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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City will welcome the fall season with yet another Wacky But Not Tacky Contest, The King and Queen of Plop on Friday, Sept. 2.

(Aug. 31) But first, here's a reminder that National Public Radio's popular Show, "From The Top," hosted by famed pianist, Christopher O'Reilly, will tape a broadcast with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, today, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

The show is scheduled as a regular feature of the Pops' summer schedule. It will showcase outstanding young musicians from throughout the country and be broadcast on 250 NPR stations to more than 700,000 listeners. It can be heard locally on WRTI 90.1 FM, Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Tickets to the Pops Show are $20/$15 and are available at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248. This national event will focus the spotlight on the Ocean City Pops thanks to a generous gift by Flora Baker

(Sept 1) Family Night on the Boardwalk, live entertainment, 7:30-9:30pm, 6th-14th Streets.

(Sept 2) Godspell, the Ocean City Theatre Company's Junior Production has been rescheduled for Friday due to the storm. The show will be presented for one night only 7 p.m. at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. All tickets purchased for the Aug. 26-27th production will be honored on Sept. 2. For tickets call the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or buy them at the door.

(Sept.4,6,7) The Ocean City Theatre's fully staged production of CATS with the Ocean City Pops is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/15/ Call the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248. Artistic Director Michael Hartman has recruited professional singers, dancers and actors from New York plus choreographer, Kelly Swartz and Musical Director, Sarah Brett England to present an entertaining production of this musical masterpiece.

(Sept 2) The King and Queen of Plop: People will be dramatically dropping all over the 9th Street Beach adjacent to the Music Pier on Fri., Sept. 2 starting at 11a.m. They will be participants in the resort's annual Fall Guy and Fall Gal Contest held to welcome the new season.

Contestants will be asked to fall theatrically (and in slow motion) to the sands. The man and woman (or child) performing the most original renditions will be crowned the "King and Queen of Plop."

After the winners are named, all contestants will hold hands and plop in mass in a display of goodwill. Registration starts 10:30 a.m. on the 9th St. Beach adjacent to Music Pier. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded. All participants receive a Plopping Certificate to document that they were in the unique event and to impress the folks back home. Suzanne Muldowney, AKA Underdog, will offer an interpretive dance then drop to her knees during a drama packed finale.

The World's Only Wind Chimes Band of Ocean City, New Jersey will provide soothing background tinkling for the ploppers and also perform its number one hit, "Brother Can You Spare a Chime?"

Soprano, Nancy Fox, will deliver a stirring aria then collapse on the beach with members of her music academy. Pirates from Doug Jewell's Air Circus will engage in a sword fight then fall to the sand as they pretend to dispatch each other.

The City's environmental mascot, Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader, will sing his theme song "Stand By Your Can!" before sinking to the ground. He will unveil his new light weight can designed by Ed Wood of the City's Community Services Division. The costume permits the aging super hero to march in Parades without discomfort. Gymnast, Julia Albertson, will perform an exciting routine finishing with an intricate plop.

Potential entrants should not be intimidated by the preceding list of ploppers. Most of them are special performers and will not be judged. Entry in the contest is free. Just show up for registration at 10:30 a.m. at the beach.

A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners. They include Hank Glaser, proprietor of Shriver's Salt Water Taffy and Fred and Susan Miller, authors of best selling Ocean City history and postcard books. The Millers have a new book that will be released this fall: Ocean City Legends from Arcadia Publishing Company.

The rules of the contest are simple. All participants must fall dramatically in slow motion to the sand. Costumes are permissible, even encouraged. All contestants must sign a waiver to free the City from liability. Parents must sign for under age ploppers. This is our way of emphasizing that fall is on its way and that it's a great time in Ocean City. The weather is grand and we have many events planned right up to First Night and First Day at the Beach, our gala, New Year's celebrations.

For a list of fall events, call the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.

OTHER EVENTS:

( Sept. 1) From the Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave.: Attorney Nathan Davis will talk about the historic West Side of Ocean City at 7 p.m. in the Library's Lecture Hall. A graduate of Howard University School of Law, Nathan was the first African American to practice law in Cape May County, first to be to named to the Shore Memorial Board of Trustees and first to be elected president of the Egg Harbor Twp. Board of Education.

(Sept. 3) Fall Farmer's Market in the downtown, 8 a.m. till 1 p.m., 9th and Asbury Ave., call (609) 3989-4662.

(Sept. 4) The Ocean City American Legion Post 524 will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. till noon at 3304 Bay Ave. in Ocean City on Sunday. All you can eat pancakes and sausage, adults $5, children $3. Breakfast includes coffee, tea, milk and orange juice.

(Sept. 4) John Taylor, tenor with the Tabernacle Ensemble, 7 p.m. concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., admission free, call (609) 399-1915.

(Sept.5) Mayor's Labor Day Race- 5 and 1 mile beach run, starts at 23rd St. Beach. Call (609) 525-9304 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NOTE: The Pops Concert, Our Three Tenors scheduled for Aug. 28 has been postponed to September 25.

COMING SOON

(Sept. 9-11) Street Rod Weekend features classic Street Rods on display at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, Saturday display on Boardwalk from noon till 4 p.m. and concert by the Grease Band, Sat., Sept. 10 at the Music Pier plus fashion show for the ladies. For information, call 609-525-9300.

REMEMBER TO SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES.