. It will include free entertainment on the boardwalk and crafts plus many other exhibits in the loggia of the Music Pier. 

On Sunday, an additional event, a free Longevity Health Exposition, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Senior Center of the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. It will feature Philippine physicians, nurses and therapists plus the serving of vegetarian foods.

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There's Lots of Free Fun in Ocean City!

Enjoy and take advantage of the free fun Ocean City offers through the end of August.

FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS: Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Asbury Avenue features free balloon sculptors, face painters, and strolling Mummers, fun for the entire family. Also, there are 100 fine specialty stores to investigate. Plus numerous restaurants in the downtown where you can have breakfast or lunch while enjoying the free stuff.

MUMMERS NIGHT: Also on Tuesdays, enjoy Mummers Night on the Boardwalk, with String Bands strutting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. sponsored by Shriver’s, the Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise. Enjoy a great evening on Ocean City’s Award Winning Boardwalk.

BEACH WALKS: Also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays take an informative and pleasant guided beach walk for a nominal price. Walk starts at South End Location, 59th and Central Ave. at the entrance to Corson’s Park, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. There’s a Walk from the north end starting at the Longport Bridge Parking lot (Gardens Parkway) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets are available on site, Adults $1, Children 50 cents.

FARMERS MARKET: Held at Tabernacle Grounds every Wednesday with crafters on Asbury Ave. at 6th St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You can stroll free and buy stuff at economical prices now through Sept. 10th.

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July 4th Events, sand Sculpting and More

Ocean City’s July 4th Events feature a 9:30 p.m. Musical Fireworks Display fired from a barge at sea off the Music Pier. The show will be a spectacular event visible from the Beach and Boardwalk. It will be preceded by events sponsored by Air Circus on the beach starting at the Music Pier.

These include a Kite Festival competition with registration at 6 p.m. Entry is free. Kite awards in various categories will be presented at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a Yo Yo Demonstration and Contest followed by a Hula Hoop Competition at 8:30 p.m. Kite categories include Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Youngest Flyer and Oldest Flyer.

The popular band Tidal Wave will entertain in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, starting at 7: 30 p.m. until approximately 8:45 p.m. The Band will play again after the fireworks are over.

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Some Happy News from Ocean City's Night in Venice!

We could all use some happy news, right? Well here's some that may make you smile. This year's Night In Venice Boat Parade will feature a new category: "The HAPPY DANCE CHALLENGE."  We normally have a number of entertaining dance entries in the Parade. This Challenge should enliven the Parade even more by tying into the viral Happy Dance sensation. We thank the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce for generating the idea.

 

The Best Three entries will be awarded a collector's item loving cup with a happy face engraved on it.  There will be safety precautions emphasized for dance entrants that will be reviewed at the mandatory Night In Venice boat captain's meeting.

The Night In Venice Boat Parade will be held on Sat., July 26 starting 7:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge. All boat owners who participate in the Parade will be given a $50 decoration card, a free photo of their boat in the Parade and a commemorative mug featuring this year's suggested theme, "Night at the Oscars." There will also be prizes for best decorated Bay Front Homes.

 

Boat categories will include Most Original, Best Decorated, Musical, Comic, Classic (25 years or older with historic value) and Children's Division completely decorated by children 15 and under.) All boat captains are required to attend a meeting to be briefed on safety requirements including the necessity for life preserver jackets.

 

Boat and Bay Front home participants may enter on line by accessing www.ocnj.us/NIV.  For information, call 609-525-9300.We can also email you a form, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Antique Autos, July Jubilee Coming Your Way

Over 300 vintage cars will be featured in Ocean City’s popular ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW set for Sat., June 21 at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. at that location and is followed by a Boardwalk Parade from 5th to 14th Sts after 2 p.m. Admission to the show grounds is free.

The event has been held here for 59 years and is sponsored by the local chapter of the Antique Automobile Association of America and the City. The show is directed by David Blyler who took over the event from his late father, David Blyler, Sr.

The event features an array of vehicles including Model A and Model T Fords, antique military vehicles and cars of just about every make and model, 25 years or older. Blyler notes that such exotic antiques as Rolls Royces, Corvettes and others are showcased.

The cars are judged and prizes are awarded to the owners of the most outstanding entries. Visitors may take photos of the cars but are asked not to touch them without the owner’s permission. Refreshments are available on site from the Ocean City Rotary Club. For information, call David Blyler at (609) 432-5347.

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