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Archive for November, 2013

Holiday Fun for Everyone on Friday in the Downtown

Bring the children, bring all of the family to Ocean City's downtown from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 29) for the annual "Miracle On Asbury Avenue! It's a warm and wonderful Christmas Party dramatically highlighted by Santa's descent from City Hall Roof when the clock strikes five. The downtown and 9th Street entrance to the City are both colorfully decorated for the holiday season. The stores are warmly lighted and there will be lots to see and do. There will be free photos with Santa in the Gazebo across from City Hall and free horse and carriage rides on Asbury Avenue. The Phillie Phanatic will hug and cavort from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Lively entertainment is scheduled featuring Michael... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird, Huge Craft Show This Weekend

Two holiday special events are set for this weekend in Ocean City: The Second Big Holiday Craft Show at the Music Pier and the “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday extravaganza in the downtown from 8 a.m. till noon. Earlier than the Bird is a colorful, fun event set for Sat., Nov. 23 that extends from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Avenue. You are invited to check out special savings offered in over 100 downtown shops the Saturday before Thanksgiving. You are also invited to shop comfortably in your pajamas if you so choose. Free turkeys from Boyar’s Market will be awarded to the best dressed. There will be free coffee and give-aways at John and Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury, Ocean City Coffee Shop, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and... Read More

First Night Expands Programs on Football Field & Parking Lot

In addition to its usual array of outstanding indoor entertainment, First Night Ocean City has expanded its New Year’s Eve events at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk and the adjacent 5th St. Parking Lot. The new programs will feature everything from the largest ice rink south of Rockefeller Center to “Bouncy,” the world’s tallest snowman, a 30 ft. inflatable. There will also be a Dixie Dragonfly Swing Ride with ten swings that holds up to 20 adults or 30 children, a trackless train ride around the ice rink and an up and down Peanut the Elephant Ride. These attractions will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Pony rides are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. at the same location. Skates will be provided for use at the 80 ft. by 40... Read More

Quiet Festival This Week. Why Have One?

By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist I can’t tell you how many times people have stopped me on the street and shouted, “Hey Mark! why have a Quiet Festival?” I can’t tell you, because no one ever has. But still, it’s a good question. We started the Quiet Festival because of the hectic pace of modern life, the noise, confusion, speed and to foster a greater appreciation for natural things like twirling maple pods, the horizon, interesting clouds, bubbles, yawning, the wind and even quiet pets. The ulterior motive was to have another economical special event in Ocean City that no one else has. It is perhaps explained best by the “Quiet Festival Lament”: I do not hear your song, / I do not hear your words/I never watch the moon/ Or listen... Read More