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Frankenstein Arrives at Library, Hero Walk Sunday

Ah, Frankenstein! Such fond memories… He was the horror celebrity of my childhood. Then along came the Wolf Man, another memorable demon. These two were to clash in a monstrous battle royal movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.”

Such excitement in our Chester, Pa. neighborhood! We argued about it for weeks at Franklin Grammar School. Who would win? The smart money was on Frankenstein. After all he was a huge figure constructed with heavy-duty nuts and bolts. The Wolf Man was just a regular guy who turned hairy and grew fangs during a full moon.

 

As I recall Frankenstein was victorious. More importantly these two monsters were portrayed by great actors. Boris Karloff was Frankenstein and Lon Chaney, Jr., the Wolf Man. Along with the horror stuff, these performers somehow made the monsters sympathetic. After all Frankenstein was a clueless giant set loose in a strange, intimidating world and the Wolf Man really didn’t want all that hair and teeth. You could feel the sympathy in the portrayals.

What a refreshing change from the hordes of Zombies that haunt the movies today.

Enough nostalgia.You can enjoy an outstanding Frankenstein exhibit at the Ocean City Free Public Library’s Atrium area through October. It will include cartoons and artwork of the legendary monster by famous cartoonists such as Gary Larson of the Far Side and plenty of memorabilia. Frankenstein has been featured on everything from cereal boxes to postage stamps.

This exhibition is produced by Ron Mac Closkey, an actor artist, who has been collecting Frankenstein material since he was seven years old. MacCloskey portrays Groucho Marx and Ed Sullivan during our Doo Dah Parade and also appears in various roles during Martin Mollusk Day and the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant.

On October 25, he will present a Tribute Show “Jeepers Creepers,” 7 p.m. at the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. This is a program about Frankenstein and Boris Karloff that was also featured at the Lincoln Center in New York.

The Frankenstein exhibit and presentation are the Library’s Halloween gift to the community. The free events are interesting and lots of fun. Be sure to attend. Call (609) 525-9300 for more information.

(Oct. 6) THE HERO WALK: The Hero Foundation Walk raises awareness of the need for Designated Drivers to prevent drunken driving tragedies. It was founded by William and Muriel Elliott who lost their son, Navy Ensign John R. Elliott, to a drunken driver after he graduated with merit from the Naval Academy in July of 2,000.

The Elliott’s have been instrumental in promoting numerous HERO programs throughout the country that have no doubt saved many lives. The program continues to gain momentum nationally.

Last year 2,000 supporters helped the organization raise over $100,000 for the campaign. The Ocean City Walk will be held Sunday Oct. 6th on the Boardwalk. Registration will be 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. Walk begins 11 a.m.

Lindsey Petrosh, former Miss New Jersey, will sing the National Anthem and be grand marshal. For information, call (609) 626-3880 or visit www.theherowalk.org.

(Oct. 10) The Ocean City Fire Department and FMBA Local 27 are holding their annual OPEN HOUSE from 5 to 8 p.m. at 550 Asbury. The evening is free to all and includes Live Demonstrations, Jaws of Life, Tours of Trucks, Stop Drop and Roll! Plus hotdogs and pretzels. The fun evening emphasizes Fire Safety.

(Oct. 11-13) MY WAY, a musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by the Greater Ocean City Theater Company celebrating the music of old Blue Eyes. The song and dance revue includes professional singers and dancers performing Sinatra’s greatest hits: at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Oct. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets $13 and $18, call (609) 399-0006.

(Oct. 12) Annual Mile Long Fall BLOCK PARTY and Fireworks Display: Block Party extends from 5th to 14th Streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It includes 400 crafters, food, music,   pony rides for children and more. In the evening there will be family night entertainment capped by a Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For information, call 391-0240.  

(Oct. 12-14) Boardwalk and Downtown Table Sales (no vendors) from 6th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. and Boardwalk.

(Oct. 12-14) Indian Summer Seafood Vendors at Music Pier (Sat.-Mon.) and boardwalk table sales.

(Oct. 17-19) Red, White and Blue ALUMNI Weekend. Barbeque and home football game Friday night. Luncheon at OCHS on Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (609) 425- 2911.

(Oct. 17-19) Three Day FISHING TOURNAMENT: Ocean City Fishing Club sponsors a 100th Anniversary Surf Fishing Tournament for six member teams of men and women throughout the East Coast. Cash prizes are awarded to winning teams. To register access www.oceancityfishingclub.com. Participants may also make an optional donation of canned goods to support the City’s Food Cupboard. For more information call (856) 303-0906 or (609)320-2849.

(Oct. 18) Ocean City Fishing Club TACKLE SHOW: 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, $3 admission at the door. Visitors will be able to make an optional donation of canned goods to support the food cupboard. For vendor information, call (609) 320-2849 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .                                                                                                                                                                                                           

(Oct. 19-20) The Shirt Shack Hayrides on the Boardwalk, free, noon to 4 p.m. Get on and off at 6th and 12th Streets.

(Oct. 19) JUNIOR MISS Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m., at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. Scholarship Pageant for girls ages 12 to15. Must live in or attend Ocean City schools or parent be a property owner. For registration information, call (609) 525-9304 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Oct. 20) American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: 8:30 a.m. registration at 6th St. Practice Field. This walk is a powerful and inspiring event that unites communities to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer. It educates people about the steps they need to take to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable. It raises money needed to make a difference. For information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/south jersey.    

(Oct. 23) Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s annual WELCOME NIGHT: 6-8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Meet City groups and organizations. Free event. For information, call (609) 391-0240.

(Oct. 24) HALLOWEEN PARADE – 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Ave. from 6-11th Sts. Website registration only from Oct. 1 through 23rd. Register at www.ochp.blogspot.com. For information, call Info Hotline 1-800-813-5580.

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