About Air Force Band, Talent Show and Doo Dah-Earth Day

We’ve been very fortunate to schedule numerous United States service bands for free concerts in Ocean City. This is because area residents support the concerts and give our talented service musicians a warm reception.

On Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m., the AIR FORCE JAZZ BAND will entertain at the Music Pier. Although the concerts are free, the band requires that we issue free tickets. These are available at City Hall Annex open Mon.-Fri. from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 609-525-9300.

The band consists of professional musicians. The group will play a variety of favorites ranging from the work of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to contemporary jazz favorites.

NOTE: The Music Pier is now not available from Moorlyn Terrace. The entrance to the Boardwalk at that location is receiving a first class make-over. The work will be finished in April. For the Air Force Band concert, Park at 9th or 8th St. City lots to enter the Boardwalk near the Music Pier. Parking is free.

It’s time to sign up for the City’s 7th Annual TALENT SHOW. It will be held Saturday, March 13th starting 6 p.m. at the Music Pier. The Talent Show is open to performers of all ages. Categories include Instrumental, Vocal, Dancing, Performance Art and Best of Show. There will be producers and talent scouts in the audience. Previous winners have gone on to professional careers in show business. There is a $10 entry fee for all contestants. Performers may register by contacting ocnjtalentshow2010@yahoo.com or by stopping at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. 609-525-9300 or at the show’s sponsor, the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., 609-814-0308.

The talent show committee includes professional performers who will entertain between competitive categories. Elvis favorite Ted Prior, Ocean City’s stellar soprano, Nancy Fox and Rene Sese, singer -producer known as the Do Ho of the Philippines in America is on the bill. Audience admission is $5. The program will be taped and shown on You Tube. All proceeds will benefit Art League and City special events.

The City’s 25th Annual Doo Dah Parade is set for Saturday, April 17 at noon. It will include comic brigades, impersonators of legendary performers, 500 basset hounds, bands and many things never seen before in the history of mankind or womankind for that matter. The Parade starts at 6th and Asbury Ave., goes through the center of town, turns toward the boardwalk at 12th St. and ends at the Music Pier.

Following the Parade, there is the world’s only PieAsco. Folks sit in grandstands and when the signal is given smoosh each other in the face with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy Sales used on his popular TV show. Soupy who passed away late last year always joined us to give the signal to start the pasting. The Parade will be dedicated to him this year and his wife, Trudy, a former June Taylor dancer, will give the signal.

Famed comedian Shelley Berman will receive a lifetime achievement award following the Parade. Two Golden Hotdog Awards will be presented, one to Tom Connor, the clown, who has supported the Parade for many years and Dr. Joel Goodman and Margie Goodman, world renowned humorists who have attended the weekend for years and who will give programs on Friday, April 16 on the benefits of humor at the Library.

Following the Parade at approximately 3 p.m., the Doo Dah Comedy Show is held inside the Music Pier Auditorium featuring Shelley Berman and the impersonators of legendary comedians. Format for the show will be Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town program with Ron Mac Closky impersonating Ed Sullivan.

A highlight of the weekend is the annual Basset Hound Olympics held on Friday, April 16 at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. at 1 p.m. This rollicking adventure in clumsiness features the floppy eared canines jumping over very low hurdles, scooting through plastic tunnels and sprinting to glory. Everyone should see this entertaining event at least once to describe it to their friends and neighbors. If you take your lunch hour from 1 to 2 p.m. and are in town, stop at the Tabernacle grounds for a few minutes of fun.

As in past years Doo Dah events will be combined into a weekend of “Mirth and Earth.” On Sunday, April 18 our annual Earth Day Celebration will be held at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave. There will be exhibits, give-aways and entertainment and games for the children. More details on this event to follow.

REMINDER: The Ocean City Dog Park Assn. will present the first in its series of free lectures on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Port O’Call, 15th and Boardwalk. Lee Mann, a certified master trainer, will talk on Dog Park Rules and Regulations (how to realize the most from the Dog Park.) A continental breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to ttwags@comcast.net.

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