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Mother Day Concert Honors Memory of Esther Weil

(May 13) MOTHERS DAY has always been a special time in this family community and resort.  Mothers are and always will be the core of the family, the person who brought us into this world and nurtured us through childhood. No one felt more strongly about this than the late Esther Weil, the dynamic philanthropist who staged so many musical concerts in Ocean City often at her own expense. Esther was Ocean City’s Musical Mother who brought members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and great soloists like pianist Susan Starr to the Music Pier. Esther formed the Friends of Music Association at the Ocean City Arts Center and presented several hundred concerts at the Music Pier before she passed away. One of them was and is her free, annual Mothers Day Concert which... Read More

Popular Spring Block Party Set for May 5th

The City’s mile long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 375 crafters will be featured along with plenty of food, entertainment and public service displays. There will be free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 11 to 4 p.m. Entertainment is scheduled for those same hours. Parking will be free in downtown lots including the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave., in back of McDonalds. There will be a charge for parking in lots by the Boardwalk. The Spring Block Party began 31 years ago when the City was beginning to expand its spring events. It started as a two block festival at 9th and Asbury... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Creeps Again – OC Hermit Crab Credits Diet for His Good Health and Longevity

Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City’s relatively famous hermit crab, will creep onto the 9th St. Beach at 11 a.m. on May 3rd for the 37th time. Why? Good question. If Martin sees his shadow, summer will come one week early to this family resort much to the joy of the business community, Chamber of Commerce and me, the crab’s spiritual advisor and chef. Martin celebrated his 101st birthday recently (in hermit crab years). Hermit Crab years are computed by the number of wrinkles on a crab’s outer shell, times 20 plus one. I know this because Martin told me so. I’m the only one who can communicate with him. We do it through a form of mental osmosis. Martin credits his longevity to the exotic diet I’ve created for him which consists of shredded... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City

CONSUL GENERAL OF PHILIPPINES VISITS CITY ON THURSDAY Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr. of the Philippines will visit Ocean City on Thursday (April 19) at 11 a.m. to confer with Mayor Jay Gillian. They will discuss final plans for Ocean City’s third annual Tribute to the Philippines in July and other cooperative tourism promotions. The Consul General will be accompanied by Consul Zaldy Patron and Ms. Hermie Aczcon, President of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia.  The meeting will be held in the mayor’s office.  OCEAN CITY LEGENDS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE Local authors Fred and Susan Miller’s new book, Ocean City Legends, has just been released by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, South Carolina.  “Legendary Locals” is filled with 180 photographs and focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have... Read More

Doo Dah is a Weekend of Events Celebrating Humor

If the old saying that “Laughter is the best medicine” is true, the upcoming Doo Dah Weekend in Ocean City will help you feel a lot better. And if you’re already feeling okay, it should make you feel really, really good! There’s a lot to smile, chuckle and laugh about: Events begin on Fri., April 13 with the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics set for 1p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Some of the 600 basset hounds that will waddle during the Doo Dah Parade the next day will display their athletic prowess. Needless to say these loveable, floppy eared, pooches are not born athletes. But they try their best. They compete in dashes accompanied by their best friends who desperately attempt to inspire them. They approach hurdles and after... Read More

Doo Dah Comedy Show with Chuck McCann; Recap of Easter Events

Chuck McCann is a very talented and funny guy. He will be grand marshal of Ocean City' s Doo Dah Parade on April 14 and star of its annual comedy show April 13. McCann has been featured in just about every entertainment medium.

He has hosted syndicated TV Children's shows from New York. He has excelled in the lead roles of movies including The Night Is a Lonely Hunter and The Projectionist. McCann has also won five Cleos for writing and performing in outstanding commercials (one of which was selected over Michael Jackson's Pepsi spot). Chuck was the guy in the mirror in the memorable Right Guard Commercials. The voice behind many characters in Disney's animated cartoons and movies. He has been a guest star on dozens of network sitcoms.... Read More

Arlo Guthrie Concert Will Rekindle the Spirit of Woody

Producer Bob Rose has just released the names of two more shows for the City’s summer concert series. The current line-up now includes The Bacon Brothers (July 9), Arlo Guthrie and Family (July 16) Get the Led Out, America’s Led Zeppelin (July 23) the Charlie Thomas Drifters (July 30) Little Feat (August 20) and Mitch Ryder (August 27).  Additional shows will be announced at a later date. All programs are on Monday starting 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. All of these concerts are outstanding, but the most meaningful for me will be Arlo Guthrie’s concert that will include Arlo’s children and members of the family. Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie, the great American songwriter and political activist who died at an early age... Read More

The Return of Joey Eulo, Plus Eventful Events – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Forty years ago, when I first became Public Relation Director of Ocean City, a young boy, maybe 9 years old, would wander into our office looking for errands to run. We knew only that his name was Joey. It was obvious that Joey wasn’t well cared for. So Agnes Cox, who worked with me at the time, and I would pay him to go on errands, bought him a winter coat, a new pair of shoes and tried to help as much as we could. Joey had street smarts. He earned extra money carrying packages for ladies at the supermarket and by pestering local merchants for small jobs. We later learned that he was quite adept at dodging the truant officer. He had hideouts under the boardwalk. Eventually Joey stopped visiting our office.... Read More

Dick Richards, Ocean City Resident, Named To Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame

Ocean City resident, Dick Richards, will be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on Sat. April, 14th. Richards will be honored along with other original members of Bill Haley’s Comets, the talented musicians led by Haley who jump started Rock ‘n Roll, with Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Rock Around the Clock sold 25 million copies, an unprecedented number of records for the time. Haley’s group toured the nation and the world with future Super Stars like Elvis Presley opening for the band. Following Haley’s premature death and the break-up of the band, Dick Richards, AKA Dick Boccelli, played with spin-offs of the Comets and also enjoyed a successful acting career on Broadway and in the movies. Now 88, the durable drummer is... Read More