Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Set 2016

The celebration of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S BIRTHDAY will start this Saturday, (Jan. 16 th) in Ocean City. The yearly national celebration is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of the Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave.  A Soul Food Dinner will follow the program.

Ocean City hosted the first celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday in Cape May County 26 years ago and has held one ever since. The program will begin with introductions by City Business Administrator Jim Mallon, followed by a musical selection, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” There will be a scripture reading by Rev. Stephen Donat of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Invocation by Rev. Anna Livingston of Shiloh Baptist Church and greetings by Mayor Jay A. Gillian and elected officials.

Next will be a soloist from St. Paul Baptist Church, followed by reflections from Ocean City Intermediate School essay winners. The Spirit of Light Praise Team of Christ Care Baptist Church will then perform and there will be presentations honoring Michael Dattilo and Marion Davis. The program also includes a musical selection by St. Paul Baptist Church, a message from Rev. Darwin Ramson, St. Paul Baptist Church and the singing of “ We Shall Overcome.”

Noted for his non-violent demonstrations and inspirational speeches on behalf of racial equality, Dr. King is now celebrated throughout the world. There is a memorial statue of the Civil Rights leader in Washington, D.C. and his reputation as an advocate for peace and understanding is constantly growing.

Ocean City’s celebration of Dr. King’s birthday was first organized by Rozelia Cobb, a popular teacher at the Intermediate School. Her early celebrations always involved young people. She thought it was especially important that that they learn about Dr. King and his message.

(Jan. 18) A DAY OF SERVICE will be held in Ocean City honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteers are invited t o participate in a City-Wide Cleanup and are asked to meet 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 18th and Simpson Ave. All volunteers are invited back to the Senior Center for food and warm beverages.

(Jan. 20) CHANTEUSE CONCERT: This women’s quartet will perform at 7 p.m. in the Ocean City Free Public Library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Admission is free.

The group is directed by Robert Snodgrass, a noted choral director at many New Jersey High Schools. The group’s repertoire features such standards as the Beatles “Yesterday”, Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and the McGuire Sisters “Sincerely,” plus English folk songs and a gospel favorite “I am His Child,” by Moses Hogan.”

Accompanist is Dianna Donat, an accomplished pianist. Singers include Jennifer Kramm-Rowe and Leslie Clarke, soprano; Christine Sauer and Anne Beckert, Alto. All four sing with the Masterworks Choir and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Senior Choir.

MEN 55 and Older are invited to participate in the City’s THIRD ANNUAL MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT on March 12th at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Pageant celebrates the relevance of men 55 years or older, and is the only event of its kind in the United States or the world as far as we can determine.

The Pageant opens with a rousing and humorous dance routine choreographed by Jessica Albertson. All contestants participate in this crowd pleaser that sets an entertaining tone for the evening. Contestants then compete in talent, poise and interview segments.

A new feature this year will be a Senior’s Art Exhibit presented by the Ocean City Arts Center and Ocean City Fine Arts League. Outstanding senior artists will display their work at the entrance to the Solarium of the Pier. Pageant attendees will be able to view the work before and after the Pageant which begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10. To enter Pageant or purchase tickets, call (609) 399-6111, email msoifer@hotmail.com or visit the Welcome Center at City Hall, 9th Street entrance.

(Jan. 23)  The Ocean City Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, Rouge Nation, as part of its Saturday Afternoon Movie Series, 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

(Jan. 24)  The South Jersey Jazz Society and Michael Pedicin present FOUR BASSISTS AT PLAY, 2 p.m.  in the Chris Maloney Auditorium of the Ocean City Free Public Library. The program features Andy Lalasis and three other musicians playing original and inspiring music on acoustic, electric and synthesized instruments.

(Jan. 30) The Library offers a free cooking class to celebrate National Croissant Day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Senior Room Kitchen. Other programs include Chess and Bridge Clubs, Meditation Work Shops, TED Talks, Book Discussions, Bay Atlantic Symphony Lectures, Learn to Play Mah-jongg and AARP Driving Classes.

Call the Library, 399-2434 for a list of all of its free entertainment and educational events.

(Through January) The OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., is showing the work of Carla Migliaccio, a talented Ocean City artist. The OCEAN CITY FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., is featuring the best entries of its 2015 shows during January.

Both Centers offer art classes and art for sale by outstanding area artists and photographers. The Ocean City Arts Center holds classes in sculpting, Tai Chi, dancing and runs summer art camps in addition to painting and sketching sessions. For information, call the Ocean City Arts Center, (609) 399-7628, and Ocean City Fine Arts League (609) 814-0308.

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