“Memories” is Theme for Mr. Mature America Pageant

Ocean City’s second annual MR. MATURE  America Pageant will be held on Sat., March 28 beginning 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It celebrates the experience, relevance, and talents of mature men 55 and older.

The Pageant is the only contest of its kind in the World. It is designed to emphasize the contributions of our senior citizens many of whom are still working and retirees who constitute a huge volunteer resource for local organizations including the City.

“Memories” is the theme of this year’s pageant and contestants will be asked to recount their fondest memories during the competition. These recollections will be humorous, nostalgic and informative.

Fred Miller, Ocean City Historian and author of numerous history books about this resort, will be presented the Mr. Mature America Inspiration Award for his outstanding writing and many years of contributions to the community. His wife Susan, also an author, who assists him in his work, will be honored with Fred.

The format of Mr. Mature America will be a traditional one. There will be a rousing opening number “It’s Raining Men,” followed by each member introducing himself in appropriate rain wear. A talent, poise and question session will follow.

The Pageant welcomes the talents of singers, instrumentalists, hobbyists, storytellers, whatever, as long as it’s within the bounds of propriety of this family resort. There will be a number of hilarious group routines and special guests.

In keeping with the memories theme, some future participants in the City’s Old Year’s Celebration will exhibit their special keepsakes. This exhibit will open 6 p.m. in the Solarium of the Music Pier and be available after the Pageant.

There will be a nostalgic finale to the evening when participants and audience join to sing an unusual arrangement of Auld Ange Syne. Admission will be $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 for information and tickets. Or stop in Room 214 of City Hall during working hours.

Are you a male 55 years or older and willing to entertain and educate a friendly audience?  Then join the contest and have fun! Entry is free, with prizes to winners, and T Shirts and Dietz and Watson Hams to all contestants. To enter this unique Pageant call (609) 399-6111 xt. 9300 during working hours, email msoifer@hotmail.com after hours call (609) 364-4010.

Our thanks to the Flanders Hotel and Mr. Peter Voudouris, director of Operations for once again hosting our contestants and judges prior to the Pageant.


As reported last week, author, historian and baseball memorabilia collector, Bob Warrington, will visit Ocean City on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and speak about Phillies Spring Training in 1915, the first year they won the National League Baseball Pennant. His program will feature unusual stories about what spring training was like in those bygone days… I bet many of you have your own unusual story about baseball. If so, email it to me at msoifer@hotmail.com and we’ll distribute it at Bob’s program in the Ocean City Community Center’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. If you don’t use email, call me at (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300.

My most vivid baseball recollection is from a game at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. when playing for Temple University. The infield was soaked by an early rain. My teammates and I figured there was no way we could play. Then a pick-up truck appeared filled with straw that was spread over the infield. A second truck dumped kerosene over the straw. Finally the premises was torched. This produced a huge wall of fire that dried the infield in seconds. It was quite an impressive inferno! We played the game. Navy won.

(Jan. 28) At 2 p.m., the Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave., will present City Historian, Fred Miller and John Loeper, president of the City’s Life Saving Station No. 30, in a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Creation of the COAST GUARD. They will discuss both the 1915 event and the history of the Life Saving Service. Program is free. Donations will be accepted and shared between the Historical Museum and Lifesaving Station.

(Jan. 28) The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., features THE MARATHON AND THE SPRINT, a book by local author, Harry Scott. Travel with this baseball fan and golfer as he discusses how he visited 28 Major League stadiums in 28 days in 1995. In 2009, after the major leagues expanded, he visited 30 stadiums in 30 consecutive days. Harry will also discuss his many golfing experiences both in this country and around the world, 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

The Library presents an array of free programs including movies, writing classes, programs for children of all ages, declutter sessions, cooking classes, Bridge, computer training, language classes and much more. For information, call (609) 399-2434 ext. 5238. Sign up for the Library’s News Letter: newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org to keep informed about on-going programs.

(Jan. 31) The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., is hosting a bus trip to the WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW at the Park Ave. Armory in New York. The exhibition features furniture, Asian Art, American Silver and much more. This is one of the largest antique shows in the country. You will be able to purchase exceptional work from 73 celebrated exhibitors. Tickets are $45. Admission to the show is not included and is $25. For information or to make reservations, call the Ocean City Arts Center, (609) 399-7628. For Show information access www.armoryonpark.org.

(Feb 13-15) The Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. will present the Off Broadway sensation FORBIDDEN BROADWAY GREATEST HITS: VOLUME 1. This family-friendly “Spooftacular” rolls into town for three shows only Feb. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. No Broadway Show is safe from this satirical production that pokes good-natured fun at hit musicals and the legendary performers who starred in them. Shows to be spoofed include Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Annie and more. Production features fantastic professional talent and a memorable evening at the Theatre for Valentine’s time.  Show has received rave reviews from the New York Times, New York Post and many other media. For ticket information, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice/Other/OC Theatre Co.


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