Holiday Events Continue…Get First Night Buttons Now!

HIGHLIGHT OF OUR HOLIDAY entertainment, A Christmas Wonderland, is set for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m., Dec.19 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is Ocean Theatre Company’s high energy song and dance spectacular directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring an all professional cast, the family show is geared to all ages. Tickets are 12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Call 609-525-9300, or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.

THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY Theater has added Santa’s List to its holiday shows. One of Santa’s Elves has stolen the Naughty and Nice List. Santa’s Elves then get involved to help save the holiday. The show is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays through Dec.18 at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. starting 7 and 8 p.m. The Theater’s Musical Mondays continue on Dec. 20 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. For information on the Theater’s events access or call Flossi Micciolo, 609-457-6686.

THE PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS present The Christmas Quilt, an audience interactive holiday show, 1 p.m., Sat., Dec.18 at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave., in the downtown. Admission is free. The free, family oriented show includes singing, dancing, story telling and hot chocolate. It is produced by Nancy Fox, director of Fox Vocal Arts as a give back to the community.

“This is an event where the audience becomes part of the action,” says Nancy. “It’s lots of fun in the true, holiday spirit.

FREE FUN: Visitors to the downtown, Dec.18-19, will enjoy free mini train and truck rides for kids provided by Gillian’s Wonderland Pier starting 11 a.m. at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. There will also be free horse drawn carriage rides from noon till 3 p.m. starting at City Hall across the street from the Annex. Photos with Santa in a lifeboat will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at the Music Pier for a fee.

NOT FREE BUT REASONABLE: Breakfast with Santa will be available Dec. 18 at Scully’s, 955 Asbury Ave. form 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 19 is scheduled for Yianni’s, 841 Asbury Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and there will be dinner at Scully’s from 4-7 p.m.

FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER: Peaches Lukens has announced that a free, home cooked dinner will again be provided to the Community on Christmas Day. The dinner will be available at the First United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The menu includes turkey with all the fixings, plus desserts galore, live music and a freebies table of clothing and gifts. The dinner is for all those who would like to spend time with a friendly group during the holiday. Doors open at 11 a.m., Dec. 25. Take-out and deliveries are available. Transportation is provided when needed. For a ride, general information, home delivery or to volunteer to cook, call 609-398-8781.

GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! Check with your family, your kids and grandchildren — find out how many are going to First Night—NOW! You should do this for two reasons. (1) In the event that there is a sell out, you won’t be left out (2) If you’re a Martin Z. Mollusk fan, you’ll receive a free copy of the Weather Predicting Hermit Crab’s biography, Rhyme and Punishment. First Night New Year’s Eve Entertainment buttons are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave., 609-391-0060. You can also order on line

The popular holiday gala features over 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $14. There are fireworks at midnight, weather permitting. This safe, non alcoholic celebration is definitely the best and most economical New Year’s Eve entertainment program in the area.

Opening ceremonies are set for 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It will include a ribbon cutting with City officials, entertainment by the Main Stage Singers, face painters and a trinket give-away. The City will unveil its new Martin Z. Mollusk costumed character that will represent the Hermit Crab in all parades and other functions. Free copies of Martin’s biography will be given away while the last.

In addition to the entertainment programs, a First Night admission button will entitle the bearer access to Wonderland Amusement rides and miniature golf from 5 to 9 p.m. and Gillian’s Island Adventure Golf from 4 p.m. till 11 p.m.

The entertainment program features events for every age group. Back Beat, a Beatles Tribute group, is scheduled. Three Time Grammy nominee Trout Fishing In America will entertain as will the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Grease Band, the Hegeman String Band and Bob Ferris Big Band Orchestra. There will be an array of entertainment that appeals to children and grown-ups alike including the Give and Take Jugglers, the Jungle John Reptile Show, story teller, Jim Albertson, the Allo magic, comedy and puppet show, Chris Ivey, juggler, the magic of Chad Juros, the Turtle Singers and Ryan and Friends, comedian and ventriloquist. There will be Inflatables for children to bounce on, a full scale production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by the Ocean City Theatre Co., the Japanese Drummers, the Cape Shore Chorale, Doo Wop Singers, the Key Stone Boy Choir, Country Joe and the Honky Tonk Heroes, Youth Band 1-2-3 Draw, folk singer, Carl Howell, piano virtuoso and composer Andrew Hink and more.

The Ocean City Restaurant Assn. will provide a DINNER BUFFETwhich can be ordered when purchasing First Night Buttons. For assistance or to support the fund, call 609-525-9300 or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.

The Ocean City LIBRARY, HISTORICAL MUSEUM and ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., have on-going events and exhibits. The Arts Center is sponsoring a bus trip to the Winter Antique Show in New York City, Jan. 27. The show is in its 57th Year and will be held in the Park Ave. Armory. Call 609-399-7628 for information.

The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE,608 Asbury Ave., also has continuous exhibits and has released its exhibit themes for the year: Jan,-Judge Show, Feb.-Red, March-Still Life, April-Cats, Dogs and Other Creatures, May- Summer Dreams, June-Flowers, July-Things That Float , Aug.-Sun and Shade, Sept.-Trees, Oct.- Interiors, Nov.-Anything Goes, Dec.- Petite Show.

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