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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.
Check Out These Events in February & March
(Feb. 13-15) For Your Valentine’s Weekend, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present the Off Broadway Sensation FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS: VOLUME 1. This family favorite “spoof” rolls into town for three shows, February 13 and 14th at 7:30 pm and February 15 at 2pm at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. No Broadway Show is safe from his satirical production that pokes good natured fun at hit musicals and the legendary performers who starred in them. Shows to be spoofed include Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Annie and more. This production features fantastic professional talent and a memorable evening at the Theatre during Valentine’s time.
Congratulations to MICHAEL HARTMAN founder and artistic director of the Greater Ocean City Theater Co. for being named one of the ten outstanding choreographers in the country. Michael has built his Theater Company into a Broadway quality organization.
"Memories" is Theme for Mr. Mature America Pageant
Ocean City’s second annual MR. MATURE America Pageant will be held on Sat., March 28 beginning 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It celebrates the experience, relevance, and talents of mature men 55 and older.
The Pageant is the only contest of its kind in the World. It is designed to emphasize the contributions of our senior citizens many of whom are still working and retirees who constitute a huge volunteer resource for local organizations including the City.
“Memories” is the theme of this year’s pageant and contestants will be asked to recount their fondest memories during the competition. These recollections will be humorous, nostalgic and informative.
Hey Baseball Fans! You Don't Want to Miss This!
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Phillies winning their first National League Pennant. I know this is true because Bob Warrington told me so. Bob is a nationally recognized historian, author and long time collector of artifacts related to the Phillies and former Philadelphia Athletics Baseball teams.
He has been published in many national baseball periodicals. His most recent article about the Phillies appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research Magazine. Yep, baseball is a well documented sport.
Bob saw the notice about the Old Year’s celebration we are currently organizing with the Historical Museum and Library. And because he visits Ocean City and admires our interest in preserving the past, he has made us an offer we cannot refuse. And that’s to come here on February 21st. to talk about the Phillies Spring Training program of 1915, the year they won the Pennant. Bob recently presented displays on this subject at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Assn. Banquet and the Baseball Research Association’s Connie Mack Chapter meeting. Both were very well received.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Set for Saturday
Ocean City’s 25th annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. will be held Sat., Jan. 17 starting 1 p.m. at the High School’s Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. This year’s celebration is dedicated to the late Rozelia Cobb, a revered special education teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School who organized the initial program and others that followed.
It was the first tribute to Dr. King in Cape May County. Cobb made it a special event by enlisting students and young entertainers to participate because she felt it was important for them to learn about his contributions to the Civil Rights movement and his insistence on achieving social justice through non-violent means. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and many other honors for his dedication to this cause.
Rozelia Cobb Started Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Here
On Sat., Jan. 17th, Ocean City will hold its 25th annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. This was the first ceremony of its kind in Cape May County.
It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a popular, special education teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School. Rozelia realized the importance of the Civil Rights leader. She believed that young people should learn about his contributions and be involved in the event.
Those early programs included Ocean City students and local dancers and singers with the accent on youth. The upcoming celebration will also feature Ocean City school students presenting tributes and performing.
Rozelia spread the word about the achievements of Dr. King with her powerful programs. She will be honored and remembered at this year’s Martin Luther King Celebration.
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