Handicrafts Festival and Beach Sweeps This Weekend

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/19/17
Tickets on sale for Philly Soul & Rock ’N’ Roll on May 6

The All-American Festival of Fine Art and Handicrafts will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 22 and 23) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The show is believed to be the only one in the region where every offering is made in the U.S. by the artisan in the booth.

It features jewelry, glass, watercolors, oil paintings, beach and bay photography, copper garden fountains, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet food items, baked treats, wood carvings, floral arrangements, seashore décor and more. The $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Shore Medical Center. Artisans Guild events have raised $344,207 for local charities in their history. Free parking is available just off the Boardwalk at Eighth Street, Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street.

For more information, call Director JoAnne Schaut at 800-822-4112. On show days, call 609-399-6111.

Ocean City marks Earth Day on Saturday with its semi-annual Beach Sweeps event. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Ocean City Music Pier for supplies and assignments in a beach cleanup 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 22. The 32nd annual event is sponsored by Clean Ocean Action and Ocean City. Preregister at www.cleanoceanaction.org.

The weekend opens at 7 p.m. Friday (April 21) with a free concert by members of the Ocean City Pops orchestra at the Ocean City Free Public Library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The concert includes music inspired by nature in honor of Earth Day and features violin, bassoon and piano.


A concert featuring Philadelphia legends the Trammps (“Disco Inferno” and “Hold Back the Night”), the Dovells (“Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down”) and Blue Notes (“The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) will be one of the highlights of Spring Block Party weekend in Ocean City this year. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

The concert benefits Ocean City’s Morvay-Miley Post 524 of the American Legion. Tickets ($40) are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.


Concert promoter Bob Rose and BRE Entertainment announced this week that a “Summer of Love Concert” will complete the Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. The performance will celebrate iconic rock music from the period of time between the 1967 release of The Beatles revolutionary album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the famous Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. Comprising 12 or more performers including a horn section, strings, keyboardists, percussionists, background vocalists and an incredible rock rhythm section, the Summer of Love Concert re-creates “note for note and absolutely live” the songs and the psychedelically flavored spirit of the Woodstock Generation.

The show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, on the Music Pier, and tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 19. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase online. Tickets for the rest of the summer series are also on sale now:

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (June 9) Tickets

Dave Mason (June 19) Tickets

The Temptations (June 26) Tickets

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10) Tickets

The Hooters (July 17 and 18) Tickets

Graham Nash (July 24) Tickets

Shawn Colvin with opening act Joan Osborne (July 31) Tickets

Summer of Love (August 7) Tickets

Get the Led Out (August 14 and 15) Tickets

The Beach Boys (August 21 and 22) Tickets


CURTAIN UP: THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES (April 27): The second in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances includes some of the best of ballet. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

OCEAN CITY GREAT STRIDES WALK (April 29): Great Strides is a family-oriented event with a 5-kilometer walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Register at 10 a.m. at the Sixth Street basketball courts near the boardwalk. Walk starts at 11 a.m. For more information call 610-325-6001 or visit fightcf.cff.org.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at www.marchforbabies.org/event/sjshore.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

OCEAN CITY POPS STUDENT COMPETITION (May 3): The seventh annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and is designed to encourage and reward high school age vocalists and instrumentalists along their music education path. Prizes for each division range from $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. There will be 28 musicians this year. Fifteen entries are vocal musicians and thirteen are instrumentalists. There are 13 different high schools from Cape May and Atlantic counties represented. There are also two home-schooled entrants. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Come out to see the future stars of tomorrow.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANUP DAYS AND PAPER SHREDDING (May 5-6): Ocean City will hold its semi-annual Paper Shredding and Electronic Recycling Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Shelter Road Recycling Center located off of Tennessee Avenue.

This event is free to residents and property owners in Ocean City. Please bring a driver’s license or other proof of residency/home ownership. The Shelter Road Recycling Center also will be open noon to 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, for Household Cleanup Days. Residents and homeowners can bring unwanted trash, furniture, cell phones and recycling. More information

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (May 6-7): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SUNDAY BUFFET BRUNCH (May 7): The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to a Sunday buffet at 12:30 p.m. May 7 at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. Guests will enjoy a short presentation on “Stormy Weather in Ocean City” presented by Paul Anselm. Tickets ($25 for museum members and $27 for the public) can be purchased at the museum or by calling 609-399-1801.

CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE (May 10): Featuring dogs that have been rescued from pounds and shelters. This performing arts theater show was created in 2008 after the Perondi’s appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” The new show includes lighting effects, visual props and costumes, crowd participation, unique stunts and tricks, challenges, doggy dancing, freestyle flying disc, and features Chris Perondi’s famous Stunt Dog Triathlon!  Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $15 to $18. oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. See video

OC POPS FRENCH MUSIC (May 12): The third in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes music for flute, violin, cello and piano. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 13): Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades. Special guest magician and NFL star Jon Dorenbos. 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.

JON DORENBOS MAGIC SHOW (May 13): Jon Dorenbos isn’t just known for his NFL career as a long snapper. He recently starred in the 11th season of NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent.” Dorenbos impressed the world with his mind-blowing magic performance. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are sold out.

WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT: A BOOGALOO CELEBRATION (May 18): The third in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances celebrates the history and legacy of Latin boogaloo music. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

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