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September 11th Ceremony Features Sculpture, Street Rods this Weekend

The City will honor the September 11th victims and their families at “A Day To Remember Ceremony” on Tues., September 11 at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the 6th St. Firehouse across from the Tabernacle Grounds. It will feature the unveiling and dedication of a new Memorial Sculpture that features the I-beam from the World Trade Center.

The City worked with the Community Arts Project (CAP) and artist Jose’ Chora to design and build the memorial after Mayor Jay Gillian requested the I-Beam from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “We are honored to unveil the new community sculpture in Ocean City. We hope it will serve as a reminder and tribute to the spirit and sacrifice from the events of September 11th”, said Mayor Gillian.


Plop Contest, Gospel Show, Hairspray, Race, Highlight Weekend

As usual, the summer has whizzed by. As usual, there will be plenty to do at America’s Greatest Family Resort all through the beautiful fall season.

(Aug. 31) The Labor Day Weekend kicks off with the King and Queen of Plop Contest, aka Miss Fall and Mr. Fall Guy, on Friday, 11 a.m. at the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier. Competitors are requested to demonstrate their best plop or fall in slow motion as a way of welcoming the new season to Ocean City.


King and Queen of Plop to Welcome Fall Season, Aug. 31

Ocean City has an unusual way of welcoming the fall season. Four years ago, we initiated the Mr. Fall Gal and Mr. Fall Guy contest also known as the King and Queen of Plop competition. The event will be held on Fri., Aug, 31 at 11 a.m. on the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier.

Contestants are asked to greet the fall season, always a lovely time of year, by falling dramatically (and in slow motion) to the sand. Those performing the most dramatic renditions will be crowned the King and Queen of Plop.

After the winners are announced, all contestants will hold hands and perform a mass plopping, as a goodwill, no sore loser gesture.

Contestants may register starting 10:30 a.m. at the 9th St. Beach. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.


Weird Week Continues, Little Miss on Friday, Little Feat on Mon.

Ocean City’s unique, WEIRD CONTEST WEEK, “Wacky But Not Tacky” continues through Friday. On Wed., Aug. 15, it’s That The Way the Cookie Crumbles,” starting

11 a.m. at the Pavilion of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Contestants are asked to sculpt something meaningful out of giant cookie produced by Ward’s Bakery. On Thurs., Aug. 16 it’s Clip Art, produce a work of art from paper clips PLUS the Wiggle Your Ears Contest PLUS, we will present the IMMY Award to Ocean City for Imagination to Doug Jewell of Air Circus. Last year’s winner, Jerry Lukas will be on hand to demonstrate cartooning.

The grand event concludes on Fri., Aug. 17 with Little Miss Chaos and Little Mr. Chaos, children from 3 to 5 bang on pots and pans and make as much noise as possible in 3 minutes. And Miss and Mr. Miscellaneous, for folks who always wanted to be in a talent contest but missed the bus and got stuck at a Rugby game.

All contests are free and divided into age groups 5 and under, 6-8. 9-12, Teens and adults.


Baby Parade Thursday, Weird Contest Week Next

Ocean City’s 103rd Annual BABY PARADE, the longest consecutively run in the nation, is set for Thurs., Aug. 9th. The colorful event begins at 10:15 a.m. Parade route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. Grand Marshals of this year’s Parade are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of popular Ocean City history books.

The parade competition is open to children from infants to 10 years of age. They parade down the boardwalk in decorated go carts, coaches, express wagons and small floats featuring imaginative themes that range from nursery rhymes to Philly sports teams. The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger, one of the organizers of Labor Day. It is now directed by Susan Canale, who heads a committee of 40 volunteers. Musical groups scheduled include the Pitman Hobo Band, the Interboro High School Marching Band, The Atlantic City Bagpipers, The Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guard musical marchers and the Ed Coles Entertainers.


Miss Crustacean's in Town, Baby Parade, Pamper Scamper Next

For 39 years the MISS CRUSTACEAN Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant has attracted hundreds of curvaceous crustaceans and their best friends.

