Archive for Family Activities

How Martin Mollusk Got His Name & Other Important Matters

How Martin Mollusk Got His Name & Other Important Matters

Yes, Martin Z. Mollusk is not a mollusk. He is a Crustacean. We know that. Martin, our weather predicting mascot knows that. His name has nothing to do with his species. Martin’s biography, Rhyme and Punishment, makes it perfectly clear how and why Martin got his name. A bit of background: Martin was born somewhere along the Zambesi River in Africa. As the biography explains, he was deserted by his parents: “An orphan crab, cast out one summer, by callous parents, what a bummer… Just left alone to scritch and scratch through brittle bark and brutal thatch…” At this point Martin had no name because his crabby parents neglected to give him one before they took off. Then one day while reading the Swamp Gazette, he noticed an advertisement about Tepid Swamp,... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Gets a New Costume for First Night

Martin Z. Mollusk Gets a New Costume for First Night

For 35 years, our pesky hermit crab Mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, has loyally served Ocean City. On the first Thursday in May, he ventures on to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer arrives one week early at this family community and resort. A one week extension of the season is nothing to sneeze at in these competitive times. It’s a nice bonus for residents, vacationers, the kids and of course the business folk. No one can say Martin hasn’t come through for Ocean City. During his 35 year tenure he has seen his shadow 34 times. Once he saw a partial shadow and summer arrived 3 ½ days early. It has been an astounding record. For this reason the First Night Committee, the Chamber... Read More

Some Enchanted Evening is Night in Venice Optional Theme

Some Enchanted Evening is Night in Venice Optional Theme

The optional theme for NIGHT IN VENICE, Sat., July 24 is "Some Enchanted Evening." For the past five years we have suggested a theme. That’s because folks kept calling the Public Relations Office and asking for ideas. So we obliged. However you are free to use any theme you wish for the 56th annual Decorated Boat Parade and Bay front home competition. Everyone who enters receives a free commemorative mug. The mug was designed by Kathy Caraballo of Community Services. Sue Canale, our super volunteer, suggested the theme. Boat participants will receive their mugs at the Captain’s meetings held the night before and the day of the Parade. Those who enter bay front homes may pick them up at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call 609-525-9300. The Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. on... Read More

Really Big Fireworks July 4th! Balalaikas Here July 3

Really Big Fireworks July 4th! Balalaikas Here July 3

Highlight of our 4th of July celebration will be a REALLY BIG fireworks display on Sunday, July 4th at 9pm. The Fireworks will be shot from a barge off the 9th Street Beach. This permits the use of larger fireworks because they are not being detonated close to land. The exhibition will be accompanied by music and can also be heard by tuning into WIBG FM, 94.3 on the dial. The annual Air Circus Kite Flying Contest will be held starting 5:30 p.m. at the 9th Street Beach on July 4. There will also be a concert on the Boardwalk by the rock band Tidal Wave while the kites are flying. Prizes will be awarded for kites judged Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Youngest Flyer... Read More

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City's Seventh Annual TALENT SHOW is set for Sat., March 13 starting 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The event showcases outstanding area talent. Professional performers entertain between competitive categories. These categories include Instrumental, Vocal, Dance, Performance Art and Best of Show. Performers of all ages will participate. Professionals who will be featured but not compete include Elvis performer Ted Prior, Soprano, Nancy Fox, Irish performer, Frank McCall and singer Emily Carr. Admission is $5 with proceeds benefiting outreach programs of the Ocean City Fine Arts League and Ocean City special events. Another one of the City’s HUGE REGIONAL CRAFT FESTIVALS is set for March 27-28 at the Music Pier. The Spring Festival of Quality Crafts will feature leading artisans from Maine to Florida. Show hours are... Read More

Get in the Mood for Spring with the Air Force Band

Get in the Mood for Spring with the Air Force Band

It's March! Enough of this winter weather! Let's come out of hibernation and enjoy the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Jazz Band. They'll be here Saturday, March 6th. The 18 piece ensemble plays the music of the Big Band era, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie. They also perform contemporary jazz favorites some written by the members of the group. What better way to wipe out the winter blahs than with the warmth and rhythm of this great American music? Tickets to the concert are free. You can pick them up at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 609-525-9300.  If you can’t get to the Annex, there will probably be extra tickets available at the door after all ticket holders are let in. The concert is set for... Read More

City Talent Show, Airforce Big Band Here in March

City Talent Show, Airforce Big Band Here in March

We've just received word that U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY Jazz Band will perform at the Music Pier on Sat., March 6 at 7 p.m. One week later, March 13, the 7th Annual City Talent Show is set for the Pier starting at 6 p.m. The Air Force Jazz Band is currently touring the East Coast. You can expect an exciting program ranging from the traditions of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the contemporary jazz-pop sounds of today. The program is free but you must pick up complimentary tickets in advance. This has been the case with all of the Service bands we have hosted in the past. Free tickets will be available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call... Read More

Night in Venice Boat Parade Starting Time Changed to 8 p.m.

Night in Venice Boat Parade Starting Time Changed to 8 p.m.

For safety reasons caused by the tides, the Night in Venice Committee has decided to start Saturday’s boat parade at 8 p.m. The 9th St. bridge will close to automobile traffic at approximately8:20 p.m. and remain closed until all boats pass through. The Longport and 34th St. bridges will remain open to car traffic. The only two viable dates for the City to hold the Parade this year were July 18 and 25. Back in January it was determined that the 25thwas the best choice. Since then lagoons have filled in more than expected so the committee made the decision to delay Night in Venice starting time from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to safeguard boats. House judging will be one half hour later from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. As of Tuesday, July 21, fifty boats had registered for the Parade. The... Read More

Always the Same, Always Different, That’s Ocean City

Always the Same, Always Different, That’s Ocean City

Always the same, always different. That’s how Ocean City is viewed by many tourists. When you visit here you get the best of the old and the new. And in these uncertain times, that combination will retain vacationers and attract new ones. Ocean City has held fast to its family traditions…It is reliable. It stays the same in a positive way. People feel comfortable here and that’s important especially in these chaotic days when folks are looking for stable environments. Positive sameness or reliability has always made good business senses. So has progress. And Ocean City gets good marks for that too. Over the years events have been expanded, new facilities have been added and we’ve become very environmentally conscious. Green communities are now preferred by vacationers and travelers according to... Read More