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Crabby Miss Crustacean About to Claw Her Way Into Ocean City

August 3: The Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, an event eagerly anticipated by crabs and their best friends alike, is set for 1 p.m., Wed., Aug. 3rd at the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free. Registration starts at noon. The contest is sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Assn. of Crab Activities at the Beach, an Ocean City Organization. Several years ago Ocean City was contacted by Virginia Beach, Va. asking permission to run a similar event and was granted a franchise. Past winners of Miss Crustacean include Crabopatra, an exotic Egyptian Crab, Copa Crabana, a sultry show girl crustacean, Crab Salad, Taxi Crab and Pirates of the Crabibbean. The winner waddles down a flower bedecked runway while adoring throngs sing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” She is also awarded the Coveted, Cucumber Rind... Read More

Ferko, Glenn Miller, Philippines Tribute This Weekend

July 21: The World Famous Ferko String Band will perform 8 p.m., Thurs., July 21 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248. Formed in 1922, the Ferko String Band established the most successful record of wins in the history of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. The Band has strutted away with first place 20 times and placed in the top five an amazing 82 out of 88 parades. Today the Band is as strong as ever with over 90 members ranging from 50 to 80 years of age. From New York to France, New Orleans to Italy, Texas to Hong Kong and all points in between Ferko has wowed audiences with its unique music and costumes. The band has a series of hit... Read More

Night in Venice Parade Sails into the City this Weekend

July 16: The Night In Venice Parade is set for 7:30 p.m., Sat., July 16 starting at the Longport Bridge and concluding at Tennessee Ave. Expect a smaller boat Parade and fewer decorated homes this year. It will still be an impressive sight but the Recession has prompted many to forgo the expense of decorating and fueling boats. Some home owners, too, have been hesitant about scheduling parties and decorating. In spite of that there will be well over 140 decorated homes. Night In Venice has been held every year since its inception in 1954. It has never been cancelled by the weather, real or financial. Recognizing that there are families in the area who are in financial need, the Night In Venice Committee will divert $500 of its prize money to... Read More

It’s Less Than Two Weeks Till Night in Venice. Register Now For Contests!

July 16: NIGHT IN VENICE is early this year: July 16, less than two weeks away. It’s time to register your boat or home for the annual competition. The Boat Parade begins 6:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge and ends at Tennessee Ave. Optional theme this year is Broadway on the Bay. Entry is free. There will be cash prizes for all who enter boats plus trophies for boat winners and best decorated homes. Boat participants will receive $50 cash cards to enhance decorations providing they finish the Parade. Plus boat captains will be given a special gift and all boat owners will receive a free photo of their boat. All boat and home entrants will be given a decorative mug featuring the Broadway theme. Grand... Read More

City to Celebrate Fourth of July with Bike Parades, Music and More

July 4th Weekend: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events. The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting theMusic Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office,609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us. Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9... Read More

BOYS CHOIR, AUTO SHOW, POPS OPENS, SERVICE BAND NEXT

(June 24) Ocean City Exchange Club CRAFT SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music Pier Pavilion, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656. (June 24) ROCK THE BOARDS 3 Concert, South Jersey's Bound By Nothing hosts music showcase starting 5 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show will feature some of the area's top original musical artists from different genres in a family- friendly atmosphere suitable for all ages. Visitwww.freshfromthevine.com or call             856-357-0000      . (This phone number is correct) (June 25) The Ocean City Sailing Foundation will hold an Open House, Sat., June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave. In addition to free sailboat rides, all of the Foundation's boats will be on display and instructors will answer questions about the sport of sailing and available classes. (June 25) The World Renowned Philadelphia... Read More

Miss New Jersey, Father’s Day Fest This Week, July Jubilee Next

REMINDER: The Miss New Jersey Parade will be held on Wed., June 15 starting 7 p.m. Route will be 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. (June 16-18) Twenty-three title holders from throughout the State will compete for the MISS NEW JERSEY crown, June 16-18. The Pageant will be held in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Miss New Jersey Pageant will vie for the Miss America crown this coming January in Las Vegas. Returning as primary emcee will be Miss New Jersey, 1995, Dena Blizzard, a popular stand up comic, who has received national recognition for her humor based on the trials and tribulations of being a mother. She has emceed the event continuously in recent years and has become a favorite among Miss New... Read More

Artisans Show This Weekend, Miss New Jersey Pageant Next Week

The ARTISANS, based in Philadelphia, will visit Ocean City for its 66th consecutive family weekend June 10-12. This group has supported Ocean City longer than any other organization. The Artisans have scheduled a show of live music and comedy at the Music Pier, Sat., June 11 starting 7 p.m. It will feature comedic musicians Gary and the Kid and Groucho Marx performer, Ron MacClosky who will host a Lucky Guess Game Show. Those picked to participate compete for cash prizes. MacClosky has appeared here for years in the Doo Dah Parade, at Martin Mollusk Day and the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant. The game show is his latest entertainment project and is growing in popularity. The Organization is led this year by Tom DiLauro, Most Excellent Master Artisan. He will greet the... Read More

FLOWER SHOW, LULU TEMPLE CONCERT AND PARADE THIS WEEKEND

Dancing With The Flowers is the theme of the Artistic Design Division of this resort's 39th Annual FLOWER SHOW set for this weekend, June 3-5 in the Music Pier auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Division will feature arrangements such as The Dancing Waters in Class 1, Water Viewing; Dancing the Jitterbug in Class 2, Novice; Disco Fever in Class 3, Suspended; Balinese Dance in Class 4, Oriental; Tea for Two in Class 5, Tea Tray; Conga Line Dancers in Class 6, Expressive and Class 7, Shadow Boxes. There are other artistic categories for all ages and levels of skill. These are descriptively explained in the flower show schedule, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300 and at local flower shops. “This show accommodates everyone,” says Donna Leone who heads the Artistic... Read More