It was “Raining Men” at the Music Pier Sunday

This past Sunday, MR. MATURE AMERICA CONTESTANTS gathered at the Music Pier for their initial orientation. There will be seven contestants and three special senior guest performers.

The contestants are all in good shape. Only one using a cane which he discarded when rehearsing the lively dance number, “It’s Raining Men,” that will open the show on March 28.

Choreographer Jessica Albertson lined up her charges and the music boomed from the sound system. After initial instructions the men high stepped, twirled and were permitted to improvise at the end of the dance.

It was obvious that they were having a good time. Especially during the improvisation part during which you will see gyrations that defy the forces of gravity. “Raining Men” will be drenched with fun.

The men also rehearsed their talents:   George Ellis, 84, from Penn Valley and Ocean City, will perform “Love Me Tender” ; Tom Greeley,66,of Manchester, N.J. will sing “Fly Me to the Moon”; Gary Sakas, 65 of Haddon Heights and Ocean City, will present a melodic rendition of “Summer Wind” ; Rene Sese, 73 of Ocean City, will sing “Save the Last Dance for Me’; Captain Joel S. Fogel, 70, of Somers Point will play “Tenderly” on piano; Kenneth Young, 76, of New York City, will sing “Some Where My Love” and William Paul Cage will talk about a National Charity he has founded.

The men will also compete in poise, question and interview segments and discuss their favorite memories.

A highlight of the evening will be a special guest performance by Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame Drummer, Dick Richards, 91, a resident of Ocean City. Richards was an original member of “Bill Haley and the Comets” and recorded the original version of “Rock Around the Clock” featured in the movie “Blackboard Jungle.”

He still tours the world with the new Comets and has his own local group the “Ready Rockers” who will perform a rousing rendition of “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Blues Legend, Bubba Mac, will perform during the same segment with Richards. Both men will receive Life Time achievement awards in recognition of their accomplishments.

The Mr. Mature Inspiration Award will be presented to Fred Miller, City Historian, author of six books about Ocean City and an Ocean City Citizen of the Year. The City will also honor Momma Dietz of Dietz and Watson for sponsoring City events for 30 years.

Program begins 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission to the Pageant is $10. Ticket are reserved seating and available at the City Hall ground floor information center (Ninth Street Entrance) seven days a week, by accessing www.ocnj/boxoffice, or at the door. Call (609) 399-6111 for information. There will be an exhibit of “Memories Memorabilia” in the Solarium of the Music Pier starting 6 p.m. Exhibit will also be available after the show.

(March 19) ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE SERIES at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., feature a program on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. This organization rescues wayward sea creatures and returns them to their natural environments. Talk is set for Room N110 of the Library at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9799.

(March 21) The Ocean City PTA Spring Carnival at Ocean City High School (use 6th St. entrance) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games, prizes, refreshments and fun. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.  For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

BREAKFAST With the Easter Bunny in the Downtown, 8 a.m. till noon. Sun., March 22, Ready’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant; Sat., March 28, Yianni’s Café; Sun., March 29, Arlene’s on Asbury; Sun., March 29, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny at Yoasis 2-4 p.m.; Sat., April 4 Jon and Patty’s Bistro.

THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT: (March 28 and April 4) 2:30 p.m. at the beaches from 11th to 14th Sts. Five Age Groups 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years. 100,000 eggs, 5,000 prizes. Rain dates, March 29, April 5.

(April 2-3) The Ocean City Tabernacle will present “The Living Last Supper”, 7 p.m. Experience an evening of drama and music as Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples followed by unique communion service. Admission is free.

(April 3) All members of the Community are invited to prepare for Easter at the annual GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. Area clergy will preach on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Music by St. Peter’s Choir and soloists. The Ocean City Ministerium and Ecumenical Council are sponsors of this service. Worshippers are invited to come and go or stay for the entire service. An offering will benefit the Ocean City Ecumenical Community Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet.

(April 4) The WOOF ‘N PAWS Pet Fashion Show starting 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat and other Pet, Best Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner-Pet Look Alike, Swim Suit Division, and Best of Show Award AKA the Dean Schofield Woof ‘N Paws Plaque for Perfection. $5 entry fee benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, an award winning, no kill shelter. Event is open to any pet that will not eat another pet.

(April 5) The annual EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE sponsored by the Ministerium and Ecumenical Council is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Sun., April 5th at 6:30 a.m. Speaker will be Rev. Doctor Anthony Campolo. The Glory of Easter music will be celebrated by trumpets, singing, and students of Nancy Fox and pianist, Jeff Seals.

(April 5) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE starts in front of the Music Pier, judging at 1 p.m. Prizes for best dressed participants. Take photos with the EASTER BUNNY who will have chocolate bunnies for the children. For information, call (609) 399-6111.


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