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 such a ceremony. It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a popular and beloved teacher at the Intermediate School. Cobb established the format including music which always includes an emotional finale of the audience joining hands and singing “We Shall Overcome.”

The program is followed by a Soul Food Dinner prepared by Mary Miles, Portia Thompson and others. It is a cooperative effort by the Shiloh Baptist Church, Macedonia Methodist Church and St. James AME congregations. The dinner is free, donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the dinner.

Councilman Keith Hartzell has worked hard in recent years to promote the Dr. King programs on behalf of the City.

Also keeping with Dr. King’s legacy of service, Ocean City, in cooperation with the Clean Communities Program, is holding a City-Wide Clean Up on Mon., Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. till noon. The event honors the memory of Dr. King on his birthday. All families, groups and individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Supplies may be picked up 9 a.m. at the Henry S. Knight Building, 115 12th St. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. After the clean-up, participants are invited to the Stainton Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., for warm food and beverages. This program was started by Hartzell.

(All month starting Jan. 13) The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., is presenting its Judges show through January. It features outstanding work by those who have judged the galleries shows during the past year. The public is invited to the opening on Fri., Jan 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call (609) 814-0308 for information.

(All month) The Ocean City ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents the work of Christine McPartland through the month of January in its main gallery. There will be a Meet the Artist Reception on Fri., Jan. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited. NOTE: The receptions are timed so that you can go to both Art Centers’ events on Friday.

Christine paints at her home studio in Ocean City and with fellow artists at the Lance Balderson Studio in Seaville. The artist works in watercolor and acrylic mediums and specializes in landscapes and pottery decoration.
“I find painting is a way of expression that comes from deep inside,” says McPartland. “Color, light and dark, texture come together right before your eyes. Sometimes the work is far from what I imagined it to be and that’s the fun of it.”

(Feb. 3) The Ocean City High School Band Boosters PASTA DINNER will be held Fri., Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria, 501 Atlantic Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take out dinners will be available starting 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the instrumental groups of the High School including the Jazz Band and Jazz Rock.
Advance tickets are available from band members or call (609) 399-1290, ext. 1248. Ticket will also be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit Band Boosters Senior Scholarships.

(Feb. 11) After highly successful First Night performances, Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Co. returns with its annual Valentine’s Show, I LOVE NEW YORK, featuring an array of professional singers and dancers. You don’t have to go to New York for great theater. This production is comparable to anything that you will see there.

The event is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace with a dessert reception at 7:15 and the show at 8 p.m. For tickets call (609)-525-9300. There’s plenty of free parking a City boardwalk lots.

(Feb. 11)The Ocean City Historical MUSEUM, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its Annual Children’s Tea on Sat., Feb.11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children, ages 5-9 are invited to a traditional Victorian Tea that will include a Craft Project, Demonstration of Antique Toys, and how to serve a formal tea including sandwiches and dessert. Admission is $3 per person, one adult per 3 children. Reservations and full payment are required in advance. Call (609)399-1801 or access www.ocnjmuseum.org. The Tea is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.

(Always) The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., has continuous programs of entertainment and value. Explore the Library’s Website www.oceancitylibrary.org for free information. This includes downloads of e-books, audio books and music. Free! View video tutorials on how to download free e books to you e reader. Place holds on books you want to read next, do your homework using Live Tutor.com, learn a language, do research for your business, your next book, your family tree or studies by accessing many free full text databases.
To get information on the Library’s many special events access newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org.

TABERNACLE TRIP: The Ocean City Tabernacle will sponsor a bus trip on Thurs., March 22 to Lancaster, Pa. to see the new production by Sight and Sound, the Story of Jonah. This spectacular uses live animals, a mechanical whale and a cast of over 100 to portray the biblical story.

Over 800,000 people each year see a show at Sight and Sound either in Lancaster or Branson, Mo. The trip includes lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, coach bus transportation, and admission at $115. Call (609)399-1915 or click www.OCTabernacle.com for more information.

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