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Some of the most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique handiwork at Ocean City’s indoor-out door SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS Festival on Sat., July 17 at Carey Stadium and the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Festival is produced by the South Jersey Artisans Guild, whose previous shows here have set all time attendance records. Crafters will offer an array on unusual specialties including fine art, photography, hand blown glass, wood sun clocks and thermometers, vintage textiles, gourmet teas plus many other products.

Featured artist will be Joyce Gagen of Shamong, N.J. who specializes in shore birds and seashore art. The award winning painter has represented New Jersey with water colors at the White House in both the Bush and Clinton administrations. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, Gagen believes the New Jersey Shore line is an ideal place to study and paint birds. Many of her paintings are scenes of Ocean City.

A sampling of some of 150 crafters who will be represented this Saturday include Gretchen Holse with Wearable Art, Cristina Robenstein featuring hand made tutus, flower clips, bows and headbands, Constance Brooks with Fairy Dolls and other mystical creatures and Hope Grimes with jackets and dresses made of vintage textiles.

The Ocean City Shows are produced by JoAnne and Norman Schaut who donate all profits to area charities. A $3 admission charge benefits groups including the Sunshine Foundation for ill children, the Atlantic Riding Center for Handicapped Children, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

The World Famous FERKO STRING BAND will perform at 8 p.m., Thurs., July 15 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or at the door.

Formed in 1922, Ferko has established the most successful win record in the history of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. The Band has won first place 20 times and scored in the top five an amazing 82 out of 88 parades. Ferko has played throughout the world and produced hit singles including Alabama Jubilee, You Are My Sunshine, Ain’t That a Shame and That Old Black Magic.

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO OCEAN CITY: The Eastern World Premier of the “The Most Rockin’ Movie of the Summer,” Standing Ovation is set for Fri., July 16 with festivities beginning 3:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. The Movie is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Moorlyn Theater. At 3:30 p.m., cast members will be at the Music Pier to distribute giveaways to fans of the colorful production.

Nine year old Alanna Palombo of Upper Township, who stars in the film as Alanna Wannabe, will arrive in a limo and stroll the red carpet at 6:15 p.m. She will greet fans in front of the Moorlyn Theater across from the Music Pier.

Sal Dupree, local talent impresario and singing coach, was instrumental in conceiving and producing the movie. He also has a starring role in the film that is geared to the tween set, those kids between Finding Nemo and High School Musical. Scenes from the movie were shot in Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May.

NIGHT IN VENICE is just one week away, Sat., July 24th. It’s time for bay front home and boats owners to register for this gala event. $5,000 in cash prizes will be given for Best Decorated Homes and Boats-$1,000 for best in each category and three runner-up prizes of $500. Boat owners will receive $50 cash cards to enhance their decorations and a commemorative Captain’s Hat plus photos of their boats in the Parade. Boat and home owners will be given a Some “Enchanted Evening” souvenir mug. Special guests will be members of the Philadelphia Flyers. Ocean City’s good friend, TV’s legendary Captain Noah will be grand marshal. Entry forms are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., phone 609-525-9300, fax 609-399-0374. You can download entry forms at www.ocnj.us, click on Night In Venice Information. After hours call 609-364-4010 or email msoifer@hotmail.com any time.

SHOW HOUSE AT THE SHORE, a project to benefit the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, is now underway at Wind Song on Wesley, 1501 Wesley Ave. This popular tour is open daily and weekends from 10.a.m. till 5 p.m., Wed and Thurs. till 8 p.m. until Aug. 15th. It features the restoration and remodeling of a 1907 Dutch Colonial Beach House. Prominent designers and architects have contributed to the restoration of this home.

A single Show House Admission ticket includes admission to five lectures on health. These will be held on Thursdays, 11a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Ave. Topics include Self Care: The Art of Care Giving For Loved Ones with Mental Health Issues; Organizing Your Health Information; The History of Ocean City; Quilts in the Home and Women and Coronary Artery Disease.

Show Case House Designers will meet with the public on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be designer furnishing and accessory sales plus a show house raffle and door prizes. Showcase tickets can be purchased at the site and lecture location.

The T. JOHN CAREY Master’s Swim is set for Sat., July 17, with registration between 3 and 6 p.m. at the 34th St. Beach Patrol Station. Race start is 6:30 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9201.

The Ocean City NOR’EASTERS professional soccer team hosts the Carolina Dynamo, 8 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk on Sat. the 17th. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Call 609-525-9999, sponsored by Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

GREG BUCHANAN will be featured in a harp concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m. on Sun., the 18th. Admission is free. Call 609-399-1915.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS ORCHESTRA features the Rodney Mack Big Brass at the Music Pier. They will perform a variety of musical styles from Renaissance to jazz on July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20/12 at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us. Sponsored by Primo Pizza.

JAY AND THE AMERICANS entertain at the Music Pier as Stockton College continues its concerts at the shore on Mon., July 19 at 8 p.m. in the Music Pier. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered through the Music Pier Box Office or online. On July 21, the Catskill Puppet Theater presents

THE LION’S WHISKERS, a delightful adaptation of an Ethiopian folk tale, 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $9, call the Pier Box Office or go on line.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS ORCHESTRA presents A Night at the Cabaret on July 21 at the Music Pier, 8 p.m. Jody Kidwell and Dan Greenwood are featured in songs from Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, Irving Berlin hits and more. Tickets and $10 and $15, from the Pier Box Office or online, Ocean City Coffee Company is sponsor.

1 Comment

  1. Vicente says:

    Kristal, September 6, 2012 at 11:31 am I used to live on the beach with my grandparents and almsot every weekend we would walk to the Pier; It would be a treat when we would get to go to Ruby’s for their delcious chocolate shakes. I’d even meet friends after a nice night at the movies so i could get a burger with there fries- OR the fish n chips (BOMB SO GOOD!)