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Business Persons Plunge Set For May 24

This resort’s 10th annual Business Persons Plunge will kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, notes realtor, John Walton, a founder of the event and its director. The popular plunge is the way City merchants and organizations celebrate the coming of a new season. In dramatic fashion, dressed in business suits and sporting other unusual costumes, they smart step into the sea. This year they will march to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance played by the Ocean City High School Band standing on the sidelines. The action begins at noon on Fri., May 24 on the sands opposite the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Walton is enthusiastic about the event declaring there will be a record number of participants on the 24th. “Future business students from Ocean City High School... Read More

Spring Block Party Celebrates 30th Year

In 1983 Ocean City was looking for events to bolster tourism in the Spring. We had tried boat shows in the downtown that weren’t particularly successful. Then I happened to be driving in the north end of the City and noticed that residents were planning to celebrate repairs to their street with a neighborhood block party. When I returned to the office, I asked Jean Mimnaugh, my co-worker, what she thought about having a block party in the downtown with entertainment and food, etc. Jean then provided the key to the long term success of the event. “Crafters,” she said, you should have crafters, “and I know a lot of them.” Thirty years later, we have over 400 crafters, plus downtown merchants’ tables, plus food, entertainment, pony rides for the children and... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Predicts the Arrival of Summer for 38th Time May 2nd

History was made in Ocean City on March 13, 1975. It was a chilly winter’s day, kind of miserable really. But that didn’t stop Martin Z. Mollusk from creeping onto the 9th St. Beach and creating an Ocean City tradition. Mayor B. Thomas Waldman and Commissioner Marilyn Moore were present to witness that Martin did, in fact, see his shadow despite considerable fog and thus summer would come one week early to this family resort. Following his successful outing, Martin conferred with the community leaders through his spiritual advisor and chef, Mark Soifer, the only person who can communicate with the crustacean. He asked, actually he demanded, that the ceremony be moved to the first Thursday in May when the weather was more conducive to his sensitive, tropical upbringing. They readily agreed... Read More

Navy Seals Group Selects Ocean City for Special Event

The events roll on in Ocean City.  You can always check out www.ocnj.us, the City’s website where you will find listings of What’s Happening right on through to our gala First Night New Years Eve Celebration. The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com is also a good source for information. The Chamber has a toll free telephone number 1-800-BEACH-NJ and the City Public relations office may be reached at (609) 525-9300. Many charitable organizations select Ocean City’s Beach and Boardwalk for fund raising events because of its special, family atmosphere.  Over $30 million was raised last year by  these groups that bring thousands of visitors to Ocean City. New this year will be STAND UP FOR THE SEALS, an organization dedicated to raising funds for fallen Navy Seals and other special forces. They have selected... Read More

Doo DAh Comedy Show Offers Diverse Humor on Friday, Parade Saturday

The annual Doo Dah Comedy Show held the day before the Parade will offer a varied program of humor and music.  The program is set for Fri., April 12 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Admission is by donation of canned or dried food or a $10 donation to the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Entertainment will range from songs by Pretty Perky Peggy King, Hollywood Walk of Fame entertainer, a cartoon demonstration by John McPherson, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a  baton twirling demonstration by 80 year old Betty Lambert of Harmony, Pa. There will also be a video honoring the life of famed comedian Soupy Sales narrated by Peabody award winning Children’s TV personality Kathy O’Connel. Impersonators of legendary comedians including Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, George Burns,... Read More

Doo Dah to Experiment with Pie Art

The Board of Governors of Ocean City’s DOO DAH PARADE will attempt to elevate its popular Pie-Asco to a new art form designated PIE ART. The experiment will take place after the Parade in front of the Music Pier when folks gather to plaster each other with shaving cream pies. For the past few years, Board members have taken a closer look at the results of the traditional Pie-Asco. Their studies reveal that the shaving cream sticking to participants’faces after the smooshing often appear to be spontaneous abstract art. The Board cites its inspiration from the late Jackson Pollock, who invented Action Painting. Also know as “Jack the Dripper” Pollock splattered bucketsful of paint on huge canvases spread out on his studio floor. His works have been hailed by art critics and... Read More

Plenty of Easter Events in Ocean City this Weekend

You can expect plenty of Easter events in Ocean City this weekend, some unusual, some traditional. Unusual: (Sat., March 30) Decorated doggies and assorted pets will compete in the WOOFIN’ PAWS Pet Fashion Show set for Carey Stadium, 6th Street off the Boardwalk starting 11 a.m. with registration beginning 10 a.m. The event is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. We are pleased to report that in the long, colorful history of this competition this unspeakable calamity has never occurred. Categories include Best Dressed, plus Best Bonnet, Swim Suit, Cutest Tail Wagger, Pet Owner- Look Alike, Intelligent Pet Tricks and Most Patriotic. There is a $5 entry fee that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter, named one of the finest of its size in... Read More

Dietz & Watson Hamming it up for Doo Dah Parade

A new category has been added to this year’s DOO DAH Parade set for April 13th. It will be for the best entry depicting the “WE ARE READY” theme emphasizing that Ocean City is prepared to accommodate its vacationers for the upcoming season. The City’s Tourism Commission is running TV commercials emphasizing the point in the Philadelphia area and our Chamber of Commerce and City are promoting the theme on their respective websites and FACEBOOK. We encourage social media enthusiasts to post it and tweet it to their many friends. Dietz and Watson, the Parade’s major sponsor, has generously agreed to donate one of its hefty, semi-boneless Smoked hams as the grand prize for the best entry. All entrants in the category will receive special certificates of appreciation. Grand Marshal of the Parade... Read More

Suzanne Muldowney to Mark 25 Years of Doo Dah

Suzanne Muldowney has been a regular at Ocean City special events for decades. April 13th will mark her 25th appearance in the Doo Dah Parade. She has also appeared consistently in the Baby Parade, Halloween Parade, Christmas Parade and a number of other City programs. These include Martin Z. Mollusk Day, the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Weird Contest Week during which she hosts a Super Hero Impersonation Contest. Suzanne has a beautiful soprano voice. She is blessed with perfect pitch. This makes her perfect for performing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean” when the winning Hermit Crab waddles down a flower bedecked runway and the inspirational rendering of “Some Enchanted Morning” when Martin Z. Mollusk creeps onto the sand and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer... Read More