On Aug. 1, America’s most glamorous Crabettes will congregate at 1 p.m. on the 6th   Street Beach to compete for the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean Comeliness. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark, pizza crust and a dash of swamp water.

In addition to the coveted cup, the victor gets to waddle down a flower bedecked runway as adoring throngs sing the Pageant’s theme song, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”


Night in Venice This Week, Miss Crustacean, Baby Parade Next

What's Happening in Ocean City 7-18-12


The City’s Third Annual TRIBUTE TO THE PHILIPPINES is set for this weekend plus the popular regional craft show sponsored by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild.

Then next weekend, July 28, Ocean City presents its 58th Annual Night in Venice Boat Parade and Bay Front Home Celebration. This event is preceded by the Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival, July 27 in the downtown.


What's Happening in Ocean City 7/11/12


As the 100th Anniversary of WOODY GUTHRIE’S birth draws near, tributes to the folk troubadour, humanitarian and rambling man are planned from as far away as Austria and Germany with hundreds of thousands participating. Ocean City will present its own tribute on Mon., July 16th, when ARLO GUTHRIE, Woody’s renowned son accompanied by talented family members, entertain at 8 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Woody Guthrie wrote about 3,000 songs, one of which, This Land Is Your Land, has become immensely popular and is sung widely in this country and throughout the world.


What's Happening in Ocean City 7/3/12


Here’s a quick recap of 4th of July events: The North End Garden Civic Assn. BIKE PARADE starts at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Registration is 9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. The South Ocean City Assn. BIKE PARADE, registration 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury Ave., Parade starts 10 a.m. at 40th and Central Ave. KITE Flying Contest by Air Circus, registration 6 p.m. starts at the 9th St. Beach. Prizes for Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Youngest Flyer, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Oldest Flyer.  Yo Yo Demonstration and Contest 7 p.m. and Hula Hoop contest for all ages at 7:30 p.m., same location. Call Air Circus, 609-399-9343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "


Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famer Named Boat Parade Grand Marshal

Ocean City resident, Dick Richards, a recent inductee into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, will be grand marshal of Ocean City’s 58th annual Night In Venice, Sat., July 28.

Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s legendary Comets. He recorded Rock Around the Clock and Shake Rattle and Roll with Haley two songs that made Rock ‘n Roll history.

Now in his eighties, Richards still performs with today’s version of the Comets. Regulars at Branson, Missouri, the group tours Europe every year where they are immensely popular.

This year’s regatta will be extra special. It will be the first time the gala has been held since the new causeway has been completed. This means a smoother evening as there will be no boat delays on the return voyage because of bridge openings and traffic will be uninterrupted over the causeway.


What's Happening in Ocean City 6-20-12

Many events are scheduled for Ocean City this week but first a word about NIGHT IN VENICE. Entry forms are now available for the colorful boat parade and bay front home celebration and competition scheduled for Sat. July 28 starting 7 p.m. The Parade begins at the Longport Bridge and concludes at Tennessee and Bay Ave.


What's Happening in Ocean City 6/13/12

Miss New Jersey this Week, July Jubilee on the Way

(June 13-16)  The MISS NEW JERSEY Pageant returns to Ocean City this week with its Boardwalk Parade on June 13 and the Pageant, June 14-16 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Parade begins 7:30 p.m. Its route is from 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. The event features 25 contestants who will dress depicting various nursery rhyme themes. It will be led by Katharyn Nicolle, Miss New Jersey. Miss Ocean City, Brenna Carnuccio, Junior Miss Ocean City, Kylie Clearkin and Little Miss Ocean City, Cassidy Diamond will ride in the parade. There will be music, marching groups, a calliope and even a unique Stanley Steamer in this outstanding event directed by Maribeth Neall. Pageant preliminaries are set for June 14-15 with the final on June 16 all at 7:30 p.m. in the Pier Auditorium. Popular comic, Dena Blizzard will emcee and there will be production numbers by the contestants and featured performers. Tickets are available by calling Mary Lou Cake, 609-315-1423. Tickets are $35 for preliminaries, $50 for the final with a package price of $100 for all shows.


