Ocean City Flower Show Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Ocean City FLOWER SHOW is a testament to volunteerism in Ocean City. The popular event was initiated 40 years ago in 1972 through the efforts of the late, legendary businessman, James F. Penland.
He convinced then Mayor B. Thomas Waldman that a Flower Show would be good for the City. Waldman agreed and provided City resources to make the event possible. But the show could never have been held without the assistance and expertise of the Garden Club of Ocean City. Penland realized this and solicited the help of the group who have been running the event to this day. They are all volunteers.The Flower Show costs the City little to nothing as the Club produces an advertising book, collects voluntary donations at the door and runs a commercial trade fair. The money is donated to the City.

The first show was called The Flower Art Show. Penland sat in the middle of the Auditorium and painted pictures of flowers the entire three days. This weekend members of the Ocean City Fine Arts League and Ocean City Arts Center will display paintings at the Pier in tribute to Penland to whom the show is dedicated.

The Club is also honoring retiring chairman, Frank Leone and Dr. Tom Brown who have made major contributions to the Flower Show over the years.

An array of Artistic Design and Horticultural Displays with tables of orchids, roses, African Violets, Hanging Baskets, bulbs, herbs and much more will be featured. Competitors vie for prizes. There is a special competition for Juniors up to 16 years of age. All competitors are amateur Green Thumbers. There are special displays by professionals who are not eligible for awards.

Show hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun. The Trade Fair on the Pavilion features flower products for sale 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., and
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun.

The ARTISANS come to town the weekend of June 9th.They will present their annual Miss Artisan Pageant on the Music Pier, June 9th at 8 p.m. The public is invited, admission is free and entertainment will be provided by the popular comedic musicians, Gary and the Kid. Pageant judges select the young lady who will represent the Artisans for the following year. The Artisans are a cooperative insurance organization that provided the first coverage for working people over 100 years ago. They support numerous charitable organizations.

The MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT comes to Ocean City June 13 to 16. Twenty five young ladies will compete for the title. The winner goes to Las Vegas in January to compete for the Miss America title.
There will be a Boardwalk Parade on Wed., June 13 at 7:30 p.m. from 6th to 14th Sts.

Theme of the Parade is “Nursery Rhymes Travel the Boards.  All 25 contestants will ride in convertibles and portray characters in various nursery rhymes. The Parade will be led by Katharyn Nicolle, the reigning Miss New Jersey.

The Parade will also include floats with Little Miss Ocean City, Cassidy Diamond and Junior Miss Ocean City, Kylie Clearkin. Miss Ocean City, Brenna Carnuccio, will ride in a Beach Patrol Life boat.

Pageant Preliminaries will be held in the Music Pier Auditorium, June 14 and 15 with the finals on Sat., June 16.  Tickets are available by calling Mary Lou Cake, 856-424-3564. The week of the Pageant call 609-315-1423. Tickets are $35 for preliminaries, $50 for the final with a package price of $100 for all three nights. For other Pageant information, call 609-525-9300.


(June 3)  The Mitchell McAllister OCEAN CITY WALK In memory of a New Jersey teen, helps raise funds for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Direct Services Program. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field. Proceeds support area families faced with the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. For information, call 856-853-4803 or visit www.emmanuelcancer.org.

(June 3) Ocean City’s professional soccer team meet the Jersey Express at Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave. at 7 p.m. Half time events include Lil Kickz demonstration and an introduction to Ocean City FC Youth Teams. (Free entry to any youth soccer player on Ocean City FC summer teams.) $8 for adults, $4 Kids.  Call 609-525-9999 or visit www.oceancityFC.com. Nor’easters play Reading United on June 8 and the Baltimore Bohemians on June 10 at Carey Stadium.

(June 7) WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 6 p.m. to 10:30 P.M. All rides only 1 ticket. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. Gillian’s is celebrating 82 years on the Boardwalk.  For information, call 609-399-7082.

(June 9) OCEAN CITY COP CHASE-5k Run and Kids races. Proceeds benefit O.C. Police Benevolent Assn. that provides scholarships for High School Seniors, Christmas Toys and the distribution of free bike helmets. Register on line at www.runtheday.com  or download an application at www.ocpba.com. Questions?  Call Sgt. David Hall, 609-525-9108 or The Sneaker Shop 609-391-5223.

(June 9) O.C. HUMANE SOCIETY Family Golf Tournament: tournament benefits shelter residents. 8:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Golf Course, 25th and Bay Ave. Registration, $30 per person or $100 a foursome and includes lunch. For information, call 609-398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

(June 23) The world renowned PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR and Chorale returns to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., on Sat., June 23. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Phone St. Peter’s, 609-399-2988 for tickets, on sale for $10 or six for $50 if ordered early ($15 at the door). Children 12 and under are free. The evening performance will showcase the voices of eighty boys complemented by a men’s chorale.

(June 23) The Ocean City SAILING FOUNDATION will hold an Open House from 9 .m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Ave.  The Open House will provide information on various sailing classes and a free 15 minute sail on the Bay. Call John at 609-226-9219.

(All Summer) The GREATER OCEAN CITY THEATRE Company offers an exciting array of camps and classes this summer. The lineup includes programs designed for the youngest students and serves as an introduction to the performing arts, as well as classes for students with an extensive performing arts background. Enrollment is limited. To sign up or for more information, call 609-398-1118 or email info@oceancitytheatrecompany.com.  You can also download a registration packet on the education page of www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com.

LAST MINUTE REMINDER (May31) BIG GIRL BIRTHDAY PARTY: Will be held from 5-9 p.m. in the downtown. Enjoy an evening of sweets, make your own treats, shopping specials, give aways, store drawings and more! Get all the information on this fun filled evening that benefits the City’s Community Arts Project . This organization beautifies the community through public art. Call 609-398-4662 or stop at the Accent Gallery, 956 Asbury Ave. or see Marcia Shallcross at the Main St. office in the Chamber building 16 E 9th St. 


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