Veterans Day Program Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 A.M.

Ocean City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM will be held Wed., Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be held at the Tabernacle adjacent to the Park.

The program includes a Welcome by Jim Mallon; Invocation by Pastor Steve Donat, St. Peter’s Methodist Church; Presentation of the Colors by L/CPL George L. Dramis, Marine Corps League Detachment 676; the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Julia Mary Wilson; the Pledge of Allegiance led by American Legion Commander Bob Marzulli followed by the Armed Forces Medley Colors Retired.

Mayor Jay A. Gillian will offer remarks and Ocean City Primary School students will present a “Thank You To Veterans.” VFW Commander, Mike Morrissey will introduce guest speaker, Vietnam Veteran, Joe Griffies. There will be a Placing of the Wreath by Clark Manley and Jim Riviello, Benediction by Reverend Mark P. Bruesehoff, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Closing by VFW Commander Mike Morrissey. The Memorial Wreath is provided by Mark Videtto, Spinning Wheel Florists.

QUIET FESTIVAL, NOV. 13-14: OPENING CEREMONIES for the Quiet Festival are set for Friday, (Nov. 13) noon, at the Gazebo Park across from City Hall. The event opens with a Yawn Along to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer, audience may participate. The American Sign Language Club of OC High School will perform under the direction of Amy Anderson. There will be a performance of “Brother Can You Spare a Chime,” by the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band; Bubbles and Kites by Quiet Pirate, Doug Jewell; Paper Airplanes will fly thanks to Ken Thorpe. A quiet rendition of the Festival’s new theme song will be performed by sopranos Nancy Fox and Teresa Hayes, plus relaxing leaf squeezing, pin dropping and anything else we can think of that is quiet. The event concludes with the dramatic Maple Pod Drop. Hundreds of the leafy helicopters are tossed in the air and spin dramatically to the ground. Admission is free.

(On Sat. Nov. 14), Activities are set from 10 a.m. till noon at the Senior Auditorium of the Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Highlights include the Quiet Pet Contest where Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Ferrets, Rabbits, etc. engage in various contests ranging from lettuce eating to best Super Hero garb. The Sixth Annual SNORE AT THE SHORE challenges visitors to display their quiet snoring prowess while relaxing on a comfortable chair. Other features include the Turtle Singers with their giant prize winning tortoise, Big Bart; personalized cartoons of your favorite animal by Jerry Lukas; Quiet Yo Yo and Toy demonstrations by Doug Jewell; Paper Airplane Making and flying with Ken Thorpe; plus make a bracelet or necklace out of beads with the assistance of the Potomac Bead Co. Take it home. It’s free. All events are free at Ocean City’s Quiet Festival. For information, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300.

(Nov. 14-15) HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of Fine Arts and Crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Over 75 fine crafters, artists, photographers at the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk between 8th and 9th Streets. Hand Crafted items of every description from Christmas trees, ceramics, Doll Clothes, jewelry, pet treats and art that can be framed while you browse. A $3 donation and booth rental fees benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Wounded Warrior Project. Call 800-822-4112.

(Nov. 16-22) FITNESS WEEK: Benefit from a week of workouts, seminars, lessons and demonstrations designed to help you improve your mental, physical and spiritual health. Try cycling, Pilates, Yoga, pickleball, kickball, Zumba and more at various City locations including: OC Aquatic and Fitness Center, Golden Buddha, Yoga Ginger, OC Arts Center and Local Studio Workout. $20 for any 5 sessions. Visit or Aquatic and Fitness Center for complete schedule, location and tickets. Also check out the list of free events offered. For more information call (609) 398-6900.

(Nov. 21) “Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA, 8 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas. Free turkeys for best dressed in PJs. Win gift certificates and more. Also, noon-3 p.m. Free Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury Ave. and Free photos with Santa, bring your own camera.

(Nov. 21-22) CHRISTMAS ARTS and Handcraft Festival-10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 75 fine crafters and gourmet food specialists at the Music Pier. Everything for the holidays, magnificent wreaths, floral decorations, jewelry, custom gift baskets, metal art, and much more. A $3 donation and booth fees benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Ocean City Food Cupboard and Wounded Warrior Project. Call 1-800-822-4112 for information.

(Nov. 27) CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN, “Our Miracle on Asbury Ave.” 2 to 5 p.m.  Join the Merchants and Chamber in kicking off an old fashioned Downtown Christmas. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Nov. 28-29) BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sat. 11/28 Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave., Sun. 11/29, Sunrise Café 1200 Asbury.

(Dec. 4th)  CHRISTMAS PARADE:  This Parade brings Santa to town, Horse and Buggy style. Route is 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards Santa will be located at the Park across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. He will pose for photos (bring your own camera) and hand out treats.

The Downtown Merchants Assn., Parade sponsors, invite bands, groups with floats, holiday themed costumed marchers, local organizations etc. to join the fun. This is an ideal opportunity to get exposure for your group or business before an appreciative crowd. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9283. Register at  and click on events.

(Dec. 3) The Ocean City Arts Center will host its annual trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tickets are $47 and must be reserved in advance. Visit the Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. or call (609) 399-7628. The bus will leave the Arts Center at 7:30 a.m. Ticket prices is for bus transportation only, does not include Museum admission.

During the Christmas season the Museum will feature the Annual Candle-lit Christmas Tree decorated with 18th Century Nativity figures and silk clad hovering angels. Also featured is “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” with approximately 60 ensembles from de Ribe’s personal archive. De Ribes is one of the most celebrated fashion celebrities of the 20th Century. The Museum will feature many more exhibits. Centrally located the Metropolitan is close to the New York Historical Society Museum, the Frick Collection, and the Guggenheim.

The Ocean City Board of Realtors is conducting a COAT, JACKET, SWEATERS, BLANKET AND BOOTS DRIVE PLUS WARM WEAR through November 25 to assist the Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Drop off new or gently used items at the Board of Realtors, 405 22nd St. or call (609) 399-0128 for pick up and information on how to assist needy families keep warm this winter.

REMINDER: Get your FIRST NIGHT admission buttons now for Ocean City’s Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that provides continuous entertainment from 4 p.m. till midnight capped by a fireworks display. Buttons are now available for $15 from or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. After December 15, buttons will be priced at $20.


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