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Archive for Holiday Events

Old Fashioned Family Christmas Highlights Weekend Events – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Nov. 25)  Big doings in the downtown on Friday. Ocean City celebrates an OLD FASHIONED Family Christmas from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be free horse and carriage rides, photos with Santa in a Beach Patrol life boat at 9th and Asbury Ave., face painters, carolers and more. The Philly Phanatic will visit from 4 to 5:30 p.m. And yes! Santa will land on the roof of City Hall and descend toAsbury Ave. with the assistance of a City Fire Department hook and ladder truck. There will be shopping and dining specials all weekend. So SHOP LOCALLY for great buys and unbeatable personal service. (Nov. 26-27) Enjoy BREAKFAST with Santa Saturdays and Sundays  at a different downtown restaurant every weekend. For a schedule access www.oceancityvacation.com or call 609-399-1412. There will be... 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

King and Queen of Plop Welcomes a Busy Fall Season

Ocean City will welcome the fall season with yet another Wacky But Not Tacky Contest, The King and Queen of Plop on Friday, Sept. 2. (Aug. 31) But before we get to that we should report that National Public Radio’s popular Show, “FROM THE TOP,” hosted by famed pianist, Christopher O’Reilly will tape a broadcast with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, today, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show is scheduled as a regular feature of the Pops’ summer schedule. It will showcase outstanding young musicians from throughout the country and be broadcast on 250 NPR stations to more than 700,000 listeners. It can be heard locally on WRTI 90.1 FM, Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the Pops Show are $20/$15 and are... Read More

City to Celebrate Fourth of July with Bike Parades, Music and More

July 4th Weekend: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events. The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting theMusic Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office,609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us. Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9... Read More

Miss New Jersey, Father’s Day Fest This Week, July Jubilee Next

REMINDER: The Miss New Jersey Parade will be held on Wed., June 15 starting 7 p.m. Route will be 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. (June 16-18) Twenty-three title holders from throughout the State will compete for the MISS NEW JERSEY crown, June 16-18. The Pageant will be held in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Miss New Jersey Pageant will vie for the Miss America crown this coming January in Las Vegas. Returning as primary emcee will be Miss New Jersey, 1995, Dena Blizzard, a popular stand up comic, who has received national recognition for her humor based on the trials and tribulations of being a mother. She has emceed the event continuously in recent years and has become a favorite among Miss New... Read More

MEADOWLARK’S PARTING SHOT, UPDATE ON EASTER EVENTS

Despite the weather, we were able to sandwich in the Doo Dah Parade between a morning drizzle and late afternoon rain storm. (Thank you Dean Schofield.) It was a windy event, to say the least but that didn’t stop the marchers or affect the enthusiasm of our PieAscoites who plastered each other in front of the Music Pier as a tribute to Soupy Sales. Meadowlark Lemon was a gracious grand marshal. He was accompanied in the Parade by a band playing Sweet Georgia Brown, the theme song of Meadowlark’s Harlem Globe Trotters. Meadowlark ended the day at the Tabernacle Youth Center where he presented an inspirational talk to a mixed audience of children and adults. He concluded his talk on the Youth Center basketball court where he demonstrated some of the finer... Read More

Earth Day Program Moved to City Hall Annex During Parade

The City's EARTH DAY CELEBRATION has been moved to the City Hall Annex Parking Lot, 901 Asbury Ave. The date has been changed to Sat., April 16th so that attendees can also enjoy the City’s 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade that will roll by the Annex Parking Lot at noon time. The Earth Day program will be held from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. before, during and after the Parade. It will include environmental displays, Green Giveaways, Children’s activities and entertainment. There is one other change in the Doo Dah Weekend Schedule. The HUMOR PROGRAM featuring internationally acclaimed humorists, Dr. Joel Goodman and Margie Ingram has been moved to the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. on Fri., April 15 at 2 p.m. Admission if free thanks to a grant from the Ocean City Free... Read More

Two Theater Companies Present Valentine Shows This Weekend

The Ocean City Theatre Co. and the Ocean City Repertory Theater will both present Valentine’s programs this weekend. Michael Hartman’s O.C. Theatre group is offering a CABARET of BROADWAY LOVE SONGS on Sat., Feb. 12 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. starting 7:15 p.m. with a Dessert reception. The program begins at 8 p.m. The Show will feature an array of unforgettable love songs plus production numbers from West Side Story and Wicked. The Theatre’s professional cast of performers presented outstanding shows with the Ocean City Pops this past summer and recently during First Night. They return to offer the community a delightful Valentine. Tickets purchased before 4 p.m., Feb. 11 are $12 a... Read More