Parade, Train Show, Pops Concert, Sing-In This Weekend – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Interesting events continue at this family resort…

(Dec. 2)  The City’s Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE featuring Santa and holiday hoopla starts 6 p.m. and goes from 6th to 11thSts. on Asbury Ave. The Hoopla will be provided by the Ocean City High School Band, Pennsport String Band, and floats from Wonderland, Ocean City Home Bank, Sturdy Savings Bank, plus the Highland Youth Performance  Ensemble Color Guard. MissOceanCity, Brenna Carnuccio, Junior Miss Ocean City, Kylie Clearkin and Little Miss Ocean City, Cassidy Diamond will also brighten the event.

Following the Parade Santa will pose for photos (bring your camera) in the lobby of Stainton’s Square and give treats to the children.

Downtown stores will be open for holiday shopping.

(Dec. 3-4)  The City’s Annual JAY EGGLY TRAIN SHOW is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. The event serves two purposes. It’s a great place to take children because of large working displays that will be featured.  Over 40 vendors will participate, selling trains, train parts, accessories and memorabilia for holiday and year around displays.

The Music Pier stage will feature a working exhibit of Gauge 1 model trains presented by the South Jersey Garden Railroad Society. Children can sit on stage and watch large models pass through colorful exhibits of foliage and forests. The Solarium of the building will highlight a 10 by 30ft. Lionel display that will include numerous, unique accessories like a sawmill, log loader, cattle pen, etc. with up to five trains running simultaneously.

Repairs will be made on site by technician, Dick Yard.  Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children.

(Dec. 3) 4 p.m., the MESSIAH SING-IN featuring the Atlantic Youth Orchestra, other professional musicians and area church choirs will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. All are invited for a “Flash Mob” type of event to either sing or listen to an informal inspirational rendition of Handel’s Messiah. Call (609) 399-1915.

(Dec. 3) The Ocean City POPS ORCHESTRA under the direction of Bill Scheible presents its annual Holiday Concert, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School, 6th andAtlantic Ave., 7:30 p.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for tickets.

(Dec. 4) American Legion PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Post 524 and Legion Auxiliary from8 a.m. till noon, 3304 Bay Ave. Adults $5, Children $3. All welcome. Proceeds benefit veteran’s projects.

(Dec. 9) A Christmas BIRTHDAY will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel featuring Blues sensation, Terri Showers. A buffet dinner and desserts are included. Seating is limited. Tickets, $49. Call Peaches Lukens, (609) 398-8781.

(Dec.10) The Annual SANTA PAWS Photo Op event at the Ocean City Humane Society, Shelter Rd., off Bay and Tennessee Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your pets for photos with Santa. Cost is $10 per photo. Call (609) 399-2018.

(Dec. 10) 2 p.m., Living, Outdoor, NATIVITY SCENE presented by Youth of the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th andWesley Ave., call (609) 399-1915.

(Dec.10) CHRISTMAS CONCERT at Tabernacle, featuring tenor, John Taylor, Tapestry Strings, Angelus Choir, 4 p.m., call (609) 399-1915.

(Dec. 10)  SINDIA DAY at OceanCityHistorical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  See pictures and hear the history about Ocean City’s historic shipwreck.  There will be craft activities for the children. Also see Heritage in QUILTS exhibit on through Dec. 30. The Museum’s 2011-2012 HISTORICAL CALENDER is for sale. Only $8.50. Can ship them for gifts at an additional charge.

(Dec. 16-18) CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND HolidaySpectacular by the Ocean City Theatre Co. at Music Pier. Dazzling show by a cast of professionals directed by Michael Hartman. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Call 609-525-9300.


(Sun., Dec. 4) Main Lecture Room,2 p.m.HolidayMusic with the Packaged Goods Orchestra. An original rendition of timeless holiday music. (Thurs., Dec. 8) 7 p.m.Room 110, Best Selling Author, Richard Paul, talks about the Power of Books. (Sat., Dec. 10) 7 p.m., Main Lecture Room, Amnesty International of Cape May County celebrates Human Rights Day with poets Ketan Ben Caesar and Bill Sherman. (Sun., Dec.11) 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Library’s Holiday Festival featuring Sam Sardina performing holiday songs at 2 p.m. in the Atrium: meet Santa from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room, N116; Performance by the Somers Point Jazz Society in the Main Lecture Room, N110 from 2-4 p.m. plus face painters, stilt walkers, tattoo artists, puppeteers and more with refreshments provided by Yanni’s Café.

NOTE:  Every Friday (Dec.2-23) is HOSPITALITY NIGHT in the Downtown from 5-8 p.m., with free horse and carriage rides, Evening Shopping Specials, Carolers, Santa and more.

Free Horse and CARRIAGE RIDES are available from noonto 3 p.m.every Sat. and Sun. from now ending Dec. 17-18.

There will be photos with SANTA IN A LIFEBOAT for a fee at the Music Pier every Sat. and Sun., ending Dec. 17-18. from noon till 3 p.m.

There will be BREAKFAST with Santa in a different Downtown Restaurant every Sat. and Sun., ending Dec. 17-18. For a schedule access or call (609)399-1412.

(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT:  Ocean City’s Gala New Year’s Eve. Celebration offers 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. until Midnight capped by fireworks. Admission buttons are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 Downtown Gillian’s, 838 B Asbury Ave., call (609) 391-0060. You can also order buttons at  An Angel Fund is available for those who can’t afford buttons.  For buttons or to support fund, call 609-525-9300.

ADVISORY: The Ocean City Tabernacle will sponsor a bus trip, Thurs., March 22, toLancaster, see the new production developed by Sight and Sound, the Story of Jonah. This spectacular features live animals, a mechanical whale and a cast of over 100 to portray the biblical story.

Over 800,000 people see the show in Lancaster or Branson, MOevery year. The trip includes lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, coach bus transportation and admission at $115. Call (609) 399-1915 or access

NEWS from the OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17TH andSimpson Ave.-call (609)399-7628 :  The Arts Center offers artwork of the nostalgic Ocean City Bridge now being demolished. Water color artist Marie Natalie has provided the Center’s Gift Shop with original paintings, postcards and many different interpretations of the bridge.

The Center will also hold its second Christmas Craft Show on Sat., Dec. 3 from 9 2 p.m. in the atrium lobby. Also on Dec. 3 there will be a Craft Workshop for children ages 6-11 from 10 a.m. till noon. Cost is $10 plus $5 for materials. Reserve a place now. Call (609) 399-7628.

NEWS from the Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER, 813 Asbury Ave.: As part of its Young Audience Series it will offer, “The Ever After” fractured fairy tales featuring various notables like Cinderella and what happens in their lives after the traditional tale ends. Shows are set for Fri., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.Admission is $5, includes milk and cookies. For reservations: (609) 457-6686 or




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