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Business Persons to Plunge on May 25

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/16/18

Wanted: Business Persons to Plunge on May 25 - OCNJ Triathlon, HeartWalk and Metal Detecting Hunt This Weekend

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition,city officials will turn a ceremonial key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 25. That will clear the way for a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”).

Event organizers are looking to make this year’s Business Persons Plunge the biggest and best ever. Everybody is invited to participate. It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash. Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge.

The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

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It’s Always Sunny on Martin Z. Mollusk Day

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/9/18

Tickets for 2018 Ocean City Pops Season Go on Sale Saturday

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the beach at Ninth Street. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).

Special guest for Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, who has impressed the world with his magic performances. Dorenbos may have a few tricks up his sleeve for all those who will be cheering for an early summer.

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2018 Spring Block Party is Saturday in Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/2/18

The early weather forecast looks sunny for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party on Saturday. That’s always good news for the premier spring event, which features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Entertainment along the Avenue will include the Tidal Wave Band and the Pennsport String Band, among others.

This will be the 36th year for an event that now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Merchant table sales will continue on Sunday between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

The local American Legion will sponsor a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in a special concert 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The band CSN Songs will celebrate Block Party Weekend with hits such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Ohio” and “Love the One You’re With.” Tickets are $30 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. All proceeds benefit the Morvay-Miley Post 524 American Legion of Ocean City.

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New Sports Memorabilia Show This Weekend Features Four Members of Eagles’ Super Bowl Team

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/25/18

Four members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will greet fans as part of the new Sports Memorabilia & Collection Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Running back Corey Clement, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, tight end Brent Celek and linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be part of the show. Brooks and Celek will be featured in a motorcade down the Ocean City Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

Clement will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos at 1 p.m. April 28 and 1 p.m. April 29. Brooks and Celek will be available at 1:45 p.m. April 28. Kendricks is slotted for 2 p.m. April 29. Tickets for these sessions are $45 and include one autograph and one photo. They go on sale go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The show will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and 29 and feature sports memorabilia displays and vendors. Admission is $3 per day for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and under.

For more information on the show, call 609-399-6111.

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Super Bowl Champion Eagles Players to Visit Ocean City’s New Sports Memorabilia Show on April 28-29

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/18/18

American Handcrafts Festival and Beach Sweep on Tap This Weekend

Four members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will greet fans as part of the new Sports Memorabilia & Collection Show on April 28 and April 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Running back Corey Clement, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, former Eagles tight end Brent Celek and linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be part of the show. Brooks and Celek will be featured in a motorcade down the Ocean City Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

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Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant Set for Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/11/18

Lineup for Summer Concert Series on Music Pier Now Complete

Erik Estrada will be grand marshal for the 2018 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City at noon on Saturday (April 14) and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Estrada first captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide in his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series "CHiPs." He has also appeared in numerous other television and motion picture roles, including the new "Armed and Famous" reality series on CBS. His talent and charm will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. 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. Estrada will host the fifth annual event and conduct the on-stage interviews with contestants.

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It’s Girls Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/4/18

The Event Showcases Downtown Ocean City and Features Miss America and Broadway Star Kelli Rabke 

The third annual Girls Weekend from Friday to Sunday (April 6 to 8) will showcase all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer and provide a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season. This year, the event will feature appearances by reigning Miss America Cara Mund and a show by Broadway star Kelli Rabke.

Mund will join Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman in hosting the popular Girls Weekend Fashion Show on Friday, April 6. She also will appear at a special free meet-and-greet event on Sunday, April 8.

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Easter Events Mark Start of Season in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/28/18

Egg Hunt, Sunrise Service and Fashion Promenade Scheduled

Ocean City’s Easter Fashion Promenade takes place with judging at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 1) in front of the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The annual event pays tribute to an era when families showed off their finery during strolls on the boardwalk.

Anybody is welcome to enter the free event, and no advance registration is required. Awards will be given the following age categories: newborn-to-2, 3-to-5, 6-to-8 and 9-to-12 (everybody wins in these categories). Other divisions include: Best Dressed Teen Male, Best Dressed Teen Female, Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Couple, Most Unusual Bonnet, Best Easter Bonnet and Best Dressed Family.

