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43rd Annual Flower Show This Weekend

When Ocean City initiates a good event, we stick with it! This is true of the Baby Parade- over 100 years, Night In Venice, the Antique Auto Show and Boardwalk Art Show over 50, Martin Z. Mollusk Day, 44, the Block Parties in their mid 30s, the Doo Dah Parade 30, and First Night in its 20s.There are many more. This is just a sample.

We are fortunate to have a corps of volunteers who have worked diligently to make these and other events a success. The OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (May 29-31) is an example of how a good idea turned into a durable and appreciated festival.

It was suggested by the late James F. Penland, a talented artist and Ocean City business man, who owned and operated the Connoisseur Shops on the Boardwalk and later in the downtown. Jim and Dr. Marcia Smith had started the Boardwalk Art Show in the mid 60’s with the help of Mayor B. Thomas Waldman.

Jim convinced the Ocean City Garden Club to organize and present the Flower Show. He also secured the support of Mayor Waldman, who agreed to provide the Music Pier as the venue and underwrite the show.

The rest, as they say, is history. The Flower Show has become a popular event attracting hundreds to Ocean City. Theme for this year’s exhibition is “Chic to Chic, Flowers and Fashion.” Categories in the Artistic Design Division feature such classes as “Bling” and “String of Pearls.” There is a Horticultural Division with exhibits of Roses, African Violets, Orchids, etc. The competition features the work of non-professional garden enthusiasts and is always very impressive. For information, call Kay Reilly (609) 399-1199.

Show times at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, are Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the public is free. Optional Donations are taken to support the show. There is a Trade Fair with flower show products for sale in the Pavilion of the Music Pier during the three day event.

LULU TEMPLE WILL BE HERE for its annual visit this weekend. Temple members will Parade on the Boardwalk, on Saturday, May 30, starting at 1 p.m. from 6th to 12th  Streets. They will be led by Temple Potentate Matthew W. Hallowell. Lu Lu Temple is a long time participant in the Shriners children’s Hospital program.

NEXT UP is the MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT, June 11-13 at the Music Pier. Former Miss Ocean City, Devon Vanderslice and former Miss Ocean City and reigning Miss Cape May County, Dana Picolli, will be competing for the title. Last week I omitted Dana’s name as a former Miss Ocean City and apologize for the omission.

You can cheer for your favorite contestant on June 10th when the Miss New Jersey Parade will be held on the Boardwalk starting 7 p.m. Cierra Kaler-Jones, reigning Miss New Jersey, will lead the Parade, whose theme is “Pages through the Ages.” All 28 contestants will be showing their shoes and dressed to complement the theme. For information about the Parade, contact Karen Mahar, Parade Director (609) 626-1176.

Pageant preliminaries will be held June 11th-12th with the final on Sat., June 13th at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All shows start at 7 p.m. For ticket access www.missnewjersey.net and click on “Tickets on Sale Now.”

(May 31) BARKS ON THE BOARDS: This is a fun day for dogs and their owners. Event starts at the Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. There will be games at the Field from 10 a.m. until noon. Then a walk on the Boardwalk from noon until 1 p.m. Contests follow walk at the Practice Field, 1 p.m. Fee is pre-registration $25, Day of $30. First 200 registered get T Shirts. For more information, call 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

Note: Every Wednesday June 24 through September 9, there will be a FARMER’S MARKET at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be crafters on Asbury Avenue by the Market site.

(June 11) The Ocean City Environmental Commission presents a program on Beach Nourishment & Dune Vegetation with Christ Robine of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University. Program is part of an on-going series held 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., Room 110. Admission is free.

(June 13th) OCEAN CITY POLICE CHASE: 5k Run and 2 mile walk begins 8 a.m. with registration at Carey Field, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Shirts are guaranteed to the first 250 entrants. The event is hosted by OCPBA Local 61. For registration information, visit www.runtheday.com or www.ocpba.com.

(June 13) The EASTERN SURFING ASSN., South Jersey District Contest #3: Registration at the 7th St. Beach at 7 a.m. First Heat in water at 8 a.m. If your membership has expired or you are a new member, you may renew or join at the beach. (No Wave Date: June 20). For information, visit www.snisurfesa.org.

(June 14) The Friends of Ocean City Pops will celebrate the 86th season of the Orchestra with an “I Love the Pops-Brunch,” 12:30 p.m. at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. Tickets are $75. Vocalist Robert Snodgrass and pianist, Scott Breiner will entertain with patriotic and popular music that recognizes several long-time Pops patrons. For information and tickets contact MaryAnne McGrath (609) 398-7775.

(June 20) ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW- Over 300 vintage vehicles displayed and judged at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., 9a.m.-2 p.m. Boardwalk Parade after 2 p.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(June 20) The Ocean City Board of Realtors will hold its annual PLANT SALE to benefit Waves of Caring from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new location. The sale is set for 405 22nd St., at the Board of Realtor’s Office. Pre-Sales will be available at the same office on Thurs., June18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Plants for sale include Perennials, Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Vegetables and herbs. Last year the Board donated $2,605 to the Charity.

Waves of Caring collects donations all year to support its “Grandparent” Toy Drive, a scholarship fund and emergency family assistance. It also provides funds to the City’s Recreation Department to support children’s camps and athletic programs. For help, call (609) 525-9323 and ask for the Public Assistance Office.

(June 21) OCEAN CITY POPS presents AN EVENING WITH JUDY COLLINS at its Opening Night Concert. The iconic, Grammy award winning singer-songwriter is celebrated for her imaginative interpretations of folk standards. Judy will bring her signature songs to the Music Pier. Hear hits like Chelsea Morning, Send In the Clowns, Who Knows Where the Time Goes? and many more. Sponsored by the CapeBank Charitable Foundation-7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $35/25. For information, call: (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(June 21) MEET JUDY COLLINS at opening night after the concert. There will be a Champagne and Dessert Reception at The Flanders Hotel sponsored by John L. Curto and Paul and Dr. Mary Yuraschevich. Reservations appreciated by June 16. For information call, (609) 398-0924 or website oceancitypops.org. $25 per person.

(June 24) BROADWAY ON THE BOARDWALK with Broadway Star, Carly Hughes featured in Pippin, Chicago, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Carly will join cast members of the Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2015 Summer Season in a celebration of Broadway and 8 years of OCTC.  For tickets call (609) 525-9248.


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