Stunt Dogs Take Over Music Pier

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/10/17

Martin Z. Mollusk Seeks His Shadow and an Early Summer on Saturday
A rags-to-riches story unfolds Wednesday on the Ocean City Music Pier, and the rising stars are canines.

The “Stunt Dog Experience” will feature a jaw-dropping array of jumps and tricks, all choreographed to a light and music show, and including a lot of crowd participation. Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 10) at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk.

All of the performers were rescued from uncertain fates in pounds or shelters. Chris Perondi, the show’s founder and trainer, says he always looks for “friendly and hyper and jumpy” dogs to take under his wing. “They want something to do,” he says. The now-disciplined stunt dogs travel the nation, performing to adoring crowds, jump-roping, dancing, catching discs and soaring over audience members brought on stage during the show. See video

The show offers a great mid-week escape from the pressures of work and school and is entirely family-friendly.

Tickets (only $15 to $18) are on sale now at, 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. Call 609-525-9281 for group rates.


Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, on the beach at Ninth Street. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative squinting and use of flashlights by his handlers).

Special guest will be Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, who was a star in the 11th season of NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent.” Dorenbos impressed the world with his magic performances. Rumor has it that Dorenbos may have a special trick in hand to introduce Martin to all those who will be cheering for an early summer.

Saturday morning’s program will include musical performances and the debut of the Martin Z. Mollusk balloon, an inflated likeness of Ocean City’s beloved mascot.

Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a sold-out magic show. Fans gobbled up all tickets for the event within days of the show’s announcement in February.


‘WILD WEST’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT (May 1-31): Photographer Adam Taylor will exhibit images from his explorations of Humboldt County in California all month at the Ocean City Arts Center. For more information, visit

OC POPS FRENCH MUSIC (May 12): The third in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes music for flute, violin, cello and piano. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

POST OFFICE FOOD DRIVE (May 13): Place non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 13, and your postal carrier will pick them up for donation to the local Food Cupboard for families in need.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CENTRAL JERSEY (May 13): Free concert 3 p.m. Saturday (May 13) at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Call 609-635-1439 for information.

MICHAEL PEDICIN PERFORMANCE (May 14): Jazz musician Michael Pedicin will lead a discussion and performance titled “The Making and Marketing of My New Jazz CD, ‘As It Should Be,’ ” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Call 609-399-2434, ext. 5222 for more information.

WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT: A BOOGALOO CELEBRATION (May 18): The third in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances celebrates the history and legacy of Latin boogaloo music. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

AN EVENING OF BROADWAY’S BEST (May 18): Local entertainers Eric Johnston and Cricket Denton Brennan will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Ocean City Arts Center (in the Community Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The concert is free and no reservations are necessary.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK (May 20): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am.

MILES FOR MELANOMA (May 20): The Melanoma Research Foundation invites you to join  the 8th annual Miles for Melanoma Ocean City 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Register online ($20) at

PIECES OF EIGHT TREASURE HUNT (May 20-21): The ECRDA’s eighth annual open beach hunt takes place near the Ocean City Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Compete in a series of metal detector hunts for great prizes. Special hunt for kids on Saturday along with an optional gold hunt. On Sunday, there will be an optional silver hunt. Cost is $20, and kids (13 and under) hunt for only $5. Loaner detectors are available. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is rain or shine. For registration or more information, visit or call Harold at 732-276-8251.

OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON (May 21): Course that is friendly for athletes of all abilities includes a quarter-mile pool swim, 2-mile run, 16-mile bike and another 2-mile run. Kids course: 200-meter pool swim, 1-mile run, 8-mile bike and 1-mile run. Pool swim is timed separately and must be completed 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Run/bike/run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 kids course.

WALK TO END LUPUS NOW (May 21): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street practice field. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 215-517-5070 or visit

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE (May 26): City officials turn a ceremonial key to open the ocean for the season, then participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the water to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All welcome to watch or participate. Noon on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Call 609-399-6111.

OC POPS IT’S A GRAND OLD FLAG (May 26): The fourth in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes a woodwind quintet. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 27): Register for a 2.5-mile race on the beach with obstacles. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. On-site registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier 2 to 10 p.m. May 26, and 6 to 7:30 a.m. May 27. The race begins at 8 a.m. along with a kid run (ages 4 to 12) at approx. 9:45 a.m. Call 856-905-0583 or visit

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (May 27): The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert outside the Ocean City Music Pier at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of eclectic choral offerings, including well-known standards, pop, Broadway showtunes, and patriotic pieces, many related to their spring concert theme “What a Wonderful World!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND (May 28): KC and the Sunshine Band will create instant happiness and launch the summer season at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. With over four decades of success, they have produced hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” General admission ticket $75. Call 609-399-6111 or visit

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 29): 11 a.m. at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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