Wha'ts Happening in Ocean City 6-6-12

Artisans Visit Ocean City for 67TH Time, Miss New Jersey Next - By Mark Soifer

The ARTISANS Order of Mutual Protection returns to Ocean City for the 67th time this weekend. They hold the record for consecutive visits to Ocean City.The Artisans will present the Miss Artisans Pageant at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace 8 p.m., Sat., June 9. The contest selects the young lady who will represent them for the coming year. There will be entertainment by popular Philadelphia duo, Gary and the Kid. Admission is free. The Public is invited. The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection was founded 139 years ago to provide affordable insurance for working people. The organization also supports many charitable causes. The group’s headquarters is located at 8100 Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia.


What's Happening in Ocean City 5-30-12

Ocean City Flower Show Celebrates 40th Annisversary

The Ocean City FLOWER SHOW is a testament to volunteerism in Ocean City. The popular event was initiated 40 years ago in 1972 through the efforts of the late, legendary businessman, James F. Penland. He convinced then Mayor B. Thomas Waldman that a Flower Show would be good for the City. Waldman agreed and provided City resources to make the event possible. But the show could never have been held without the assistance and expertise of the Garden Club of Ocean City. Penland realized this and solicited the help of the group who have been running the event to this day. They are all volunteers. The Flower Show costs the City little to nothing as the Club produces an advertising book, collects voluntary donations at the door and runs a commercial trade fair. The money is donated to the City.


What's Happening in Ocean City 5-23-12


(Fri., May 25) UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN! Mayor Jay Gillian will turn a key in the sand as various dignitaries, lifeguards and bathers look on. The purpose? To unlock the ocean for another season. This is a ritual that many shore resorts have repeated for decades. But this year something new will be added in Ocean City. Think about it. Who benefits the most when the ocean is unlocked? Hmmmm! Why the fish of course! Now they can swim here legitimately without fear of getting ticketed. It is a time of great rejoicing for our finny friends! They plan to show their appreciation by sending three fishy emissaries to thank the City. Bring your camera. The emissaries have promised to pose for photos. TIME: Noon, PLACE: Moorlyn Terrace Beach, opposite Music Pier.


What's Happening in Ocean City 5-16-12

Wall of Honor to be Updated During Memorial Day Ceremony in Ocean City

Information and plaques on The Wall of Honor at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., will be updated during MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES, Mon., May 28 at 11 a.m. The Wall honors Ocean City residents who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the United States during World War I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Jim Houck, Past Commander and Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 524, has completed extensive research on those killed in action. He has authored a booklet with a history of each honoree’s service. The booklet will be given to those who attend the Memorial Day Ceremony.


What's Happening in Ocean City 5-9-12


(May 13) MOTHERS DAY has always been a special time in this family community and resort.  Mothers are and always will be the core of the family, the person who brought us into this world and nurtured us through childhood.
No one felt more strongly about this than the late Esther Weil, the dynamic philanthropist who staged so many musical concerts in Ocean City often at her own expense. Esther was Ocean City’s Musical Mother who brought members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and great soloists like pianist Susan Starr to the Music Pier.


What's Happening 5/4/2012


The City’s mile long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 375 crafters will be featured along with plenty of food, entertainment and public service displays. There will be free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 11 to 4 p.m. Entertainment is scheduled for those same hours. Parking will be free in downtown lots including the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave., in back of McDonalds. There will be a charge for parking in lots by the Boardwalk.


What's Happening in Ocean City 4/25/12


Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City’s relatively famous hermit crab, will creep onto the 9th St. Beach at 11 a.m. on May 3rd for the 37th time.

Why? Good question. If Martin sees his shadow, summer will come one week early to this family resort much to the joy of the business community, Chamber of Commerce and me, the crab’s spiritual advisor and chef.


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