The Philly Keys will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs after the Promenade.

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Miss America to Join Fun on Girls Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/21/18

Cara Mund will co-host a Fashion Show on April 6 and meet fans on April 8 in Ocean City

The reigning Miss America will visit Ocean City on April 6 to 8. Cara Mund will help open and close the third annual Girls Weekend.

Mund will join Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman in hosting the popular Girls Weekend Fashion Show on Friday, April 6. She will appear at a special meet-and-greet event on Sunday, April 8.

The first woman from North Dakota ever to become Miss America, Mund is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in business, entrepreneurship and organizations. In her new role, she advocates for women’s education, empowerment and leadership. She serves as the national goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Among other initiatives, she promotes her personal platform: a Make-a-Wish Passion with Fashion.

Girls Weekend showcases all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer. The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season.

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Jon Dorenbos to Return to Ocean City on May 12

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/14/18

Former Philadelphia Eagles star will perform a magic show
and participate in Martin Z. Mollusk Day

Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier on May 12 with a show that mixes his mind-blowing magic talents with inspirational stories.

Dorenbos performed a sold-out show in Ocean City last spring with tickets selling out in just a few days. The NFL star’s career ended before the last season when doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm and performed immediate open-heart surgery. Though he had been traded to the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles gave him a Super Bowl ring in honor of his dedication to Philadelphia.

The show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Music Pier. Tickets are $45, $35 and $30 and go on sale Thursday, March 15. They will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Dorenbos will be on hand earlier in the day as Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, seeks his shadow and predicts an early summer. The magician may pick up some tips from the mollusk, who miraculously (and with the help of his handlers’ flashlights) has never failed to deliver. The free family event takes place at 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.

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Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature America Pageant

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/7/18

Registration is also open for Doo Dah Parade participants

 

Entries are open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 14.

Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its fifth 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/mrmatureor call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 14.

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Get Ready for Easter, Girls Weekend and Mr. Mature

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/28/18

Events feature shows with Kelli Rabke and Erik Estrada 

Ocean City’s non-stop 2018 special events schedule kicks into high gear at the end of the month, starting with Easter Weekend events (March 31-April 1), Girls Weekend (April 6 to 8) and the annual Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant (April 14). Start planning now to visit Ocean City for these three great spring events.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (March 1) for a Girls Weekend show (on April 7) titled “Defying Gravity” that features Broadway star Kelli Rabke. Ticket sales also open March 1 for the Mr. Mature America Pageant (on April 14) with celebrity host Erik Estrada. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

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Jackie Evancho to Join Ocean City Pops on July 29 At 10, Evancho took second on ‘America’s Got Talent’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/21/18

Tickets go on sale March 1 for a special Ocean City Pops performance on July 29 featuring the remarkable vocal talents of Jackie Evancho.

The young singer first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She finished as runner-up in that competition and has continued to make history with achievements that include: youngest solo platinum artist, youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the United Kingdom, youngest person to give solo concert at the Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Evancho’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart.

She will perform with the Ocean City Pops orchestra 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets ($30 to $45) will be available starting March 1 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

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Erik Estrada to Lead DooDah Parade and Host Mr. Mature America Pageant

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/14/18

Registration Now Open for Participants in Both Events

Erik Estrada will be grand marshal for the 2018 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 14 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Estrada first captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide in his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series "CHiPs." He has also appeared in numerous other television and motion picture roles, including the new "Armed and Famous" reality series on CBS. His talent and charm will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Estrada will host the fifth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question.

Registration is now open for any contestant 55 or older who would like to participate. Visit www.ocnj.us/mrmature for more information and to sign up as a contestant.

Earlier in the day, Estrada will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

The procession features marching bands, floats, a grand marshal and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds. The traditional finale at the end of the parade includes a “Pie-asco” at the Ocean City Music Pier, in which everybody is invited to smoosh their friends with shaving-cream pies.

This year’s event starts at noon Saturday, April 14, 2018. The parade route starts at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and (new this year) finishes on the boardwalk at Fifth Street. 

The parade is now open to all entries. See more information and register to participate in the parade at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT, INDIGO GIRLS, BACON BROTHERS

Tickets go on this week for three new shows in the 2018 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot – whose hits include “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and a host of others – performs on August 13. The Bacon Brothers – with a rockin’ band featuring actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael – play on August 6. And the  Indigo Girls return to Ocean City on July 9.

