Rock’N Roll Hall of Famer will Perform at Mr. Mature America Pageant, March 28

OCEAN CITY, N.J.— DICK RICHARDS, Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame Drummer and an original member of the legendary “Bill Haley’s Comets,” will be a guest performer at the Mr. Mature America Pageant. The 91 year old musician, a resident of Ocean City, still tours with a new edition of the Comets. He has also formed a local group, “The Ready Rockers,” who play Oldies concerts throughout the area.

Richards and his Rockers will perform “Shake, Rattle and Roll” at the Pageant. The Rock classic will feature a rousing, drum solo by the durable musician.

Not only is Richards a great musician, but he was a Broadway actor and also performed in over 40 movies and Soap Operas such as “One Life to Live.” A graduate of West Chester University, he excelled in sports and is a member of its Football Hall of Fame.

The Pageant honors the talents and achievements of men 55 and older. It is the only event of its kind in the world. Mr. Mature America debuted to an enthusiastic audience last year. The second annual edition is set for 7 p.m., Sat., March 28th at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

“This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy an American Rock’n Roll legend perform, ” said Mark Soifer, founder of the Pageant. “We are fortunate to have such a renowned and generous musician living in Ocean City.”

Richards and his band mates are performing free. Pageant proceeds, after expenses, will benefit the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard. Last year the Pageant donated $2,000 to charities.

Another stellar senior performer, Herb Birch, aka Bubba Mac, founder of the popular Bubba Mac Blues Band, will donate his services. Birch has championed Blues for many years and is renowned throughout the East for the quality of his music. He will perform solo.

Pageant Contestants will dance to “It’s Raining Men” to kick off the show, choreographed by Jessica Albertson, who produced last year’s popular opener. Contestants will also perform a talent, plus talk about their favorite “Memories” and be judged for an on stage question. To enter the pageant, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 or email

Memories is the theme of the Pageant and the event will feature a display of “Memories Memorabilia” by area residents. This will include keepsakes that folks especially treasure and would like to show the public. The exhibit will be located in the back of the auditorium. It will be open at 6 p.m., one hour before the Pageant and for a period of time afterwards. Those interested in showing their memorabilia should call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300. They will receive a free ticket for the evening.

Pageant tickets are now on sale at the information center on the ground floor of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., or can be acquired by accessing Tickets will also be available at the door. Call 609-399-6111 Ext. 9300. All seating will be reserved.

BARKING NEWS! The 30th Annual DOO DAH PARADE will be held in Ocean City on April 11 at noon. Approximately 500 basset hounds are expected to waddle their way through the downtown and along the Boardwalk past the Music Pier.

Many of the doggies’ best friends are seeking accommodations for the weekend for themselves and their pets. If you have a hotel, motel, guest house, B&B or any accommodations that welcome canines, please contact the Public Relation Office, (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300.

Speaking of Pets, “pet friendly” Ocean City will present its pupular Woof N’ Paws Pet Fashion Show on April 4th starting 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk.

Categories include Best Dressed Cat, Dog and Other Pet, Best Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner Pet Look-A’like, Swimsuit Division, and Best of Show Award aka the Dean Schofield Woof ‘N Paws Plaque for Perfection. The contest is open to “All Pets Who Will Not Eat Another Pet” and has attracted bunnies, occasional cats, ferrets, turtles, Guinea Pigs, etc. Events conclude with a massive belly rubbing in memory of Barklie, aka Cool Joe Canine, Shriver’s legendary Boardwalk doggie.

(March 19) The Environmental Lecture Series continue at the Ocean City Free Public Library with a program on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles by Marine Mammal Stranding Center. For years, this organization has done a superb job rescuing wayward sea creatures and returning them to their natural environments. The talks take place in Room N110 of the Library. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9799.

BREAKING NEWS! The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce reports the following schedule for BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY! From 8 a.m. till noon in the Downtown. (Sun. March 22) Ready’s Coffee Shop &  Restaurant; (Sat., March 28) Yianni’s Café;  (Sun., March 29) Arlene’s On Asbury; and (Sun. March 29) Yoasis, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny 2-4 p.m. (Sat., April 4)Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro. Call (609) 399-1412 for information.

EASTER EVENTS INCLUDE: March 28th and April 4th, THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT, 2:30 p.m. at the beaches from 11th to 14th Sts. Five age groups, 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 yrs., 6 yrs. and 7 yrs. 100,000 eggs, 5,000 with prizes. Rain Dates, March 29 and April 5. Call (609) 399-1412 for information.

April 5: EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE– a traditonal, non denominational service by the sea at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 6:30 a.m. All are welcome. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

April 5: EASTER FASHION PROMENADE starts in front of the Music Pier with judging at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded to the best dressed participants. Take photos with the Easter Bunny who will have chocolate rabbits for the children. For information, call (609) 399-6111.


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