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 Public Library. The program will touch on the benefits of humor in a very entertaining way. Dr. Goodman is the founder of the Humor Project in Saratoga Springs New York. He has talked about humor on every continent in the world, is employed by major corporations to present his programs and has been featured many times on network TV programs.

The Doo Dah Weekend kicks off Basset Hound Olympics on Fri., April 15 at 1 p.m. on the Tabernacle grounds. The Athletically disinclined pooches stumble over hurdles, sashay through tunnels and engage in sprinting before an enthralled crowd which could include you. Participants are also known to wander off course and take a nap.

The Basset athletes are part of a contingent of 500 that will participate in the Doo Dah Parade on Sat., April 16. On Friday April 15 starting at 6 p.m., there will be a Doo Dah Dinner Theater at the Flanders Hotel to honor Meadowlark Lemon, the legendary member of the Harlem Globe Trotters known for his skill as a player and hilarious antics on court. Meadow Lark will pose for photos, sign autographs and talk to attendees prior to the show.

Impersonators of legendary comedians, Joan Rivers, Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, Abbott and Costello, George Burns and Charo will greet folks as the enter Flanders ballroom and pose for photos.

Following an hour of horsdoerves and cheese delicacies from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a buffet dinner that includes three entrees, Prime Rib, Fish and Chicken plus lots of extras and dessert. The show featuring the comedians doing famous skits such as Who’s On First starts at 8 p.m.

The Doo Dah Parade with Meadowlark Lemon, grand marshal and 500 basset hounds begins at noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, from there to the Boardwalk, concluding at the Music Pier. There will be off the wall brigades, bands, clowns, the impersonators of legendary comedians, costumed characters, decorated vehicles, Pageant Queens and more. Ocean City High School will be honored for its long time contributions to the City including the Doo Dah Parade and will be represented by the Girls Basketball and Lacrosse Teams, the Raider Nation and more. The High School Band that will lead the Parade will also be honored.

The Parade ends at the Music Pier where there will be an awards ceremony followed by the popular PieAsco dedicated to the late Soupy Sales who presided over the event for years. In this event, folks sit in grand stands and when the signal is given smoosh each other in the kisser with benign shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy used on his nationally syndicated TV Show.

This year the signal to start the pasting will be given by Trudy’s widow, Mrs. Trudy Sales and Meadowlark. Meadowlark will greet his fan and pose for photos from the reviewing stand in front of the Music Pier.

In the meantime, the 500 basset hounds will waddle on past the Music Pier to the High School Football Field where they will hold a gala picnic with booths featuring products for canines. This is your chance of a life time to inspect up close and personal over 500 basset hounds gathered in one condensed place and fraternizing. The 500 doggies get along famously, there motto being; “Why tussle when you can nuzzle?”

The picnic is sponsored by the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League, a group that finds homes for homeless bassets.

For information on tickets to the Meadowlark Lemon Dinner Theater or how to join the Doo Dah Parade and PieAsco or anything else about Doo Dah, stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call 609-525-9300 or email msoifer@hotmail.com. After hours and on weekends, call 609-364-4010.

DOO DAH DAYS IN THE DOWNTOWN: Tax Free Shopping will be offered April 15-17 at participating stores to celebrated Doo Dah and Earth Day Weekend. Look for the sign in the window. Merchants will pick up the tab on taxes as an incentive to shop.

The SUPERCHICK REINVENTION Tour arrives at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave, March 25 at 7 p.m. Featured are Manfest, Bread of Stone and Cory Lamb. Tickets are $13, $10 in advance, call 609-399-1915.

THE JAZZ SERIES continues at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., with Edgardo Cintron, the Latin Side of Jazz, on Sun., March 27 at 3 p.m. to be followed by the Jon Pruitt Group featuring Gina Roche with the Brazilian Side of Jazz on Sun., April 3 at 3 p.m. Concerts are free and are held in the Main Lecture Room of the Library. All concerts are free.

“Knock “Em Dead,” a comedy thriller, starring the In-House Players is set for Sat., April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Free.

The Library will host a Brass Ensemble from the Ocean City Pops on Mon., April 11 at 7 p.m. The Ensemble will perform selections from the Roaring Twenties, ragtime, Big Band and Patriotic Marches. Funding provided by the Ocean City Arts Centers Friends of Music founded by Esther Weil. The concert will be held in the Library’s Lecture Room, located on the 17th St. side of the building. Admission is free. For information on Library events, call 609-399-2434 ext. 5231 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents OINK! A Pig of a Tale, March 25-26, at 7 p.m. and March 27 at 2 p.m. Ideal for kids. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 609-457-6686.

The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. presents its JuriedPHOTOGRAPHY Show the month of April. Admission is free. Awards will be announced at a reception, Fri., April 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., themed show for April is Cats, Dogs and other Creatures.

Reminder: The Red Raider Jazz Band will present a concert 7:30 p.m., Thurs., March 24 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ocean City High School Rock and Upper Township Middle School Jazz Bands will also perform.

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