A pre-sale (use code BRE) opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the full sale opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Tickets are already on sale for the rest of the Summer Concert Series lineup:

·         Aimee Mann: 7 p.m. June 18.

·         The Hooters: 7 p.m. June 19 and June 20

·         Get the Led Out: 7 p.m. June 25 and June 26

·         America: 7 p.m. July 16

·         Straight No Chaser: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 23

·         The Beach Boys: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. August 20 and August 21

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY

The library will offer a free showing of the 2004 Oscar-winning biopic “Ray” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The movie stars Jamie Foxx in the life story of legendary musician Ray Charles.

Local jazz duet Eddie Morgan and Daryl Robinson will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Arts Center 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The concert will feature jazz classics from the past several decades. 

Morgan, an Atlantic City native, will play trumpet and provide vocals. He is a music teacher in Pleasantville and founder of “JAZZ 4 KIDZ & U,” a summer enrichment music camp for all his current and former students. 

Robinson will play keyboards. He has performed with such legends as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck. In addition, Robinson has taught music for the past 35 years.

The Ocean City Free Public Library and the Ocean City Arts Center are both part of the Community Center building at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Ocean City Celebrates Black History Month

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/7/18

Ocean City will be host to a variety of events to mark Black History Month in February.

The Ocean City Free Public Library joins the National African American Read-In on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The day will include community readings of African American literature. All readings will be held in the Children’s Activity Room:

·         10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Toddler Time (Ages 2-3), featuring African American authors and artists

·         1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Story Train (Ages 4-5), featuring African American authors and artists

·         6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Open Mic, everyone invited to participate by bringing a favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud

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Ocean City Announces 2018 Night in Venice Theme

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/31/18

Tickets on sale for OCTC Children’s and Broadway Series

Ocean City will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during the 64th annual Night in Venice boat parade on July 28.

The parade and decorated bayfront home contest are a highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

The parade this year starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The “TV’s Greatest Hits” theme is optional but offers decades of possibilities for participants in the event.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Summer Concert Series: Beach Boys, Hooters, Straight No Chaser, America and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/24/18

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. This year’s complete lineup is still taking shape, but already booked are a great mix of returning favorites and new acts:

·         Aimee Mann: 7 p.m. June 18.

·         The Hooters: 7 p.m. June 19 and June 20

·         Get the Led Out: 7 p.m. June 25 and June 26

·         America: 7 p.m. July 16

·         Straight No Chaser: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 23

·         The Beach Boys: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. August 20 and August 21

Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Kelli Rabke to Join Girls Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/17/18

Ocean City’s third annual Girls Weekend in April will feature a show titled “Defying Gravity” – about that special balancing act of motherhood and career that can sometimes seem like it breaks the laws of physics.

The show stars Kelli Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

“Defying Gravity” is part of Girls Weekend, which is scheduled for April 6 to 8 this year. The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a popular fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season and to see what Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/10/17

Ocean City celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events this weekend: the annual King Ceremony on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center and the King Day of Service on Monday (Jan. 15).

The ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. This year’s celebration includes a keynote address from the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City and songs from Michelle Harris-Anderson, a former Miss Ocean City, former Miss Delaware and member of the Ocean City High School Class of 1989.

Two Ocean City residents will be honored for their community service: Robert Rowell, a volunteer who has helped clean and maintain the grounds of the Ocean City Housing Authority properties; and Julia Wilson, an Ocean City High School freshman and vocalist who is a friend to and advocate for veterans.

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Ocean City’s 2018 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/3/18

The shortest days of the year are behind us, and that means summer’s on the way. 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 2018.

March 24 and 31: Easter falls on April 1 this year and the GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach are set for late March.

April 6 to 8: Downtown Asbury Avenue welcomes another GIRLS WEEKEND.

April 14: Humor and nostalgia join forces again as the DOO DAH PARADE and MR. MATURE PAGEANT go off on a Saturday afternoon and evening.

April 28-29: The SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW is a new event for the Ocean City Music Pier.

May 5: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.

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