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Night in Venice This Week, Miss Crustacean, Baby Parade Next

Now is the time to register for NIGHT IN VENICE if you haven’t already done so. Night In Venice will be held this Sat., July 28 starting 6 p.m. The Parade begins at the Longport Bridge and ends at Tennessee and Bay Ave. To enter boat or home competitions, register at www.ocnj.us/NIV or stop at Room 214, second floor of City Hall, Mon.-Fri. from

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 609-525-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . After hours, call 609-364-4010.

There is a Merchants of Venice SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, Fri., July 27 in the downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. with entertainment and rides for the children sponsored by Comcast.

Viewing the BOAT PARADE: Free Grandstand Seating is provided along the Parade Route and there is a free shuttle service available from the Airport Parking Lot 25th and
Bay to viewing sites starting at 4 p.m. The shuttles will return viewers to the Parking lot after the Parade.

There is also a viewing site at the Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Ave. that features music by the Good Tymes Band and snacks sold by the Sting Rays Swim Team to benefit the Special Olympics Team. Gates open at 4 p.m. There is limited Bleacher seating. You may bring your own chairs and blankets.

Tickets are $3 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults. Get them at the second floor of City Hall or at the Music Pier Box Office, open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS: Both car drivers and boat captains must refrain from drinking alcohol. The Ocean City Police force will patrol streets and direct traffic. The Bay will be heavily patrolled by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Night In Venice patrol boats.

MISS CRUSTACEAN: On Wed., Aug. 1, America’s most glamorous Crabettes will congregate on the 6th   St. Beach at 1 p.m. for the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant. They will compete for the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean comeliness. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark, pizza crust for fiber and a dash of swamp water.

The Pageant is followed by the rollicking Hermit Crab Races with about 150 crab athletes plodding, creeping and clunking over an 8 ft. plywood oval. A bugler sounds the call to the starting gate, a plastic cake dish cover, before each heat. Heat winners compete in the championship run-off. The winner is declared the King of Klutz.

Entry in both events is free. There is no pre-registration. Call 609-525-9300 for information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Sand Sculpting Contest will also be held on Aug.1 at the 6th   St. Beach starting 9 a.m. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded to all age groups.

The City’s 103rd BABY PARADE, the longest consecutively run baby parade in the nation, is set for Thurs., Aug. 9. The colorful event begins 10:15 a.m. Parade Route is from 6th to 12th Streets on the Boardwalk.

Ocean City leads the world in holding the most Baby Parades. No other community or organization has held 100 such parades, let alone 103. Grand marshals of this year’s parade are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of popular Ocean City history books.

The Parade competition is open to children from infants to ten years of age. Parents may register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Deadline for registration is Tues., Aug. 7 at noon.

Divisions include Fancy Decorated Go Carts, Strollers, Coaches, Express Wagons, etc.; Small Children’s Floats (all vehicles including express wagons and baby carriages with tops or sides measuring more than three by five feet) and Commercial and Non- Commercial large floats.

Entry fee is $5 per child and $10 per commercial float. All children receive a commemorative gift for being in the Parade. Call 609-525-9300 for information.

Musical groups include the Pitman Hobo Band, the Interboro High School of Pennsylvania Marching Band, The Atlantic City Bagpipers, the Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guards, an award winning Color Guard and the Ed Coles Entertainers.

RESCHEDULED: The 33rd John T. Carey MASTER SWIM will be held Sat., July 28 at the 34th St. Beach starting 9 a.m. Registration is from 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

The race will start at 42nd St. or 26 St. according to the water currents and wind direction. The direction will be determined the day of race. The finish will be at the 34th St. Beach.

NOTICE: The Ocean City Ecumenical Council and Ministerium invites Ocean City Congregations to participate in a special offering for funds for the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard the weekend of July 28 and 29. Congregations of many denominations throughout the City will join this summer in offering support for the Cupboard.

The Cupboard is managed by volunteers from the churches. Last year they provided enough food for 24,000 meals for needy families and seniors. Food Certificates were distributed for Thanksgiving and Christmas and over 300 individuals and families screened for real need. The Cupboard serves the poor and hungry of the community. The costs and number of clients continue to escalate. All churches and congregations are invited to join in this crucial effort.

(July 26) Phil Wickham, Shane and Shane with the Glenn Taylor Band at the Ocean City Music Pier, 5th and Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call the Ocean City Tabernacle 609-399-1915 for tickets or access www.octabernacle.org

(July 26) The Masterworks Choir, 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The Choir will present a program entitled “Those Great Americans featuring the music of Bernstein, Copeland and Gershwin. Call 609-399-2988.

(July 29) at 7 p.m., Pianist Joseph Martin and his wife Sue (soloist with Disney) in concert at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. Admission free, with offering received.

(July 29) The Ocean City Pops presents Our Three Tenors with Shawn Mathey, John Viscardi, and Jeffrey Halli. These tenors bring down the roof! 8 p.m. Tickets $20 at the Music Pier Box Office or visit www.ocnj.us , call 609-525-9248.

(July 30) Charlottes Web: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Audiences will thrill to the musical score, featuring all the story’s unforgettable animals in a hand clapping, toe tapping hoe down. Tickets $9 at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or on line at www.ocnj.us.

(July 30) The Charles Thomas’ Drifters at the Music Pier. Rolling Stone ranked the Drifters high on their list of the 100 Greatest Soul Artists of all Time. Charles Thomas is one of the original members of the group. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster

1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

(July 31) The Ocean City Pops presents, Circe de la Symphony. Veteran Cirque acrobats, jugglers, strongmen and contortionists swing to the thrilling music of the Ocean City Pops! 8 p.m. Tickets $25/$20 available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.

(Aug. 1) The Ocean City Pops presents a Tribute to Tony Bennett with singer Eddie Bruce. Also featuring young trumpeter Geoff Galante and the Night Café Trio. The program is in memory of the Pops favorite drummer, Carl Mottola. 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets available at Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248

(Aug. 2-4) The 12th Annual Art of Surfing at Music Pier. Hours: 7 p.m. to10 p.m. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., noon till 10 p.m. Free family event featuring original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, meet the artists. Call 609-744-3229.

(Aug. 3-5) 50th Annual Boardwalk Art Show; Leading Artists throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally a good place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Hours: Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Call 609-399-7628.

REMEMBER TO SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES.

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