Get Your First Night Admission Buttons Now! 12/30/15

NOW is time to get your First Night Admission buttons for New Year’s Eve. The word from First Night Headquarters is that they will definitely sell out! SO ACT NOW! You don’t want to be that breathless person who rushes up to the counter at the last minute and finds a “SORRY! SOLD OUT!” sign  staring you in the face!!


Your children will begin screaming and beating their fists against your chest. Your wife will repeat “I told you so! I told you so!” over and over as she tries to calm the children. And you will feel like a complete and absolute failure. It won’t be a pretty scene. Here’s how it can be avoided.


Buy your buttons NOW online at , or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the Causeway Welcome Center, at Stainton’s Square, 810 Asbury Ave. and the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. DON’T DELAY! Do it NOW! Unless now is January 2nd and you are just reading this notice. In that event, this is what you will have missed:


FIRST NIGHT, Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, offers a variety of entertainment for families and visitors from 4 p.m. till midnight for  just $20. It is the best New Year’s entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. The gala features over 60 entertainment programs capped by a fireworks celebration in an alcohol free setting.


Opening ceremonies are held at 4 p.m. at the ice skating rink, a First Night attraction at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. It will include greetings by City officials and entertainment.


A First Night admission button will entitle bearer to free access to Wonderland Amusement rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Entertainment features events for every age group including children’s programs that adults will also enjoy. For instance, acclaimed magician, Chad Juros, the Allo Puppets, Give and Take Jugglers, Jungle John, the Turtle Singers and more.


A Tribute to Neal Diamond is scheduled for the Music Pier, the Fabulous Grease Band performs at the Civic Center and a new group, Angelina and the Exploding Robots, a 5 piece (some robot, some human band) will play favorites from the 60’s at the Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. The Hegemen String Band performs at the High School and the hilarious Abbott and Costello Comedy Show is booked at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The Norristone Doo Wop Singers also entertain at the Senior Center.


Rock’n Roll Hall of Famer, Dick Richards, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets, will be featured at the High School with his band, the Ready Rockers. There will be inflatables at the Sports and Civic Center. Enjoy a unique view of the night sky at the High School Planetarium and swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present “Sounds of Hollywood,” and a “Rock’n Revue” featuring familiar radio hits; Nancy Fox Vocal Arts will feature a musical rendition of Hansel and Gretel; The Turtle Singers will entertain with their giant tortoise Big Bart; pianist, Andrew Hink will play songs new and old including highlights of 2015 and Billy Joel favorites. Other features include the “Lucky Guess Game Show,” Dan Cain Mentalist, Birdman Bill, Salazar Magic and more. The acclaimed Ocean City Pops Orchestra will greet the New Year with shows at 10 and 11 p.m. in the Tabernacle Auditorium, 5th and Wesley Ave.


All who buy buttons will be given a program book listing site and food locations and parking and jitney service. Many locations are within walking distance.


NEW YEAR’S DAY: Ocean City presents an array of events: First Day at the Beach begins with a 5K Run/Walk that starts 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Day of Race Registration is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Boardwalk across from the Music Pier. Contact Race Director, Mike Givens, (609) 861-0674. Online registration at  ends 9 p.m. Dec. 30th. Entry fee is $30, day of the race. Prizes are awarded in various age categories to racers. Walk is non competitive. Shirts while they last on race day.


The City features its popular FIRST DIP in the Ocean starting 2 p.m. near the 9th St. Beach. Entry is free. Participants should stop at desk in front of Music Pier to sign a waiver and receive a BEACH NUT CERTIFICATE certifying they have taken the plunge on New Year’s Day. Plungers will be joined by a group from the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign that saves lives through its designated drivers programs.


SHOPPERS will start the New Year during FIRST DAY IN THE DOWN TOWN along the Asbury Avenue Shopping District. Most stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., some as early at 10 a.m. Asbury Avenue was recently voted the number one downtown in South Jersey. It is noted for its over 100 unusual specialty stores, galleries and restaurants. For information, contact Public Relations (609) 399-6111 or 1-800-BEACH-NJ.


THE ANNOUNCEMENTS you have been waiting for!!: The date for NIGHT IN VENICE is July 16, 2016. We have also received inquires about the date for our third annual MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT. It will be held Sat., March 12th at 7 p.m. in the Music Pier. The Pageant is for men 55 years and older, and is the only one of its kind in the Country and as far as we can determine, the world!


Contestants compete in talent, poise and interview categories that emphasize the relevance and contributions of our Senior Citizens. Event opens with a rousing dance routine by contestants, a real crowd pleaser, which sets an entertaining tone for the Pageant. Tickets are $10. To enter contest or purchase tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or email


(Through January) The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, “Art on Asbury” 608 Asbury Ave., will present its JUDGES SHOW, work displayed at exhibits during 2015 that the Judges have declared outstanding. The League also has professional work by local artists for sale at its gallery. Admission free. For information, call (609) 814-0308.


(January 4-30) The artwork of Ocean City resident, Carla Migliaccio will be on display at the OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave. Carla was head custodian at the primary school for 25 years. While there she painted a number of murals that were enthusiastically received. She studied with numerous local artists but says her true mentor was the late James N. Pulvino, the revered head of the High School’s art department. In addition to painting murals, Carla has painted eight traffic boxes in Ocean City working with the Community Arts Project. A free “Meet the Artist Reception” is set for Fri., Jan. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. For information, call Rosalyn Lifshin, (609) 399-7628.


(Jan. 9) The MISS NEW JERSEY OUT STANDING TEEN Pageant will be held at Millville Senior High School at 7 p.m. There are 21 contestants, two from Ocean City, Victoria Matt and Cassidy Diamond. The winner performs at the Miss New Jersey Pageant held at the Music Pier in June. Tickets are $35 available at the door or by contacting Joan Cooper, Theme this year is “On Broadway.”  Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Giannini and Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Queen, Shereen Pimentel, will host the Pageant.


We conclude the year with a New Year’s poem: (Advice for December 31st) —- Throw old calendars away/ Begin a new one, don’t delay/ You can’t afford to miss a day/  Print neatly in the open spaces / The times, the places, specifications / And don’t forget your obligations / Record the things you have to do / Your calendar will see you through / Another year of being you…


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