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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/30/09

If you have been waiting until the last minute to buy your FIRST NIGHT Admission buttons, here's what to do. Go to Downtown Gillian's, 838 Asbury Ave., diagonally across from City Hall. Everything you need is there. Admissions are just $14 for over 60 entertainment programs inside central, indoor locations. You'll find entertainment for every member of the family from toddlers to grandparents. A brochure with the complete schedule of activities comes with each button. This makes it easy for you to plan your evening.Ocean City First Night is truly the best New Year's Eve entertainment buy available.You can pay by cash, check or credit card. First Night takes Visa, Master Card and Discover.

A buffet dinner prepared by local restaurants is available at the High School Cafeteria, 6th and Atlantic Ave., with sittings from 4 to 9 p.m. and may be ordered when buying admission buttons. Price is $20 for adults and $8 for children. Many local restaurants will also be open for dining and offering specials for First Night and First Day.

You can also purchase First Night T SHIRTS at Downtown Gillian's, an item destined to become an instant collectible. The colorful shirt features replicas of all First Night Admission buttons since the event's inception here in 1993.You can buy one for $20 at Downtown Gillian's, 838 Asbury Ave. Or you have another option. They will be on sale on Jan 1 during the City's First Day at the Beach Celebration in front of the Music Pier from noon till 2:30 p.m.

FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH provides New Year's celebrants with an interesting, economical way to spend New Year's Day.The program begins at noon in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with Ted Prior's popular folk-rock band, Early Morning Reign. The athletically inclined will be able to enjoy a 5K Run/ Walk on the Boardwalk starting 1 p.m. Registration begins 11:30 a.m. on the Boardwalk across from the Music Pier. Cost is $20 and includes a First Night T Shirt while they last. For information, call 609-861-0674.

At 2 p.m., the annual NEW YEAR'S PLUNGE into the Ocean is scheduled for the beach on the South side of the Music Pier. The plunge is free. All who participate must sign a waiver form at the registration desk in front of the Music Pier. Those who enter the water will be awarded a Beach Nut Certificate to document their frigid behavior. Bring towels and warm clothing, anything to keep you dry after the plunge

And you may want to remind your friends that this year there will be an extra special feature to First Day at the Beach. You may recall reading about a BOTTLE that recently washed ashore on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It so happens that this particular bottle was one of about 30 that were placed in the Ocean as part of a message in a bottle contest held in July1985.

The fact that this bottle surfaced after 24 years in the ocean aroused the interest of the media and the story generated national publicity for the resort. On January 1, the good folks involved in this bottle caper will return to Ocean City and be recognized at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. They include Heidi Kay Werstler, (now Mozzo), who was six years old back in 1985. With the help of her father, Heidi sealed the message in a plastic soda bottle. She will be accompanied by her husband, Anthony and her two year old daughter, Emily.

Visiting from Duck, North Carolina, site of the historic bottle rescue, will be Mel Hammock, who scooped the bottle from the water and Beth Pennington, an executive of the Sanderling Resort in Duck who reported the find to the Ocean City Public Relations Office. All three will receive a coveted Ocean City Piece of the Walk and baskets of Ocean City Salt Water Taffy and other resort products.

FIRST DAY IN THE DOWNTOWN: Stores on the Asbury Avenue shopping district will be open on Jan. 1 during the day featuring an array of bargains.

BEACH TAGS at pre-season prices will be on sale on Thurs., New Year's Eve from noon till 4 p.m. and New Year's Day from 10 to 4 p.m. at the office in front of the Music Pier, weather permitting

Special Events at The Butterfly Boutique 943 Asbury Avenue . Ocean City, NJ 609.391.0812 . www.butterflyboutiqueoc.net

Book Making Workshop Wednesday 12/30 Noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm / $10 per person Make your own hand stitched journal

Mask Making Workshop Thursday 12/31 Noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm / $7 each Feathers, glitter, paper, ribbon, fun

January 2010 Sign Our New Year's Banner Friday 1/1 Noon-3pm / FREE Well Wishes for 2010

Special Event at Kids Creations Stand out at First Night with a wacky New Years Eve hat or another 2010 one-of-a-kind accessory! December 30th & December 31st, 11am-3pm (hats start at $5 per child) Held at our store located at 811 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ. Space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling 609-399-9922!