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Night in Venice Began in 1954 as Part of the City’s 75th Anniversary Party

Fifty-five years ago, City officials decided to hold a boat parade and bay front home celebration as part of the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75thAnniversary.   It was to be based on a similar event in Venice, Italy. Art Watkins, the City’s Public Relations Director and Jack Jernee, captain of the lifeguards, organized the event. Watkins had been a tour director and witnessed the Venetian regatta before coming to this family resort.   Thanks to Watkins and Jernee and with funding from the City, the modern Night In Venice was born in the summer of 1954. An earlier event, also called Night In Venice, was held in Ocean City in the early 1900s. It consisted of Philadelphia debutantes accompanied by bands sailing through lagoons and greeting bay front homeowners.   The modern version has been held every year since 1954 and never once... Read More

Ocean City is a Happening Place! Here’s a Way to Keep Current!

There is so much going on in Ocean City, I often worry that you might be missing some of the good entertainment and events that happen here. There are many diverse organizations in town presenting many, many worthwhile programs. One way to keep up is through this newspaper. Another is to frequent our two websites, the City’s, www.ocnj.us and the Chamber of Commerce site, www.oceancityvacation.com. Both carry a comprehensive list of events and other pertinent local information. Another is to sign up for City email which regularly carries information about WHAT’S HAPPENING in Ocean City. You can do this by accessing www.ocnj.us. The Public Relations Office at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., has a printed list of special events and other local information available. We’re open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to... Read More

Information About 4th of July, Night in Venice and More

4th OF JULY FIREWORKS will be set off from a barge off the 9th Street Beach at 9 p.m. on Sat., July 4th. They will be visible along the boardwalk. The QVC network will be in town during the weekend filming segments about Ocean City that will be shown to millions throughout the country. The 4th begins with two bike parades, one in SOUTH OCEAN CITY, the other in the north end GARDENS area. Both start at 10 a.m. and are free to participants. The South Ocean City Parade forms at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 40th and Asbury Ave. The Parade route is from 40th and Central Ave. to 53rd and Central. It ends at the 52nd Street Playground where prizes are awarded and refreshments are served. Participants should be... Read More

Antique Autos, Pops Opens, Balalaikas This Weekend

Over 300 VINTAGE AUTOS roll into Ocean City on Sat., June 27 for the 53rd Annual Antique Auto Show set for the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is followed by a boardwalk parade from 6th to 14th Sts. Admission to the show grounds is free. The event is sponsored by the local chapter of the Antique Automobile Assn. of America and the City. It is directed by David Blyler. It features an array of vehicles from Model A and Model T Fords, antique military vehicles and cars of just about every make and model over 25 years old. Antiques such as Rolls Royce’s and Corvettes are showcased. Cars are judged and prizes awarded to owners of the most outstanding vehicles.... Read More

Miss NJ This Week, July Jubilee, Magician, Balalaikas Are Next

It’s Pageant Week in Ocean City. Twenty-five area title holders from throughout the State are in town to vie for the Miss New Jersey crown. Programs are set for the Music Pier auditorium, Thurs. through Sat., (June 18-20). The winner will receive over $20,000 in scholarship money and prizes. She’ll compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas on Jan. 30, 2010. This is the 14th year the event will be held here. There was a Boardwalk Parade last night led by Ashley Fairfield, reigning Miss New Jersey. Preliminaries are set for tonight and Friday with the final on Sat., June 20. All programs start 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling Mary Lou Cake, 609-315-1423. A ticket for all three nights is priced at $95. The final is $50 and preliminaries... Read More

Artisans Sponsor Hobo Band Concert on Saturday

The ARTISANS return to Ocean City Friday through Sunday for their 64th Annual Weekend (June 12-14). The organization was founded 136 years ago to provide insurance for working people. The Artisans have been visiting Ocean City longer than any other group. The Lu Lu Temple Shriners are second at 47 years. In addition to providing insurance, The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection supports many charitable causes. On Sat., June 13, the Artisans provide two free shows to the public. The have booked the popular Pitman Hobo Band to perform from 7 to 8 p.m. inside the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Hobo Band marches in our Doo Dah, Christmas, Halloween and Baby Parades. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy them in concert. Their shows are entertaining and humorous. Following the... Read More

37th Annual Flower Show This Weekend at Music Pier

Ah yes, I remember it well. The first Flower Show was called the Flower Art Show. It featured both flowers and artwork. It was the idea of James F. Penland, who many of you may know. Jim started the Boardwalk Art Show back in the 60s. He also convinced Mayor Tom Waldman that Ocean City should have an Art Center. Waldman provided the second floor of a former school at 409 Wesley Ave. that housed the Historical Museum downstairs. Both organizations have since moved on. The area is now a mini park. But back to the Flower Show. Penland enlisted the Ocean City Garden Club to help run the show. He added color and excitement to the first event by painting flower landscapes at the Music Pier while the show was in... Read More


LULU TEMPLE, a philanthropic organization that supports free children’s hospitals in Philadelphia and throughout the country, will visit Ocean City May 29-30. LuLu has been coming to Ocean City for 47 years and this weekend will be led by Potentate, Joel L. Ward. The charitable organization will celebrate its 125 Anniversary with a band concert 8 p.m. at the Music Pier on Friday and a Saturday parade on the Boardwalk at 1 p.m. from 6th to 12th Sts. The concert band was organized in 1891 and is the oldest of all the 191 Shrine Centers in North America. The free program will include varied selections of show tunes and patriotic music. It ends with a rousing rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. The parade features floats, music and motorcycles. Ocean City’s RESTAURANT... Read More

Ocean Dip, Barks on Boards, Memorial Service this Weekend

The traditional turning of the key to open the ocean followed by a joyful BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE into the sea, kick off the City’s Memorial Day Weekend events on Fri., May 22. City Beach Patrol members and officials will key the sand at noon on the Moorlyn Terrace beach near the ocean… and Voila! the waters will be ours for another season! Next, business folks dressed in spiffy attire will march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. It’s their way of welcoming another season and the vacationers it will bring to this popular family resort. The originators of the plunge, Ed Shiffler, Matt Donovan and Jason Bowen, inspired by the walking antics of Monty Python and Company, will be back to march and bask in their grand achievement.... Read More