Quiet Festival, Nap Rally, Big Craft Show Set for this Weekend

A highlight of this weekend’s Quiet festival will be the kick-off of NAP, the National Association of Tired People, a festival spin off. I have been elected president of NAP, an organization I founded three years ago but have been too exhausted to do anything about until now.

In accepting the presidency I note that I have been tired for about 40 years and so feel uniquely qualified to represent the millions of tired folks in this country and around the world.

Surely we can all find something to be tired about. I will underscore this at my acceptance speech during the Quiet Festival’s Wind Chimes Symphony set for Sat., 11 a.m. in front of the Music Pier Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. During this ceremony, there will be a maple pod drop and we’ll all sing my campaign theme song NAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

Topics I will touch upon, quietly of course, are The Joys of No Noise or of Decimating the Decibel, the Power of Positive Napping, Fracturing Fatigue, Good Tired-Bad Tired and Get a Pet, how adopting a dog or cat can bring relaxation into your life.

We will also discuss why Nap opposes the screaming on TV reality and talent shows and ear shattering Coming Attractions at the movies.

NAP’s mission is not just to criticize but to offer positive solutions and relief for “Tirednissy”. Tiredness or Tirednissy is not funny. But it can be relieved by napping, humor and other methods including a nice vacation in Ocean City which is a perfect anecdote for wiped out citizens.

I will introduce my vice-president and cabinet members during the rally. There will be a group singing of Trash Buster’s Stand by your Can to underscore NAP’s commitment to recycling. Unfortunately the Canned Crusader cannot be with us as he has other commitments at the land fill.

Incidentally, there are no term limits on the NAP presidency. “You serve until you get tired of the job.”

HERE’S THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Events begin with the inspirational Yawn Along and Maple Pod Drop on Fri., Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Join us and yawn to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer as Maple Pods spin quietly to the ground. Following the Yawn Along we move to the Music Pier for an 11:30 a.m. Nature Walk which will include Cloud and Horizon Appreciation, Fresh Air Breathing and the picking up of any stray litter.

On Fri. at 12:30 p.m., there will be a subdued Dutch Treat Luncheon at the Chatterbox. No chattering or boxing permitted.

On Fri. at 2 p.m., the Quiet Festival visits the Primary School for a folk singing session by Ted Prior’s Early Morning Reign and an appearance by Doug Jewell, The Quiet Pirate, who will demonstrate his yo yo skills.

On Fri. at 4 p.m., the Pirate and Trash Buster will entertain youngsters at Cornerstone Ministries After School Program at the Stainton Building, 8th and Asbury Ave. Highlight of the event will be the appearance of Ken Thorpe who will show youngsters how to make and fly paper airplanes.

On Fri. at 7 p.m., there will be an open mic poetry reading set for the Headly Room of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. I will read some poems and display Visual Poetry.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the NAP Rally and Wind Chimes Symphony, already discussed, will be held. Please bring your wind chimes and join us in this unique concert.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Quiet Festival visits the Shores at Wesley Manor, 22nd and Bay, for a program featuring Smithsonian folk sing and story teller, Jim Albertson, Early Morning Reign and the Quiet Pirate and Trash Buster.

Sunday, you’re on your own. Go fly a kite with Doug Jewell of Air Circus at 12th and the beach, walk the boards, read a book, take a nap, watch football with the sound turned off.

At all events, Quiet Festival specialties will be showcased including leaf squeezing, feather and pin dropping, Kaleidoscope peering and sea shell listening.

Call 609-525-9300 for more information.

TWO BIG CRAFT SHOWS are set for Ocean City during the next two weekends. Over 150 fine artisans, artists and gourmet food specialists, many new to the region, will offer their creations at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

The season opening Holiday Festival is set for Nov. 15-16 featuring an array of wreath designers, artists, crafters, bakers, candy makers plus aisles of unique home decorating and gift ideas.

The following weekend, Nov. 22 and 23, the Christmas Spectacular highlights a complete new lineup of artisans. You’ll find gingerbread houses two feet tall, gift goodie baskets, gourmet treats, jewelry, Santas, angels,toys, dolls, trains, fine art and dazzling themed Christmas trees.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.There’s plenty of free parking at lots near Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is $3, children are free. All profits from the shows go to local charities including the Ocean City Food Cupboard, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army.

ARCADIA TO PUBLISH BABY PARADE BOOK BY FRED MILLER: Ocean City author, Fred Miller, is writing a book commemorating the 100th Anniversary of our Baby Parade. Yes, on Aug. 13, 2009 the celebrated parade will reach the century mark.

Arcadia, a major publisher with offices in Charleston, S.C., Chicago, Portsmouth and San Francisco will release the book thanks to Miller’s efforts.

Arcadia has great faith in Fred as he has already written three books about Ocean City that have been best sellers with multiple reprints.

Miller is currently collecting photos to be used in the book. Anyone with photos they would like to submit should drop them off at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. or call 609-525-9300.

All persons who have participated in the Baby Parade over the years are invited back for the 100th edition. Those who return will be given a commemorative mug. Register by calling the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.

Ocean City has the longest continuously running Baby Parade in the Country.

THE OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m., Tues., Nov.18 at 17th and Simpson Ave. The Autumn Native’s Night will follow the business meeting. Topic will be the Ocean City Baby Parade. People with photos of the Parade are invited to bring them to the meeting.

TOWN MEETING: Mayor Perillo invites the public to his fourth Town Meeting, Mon., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 861 Asbury Ave. Mayor Perillo will review his second year in office and speak about future initiatives. Mayor Perillo noted that he is strongly committed to insure that everyone in the community has an opportunity to discuss the future of Ocean City.

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