Quiet Festival, Craft Shows, New Mural, Veterans Day This Week – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Now through Nov. 15) The 10th Annual QUIET FESTIVAL, that has already been featured in AAA Magazine, and on national CBS Radio started yesterday and continues though Nov.15. All events are free. The schedule includes:

(Wed. Nov. 9th) The Official Quiet Festival OPENING CEREMONY in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. at noon featuring a Yawn Along to Beautiful Dreamer, the Ocean City High School Sign Club, a Yo Yo Demonstration by Air Circus, the World’s only Maple Pod Drop, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performing Brother Can You Spare a Chime, Nancy Fox singing a quiet song, Quiet Festival Poems, bubbles, leaf squeezing, paper airplanes and more.

(Thurs. Nov.10) Open Poetry reading with Bud Cole, Mark Soifer, the Bad Penny Poets and whoever wants to read, 7 p.m. in Room #110 of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., enter from 17th St. side of the building.

(Fri., Nov. 11th) Veterans Day Ceremony, Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., (see story below)

(Sat.Nov.12) 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center-Senior auditorium. White Mice, Hamster and Guinea Pig CHALLENGE! Bring your quiet pet and have lots of fun. Eating Contests, Sleeping Contest and More. Prizes for winners. Music by Amber Blues Acoustic Band. Register at event or call 609-525-9300, after hours 609-364-4010 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

FOLK CONCERT, Sat. at noon in the Community Center- Library Main Lecture Room, N110 featuring noted instrumentalist, Lew London and Smithsonian Folk Artist, Jim Albertson.

BEAD ART: Learn to make something artistic out of beads at POTOMAC BEAD CO., 910 Asbury Ave. at noon. Public invited.

FOLK CONCERT, Sat. at 2 p.m. Lew London and Jim Albertson at Wesley Manor, 22nd and Bay Ave. Limited Seating. Call 609-525-9300 for reservations.

Free Copies of QUIET POEMS all day Sat., Sun Rose Words & Music, 756 Asbury Ave.

(Sun., Nov. 13) YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN. Take a nature walk, inspect the clouds, trees, later on enjoy the moon and stars, give your doggie a tummy rub, meditate.

(Mon., Nov. 14) PAPER AIRPLANE Making and Flying with licensed pilot Ken Thorpe and his crew, 4:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Youth Center After- School Program, 5th and Asbury Ave. Learn how to make and fly paper airplanes, Play Paper Airplane games.

(Tues. Nov. 15) PAPER AIRPLANE program with Ken Thorpe at the ACT After School Program, 8th St. Playground Building across from Super Fresh.

The Quiet Festival is a program of NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People headquartered in Ocean City, call 609-525-9300.

(Fri. Nov. 11th) The City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM will be held 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. There will be remarks by Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, an address by Rev. Edmund J. Speitel, Chaplain (Col. USA Ret.) a talk “It Is The Veteran by Commander Bob Marzulli, Placing of the Wreath by Ted Bethas and Jack Hagen. The wreath has been donated by Spinning Wheel Florists of Ocean City.

The invocation and benediction will be given by Rev. Mark P. Bruesehoff, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kameron Ghanavati will sing the Star Spangled Banner, Emma Davis of Macedonia AME Church will sing God Bless America and the Ocean City Band will play during the ceremony, Clark Manley will lead the pledge of Allegiance and close the ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Tabernacle Auditorium, 5th and Wesley Ave.

Following the ceremony at approximately 12:30 p.m. a patriotic MURAL by CARLA MIGLIACCIO will be dedicated at the VFW Building, 15th and Bay Ave.

(Nov. 12-13) The first of two Craft Festivals featuring one of a kind artisans displaying and selling quality hand made products will raise money for local charities here this weekend. The Christmas ARTS AND CRAFTS Festival Nov. 12-13 will include 150 artisans displaying a wide array of unusual holiday gifts. The event will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A $3 admission goes directly to local charities.

A second festival, The Holiday Celebration of Fine Crafts, with a completely new group of crafters, will be held Nov. 19-20 at the Music Pier, same hours.

(Nov. 12) The Ocean City Arts Center will present a CRAFT Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lobby of the Community Center l7th and Simpson Ave. All items are handmade and ideal for holiday gifts.

(Nov. 13) EVERY BREATH COUNTS, a Walk/Run on the Ocean City Boardwalk to support LUNG CANCER AWARENESS set f or Nov. 13, beginning at the Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The Boardwalk Runners support this event and there will be awards in various age divisions. For information, visit www.everyBreathCounts.org.

(Nov. 17, 18-19) The Ocean City High School DRAMA CLUB presents a production of “You Can’t Take It With You” at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 501 Atlantic Ave., at the High School. Show times are Nov.17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 399-1290 ext. 1442.

(Nov. 19) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Shopping Extravaganza. Shop in your pajamas, get free coffee and giveaways, early bird shopping specials. Free turkeys to best PJs. Noon to 3 p.m. free horse and carriage rides, face painting and photos with Santa. Call (609) 398-4662.

(Dec.7) The Ocean City Gardens Civic Assn. is sponsoring a Bus trip to LONGWOOD GARDENS as a fund raiser for various local charities and scholarships. The bus will leave the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 11 a.m. and returns to Ocean City at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include transportation, entrance to the Gardens, a full meal and snacks on the bus. Contact Edith at 398-0028.

(New Years Eve.) FIRST NIGHT buttons are now available at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave., seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also order buttons at www.firstnightocnj.com. First Night offers 60 entertainment programs on New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. till midnight. Admission is $14 per person.

(Now through Dec. 30) The Ocean City Historical Museum, 17 th and Simpson Ave/. is presenting OUR HERITAGE IN QUILTS, featuring 27 from the Museum’s collection. One is from 1887. Museum hours are Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

Besides the Quiet Festival programs already mentioned in this column, THE OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers many valuable programs in November and year around. We don’t always have the space to mention them. Access newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org or call the Library at (609) 399-2434, Ext.5231. There are free movies, jazz sessions, FACE BOOK and computer programs. You name it and you’ll find it at the Library.


1 Comment

  1. JoAnne Blackwelder says:

    A message for Mark Soifer

    I really enjoyed hearing your poem about running last night. Would you send me a copy or let me know where I might find one? Is it published?



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