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Two Air Festivals Scheduled for This Weekend in Ocean City

It will be two Air Festivals for the price of none this weekend as Ocean City presents two free aerial exhibitions featuring both interesting ground displays and thrilling maneuvers in space.

(Sept. 15) This Saturday, the Ocean City Airport Assn., holds its 21st Annual AIR FESTIVAL, at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The airport grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes including Classics, Ultra Lights, Warbirds, Antiques, and Home Builts. Admission is free.  

Highlight of the ground display will be a rare, World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber that gained fame for its durability and flexibility during that conflict. It was brought to national attention in April of 1942 when General Jimmy Doolittle led fifteen B-25’s from the air craft carrier “Hornet” in America’s first attack on mainland Japan. The B-25 will take off from the Airport at the conclusion of the Festival at 3 p.m. It is made available to Ocean City by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the N.J. Pine Barrens RC Club will present an exciting model airplane exhibition. Some of the miniature jets will attain speeds of 100 miles per hour while performing exciting maneuvers. An advertising banner pick-up is also scheduled for noon.

The event will be child friendly with a paper airplane making and flying contest at 11 a.m. There will be categories for children from 4-12. First place winners will receive a free ride on a real airplane, The Red Baron. There will be face painting and a paper clip sculpting contest is scheduled. The Ocean City Board of Realtors will present a Bubblemania spectacular, a peaceful explosion of bubbles of all sizes to benefit Shore Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Wing at 1:30 p.m. Doug Jewell of Air Circus on the Ocean City Boardwalk and his crew will be flying kites. There will be an antique auto display, military vehicles and helicopter and airplane rides for a fee. Food vendors will be on site and a DJ will provide background music. Call (609) 525-9223 for information.

(Sept. 16) On Sunday, an AEROBATIC AIR SHOW featuring some of the best stunt pilots in the world will perform over the Ocean City Boardwalk from 6th to 14th St. from 1 to 3 p.m. The show will feature the Twin Tiger Skywriters, an Aerobatic team of Buck Roetman and Mark Sorenson who will perform dare devil maneuvers and sky write a welcome to introduce the show; world renowned stunt pilot Gary Ward will thrill the crowd with his daring expertise and there will be an F-16 Four Ship Fly By. Aerobatic pilots Kevin Russo and Andrew McKenna will perform; the U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate a rescue at sea; the North East Raiders Flight Demonstration Team is scheduled and there will be SNJ-T6 Formation Flights. Jason Flood, who was injured several years ago during a banner pick-up here, has come back to become a stunt pilot and will be performing. The Show is sponsored by the Ocean City Board of Realtors and the Ocean City Tourist Development Commission. Call 609-525-9300 for information.

(Sept.12) the Ocean City Pops presents a NIGHT IN OLD VIENNA featuring Strauss Waltzes, polkas, marches, etc., 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of Frank Ruggieri.Tickets are $15 and $10 at the Music Pier Box Office, open Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pier and 6 to 8 p.m. at the High School for the final Pops Concert. Other times, call City Hall, Mon-Fri. (609) 525-9300 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or buy on line 24 hours a day at www.ocnj.us.

(Sept. 13) TED TALK at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., “What Makes Life Worth Living” with Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, a leading researcher in positive psychology. The talk is heard via DVD in the Library’s Main Lecture Room at 11 a.m. The world renowned speaker has contributed pioneering work in our understanding of happiness, creativity and human fulfillment. For a complete list of the Library’s many programs call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.  

(Sept. 14-16)  The RED, WHITE AND BLUE Weekend: An All Class Reunion of OCHS graduates. Football game and pre-game BBQ Friday, Parade on Saturday. For information, visit www.ochsalumni.com.

(Sept. 15) Ocean City’s Community Art Project (CAP) holds a 5K run/walk, 1 mile kids fun run on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration 7 a.m., run 8 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call Louise Nunan (609) 398-5068.

(Sept. 15) 45th Annual SURF FISHING Tournament on the Beach. Registration 5 to 6 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18 and Bay Ave. Competition 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $10 for individuals, $60 for six member teams. Lunch served and trophies awarded at the school. Call (609) 398-0534.

(Sept. 15) 5th Annual Music for the HEART: A night of Song and dance to benefit the American Heart Assn., Come see the Stars of Tomorrow, making a difference today, 6 p.m. at the Music Pier. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at door.  Call (609) 653-4677 for information.

(Sept.16) The Ocean City Pops features the CLASSICS!  Highlights include Brahms Double Concerto with Ellen dePasquale and Mirjam Ingolfssohn. The Pops plays a varied selection of music featuring wildlife themes at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., 7:30 p.m., tickets $15. Box Office open from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m. at Music Pier and 6 to 8 p.m. at High School. Call 609-525-9248 for Box Office, other times City Hall during business hours 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (609) 525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us. Sponsored by Dr. Matt Hamilton-Beach Buddies Animal Hospital.

(Sept. 23) CORVETTE SHOW: Over 400 Corvettes, one of the largest shows of its kind in the country. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured! Displayed on Boardwalk from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (609) 457-0081.

COMING SOON: (Sept. 29)  WALK FOR THE WOUNDED:  A three mile walk to benefit Operation First Response, an organization dedicated to providing financial and emotional support for wounded soldiers returning from over seas. Registration begins 8:30 a.m., a ceremony honoring our soldiers will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will leave the Music Pier at 10 a.m. Visit www.ochome.com , click on walk tab or call Tricia Ciliberto, (609) 399-0012 ext. 1106.

REMINDERS: You have until September 19th to vote for you favorite doggie for the DOG of the Year Contest sponsored by the Ocean City Dog Park. Photos of the aspiring canines are in front of the Music Pier on the Boardwalk and in front of Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury  Ave. The winner will be announced at fun gala in October at the Port O’ Call.

Interesting art exhibits through September are now being shown at both the Ocean City Arts Center,17th and Simpson Ave., (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., (609) 814-0308.                                                            ############