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Full Schedule of Easter Weekend Events Set for Ocean City
(April 17, April 18) “The Living Last Supper,” a portrayal of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, will be presented at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m. both days.
The unique programs are sponsored by the Tabernacle and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The audience is invited to watch the portrayal as each disciple emerges from the portrait and speaks. Cast includes members of Ocean City and area churches.
(April 19) The Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, starts 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Registration begins 10 am. This event is a competition for any “pet that will not eat another pet.”
Doo Dah Parade and Easter Egg Hunt Saturday
There are two exciting events in Ocean City this Saturday April 12th: The 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade and the first of two Easter Egg Hunts scheduled for the season.
The Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s tribute to humor and legendary comedians, begins noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., proceeds to 12th and Asbury, from there turns to the Boardwalk and ends in front of the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace where there is an awards ceremony and the PieAsco is held.
The PieAsco is a tribute to the late, great “pie in the face comedian” Soupy Sales, who attended the Doo Dah Parade for many years. Folks (this can be you) sit in grand stands and smoosh each other with Shaving Cream Pies, the kind Soupy used on his syndicated TV show. If you participate, you receive a certificate praising your smooshing abilities.
Egg Hunts, Doo Dah Parade, Woofin' Paws Fashion Show Coming Soon
It’s now time to start seriously thinking about Ocean City’s exciting April events. They include two great Easter Egg hunts, The Doo Dah Parade, The Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, The Sunrise Service and Easter Fashion Competition.
TWO EGG HUNTS: (APRIL 12 and19) Because of the popularity of our Easter Egg Hunts, the Boardwalk Merchants are presenting two this year. Both will be held from 11th to 13th St. on the Beach at 2:30 p.m. There will be five age groups: Up to 2 years at 11th St., 3 years at 11th St., 4 years at 12th St., 5 years at 12th St. 6 years and 7 years at 13th St. Rain dates are April 13 and April 20 at 2:20 p.m. 180,000 Eggs with Candy and Toys will be distributed. For more information, call 1-800-BeachNJ.
Pageant a Success! Now on to Doo Dah!
Ocean City’s First Mr. Mature America Pageant on Saturday received a standing ovation from an audience of 400. The event began with a lively and humorous production number choreographed by Jessica Albertson. This set the stage for a very entertaining show by talented contestants 60 and over.
Frank Faralli Jr., 61, a nurse from Cape May Court House, is the world’s first Mr. Mature America. Mr. Faralli sang Edelweiss for his talent, and won the poise and interview awards. Former Ocean City mayor, Roy Gillian, 84, won Talent with an impressive rendition of piano favorites.
What was it LIke to Interview the President of the U.S.?
What was it like to interview the President of the United States? You’ll find out if you attend the Nation’s first Mr. Mature America Pageant this Saturday, March 22nd at the Music Pier.
Dick Sheeran, Broadcast Hall of Fame member and former Philadelphia Channel 3 Anchor, will let you know. During his 30 year TV career, Dick covered many National political Conventions and interviewed scores of celebrities including President Jimmy Carter. He will assist emcee Maribeth Neall and relate interesting anecdotes during the Pageant. Sheeran will also present the Pageant’s First Inspiration Award to Atlantic City icon, Pinky Kravitz for his many achievements in radio and public service.
Air Force Band Plays Free Concert at Music Pier March 25th
AIR FORCE BAND PLAYS FREE CONCERT AT MUSIC PIER MARCH 25TH
The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Music Pier on Tues., March 25th. at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In order to attend the concert you must pick up free tickets in advance.
Free tickets are available at the Information desk, 2nd floor of City Hall facing the main entrance. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the adjacent Community Services Office for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on March 22 at the Music Pier for $10. City Hall hours are 9:45 a.m. till 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, call (609)-525-9300.
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.
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