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What's Happening in Ocean City 12/21/11

(Christmas Day)  For 22 years, Peaches Lukens and her husband Mike assisted by a group of dedicated volunteers have dedicated their Christmas Day to providing a FREE, home cooked BUFFET DINNER to the South Jersey community.

The dinner is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the Christian Community Circle at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. in Ocean City.

And they make it easy to participate, no matter what your situation.  The Circle provides take outs, deliveries and transportation to and from the dinner if needed.

If you’d like to help, donations of turkeys, hams and desserts would be appreciated. Call Mike or Peaches at (609) 398-8781.

For those interested a church service will be held at St. Peter’s Sanctuary starting 10 a.m.

(Dec. 21) Talented local artist and singer songwriter ANDREW HINK presents his Christmas gift to the community by performing a free concert at the Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., at 8 p.m. Andrew has performed with the Philly Pops and at the Tropicana. He will play a selection of holiday, pops and original songs.

(Dec. 22)It’s YOGA at the PIER. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Ocean City Music Pier with a Yoga Practice starting 6:30 p.m. accompanied by live music by Gina Roche and Pamela Whitman. The Practice will be followed by a Drum Circle at approximately 8 p.m. Admission is $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. This program has been made possible by a generous donation from Ocean City Home Bank. Call Steve Mullen, event director, (609) 517-5425 for information.

(Dec. 23) Enjoy the final HOSPITALITY night of this holiday season in downtown Ocean City from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be free horse and carriage rides, evening shopping specials, carolers, Santa and more. 

( Dec. 23) The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents a Christmas Eve. Celebration featuring talented local performers with Christmas songs and readings of the works of Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas, O.Henry, Truman Capote, Dr. Seuss and more. Event begins at 8 p.m. Just a few seats left. Call (609) 457-6686. Tickets are $10. Event is sponsored by Ocean City Councilman, Keith Hartzell. Traditional holiday refreshments will be served.

(Through Dec.30)  The Ocean City HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 17th and Simpson Ave., features Our Heritage in Quilts with 27 quilts from its collection. Museum hours are Tues through Fri. from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Call (609) 399-1801.

The Museum’s 2011-2012 Calendar is now on sale for $8.50. It can be shipped as a gift for an additional charge.

(Through December) The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., presents a Petite Show of miniature paintings by area artists. The Gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., call (609) -814-0308.

(Through Jan. 3) GINGERBREAD HOUSES will be on display in the lobby of the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. You can also drop off unwrapped toys in the Flanders lobby for Toys for Tots for Christmas or take unwrapped toys to City Hall Lobby, 9th and Asbury Ave. for Waves of Caring.  

The Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., has on-going programs. Call the Reference Desk (609) 399-2434, ext. 5231 or access This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Ocean City Tabernacle announces a bus trip to Lancaster on Thurs., March 22 to see the new production by Sight and Sound, the story of JONAH. Billed as its most elaborate spectacular yet, the production uses live animals, a mechanical whale, and a cast of 100 to portray the biblical story.

The trip includes lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, bust transportation, and admission for $115. Call (609) 399-1915 or access www.octabernacle.org.

(New Year’s Eve.) Just a little more than a week until New Year’s Eve. And you know what that means? In means that if you don’t already have your First Night Admission buttons, don’t cut it any closer.

Ocean City’s FIRST NIGHT New Year’s gala celebrates its 20th Anniversary on December 31st. We have over 70 entertainment programs for you to choose from with a fireworks display at midnight.

This is definitely the best New Years entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. It’s just $14 for an admission button for eight hours of outstanding professional entertainment from 4 p.m. till midnight.

There’s entertainment for the entire family: jugglers, magicians,  a Philadelphia String Band, a big band for dancing, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Fabulous Grease Band, Doo Wop Singers, the Alligator Zydeco Cajun Band.

You’ll be able to enjoy a Broadway production of Annie, comedians, a production of Jail House Rock, gospel singers and folk music. Children will be able to enjoy the rides at Wonderland Amusement Park and its miniature golf course, all with one admission button.

Access www.firstnightocnj.com to see the entire schedule. You can buy admission buttons on line at the above website or get them at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave. across from City Hall in Ocean City, call (609) 391-0060. For information, including accommodations, contact the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce (609) 399-1412

This year’s First Night is dedicated to Elvis performer, Ted Prior, a great First Night favorite for many years who past away last May. Ted’s initials have been incorporated onto the cover of the program book you will receive and the First Night admission button.

(Jan. 1)  FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH activities follow First Night on January 1. Activities begin 11 a.m. with entertainment in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

A 5K Boardwalk run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Entry fee is $20. Runners receive a T Shirt while they last. Registration begins at noon the day of the race at the site. To register early, call Mike Given (609) 861-0674 or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

First Night Shirts with replicas of all 20 First Night Admission buttons over the years will be on sale for $20 in front of the Music Pier. Proceeds benefit First Night programs.

A First Dip in the ocean is set for 2 p.m. at the 9th Street Beach. About 600 enthusiastic bathers usually show up for a spirited but brief encounter with the ocean. All bathers receive a “Beach Nut” Certificate signifying that they have braved the chill waters.

Shoppers will be able to kick off the New Year with First Day In the Downtown along the center city Asbury Ave. business district. Most stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some earlier at 10 a.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for information. #########