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Quiet Festival, Craft Show This Weekend, Holiday Specials Next

Ah, yes, it’s Quiet Festival Weekend, that time of year when those of us who enjoy silence and placid activities celebrate while the majority of the population completely ignores us. Yes, amid the Texting, Face booking, My Spacing, U Tubing and general hyper-activity, we take our stand (or seat) listening to the wisdom of sea shells, leaf squeezing, pin dropping, Yawning Along, maple pod dropping, flying kites and paper airplanes, inspecting clouds and relaxing to the inspirational tinkling of the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band.

Here’s the Quiet Festival Schedule: Wed., Nov., 11- Ken Thorpe, Paper Air Plane enthusiast, visits 8th St. Playground After School Program at 3:30 p.m., shows children how to fly and make paper airplanes, does the same thing at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 12 for After school children at Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. Fri., Nov. 13, noon, the inspirational Yawn Along and Maple Pod Drop for in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Yawn Alongers will be accompanied by the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band as they yawn to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer.

Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m., Dutch Treat Lunch at Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave. No chattering or boxing permitted. Meet officials of NAP, National Assn. of Tired People, and learn about their laid back organization.

Nov. 13 at 2 p.m., Quiet Festival visits primary school for folk singing session, Yo Yo demonstration and environmental message from Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader. S

at., Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in front of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, a lilting concert by the World’s only Wind Chimes Band who will be accepting new members at that time. Band will play such favorites as Jingle Bells and Brother Can You Spare a Chime.

Sat., Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m.: World’s First Pin Dropping Challenge in front of Music Pier. Don’t ask. Just be there with your favorite safety or straight pin and be prepared to drop it on a metal plate. Quietest droppers receive Pin Head of the Year Award. Contest is free. Pins provided to the pin-less.

Sat., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., classic folk concert at Wesley by the Bay. Non residents are welcome but must make reservations, call 609-525-9300 .

Sun., Nov.15, you’re on your own. Go fly a kite, take a nature walk, read a book, watch a football game with the sound turned off.

TWO HUGE CHARITYART & CRAFT Fairs will be held at the Music Pier, Nov. 14-15 and 21-22. Over 150 fine artisans, artists and gourmet food specialists, many who are new and have never been here before, will be featured. Holiday items will be offered at both events and there will be a new group of crafters scheduled for both shows. All profits are donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard and other local charities. Hours are 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nearby parking is free. Charitable admission is $3, children are free. Events are produced by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild, 609-399-9998.

GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS NOW! Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Ave., across from City Hall, is now selling admission buttons with schedules for our First Night New Year’s Eve gala. The program includes over 60 entertainment programs at central locations with fireworks at midnight. And for just $14. The only extra charge is $3 for the legendary Coasters who will be performing at the Music Pier. Wonderland rides will be open once again for those with First Night admission buttons and there will be fireworks at midnight. We have an Angel fund for families and individuals who cannot afford admission. Call 609-525-9300 for information or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Here are some holiday events on the horizon: THE EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Downtown Shopping Extravaganza, Sat., Nov. 21 in the downtown from 7 a.m. till noon on Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th Sts. Stores will be offering specials, free coffee and coffee mugs, give-aways and entry forms to win one of many $25 Downtown Gift Certificates. Merchants will be dressed in pajamas for the early morning event and shoppers are invited to come dressed in pj’s, too. Those judged to be sporting the best sleep wear will win a turkey. They’ll meet Santa who will also be in pajamas.

“I think people want to shop locally and support independently owned stores,” said Marcia Shallcross, executive director of Main St., Ocean City.

“Shoppers will have that opportunity at Earlier than the Bird and will find great deals and quality service at over 100 shops in Downtown Ocean City, while having a fun shopping experience”

REMEMBER: What’s spent in Ocean City, stays in Ocean City. Shop locally!

THE MERCHANTS will follow up Earlier than the Bird with CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN, “Our Miracle on Asbury Ave.,” on Fri., Nov. 27. This will be an old fashioned, down home celebration with late night shopping on Friday, entertainment, refreshments, gift certificates and giveaways plus dining and shopping specials all weekend long.

There will be Breakfast with Santa at a different Downtown Restaurant every Saturday and Sunday. And of course Santa will be making his famous descent from the CITY HALL ROOF on Friday at 5 p.m. It’s a sight to behold. Don’t miss it!

COMING ATTRACTIONS: The Ocean City Fine Arts League continues its series of Art Films on Nov.19 starting 7 p.m. at St. Peters United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The film “Impressionist, Part 1” will be shown and a discussion will follow. Cost is $5. For information, call 814-0308.

Next Week will have more information about our December events that include the popular TRAIN SHOW, Dec. 5-6, the CHRISTMAS PARADE, Dec.5, Free Horse and Carriage Rides with Santa, Photos with Santa and Sindia Day, Dec.5.

There’s also lots of great entertainment scheduled for December: The famous tenor, RONAN TYNAN will perform at the Music Pier, Dec.10 in a benefit for Holy Spirit High School, A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, The Ocean City Theatre Company’s popular Holiday Revue is set for Dec.18-20 at the Music Pier, a fully staged production by Michael Hartman with professional singers, dancers and actors, an Ocean City version of the Radio City Show. Tickets are $10 for children, $12 for adults, call 609-525-9300.  Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is the sponsor.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS presents its popular JOY TO THE WORLD Holiday special, a celebration of the glorious sounds of Christmas, conducted by Bill Scheible and also featuring the Heraldic Trumpets, 8 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. Musicologist Dr. Richard Stanislaw will narrate. Tickets are $15. Call 609-525-9300. Concert is sponsored by Norman and JoAnne Schaut.

The Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER presents Theater for Young Audiences, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,Dec.11-16 at 908 Asbury Ave. and a Candelight Reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens on Dec. 18 at the same location.  Call 609-231-3263for information.

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