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Spring Block Party on Saturday in Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/2/18

The early weather forecast looks sunny for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party on Saturday. That’s always good news for the premier spring event, which features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Entertainment along the Avenue will include the Tidal Wave Band and the Pennsport String Band, among others.

This will be the 36th year for an event that now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Merchant table sales will continue on Sunday between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

The local American Legion will sponsor a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in a special concert 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The band CSN Songs will celebrate Block Party Weekend with hits such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Ohio” and “Love the One You’re With.” Tickets are $30 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. All proceeds benefit the Morvay-Miley Post 524 American Legion of Ocean City.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY FOR MEGAN HILTY WITH OCEAN CITY POPS

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday (May 3) for the season-opening performance of the Ocean City Pops featuring Megan Hilty. The show is at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier.
Hilty is most recognizable for her portrayal of seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash.” A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in “Wicked.” She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. She followed up the series with a starring role on the NBC comedy “Sean Saves the World.”

Hilty received critical acclaim for her role of Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Noises Off.” She earned nominations for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award and won a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. Her television credits include recurring roles on “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” “The Good Wife,” “Braindead,” and “Louie,” among many others.

Tickets are $30 to $60 and will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

MORE EVENTS IN MAY

WALK MS 2018 (May 6): Walk to create a world free of MS. Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth and Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 215-271-1500 or visit www.walkms.org.

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 12): Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades. Special guest will be Jon Dorenbos. 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

AN EVENING WITH JON DORENBOS (May 12): After a sold out show in 2017, Dorenbos is back with an evening of magic, comedy and football. Philadelphia football fans can continue to celebrate the big win with veteran Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos at the Ocean City Music Pier. In the fall of 2016, Dorenbos impressed the judges of “America’s Got Talent” with his mind-blowing magic and uplifting stories. He started practicing magic at the age of 12 after a family tragedy tore his family apart. His show incorporates stories from his difficult childhood to successful football career with comedy and magic. Now, he is considered a “master magician” and earned the respect of top magicians everywhere. Tickets are $45, $35 and $30 and will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

MODERN MUSCLE CAR INVASION (May 12): Modern Muscle Cars will be displayed on the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.modernmusclecarinvasion.com or email blinkerfluidproductions@gmail.com.

HOPE WALK FOR LIFE (May 12): A leisure walk to raise money for the work of Hope Pregnancy Center. Registration opens at 8 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-226-8716.

THE WEST CHESTER STRINGS (May 13): Free Mother’s Day Concert at 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. In 2011 at the inaugural year of the Orlando Fest competition, they received a Gold trophy, a Superior Rating, as well as the Grand Champion Trophy against six other orchestras.

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