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What's Happening in Ocean City

(Sept 17-18) Two air shows will be held at this family resort the weekend of September 17-18. Both are free.

The 26th Annual Ocean City Airport Festival is set for Sat., Sept. 17 at the Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Airport's grounds will be packed with unusual air planes. There will be an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. for the most outstanding aircraft on display.

Highlight of this display will be a rare Mitchell World War II B 25 Bomber that gained fame for its flexibility and durability during that conflict. It was brought to national attention in April of 1942 when General Jimmy Doolittle led 15 B-25's from the aircraft 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 was made available to Ocean City by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.

Among the many other features of the event will be an exciting Kite display by Air Circus of Ocean City from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Airport's runway. Various stunt kites will literally dance in the air operated by Doug Jewell and his team of kite enthusiasts.

At 12:30 p.m., the N.J. Pine Barrens RC Club will present an exciting model airplane display. Some of the miniature jets will attain speeds of over 100 miles per hour while performing exciting maneuvers.

The event will be child friendly with a paper airplane making and flying contest at 11 a.m. with categories for children from 4 to 12. First place winners will receive a ride on a real airplane, the Red Baron. A paper clip sculpting contest will be held during the day, plus a yo yo demonstration and Bubble display by Air Circus. There will be free face painters. The youth band 1-2-3 Draw will entertain. There is a mini playground at the entrance to the airport.

There will be an antique auto display with a Runway Parade at 11:20 a.m., helicopter and airplane rides for a fee, and much more. Refreshments will be available.

On Sun., Sept. 18th, stunt pilots will perform a two hour Aerobatic Air Show over the beach. The dazzling display will be visible the entire length of the City's boardwalk from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Aerobatic Show will feature 12 acts including individual performances and groups flying in formation. Featured performances include Aerobatics champion, Rob Holland, Jane Wicker, a daredevil wing walker who has appeared in numerous movies and the Iron Eagle Aerobatic team.

Also featured will be Bill Gordon flying an Aurora 450 Stearman; Jim Beasley in a Spitfire Mk. XVIII; the Fire Birds Aerobatic Team; Randy Devere piloting CJ-6 Aerobatics, the NE Raiders Formation Team; stunt pilots Kevin Russo, Kendall Simpson and Jack Knutson and a Vintage T-6/SNJ Flight. For information call the Public Relations Office, (609) 525-9300, nights and weekends call 609-364-4010.

(Sept. 14) The Ocean City Pops presents From Paris to Vienna, with singers Chloe Moore and Marcus Beam, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $15 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9300. The concert is sponsored by Mack and Manco in memory of the legendary Ocean City personality and Pops Conductor, Frank Ruggieri.

(Sept. 16) The Ocean City Police Department K-9 and Motorcycle Units will hold a Beach Barbecue on Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Deauville Inn, Strathmere. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit the Units. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

(Sept. 18) The Pops will feature the Boston Brass at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th St. and Atlantic Ave, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the Music Pier Box office (609) 525-9300. The Boston Brass treats audiences to classical arrangements and jazz standards. This will be great music coupled with boisterous fun. Sponsored by Comcast.

(Sept. 17) The Fall Farmers Market is set in the downtown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9th and Asbury Ave. For information, call (609) 398-4662. The markets continue every Saturday through Oct.1.

(Sept 17) Music for the Heart, 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, features a variety show featuring young entertainers to benefit the American Heart Assn. and raise money and awareness of heart disease. The variety show features stars of tomorrow helping to make a difference today. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $10, children 12 and under are free. For information, contact Chris, (609) 653-4677.

(Sept. 18) Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cape May and Atlantic Counties will hold a Zumbathon and Miniature Golf Challenge to benefit its monitoring programs. The Zumbathon is set for 10 a.m. till noon at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, $25 fee includes a tank top. The Miniature Golf event will be held from noon-2 p.m. at Playland's Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk, $25 fee includes a T Shirt and Goodie Bag. Participation in both events is $35. Call (609) 573-5029 for details.

(Sept. 24) The Walk to Defeat ALS, a two mile event on the Boardwalk, will raise funds for patient services and research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. Registration is 9 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Walk begins 10 a.m. For information, call 215-643-5436 or visit www.alsphiladelphia.org.

(Sept 24) Over 7,000 bikers will visit Ocean City and raise over $3million for the Delaware Valley MS (Multiple Sclerosis Society). Call (609)-525-9300 for information.

(Sept 25) The Corvette Show: Over 350 cars with models from every year Corvettes were manufactured. One of the largest events of its kind in the East. Cars are exhibited from 6th to 10th Sts. on the Boardwalk from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Sept. 25) The Ocean City Pops present Our Three Tenors, John Vicardi, Luigi Boccia and Jonathan Boyd 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $20 at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9300.

Events at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17 and Simpson Ave:

(Sept. 15) The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents a One-Woman Show, 7 p.m. at the Main Lecture Hall, N110: The Lady with All the Answers written by David Rambo, starring Sharon Spitz as Ann Landers, admission is free. Call Chris (609) 399-2434 Ext. 5233.

(Sept. 18) Alan Mann sings classic Pops songs, 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, free. (Sept. 20) Author Ted Taylor reads from his recent book, the Glenside Kid, 7 p.m., Main Lecture Room, free. Call for information about free upcoming lectures, films and events (609) 399-2434- Ext. 5231.

The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608Asbury Ave. (609) 814-0308 have continuous exhibits, classes, and special events. Call them to benefit from these activities.