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10/7/31 Block Party, Fireworks, Hero Walk Saturday
(Oct.10) The City’s popular Fall Block Party is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will extend from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. and feature over 400 crafters, food vendors, entertainment and public service displays.
Over 100 downtown stores, plus restaurants will be open featuring their specialties. Free entertainment is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes free pony rides and nationally acclaimed magician, Chad Juros at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave.
Entertainment on the Avenue: The Big Daddy Band led by Larry Conner and Mike Bracey will perform at 6th St., Robert Boney, 7th St., Tony DeLuca, 9th St., Tidal Wave,10th St., the Bubba Mac Blues Band, 13th St. and Keith Hickman, 14th St. There will be public service booths at 9th St., opposite City Hall.
The Chamber will also be selling First Night Admission Buttons at its Block Party Booth on 9th St. by City Hall. Buy them now for $15. Price goes up to $20 after December 15. You can also order at www.firstnightocnj.com or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
Saturday evening will feature a spectacular FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 9:30 p.m.
9/30/15 Fall Block Party and Fireworks Coming Soon
(Oct. 10) Ocean City’s Mile - Long Fall Block Party: It will be here before you know it. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, entertainment and public service displays will be featured. The event extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s lots of fun and good exercise.
Over 100 Asbury Ave. stores in the City’s award winning downtown will be open featuring an array of gifts for the holidays. The popular Greek Food Festival will return to 9th and Asbury Ave. and downtown restaurants will be offering their specialties.
There will be free entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. including free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Nationally acclaimed magician, Chad Juros, will also perform at the Tabernacle Grounds at that time.
9/23/15 Run for the Fallen, Walk for the Wounded
Two events that honor our heroic service personnel are scheduled this week:
(Sept. 24) Ocean City hosts THE RUN FOR THE FALLEN on Thursday. This is an organization of runners and their support teams whose mission it is to run one mile for every New Jersey resident in the Armed Forces killed during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heading north from Cape May, the runners pause briefly at each mile marker in homage to a specific service member and their family. The military runners will stop at each of the HERO MARKERS where a brief ceremony will take place. The group will stop and stay in Ocean City at the end of the first day.
Our Veterans Organizations ask as many residents as possible to come out to one or more of our HERO MARKERS to support the runners and reflect on the sacrifices of these service members and their families. For information about when runners will be at Ocean City locations along the route, call Jack Hagan, Adjutant, Post 524 of the American Legion (609) 304-3088 or access http://www.oceancityvacation.com/job/321/49/list.html.
(Sept. 26) WALK FOR THE WOUNDED, A three mile walk on the Boardwalk to raise money for wounded soldiers returning from overseas will be held on Saturday. The event benefits Operation First Response a non profit organization that provides financial aid to the veterans and their families.
9/16/15 Corvettes to Roll into Town on Sunday
(Sept. 20) Over 450 Corvettes will be displayed on the Boardwalk from 6th to 14th Sts. on Sunday starting 11:30 a.m. The autos will date back to the Corvette’s first model in 1953 and include every model to the present.
The show is one of the largest in the East with Corvette owners for Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey plus scattered entries from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and Florida. The show is held rain or shine.
The cars will gather at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Ocean City Humane Society and Food Cupboard will be accepting donations at that location. Cars will depart for the Boardwalk at 11a.m. and be on display until 4 p.m. The line of vehicles will extend from 6th to 14th St. on the boardwalk.
9/11 Ceremony, 2 Air Shows, and Car Show this Week
The City will once again remember and honor those who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks of 2001. Over 3,000 people died as the result of the attacks including civilians, fire fighters, first responders and police officers.
The program will be held in front of the Fire House at 6th and Asbury Ave. starting 7 p.m. It will begin with the “Striking of the Four Fives” by the Ocean City Fire and Rescue Services. Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 will present the colors. The Flag Salute will be led by Bob Marzulli, Commander of American Legion Post 524 and Clark Manley of the VFW. Members of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will lead in the singing of the National Anthem.
Rev. John Jamieson, Ocean City Fire Department Chaplain, will present the invocation followed by Michael Dattilo who will introduce dignitaries. Michael Morrissey, Commander of VFW Post 6650, will be the keynote speaker. There will be the laying of a wreath by Ocean City Police and Fire Department Representatives. The program will be concluded with Remarks and Benediction by Rev. Drena Money Garrett of St. James AME and the rendition of “God Bless America” by Julia Mary Wilson.
9/2/15 List of Upcoming Special Events in Ocean City
(Sept. 4) KING & QUEEN OF PLOP (or Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal) Pageant on Friday, 11 a.m. at 9th St. Beach opposite Music Pier. Contestants perform dramatic plops in slow motion to welcome the fall season. Entry in contest is free. Registration at 10:30 a.m. Event features celebrity Ploppers and music by the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band. For information, call (609) 399-6111.
(Sept. 6, 8 & 11) THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND -- The Ocean City Pops and Greater Ocean City Theatre Company present a fully staged musical filled with humor, romance, drama and non-stop melody. Features songs like Cabaret and New York, New York. 7:30 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by: Sunday, Masonic Club of Ocean City; Tuesday, The Original Fudge Kitchen; Friday, Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard. Tickets $30/25. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
(Sept. 7) OCNJ LABOR DAY RACE: 5 Mile beach run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. $20 pre-registration, $25 day of race. $10 for 14 years and under. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.
8/19/18 OC Pops, King and Queen of Plop and More
8/12/15 Baby Parade Thursday, Little Miss Ocean City Friday
All of a sudden it’s the middle of August and time for the BABY PARADE! The 106th edition is set for Thursday, starting 5:30 p.m. The route is 6th to 12th St. on the Boardwalk. It is the longest continuously running Baby Parade in the world.
Didn’t register yet? Entries are being taken the day of the Parade from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. The Parade is open to children from infants to ten years of age. You will see colorful entries in Kiddie Cars, Coaches, Strollers, Express wagons and floats. Registration is $5 per child. Prizes are awarded and all entrants receive a memento for participating in the parade.
There will be music by the Pitman Hobo Band, Atlantic City Fire Department Bagpipers, Ed Coles Dixieland Band and Michael Hartman’s Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Grand Marshal will be Nicole Brewer of CBS-3TV. For information, call (609) 399-6111.
8/5/15 Baby Parade, Weird Contest Week, Art Show Here Soon
Ocean City’s 106th BABY PARADE is set for Thurs., (Aug. 13th) starting 5:30 p.m. Parade Route is from 6th to 12th Streets on the Boardwalk. It is the longest, continually running Baby Parade in the country.
Photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, an organizer of Labor Day, founded the Parade in 1909. Children from infants to ten years of age may enter. The colorful event features Divisions of children in fancy decorated Go-carts, Strollers, Coaches, Kiddie Cars, Express Wagons and walking. There is also a Comic Division, Small Floats Division and category for floats entered by businesses and organizations.
The Parade is famous for its creative entries. You may see children dressed as princesses, aviators in crafted planes, Cinderella and even crabs and fish. Rousing music is provided by the Pitman Hobo Band plus a Dixieland Band, Bagpipe Band and others. Nicole Brewer of CBS-3TV is this years Grand Marshal.
Numerous awards are given and each child receives a memento for participating in the Parade. Entry fee is $5 per child. Register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry list closes 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug.11th at Information Center. Call (609) 399-6111.
7/29/15 Art of Surfing Returns to Music Pier This Weekend
Ocean City is recognized throughout the country as an outstanding SURFING COMMUNITY. The High School has won over 20 regional championships sponsored by the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Its team has competed several times in the nationals against some of the best surfers in the world including contingents from Hawaii.
Many surfing groups hold competitions and fundraisers here. The City accommodates enthusiasts by designating surfing areas at the 7th and 16th St. and Waverly Beaches. There are three shops in Ocean City specializing in surfing, 7th Street Surf Shop, Heritage Surf and Sport Shop and Surfers Supplies.
7/22/15 Ocean City is Fortunate to Have...
Ocean City is fortunate to have a historic FISHING CLUB. For the past three years its members have invited visitors to stroll the 635 ft. Pier, watch surfcasting demonstrations and take photos from a magnificent location.
Visitors have also learned about the remarkable history of the Club. It is the oldest, continuously operating facility of its kind in the nation. It has hosted national surfcasting events and has given back to the City by supporting its Food Cupboard.
7/15/15 Philippine Tribute Features State Yo Yo Championships
Ocean City will present its 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines this Saturday, July 18th. Opening ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, will join Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. of the Philippines. The two will discuss on-going cooperation and mutual projects.
Following opening ceremonies there will be entertainment on the Boardwalk in front of the Pier. This will include the Rowan University Filipino dancers, the Mutya Philippine Dance Company and the PCS Youth Company groups.
Representing the City and American music will be Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame member Dick Richards and his Ready Rockers. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets and was also a featured actor on Broadway and in TV and movie productions. He will present a rousing program of Rock favorites. International vocalist, Rene P. Sese, will perform with the band.
2015 Night in Venice Results
7/8/15 Night in Venice Begins 6 P.M. on Saturday
NIGHT IN VENICE, Ocean City's colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration has been entertaining visitors and residents for 61 years. The current gala is set for this Saturday, July 11th starting 6 p.m. at the Longport Bridge.
