Archive for Family Vacations

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

EARLIER THAN THE BIRD, CRAFTS FESTIVAL, HOLIDAY EVENTS SET – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Nov. 19)  Shop early and gobble up the Savings during Downtown Ocean City’s EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Shopping Extravaganza this Saturday along Asbury Avenue. The best deals will be from 7 a.m.till noon. Shop in your pajamas and you may win a turkey if judged one of the best dressed. There will be free coffee and giveaways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides, free photos with Santa and free face painting and more in the shopping district. For information, call (609) 398 –GOOC. (Nov. 19-20) The second of two major November craft festivals will be held Sat.-Sun. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of Fine Arts and... Read More

Quiet Festival, Craft Shows, New Mural, Veterans Day This Week – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Now through Nov. 15) The 10th Annual QUIET FESTIVAL, that has already been featured in AAA Magazine, and on national CBS Radio started yesterday and continues though Nov.15. All events are free. The schedule includes: (Wed. Nov. 9th) The Official Quiet Festival OPENING CEREMONY in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. at noon featuring a Yawn Along to Beautiful Dreamer, the Ocean City High School Sign Club, a Yo Yo Demonstration by Air Circus, the World’s only Maple Pod Drop, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performing Brother Can You Spare a Chime, Nancy Fox singing a quiet song, Quiet Festival Poems, bubbles, leaf squeezing, paper airplanes and more. (Thurs. Nov.10) Open Poetry reading with Bud Cole, Mark Soifer, the Bad Penny Poets and whoever wants to read, 7 p.m.... Read More

If We Continue to Work Together 2010 Should be a Good Year for Tourism

Tourism is a very competitive business. Tourism during a recession is even more competitive. Ocean City held its own last year in most aspects of tourism and moved ahead in others. The forecast is positive for 2010. The City has become more aggressive in its advertising thanks to the Tourism Commission that is funded by an addition to the mercantile tax. The Chamber of Commerce headed by Michele Gillian has made great strides with its website, Face Book marketing and city wide promotions. Our volunteers save us thousands of dollars by helping to support many special events such as Night In Venice, the Baby Parade, the Halloween Parade, etc. These events would not be possible without their help. The Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn., the Boardwalk Merchants Assn., Main Street , the Board... Read More

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