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Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature Pageant
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/18/17
We’re in the midst of what is statistically (over time) the coldest week of the year for our region. That means summer is coming and no longer going. It’s time to start planning vacations (oceancityvacation.com) and purchasing discounted seasonal beach tags (ocnj.us/beachtags). Ocean City’s calendar of events kicks into high gear on the first weekend of April with two second-year events, Girls Weekend and the OC-Con Comic Convention (April 1-2). This year, the Mr. Mature Pageant will move to the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 8 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia.
Entries are open for contestants in the pageant. Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its fourth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments. If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature.
Martin Luther King Day Events in Ocean City
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJJ 1/11/17
Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two events this weekend. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CEREMONY starts at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday (Jan. 16) with sign-ups at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.
Both events embody the spirit of unity and community taught by Dr. King.
One highlight of the ceremony is a recitation of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church. The event also includes a variety of music and reflections on Dr. King's work. Leroy Robertson, Tyrone Rolls and the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church will be honored for their contributions to the community, and the winners of a student essay contest will be named.
Ocean City's 2017 Calendar of Events Taking Shape
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/4/17
The shortest days of the year are behind us and we crossed over into a new year this weekend – and that all means it’s not too early to think about planning for some fun in Ocean City this year. Here’s an early look at just a few key dates for the first half of the year.
April 1-2: Two events that debuted last year – GIRLS WEEKEND and the OC-CON COMIC CONVENTION – return bigger and better.
April 8: Humor and nostalgia join forces as the MR. MATURE PAGEANT moves to DOO DAH PARADE WEEKEND. All pageant contestants will be part of the parade.
April 16: The EASTER FASHION PROMENADE will welcome the Philly Keys, a dueling piano show, in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.
May 6: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.
May 10: Tickets are on sale now for CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE. Visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
May 13: Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (anybody remember the impromptu tryouts on the sideline when he broke his wrist this fall?) will help make sure we see an early summer on MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY. He returns that night for a magic show.
July 22: Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer, NIGHT IN VENICE.
25th Annual First Night Ocean City Set For Saturday!
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/28/16
It's the best and most economical New Year's Eve entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Continuous, professional family programs from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $20 per person. First Night includes more than 75 shows and activities all at convenient Ocean City locations. And it will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean to ring in the New Year.
Enjoy the rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, a musical tribute to Neil Diamond at the Ocean City Music Pier, children's shows by the Ocean City Theatre Company, outdoor ice-skating near the Ocean City Civic Center, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros and Japanese Drummers at Ocean City High School, and a "One Man and One Dog Comedy Show" at Ocean City Primary School. The lineup also includes a chance to view the night sky from the telescope at the High School Observatory, Sounds of Broadway, the premier Abbott and Costello impersonators, jugglers, puppets, the acclaimed Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Jungle John, live dance music, swimming in the Aquatic and Fitness Center Pool, mentalist Dan Cain, an open house at the Historical Museum, the Horse Play Game Show and St. Augustine's Boys Choir Show Choir, live dance music and much more. Experience a wonderful evening in a safe, non-alcoholic environment.
Buttons are available until sold out for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and in the Wonderland kiosk at Stainton's (810 Asbury Avenue). Visit www.firstnightocnj.com to purchase buttons online and to view and print a full schedule. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.Read more...
Get Your First Night Buttons Now Before They Sell Out
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/21/16
BUY YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! All-inclusive admission buttons to this popular New Year’s Eve event have sold out in recent years. First Night is our gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that has provided professional, family entertainment here for 25 years.
First Night Ocean City offers a wide variety of family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. There are more than 70 programs available including a Neil Diamond Tribute, rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating, children’s shows, Abbott and Costello impersonators, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Sounds of Broadway and the list goes on and on. Enjoy a wonderful evening in a non-alcoholic environment.
The pool at the Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center and the new skateboard park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue will both be open to button-holders.
Buttons are available for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue). A printable version of the full schedule of activities and venues is available at www.firstnightocnj.com, where you also can purchase buttons online. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
Special Christmas Show Set of this Weekend