Boats will sail along the Bay and in and out of Lagoons from the Longport Bridge to Tennessee Ave. Approximately 70 boat owners and 200 Bay residents are expected to compete for prizes. Optional decorating theme is "Dancing Under the Stars."
Music will be featured with many entries. Spectators will be able to view the Parade from grandstands on Street ends from Battersea Rd. to 14th St. Seating is free.
Downtown Kick-starts July 4th With Patriotic Concert
The City’s DOWNTOWN will present a STAR SPANGLED SALUTE, noon, July 4th at the Mark Soifer Park, 9th and Asbury Ave., to kick off the resorts July 4th entertainment events. Talented performers from Michael Hartman’s Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will perform and energetic revue of patriotic songs. Enjoy the music in the park’s pleasant surroundings and be sure to shop and have lunch at one of the downtown’s popular restaurants.
The City’s Award Winning Shopping District features over 100 family-friendly stores that offer personal service second to none. Stroll the Avenue for an outstanding shopping experience.
The final event of the day will be a MUSICAL FIREWORKS Display fired from a barge at sea off the Boardwalk at 10 p.m. There will be two BIKE PARADES both starting at 10 a.m. The SOUTH OCEAN CITY PARADE begins at 40th and Central Ave. and goes south to the 52nd St. Playground. To participate register starting 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury Ave. parking lot. The GARDENS CIVIC ASSN. PARADE travels through the Gardens with registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Entry in both Parades is free.
4th of July, Night in Venice Will Be Here Soon
The 4th OF JULY is a little more than one week away, and NIGHT IN VENICE is early this year on July 11th, about two weeks away.
Let’s review the basics of these important upcoming events: The 4th of July Fireworks are set for 10 p.m. They will be fired from the Ocean close to the Music Pier and will be visible from the beach and boardwalk.
There will be two bike Parades starting at 10 a.m. The SOUTH OCEAN CITY Parade: registration at 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury, starts at 40th and Central. Goes south on Central to the 52nd St. Playground. The GARDENS CIVIC ASSN. Parade: Registration at 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot with a route through the Gardens. Entry in both Parades is free.
Autos on Saturday; Pops Opens; Unusual Contests to Follow
(June 20) An ANTIQUE AUTO Exhibition on the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., will showcase over 300 interesting cars. One of the longest running events of its kind in the East, the exhibit has been featured here for over 70 years. This is a fascinating event for all ages. It’s also ideal for “selfies.” Pose by an ancient Rolls Royce and post your photo on facebook. Just don’t touch vehicles without permission of the owner. A Boardwalk Parade follows the exhibit at 2 pm. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.
(June 20) Our popular, professional soccer team, the Nor’easters, face the hard charging New York Red Bulls in a match to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s “Feed the Storm Drive.” Fans donating non-perishable foods will receive $1 off per item, maximum 2 items. The Nor’easters will compete against The Red Bulls Under 23 Squad in a Mid-Atlantic Conference match-up, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Purchase tickets at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.
Miss New Jersey Pageant Will Be Here June 10th-13th
The Miss New Jersey Pageant returns to Ocean City this Wednesday through Saturday.
But first a word about OCEAN CITY RESTAURANT WEEK which is now under way and runs through Sat., June 13th. Participating members are offering special, fixed dining selections which mean savings for you on many delicious specialties. Choose from an array of dining selections from participating members. Visit eatinocnj.com for details.
MISS NEW JERSEY events kick-off on Wednesday, June 10th with its annual Parade set for 7 p.m. from Sixth to 14th Street on the Boardwalk. All 28 contestants will show their shoes and be dressed to salute the Parade’s theme “Pages through the Ages.” Cierra Kaler Jones, reigning Miss New Jersey will lead the Parade.
Artisans Here This Weekend, Miss New Jersey Next
The Artisans of Philadelphia will return to Ocean City this weekend for its 70th Annual visit. The Artisans have been in business for over 100 years. It is a “Family Fraternal Benefit Society” whose mission is to provide affordable insurance coverage to working people. The organization is also known for supporting charitable organizations in the Delaware Valley.
On Sat., June 6th, the Artisans will hold its Miss Artisan Pageant 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, a young lady is selected to represent the group for the upcoming year. Professional entertainment is featured in the program. The public is invited, admission is free.
43rd Annual Flower Show This Weekend
When Ocean City initiates a good event, we stick with it! This is true of the Baby Parade- over 100 years, Night In Venice, the Antique Auto Show and Boardwalk Art Show over 50, Martin Z. Mollusk Day, 44, the Block Parties in their mid 30s, the Doo Dah Parade 30, and First Night in its 20s.There are many more. This is just a sample.
We are fortunate to have a corps of volunteers who have worked diligently to make these and other events a success. The OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (May 29-31) is an example of how a good idea turned into a durable and appreciated festival.
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