Eddie Shiffler’s Return to Town Means More Entertainment

Eddie Shiffler is back. This talented singer, songwriter, band leader’s return to Ocean City means more quality entertainment and interesting programs for the Community.

Before leaving Ocean City to tour with his bands, Eddie worked for the Ocean City Fine Arts League where he helped establish the Art Center with the late Jim Penland and others. For five years he lived in New York where he established his new band, Dogz of Zeus and worked for the New York Mets.

Eddie is not only a talented musician but also a fluent writer knowledgeable about many subjects. Your first opportunity to enjoy his talents will be on Wed., Feb. 26 when he presents a free talk on the “History of Money” at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., from 7 to 8:50 p.m. in Lecture Room N 110. Eddie notes that “money is one of the most important and volatile issues in our daily lives but rarely do people stop to consider its dynamic history: a history steeped in secrecy, power, war, famine and even alchemy.” This program will include a Power Point Presentation, short educational videos, images and discussion. It will be an entertaining evening. For more information, contact Karen (609) 399-2434,
Ext. 5238 or Karen@oceancitylibrary.org.

On Sat. March 15 and Sun. March 16, Eddie will perform a musical retrospective at an Ocean City Repertory Theater location. (Because of recent storm damage to the roof of the theater on Asbury Ave., a new location will soon be announced.) Save one of these dates.  The Show called “Rattling Chains,” after one of Shiffler’s most popular songs, starts 7 p.m. each night. Musicians who have collaborated with Shiffler over the years will perform with him and the night will close with performances by his new band, “Green Language.” Tickets are $10 from the Theatre, (609) 457-6686 or 347-813-5090 to purchase directly from Shiffler. For more information, visit www.ivychayaart.com.

MORE GOOD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS! The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band-Rhythm in Blue-Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Music Pier on Tuesday, March 25th at 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. “Rhythm and Blues” features the diverse talents of 17 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from Big Band and Swing to cutting edge contemporary music. Admission is free with tickets available at City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Call  (609) 525-9300 first to make certain tickets are ready.

The Jazz Concert follows the MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT by just three days which is set for the Music Pier on Sat., March 22.  So you can take advantage of two entertainment events at one time by picking up tickets to both events when you stop at City Hall. The Pageant tickets are $10 with proceeds after expenses benefitting the Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Philippine relief fund.

MR. MATURE AMERICA UPDATE: We have just heard from JoAnne Santori, executive director of the Miss New Jersey Senior America Pageant, an affiliate of the national Pageant held in Atlantic City every year. She congratulated on us on initiating the new Pageant for men 60 and older. Seems that they were thinking of doing the same thing.  So they want to be part of our program by sending one of their Pageant winners to entertain at our event on March 22.

We are also honoring women 60 and over at MMA and have just received confirmation from Mama Dietz, Mrs. Ruth Eni, the president and radio spokes person for Dietz and Watson that she will be one of the Pageant judges. Dietz and Watson is a long time supporter of Ocean City. They are the major sponsor of our Doo Dah Parade set for April 12 and have assisted us with many other special events. Mama Dietz will present large Dietz and Watson Hams to all men who compete for MMA.

Other women who will be honored at the Pageant will be 81 year old baton twirler, Betty Lambert who was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy King, TV and Movie singer-entertainer and Nancy Fox, celebrated soprano, all of whom will entertain during intervals at the Pageant.

It’s going to be a fun and informative night. Be there and you can tell your friends, children and grandchildren that you attended an historic event, Mr. Mature America, the first Pageant of its kind ever held in the United States. For information, call (609) 525-9300- or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

The FOOD IS LOVE DRIVE: The City’s Board of Realtors is holding its annual food drive to assist the Ocean City Ecumenical Council’s Community Food Cupboard through Feb. 28. The Realtors are collecting non-perishable food items including canned items, juice and microwaveable pasta meals plus monetary donations and Shoprite Gift Cards. Donations can be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office,405 22nd Street or call (609) 399-0128 for pick-up service.

Items needed include Microwaveable Spaghetti O’s, Lasagna, meatballs and spaghetti, ravioli, canned meats, corn beef hash, Spam, Dinty Moore Stew, jelly, peanut butter, juice, tomato pasta sauce (26 oz.), canned beans, liquid laundry detergent (48 oz.), dish detergent, paper towels.  Cal Vicki Heebner, (609) 399-0128 or Vicki@ocbr.com.

HUNT EXPANDED: The Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association will hold two Easter Eggs Hunts this year, one on April 12 at 2:30 p.m. (right after the Doo Dah Parade) from the 11th to the 14th Street Beach, five age groups, 100,000 eggs, 5,000 with prizes (the little elves have already started to stuff them), rain date April 13. PLUS April 19th (following the morning Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, ) rain date April 20.

(April 20) The Easter Sun Rise Service, a traditional non-denominational service by the sea is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Call (609) 525-9300 for more information.

(April 20) The Easter Promenade and Fashion Competition will be held in front of the Music Pier. Come dressed in your best. The Easter Bunny will be available to pose for photos and there will be chocolate bunnies for the children. Judging begins at 1 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9300.
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