Ocean City Celebrates Black History Month

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/9/18

Ocean City will be host to a variety of events to mark Black History Month in February.


The Ocean City Free Public Library joins the National African American Read-In on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The day will include community readings of African American literature. All readings will be held in the Children’s Activity Room:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Toddler Time (Ages 2-3), featuring African American authors and artists
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Story Train (Ages 4-5), featuring African American authors and artists
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Open Mic, everyone invited to participate by bringing a favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud

The library will offer a free showing of the 2004 Oscar-winning biopic “Ray” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The movie stars Jamie Foxx in the life story of legendary musician Ray Charles.

Local jazz duet Eddie Morgan and Daryl Robinson will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Arts Center 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The concert will feature jazz classics from the past several decades.

Morgan, an Atlantic City native, will play trumpet and provide vocals. He is a music teacher in Pleasantville and founder of “JAZZ 4 KIDZ & U,” a summer enrichment music camp for all his current and former students.

Robinson will play keyboards. He has performed with such legends as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck. In addition, Robinson has taught music for the past 35 years.

The Ocean City Free Public Library and the Ocean City Arts Center are both part of the Community Center building at 1735 Simpson Ave.


OC’S GOT TALENT (Feb. 9): Ocean City High School students compete in their annual talent show in the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the school. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Philadelphia and scholarships for Ocean City High School Key Club members. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets for the public ($10) will be available at the door.

ARTS CENTER RECEPTION (Feb. 9): Watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings will be featured in February at the Ocean City Arts Center.  Also featured will be pastels, mixed media and folk art.  On exhibit from February 1 to 28, all the art has been created by the Ocean City Arts Center’s students and teachers.  A “Meet the Artists” reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 9.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM CHILDREN’S TEA (Feb. 10): The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to its annual Children’s Tea on 11:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.  This year’s theme is “Teddy and the Bears.” The event is perfect for children ages 5 to 10. They can learn about a proper Victorian Tea, do arts and crafts and, most of all, enjoy an afternoon tea. Theodore Roosevelt, his daughter Annie and a whole bunch of teddy bears will join the fun this year. Children are invited to bring a special bear to have a wonderful afternoon. Space is limited and tickets are on sale now. Members of the Ocean City Historical Museum are able to purchase tickets at $8 per person. Others can purchase their tickets for $10 per person.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 609-399-1801 or stop by the museum, located within in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue.  The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.


Tickets are on sale now for the following 2018 shows featuring the Ocean City Theatre Company:

  • Broadway on the OC Boardwalk: 7:30 p.m. June 27 (Ocean City Theatre Company), $20 auditorium, $18 solarium
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (TYA): 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 and 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6 (OCTC Children’s Series), $10
  • Junie B. Jones the Musical: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 (OCTC Children’s Series), $10
  • “A Chorus Line”: 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11 and 13; 2 p.m. July 12 (Ocean City Theatre Company with the Ocean City Pops), $30 adults, $25 children (12 and under)
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 (OCTC Children’s Series), $10
  • Legally Blonde: 7:30 p.m. July 20 and 21 (OCTC Junior Company, students grades 9 to 12), $15 adults, $12 children (12 and under)
  • Sleeping Beauty: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (OCTC Children’s Series), $10
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing:10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 (OCTC Children’s Series), $10
  • “Beauty and the Beast”: 7:30 p.m. August 7, 8 and 10; 2 p.m. August 9 (Ocean City Theatre Company with the Ocean City Pops), $30 adults, $25 children (12 and under)
  • Singin’ in the Rain: 7:30 p.m. August 24 and 25 (OCTC Junior Company, students grades 5 to 8), $15 adults, $12 children (12 and under)

All advance tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, and at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Call 609-525-9284 to inquire about group rates.


Ocean City’s third annual Girls Weekend in April will feature a show titled “Defying Gravity” – about that special balancing act of motherhood and career that can sometimes seem like it breaks the laws of physics.

The show stars Kelli Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Tickets ($20 adults, $18 seniors and kids) are on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, and at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

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