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Night in Venice Theme Announced; Travel Channel Commends City

“Do You Remember When?” will be the optional theme for NIGHT IN VENICE 2012. The nostalgic theme will give boaters and homeowners plenty of flexibility. For instance, decorations could recall your favorite song, past eras like the ‘50s, the ‘60s, even the ’20s if you want to go back to the Flapper days, your favorite movie of all time, Ocean City memories, etc. The theme is just a suggestion. You are free to select any theme you wish. The Night In Venice Committee began providing suggestions five years ago when it began receiving numerous requests for decorative ideas. Night in Venice will be held on Sat., July 28 starting 7:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge. This will be the first year in the history of the event when there will be... Read More

Theater Groups, Library, Art Centers Holding Events in Ocean City By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Plenty of events are scheduled in Ocean City this winter, thanks to our Theater groups, Art Centers, Library and other organizations. (Through January) The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers a winter Women of Jazz Series produced and sponsored by the Library and the Somers Point Jazz Society. The three part series started last week and continues on Sun., Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. with May Lou Newnam, a saxophone/Flutist with a performance and discussion featuring Women Pioneers in Jazz. It will highlight some of the most important women in jazz from the 1930s to the present. Instrumentalists and vocalists from this era will be highlighted. Mary Lou will be joined by George Rabbai on trumpet and others. On Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. guitarist Monnette Sudler... Read More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony set for Saturday at High School – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Members of the Community will gather on Saturday to honor the memory and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual tribute is set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 14 at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. The afternoon will feature music and personal tributes to Dr. King plus a recitation by Rev. Gregory Johnson of the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. Music will be provided by The Levites, a gospel group. A number of area residents will be honored with Dr. Martin Luther King Awards for their service to the community. They include Scott Halliday, Jr., Thomas Heist lV, Patricia Jackson, Ernestine Bell and Cora Wright. Ocean City was first in Cape May County to hold... Read More

If You Live in Ocean City, You’re Not Likely to be Angry!

If you live in Ocean City, you are less likely to be angry or depressed. That’s what a recent Gallop-Health Ways survey reported after polling a million households throughout the country. Ocean City scored twice as a “Best Performer” in the survey to determine the nation’s well being index. Included in the report is data on physical and emotional health, financial stability and access to basic necessities. Ocean City was the only community in New Jersey that scored in the index and one of two in the nation that was rated “Best Performers” twice. For over 100 years Ocean City has promoted itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort. It has been named the number one Family Beach Resort in the nation by the Travel Channel. The atmosphere has always been comfortable here, a place... Read More

20th First Night Celebration Rings in the New Year in Ocean City – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Dec. 31) This resort’s 20th Annual First Night Celebration will ring in the New Year in a big way! Activities begin 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and conclude with fireworks at midnight. In between you can choose from over 70 varied entertainment programs at central locations plus access to free rides and miniature golf at Wonderland facilities. Food will be available at the Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk and High School Cafeteria, 6th and Atlantic Ave., featuring A Taste of Ocean City by our Restaurant Assn. Refreshments will also be available at the Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. ,  the Primary School, 6th and West Ave. and St. Peter’s Church, 8th and Central Ave. Parking will be free in all Municipal... Read More

Free Christmas Dinner, Other Events Leading to First Night – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Christmas Day)  For 22 years, Peaches Lukens and her husband Mike assisted by a group of dedicated volunteers have dedicated their Christmas Day to providing a FREE, home cooked BUFFET DINNER to the South Jersey community. The dinner is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the Christian Community Circleat St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. in Ocean City. And they make it easy to participate, no matter what your situation.  The Circle provides take outs, deliveries and transportation to and from the dinner if needed. If you’d like to help, donations of turkeys, hams and desserts would be appreciated. Call Mike or Peaches at (609) 398-8781. For those interested a church service will be held at St. Peter’s Sanctuary starting 10 a.m. (Dec. 21) Talented local artist and singer songwriter... Read More

Now is the Time to Buy Your First Night Admission Buttons – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

For 20 years now, Ocean City has been providing the best New Year’s Eve entertainment value on the Jersey Shore. FIRST NIGHT offers a selection of 70 entertainment programs from 4 p.m.until midnighton Dec.31 capped by a fireworks display…and all for just $14 a person.

With New Year’s Eve just a few weeks away, now is the best time to buy your First Night Admission buttons before a possible sell-out.  A Committee of volunteers headed by Michele Gillian works year around to develop the program that attracts thousands of visitors for a gala weekend…and that also includes FIRST DAY at the Beach and in the Downtown on New Year’s Day.

First Night kicks off at the Music Pier with Opening Ceremonies at 4 p.m.The event includes a ribbon cutting by City officials, entertainment by the Harmony Show Choir,... Read More

Holiday Events Continue From Now Through New Years

HOLIDAY EVENTS CONTINUE FROM NOW THROUGH NEW YEARS EVE By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist Ocean City will present an array of holiday events right through to First Night on New Year’s Eve. Here is a listing: (Dec. 9) A CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. It will feature Blues sensation, Terri Showers. A buffet dinner and desserts are included. Seating is limited. Tickets are $49. Contact Peaches Lukens, (609) 398-8781. (Dec. 10) SANTA PAWS:  Bring your pet to the Ocean City Humane Society, Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave., for a photo with Santa. Hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per photo with proceeds benefiting the outstanding rescue efforts of our award winning shelter. Call (609) 399-2018. (Dec. 10)  A Living, Outdoor... Read More

Parade, Train Show, Pops Concert, Sing-In This Weekend – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Interesting events continue at this family resort… (Dec. 2)  The City’s Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE featuring Santa and holiday hoopla starts 6 p.m. and goes from 6th to 11thSts. on Asbury Ave. The Hoopla will be provided by the Ocean City High School Band, Pennsport String Band, and floats from Wonderland, Ocean City Home Bank, Sturdy Savings Bank, plus the Highland Youth Performance  Ensemble Color Guard. MissOceanCity, Brenna Carnuccio, Junior Miss Ocean City, Kylie Clearkin and Little Miss Ocean City, Cassidy Diamond will also brighten the event. Following the Parade Santa will pose for photos (bring your camera) in the lobby of Stainton’s Square and give treats to the children. Downtown stores will be open for holiday shopping. (Dec. 3-4)  The City’s Annual JAY EGGLY TRAIN SHOW is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and... Read More