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Annual City Hall Open House, Parade and Train Show

A Holiday Open House is set for Sat., December 5th at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. The event will begin following the City’s annual Christmas Parade set for 10:30 a.m. in the downtown from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.

Mayor Sal Perillo and members of City Council will greet the public along with members of the business community.

Visitors will be invited into City Hall for refreshments and a tour that will feature photos of Ocean City’s past, a gallery of former mayors and a unique display of Christmas wreaths made by City Hall employees. The doors of City Hall offices will be decorated with unusual wreaths, some featuring holiday themes and others representing the function of the particular office. Employees who do not work in City Hall will also participate.

Entertainment will include the Ocean City High School Concert Choir directed by Leah Getz. She will lead the City’s annual Carolfest that has been moved to City Hall steps from the Music Pier.

Popular folk and Elvis performer Ted Prior will emcee the program that will start following the Parade at approximately 11:30 a.m. He will perform along with the Fox Singers and The world’s only Wind Chimes Band. The Carolfest with the High School Choir begins 1 p.m. on City Hall steps.

In the event of rain the program will be moved inside. As is traditional during the Carolfest, donations of canned and dried food will be accepted for the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

Beach Tags at pre-season prices will be sold on the ground floor of City Hall from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. These make ideal stocking stuffers.

Donations of unwrapped new toys for infants through age 13 can be dropped off for the City’s Waves of Caring Drive. Infant toys, educational toys for young children, gift sets for teenage girls and sports related items for teenage boys would be greatly appreciated.

The City’s popular Train Show will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Sat. and Sun., Dec. 5-6. It will feature large model train displays plus vendors selling trains, accessories and memorabilia. Technician Dick Yard will be available to make repairs while you wait. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun. Admissions is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Proceeds benefit Ocean City special events.

City Hall construction was completed in 1914 and the building is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. It was built during the administration of Mayor Harry Headley with R. Howard Thorn and Robert Fisher, commissioners. Vivian B. Smith and Earl Henderer were the associate architects. The exterior of City Hall was restored from 1996 to 1998 during the administration of Mayor Henry S. Knight. #######