MEADOWLARK’S PARTING SHOT, UPDATE ON EASTER EVENTS

Despite the weather, we were able to sandwich in the Doo Dah Parade between a morning drizzle and late afternoon rain storm. (Thank you Dean Schofield.) It was a windy event, to say the least but that didn’t stop the marchers or affect the enthusiasm of our PieAscoites who plastered each other in front of the Music Pier as a tribute to Soupy Sales.

Meadowlark Lemon was a gracious grand marshal. He was accompanied in the Parade by a band playing Sweet Georgia Brown, the theme song of Meadowlark’s Harlem Globe Trotters. Meadowlark ended the day at the Tabernacle Youth Center where he presented an inspirational talk to a mixed audience of children and adults.

He concluded his talk on the Youth Center basketball court where he demonstrated some of the finer points of ball handling and shooting. He finished by fading back and sinking one of his famous, patented hook shots as the audience cheered. It was Meadowlark’s parting shot and capped his successful stay in Ocean City.

The Doo Dah Parade included the Basset Hound Olympics, Humor program by Dr. Joel Goodman at the Library and dinner theater tribute to Meadowlark at the Flanders all on Friday… and the Parade, PieAsaco and Tabernacle on Saturday. It was a fun Doo Dah and Dew Dah Weekend.

A big thank you to all who helped in the Parade including Jane French, Michele Gillian, Sally Huff and Jim Mallon who organized the line-up and sent the Parade on its way exactly on time. Sue Canale and her crew did their usual excellent job at the Music Pier serving Dietz and Watson Hotdogs to the marchers and handling the T Shirts. Those hotdogs tasted extra good after the cool march on Saturday. Community Service staffers Ray Esterlund, Donna Schmitt and Kathy Caraballo contributed greatly. We’d also like to thank the Music Pier Staff, Public Works Crews, City Police and many others who made the event possible. This includes our sponsors Dietz and Watson who has been the major sponsor since the Parades inception 26 years ago, dinner sponsors Sturdy Savings Bank, Jay and Michele Gillian, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, First Night and Wonderland Amusement Pier. Also thank you to the Port O’Call, the Impala Motel, the Biscayne Hotel and the Flanders for accommodating our celebrities and Doo Dah performers. Other Doo Dah sponsors included Ocean City Home Bank, Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn., Shriver’s Saltwater Taffy, Main Street Ocean City and the Ocean City Tourism Commission.

Ocean City Easter events kick-off with a fashion competition for pets.

FOLLOWING IS AN UPDATE ON OCEAN CITY EASTER EVENTS:

Events begin on Sat., April 23 at 11 a.m., with the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The contest is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat, Miscellaneous, Bathing Suits, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Most Patriotic, Best Bonnet, Cutest Tail Wagger and Pet-Owner Look Alike. Ribbons will be awarded. Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection. A $5 entry fee for individual pets and a $10 fee for multiple entries (no limit) benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Register for the contest at the field starting 10 a.m. the day of the show. In the event of harsh weather the event will be held inside the adjacent Sports and Civic Center.

Ocean City’s Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for the beaches from 11th to 13th Streets on Sat., April 23 starting 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Playland’s Castaway Cove and the Boardwalk Merchants Assn. These will be the only age groups: 0-2 at 11th St., 3-4 at11 St., 5 at 12th, 6 at 12th St. and 7 at 13th St. Only ages 1-2 may have an adult accompany them into the ring. Over 100,000 eggs with candy and toys will be placed along the beach. Rain date is April 24. Participants should arrive at the beach on time as the hunt is over quickly. Entry is free and there is no need to register. Other sponsors include Ocean City Home Bank, TD Bank, Port O’ Call, Mack & Manco, Ocean City Board of Realtors and Jilly’s.

Easter in the Downtown features Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave. Order from the menu. Breakfast times are Fri. and Sun. (April 22-24) 9a.m. till noon and Sat., (April 23) 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Reservations are suggested, call  609-399-0113. The Bunny will pose for photos in a lifeguard stand at 9th and Asbury Ave. at no charge from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sat., April 23. There will be candy and toy filled eggs for kids and Eggstra Special Savings along the Avenue. Shoppers should look for the egg signs in windows of participating stores to receive an egg filled with prizes and benefit from in-store specials. In the event of rain, the photos and eggs will be moved to Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave. Call 398-4662 for information.

The City’s annual Easter Sunrise Service is set for 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 24, in the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Author and commentator, Tony Campolo, will be guest speaker. There will be music by the students of Bob Snodgrass and Nancy Fox along with David Seals and David Lamkin on trumpets and Jeff Seals on piano. About 12 clergy will be participating. The public is invited to the non-denominational program.

The annual fashion competition begins at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Laurie Kohr, former Miss New Jersey, will emcee. The Easter Bunny will give chocolate bunnies to children and pose for photos. Prizes will be awarded to best-dressed family, children, couple, man, woman, teen girl and boy and for bonnets. In the event of inclement weather, the contest will be held inside the Music Pier.

On Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., there will be a drama based on thedaVinci Last Supper painting at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. The program is presented by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in cooperation with the First Presbyterian Church and Ocean City Tabernacle. The 13 characters are posed like the painting and then each breaks his freeze and explains his relationship to the passion story.

Friday, noon to 3 p.m., there will be a Good Friday service at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., with pastors of the community preaching in each of the sections. The service is designed so that worshippers can come and leave as convenient.

Just In: The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., will present Easter in the Magic Forest on Fri., April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sat., April 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Milk and cookies will be served following the performance. The Easter Bunny enlists the help of fairies and foxes to save Easter from the dragons. The dragons turn out to be friendly. For reservations, call 609-457-6686. Sponsored by Wonderland Pier.

The Ocean City Free Public Library will be closed on Easter Sunday. Good Friday hours at the Library are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on Ocean City Easter events, call 609-525-9300.

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