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Fireworks, Shell Pitching and Plopping Coming Your Way

Residents and visitors will enjoy an additional FIREWORKS SHOW this season, a gigantic display ignited from a barge off the 9th Street Beach on Sat., Aug. 24. 
 
The event is a thank you to everyone who supported us this season in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. It also recognizes the quick action by the City and the work of our many volunteer groups like OCNJ.CARE that made a quick recovery possible.
 
The event begins 7:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, reports Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. It will begin with a program of non denominational “prayer and song” by local clergy and choirs. At 8 p.m., there will be continuous entertainment on the Boardwalk featuring bands, strolling entertainers and costumed characters. At 10 p.m. the huge fireworks display will commence visible the entire length of Boardwalk and in many parts of the City.
 
“This is truly a Thanksgiving Celebration in July,” said Gillian. “And we would also like to thank the generous sponsors who have made this event possible. They include the Pepsi Cola Company, the Wagman Corp., a major supplier of the new causeway construction, Shamrock Towing and the Boardwalk Merchants Assn. with special assistance from Chuck Bangle of Manco and Manco.
 
Rain date for the celebration is Sun., Aug. 25. For Information, contact the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-BEACH-NJ.   
 
Earlier in the day on Aug. 24, CLAM SHELL Pitching will enjoy a major revival when the first International Martin Z. Mollusk Clam Drain Championships are held on the beaches between 5th and 6th St. The shell tossing extravaganza is the idea of avid beach goer and pitching enthusiast Joe McGettigan.
 
McGettigan would like to see lots of folks back on the beach tossing shells. He wants to rejuvenate a fading tradition once popular on local sands. To ensure this, he has invented the Clam Drain, durable, manufactured, standard shells that level the playing field for all Competitors.
 
Sign ups are noon to 2 p.m. on the beach with games starting at 3 p.m. Clam Drains will be loaned for free to all that do not already have them. Entry fee is $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Theatre Company’s educational programs for youngsters. Info at www.clamdrain.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
On Fri., Aug. 30, the Fifth Annual KING AND QUEEN OF PLOP Competition will be held at the 9th Street Beach starting 11 a.m. This is the City’s unique way of welcoming the Fall Season, always a pleasant time at the shore.
 
Contestants demonstrate their enthusiasm for Autumn by falling dramatically in slow motion to the sand. Those performing the most dramatic renditions will be crowned the King and Queen of Plop or Mr. Fall Guy or Miss Fall Gal. After the winner is announced, contestants hold hands and perform a mass plopping, as a good will, no sore loser gesture. Contestants may register starting 10:30 a.m. at the 9th Street Beach. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.
 
Some special guests include the Doug Jewell Yo Yo Ploppers, Suzanne Muldowney who will perform an interpretive dance to the tune of falling leaves, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band that will tinkle Twinkle Twinkle Falling Star, and Trash Buster the City’s Environmental mascot who will advise spectators to drop all of their plastic bottles, etc. into the recycling containers.
 
(Aug. 22) Ocean City Fishing Pier OPEN HOUSE: The Ocean City Fishing Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. One of its special events is a series of open house events to acquaint visitors with its facilities and memorabilia. The third and final open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic 635 Ft. facility, 14th and Boardwalk. Visitors are invited to take photos and enjoy the spectacular view. They may also leave an optional donation of canned goods for the Ocean City Food Cupboard.
 
The oldest, continuously operating Fishing Club in the United States will be hosting a three day Centennial Surf Fishing Tournament for East Coast Teams, Oct. 17-19. For more information about the Club and its colorful history, call George Ingram 
(609) 398-0534 or visit www.oceancityfishingclub.com.
 
(Aug. 21)  The Ocean City Pops presents SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier with Larry Larson, Trumpet, Dominic Inferrera, vocalist and Dave Martin, Arranger-Conductor. Reminisce with A Taste of Honey, The Summer Wind, etc. Tickets $15/10 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248. 
 
(Aug. 21-22) INTO THE WOODS Jr., The Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” as Sondheim and Lapin offer a cockeyed fairy tale with Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his Beanstalk, etc. Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company’ Jr. Company. August 21 at 7:30 p.m., Aug.  22 at 10:30 a.m., Moorlyn Family Theatre, Boardwalk/Moorlyn Terrace. All tickets $10. Call (609) 399-0006 from 1 to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
 
(Aug. 22) New Jersey American Water Co. reveals Water Infrastructure in the Sand 1p.m. at the 7 th St. Beach. Event features a 10 x10 Ft. SAND SCULPTURE of a water main break at the 7th St. Beach to teach the need for water infrastructure renewal. “Put on a safety vest and hard hat and have your photo taken in the interactive sand trench.” For information, call (609) 682-4157.
 
(Aug. 23-24) GREASE, the lively Broadway Musical about Bad Boy Danny and Sandy, the Girl next door. Contains some mature material. Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company’s Jr. Co. Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. + and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. $15 Orchestra, $13 Solarium. For tickets and information , call (609)525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. 
  
(Aug. 25) KEYSTONE BOYS CHOIR presented by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. The only choir to have sung on all 7 continents returns to the Music Pier exhibiting their unique vibrant sound and compelling stage energy. Tickets $15/$10 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248.
 
(Aug. 25) ZEMER LEV in concert, Messianic Israeli Music and Dance at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Free Admission. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org.
 
(Aug. 28) The Ocean City Pops and the DUPREES, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written.  Tickets $20/$12 at the Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248.
 
(Aug. 28-29) Spotlight Performers SHOWCASE features talented high school youth from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Student Programs performing  Broadway favorites. The program will also feature performances by the Company’s Show Choir, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. All tickets, $10. Call (609) 399-0006.
 
CHECK OUT all of the free programs of the Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY ranging from free concerts, movies, Jazz series, Children’s and Young Adult Programs and much more. Call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org. 
 
Also contact, the OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER (609) 399-7628 about their exhibits, classes and special programs and the Ocean City Fine Arts League (609) 814-0308 about their exhibits and programs. Also check out the Ocean City Repertory Theater (609) 457-6686 for its on going events.
 
NOTICE: The Friends and volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library are holding an end of the summer USED BOOK SALE in the Atrium of the Library on Fri., Aug. 23 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books, videos, puzzles, etc will be available. Website: http://fvocfpl.wordpress.com.            
 
                ALWAYS SWIM AT GUARDED BEACHES. PASS THE WORD.
 
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