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Inquirer Features Story on Mr. Mature America
This past Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer featured a story about our upcoming Mr. Mature America Pageant on the front page of the South Jersey section that was continued on Page B-6. It’s a fine story by Jacqueline Urgo except for one quote in the second paragraph: “People sort of yawned” when they heard about it. On the contrary, folks I have talked to have remarked “What a great idea!” “It ‘s about time,” or “you’ve got to be kidding.” I consider “You’ve got to be kidding” positive. These people are just overwhelmed at the thought of having such an original event, the only one in the United States, in Ocean City.
"Ms. Senior America Likes Mr. Mature America"
Yes, Ms. Senior America likes Mr. Mature America.
Sound like a message on Facebook? Maybe something that should be tweeted? Or Whatevered? Well it’s a fact.
We received a phone call recently from Joanne Santori. She’s the Executive Director of the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant, whose slogan is “An Age of Elegance.” She wants her Pageant to be involved with our upcoming Mr. Mature America Pageant, whose slogan is “Old Guys Rule.”
Eddie Shiffler's Return to Town Means More Entertainment
Eddie Shiffler is back. This talented singer, songwriter, band leader’s return to Ocean City means more quality entertainment and interesting programs for the Community.
Before leaving Ocean City to tour with his bands, Eddie worked for the Ocean City Fine Arts League where he helped establish the Art Center with the late Jim Penland and others. For five years he lived in New York where he established his new band, Dogz of Zeus and worked for the New York Mets.
Sweet Songs and Sweet Treats at Music Pier on Saturday
(Feb 15) Being as this will be Valentine’s Weekend why not treat your special someone to a sweet time at the Music Pier on Saturday? You’ll both enjoy a melodic and tasty program.
The Ocean City Theatre Company will present a splendid mix of love songs and Valentine Sweets for your entertainment and consumption. Yep all those classic Broadway love songs performed so that you can actually hear the words and enjoy the beautiful melodies and dance routines.
Plus prior to the show, there will be four sumptuous Valentine dessert stations to put you in the mood for the great entertainment to follow. Doors open for dessert and show tickets at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, available by calling (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
Maturity Pageant Selects Nebraska as Best Movie of Year
By Mark Soifer
As Ocean City prepares to present the first pageant in America honoring men over 60, the film Nebraska is released. It is the story about 80 plus year old Woody Grant, a Korean War Veteran, who believes he has won a million dollar prize in a magazine subscription contest.
The movie stars Bruce Dern, who in 1981 visited Ocean City to film scenes for the movie, “Tattoo.” in which he starred as a deranged tattoo artist. The segments were filmed at a beachfront home in the south end of the City.
Celebrate Valentine's Weekend in Ocean City
Ocean City is a perfect place to celebrate Valentines Weekend. How can you tell that special someone you love them in O.C.? Let Me Count the Ways.
l. Treat them to an evening of enchanting love songs and sumptuous desserts. The Ocean City Theatre Company makes it easy. Michael Hartman and Company will provide a program covering both sweets and musical treats on Sat., Feb. 15 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
New Song Written for Mr. Mature America Pageant!
Mr. Mature America Update: A new song for the upcoming March 22nd Pageant has just been completed. It will be sung when the first Mr. Mature America is crowned and strides down the Runway at the Music Pier to greet his admirers.
Mr. Mature America is a pageant that will celebrate the talents and contributions of men 60 years of age and over. There is no Pageant currently like it in the United States. So Ocean City has stepped in to fill the void.
Doo Dah Weekend in Ocean City
The Doo Dah Parade will feature the Basset Hound Waddle with over 500 of the floppy eared doggies, many sporting decorations; comical brigades, clowns, costumed characters and the Pie Asco, a massive pie in the face event in front of the Music Pier when the Parade ends. On Saturday night there will be a tribute to Abbott and Costello at the Library with impersonators introducing a classic movie.
And lest we forget, the Tri State County Basset Hound Rescue League will hold its popular Olympics on Friday at noon on the Tabernacle Grounds. The endearing doggies will jump over hurdles (or walk around them), run through tunnels, attempt a 20-yard sprint, and then flop on the grass for a snooze.
For more information or to participate in the Parade, call (609) 525-9300.
Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. Deserves Our Support
Since 1999 Michael Hartman has made major contributions to the quality of life of this community. He has, in effect, brought “Broadway to the Beach.”
The high energy, entertaining shows he has produced in conjunction with the Ocean City Pops continue to be highlights of the summer season. These include Annie, Cinderella, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Music Man, Crazy for You, Peter Pan, the list goes on and on.
He has brought major entertainment to our First Night New Year’s Eve celebration. This past First Night his company presented Rapunzel for youngsters and the popular Broadway standard Smokey Joe’s Café.
Activities Continue in Ocean City the Year Around
LAST MINUTE REMINDERS: You can purchase $15 admission buttons for First Night, Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, at Stainton’s, 8th and Asbury Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., buy them online at www.firstnightocnj.com or call (609) 399-1412. First Night buttons will be available at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, when Stainton’s closes on New Year’s Eve.
Ocean City’s First Day at the Beach Celebration on January1 features a 5K Run starting 1p.m. on the Boardwalk by the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace, with registration beginning 11:30 a.m. at that location. There is also a first dip in the Ocean beginning at
2 p.m. Register and sign waiver form by the Music Pier before start.
First Night Now! Mr. Mature America Later!
Items of interest from now through New Year’s Day:
1. ( New Year’s Eve) Ocean City’s First Night Celebration starts 4 p.m. and ends at midnight with an impressive Fire Works Display. The fireworks will be visible from the Boardwalk. There is quality entertainment for families and individuals alike. This is a safe, economical way to spend the evening with over 50 entertainment programs to choose from. An ice skating rink will available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 6th off boardwalk in the basketball court in back of the Sports and Civic Center. This rink will accommodate 100 skaters at a time. Skates will be available. Or bring your own.
First Night a Safe Bet, Free Christmas Dinner Set
Whoosh! That was fast! Here we are in mid December with just two weeks left until New Year’s Eve. Are you still holiday shopping? Be sure to check out Ocean City’s Downtown. You’ll find over 100 stores offering quality gifts at reasonable prices.
Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve? If not, Ocean City’s 22nd Annual First Night would be an excellent choice. Over 60 programs offered from 4 p.m. till midnight, capped by a colorful Fire Works display. We believe First Night is the best New Year’s Eve entertainment value on the Jersey Shore or anywhere else. It keeps families and individuals together and off the roads in a pleasant environment. It’s a safe bet that you will have a great time.
First Night admission buttons are available on line at www.firstnightocnj.com, can be ordered by credit card by calling (609) 399-1412 and are available at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.
Get Your First Night Admission Buttons Now
Now is the time to get your First Night Admission buttons! New Year’s Eve is just a few weeks away! Don’t miss out on this outstanding evening of entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight, capped by a colorful fireworks display. It’s the best entertainment buy at the Jersey Shore for just $15 per person, children two years and younger are free.
There have been years that First Night has sold out! So buy your admission buttons now. Don’t take a chance on being disappointed. Admission buttons are available for just $15 on line at www.firstnightocnj.com , can be ordered by credit card by calling (609) 399-1412 and are available at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
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.
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