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Jackie Evancho to Join Ocean City Pops on July 29 At 10, Evancho took second on ‘America’s Got Talent’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/21/18

Tickets go on sale March 1 for a special Ocean City Pops performance on July 29 featuring the remarkable vocal talents of Jackie Evancho.

The young singer first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She finished as runner-up in that competition and has continued to make history with achievements that include: youngest solo platinum artist, youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the United Kingdom, youngest person to give solo concert at the Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Evancho’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart.

She will perform with the Ocean City Pops orchestra 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets ($30 to $45) will be available starting March 1 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

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Erik Estrada to Lead DooDah Parade and Host Mr. Mature America Pageant

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/14/18

Registration Now Open for Participants in Both Events

Erik Estrada will be grand marshal for the 2018 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 14 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Estrada first captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide in his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series "CHiPs." He has also appeared in numerous other television and motion picture roles, including the new "Armed and Famous" reality series on CBS. His talent and charm will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Estrada will host the fifth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question.

Registration is now open for any contestant 55 or older who would like to participate. Visit www.ocnj.us/mrmature for more information and to sign up as a contestant.

Earlier in the day, Estrada will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

The procession features marching bands, floats, a grand marshal and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds. The traditional finale at the end of the parade includes a “Pie-asco” at the Ocean City Music Pier, in which everybody is invited to smoosh their friends with shaving-cream pies.

This year’s event starts at noon Saturday, April 14, 2018. The parade route starts at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and (new this year) finishes on the boardwalk at Fifth Street. 

The parade is now open to all entries. See more information and register to participate in the parade at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT, INDIGO GIRLS, BACON BROTHERS

Tickets go on this week for three new shows in the 2018 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot – whose hits include “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and a host of others – performs on August 13. The Bacon Brothers – with a rockin’ band featuring actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael – play on August 6. And the  Indigo Girls return to Ocean City on July 9.

A pre-sale (use code BRE) opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the full sale opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Tickets are already on sale for the rest of the Summer Concert Series lineup:

·         Aimee Mann: 7 p.m. June 18.

·         The Hooters: 7 p.m. June 19 and June 20

·         Get the Led Out: 7 p.m. June 25 and June 26

·         America: 7 p.m. July 16

·         Straight No Chaser: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 23

·         The Beach Boys: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. August 20 and August 21

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY

The library will offer a free showing of the 2004 Oscar-winning biopic “Ray” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The movie stars Jamie Foxx in the life story of legendary musician Ray Charles.

Local jazz duet Eddie Morgan and Daryl Robinson will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Arts Center 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The concert will feature jazz classics from the past several decades. 

Morgan, an Atlantic City native, will play trumpet and provide vocals. He is a music teacher in Pleasantville and founder of “JAZZ 4 KIDZ & U,” a summer enrichment music camp for all his current and former students. 

Robinson will play keyboards. He has performed with such legends as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck. In addition, Robinson has taught music for the past 35 years.

The Ocean City Free Public Library and the Ocean City Arts Center are both part of the Community Center building at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Ocean City Celebrates Black History Month

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/7/18

Ocean City will be host to a variety of events to mark Black History Month in February.

The Ocean City Free Public Library joins the National African American Read-In on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The day will include community readings of African American literature. All readings will be held in the Children’s Activity Room:

·         10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Toddler Time (Ages 2-3), featuring African American authors and artists

·         1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Story Train (Ages 4-5), featuring African American authors and artists

·         6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Open Mic, everyone invited to participate by bringing a favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud

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Ocean City Announces 2018 Night in Venice Theme

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/31/18

Tickets on sale for OCTC Children’s and Broadway Series

Ocean City will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during the 64th annual Night in Venice boat parade on July 28.

The parade and decorated bayfront home contest are a highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

The parade this year starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The “TV’s Greatest Hits” theme is optional but offers decades of possibilities for participants in the event.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Summer Concert Series: Beach Boys, Hooters, Straight No Chaser, America and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/24/18

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. This year’s complete lineup is still taking shape, but already booked are a great mix of returning favorites and new acts:

·         Aimee Mann: 7 p.m. June 18.

·         The Hooters: 7 p.m. June 19 and June 20

·         Get the Led Out: 7 p.m. June 25 and June 26

·         America: 7 p.m. July 16

·         Straight No Chaser: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 23

·         The Beach Boys: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. August 20 and August 21

Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Kelli Rabke to Join Girls Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/17/18

Ocean City’s third annual Girls Weekend in April will feature a show titled “Defying Gravity” – about that special balancing act of motherhood and career that can sometimes seem like it breaks the laws of physics.

The show stars Kelli Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

“Defying Gravity” is part of Girls Weekend, which is scheduled for April 6 to 8 this year. The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a popular fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season and to see what Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/10/17

Ocean City celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events this weekend: the annual King Ceremony on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center and the King Day of Service on Monday (Jan. 15).

The ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. This year’s celebration includes a keynote address from the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City and songs from Michelle Harris-Anderson, a former Miss Ocean City, former Miss Delaware and member of the Ocean City High School Class of 1989.

Two Ocean City residents will be honored for their community service: Robert Rowell, a volunteer who has helped clean and maintain the grounds of the Ocean City Housing Authority properties; and Julia Wilson, an Ocean City High School freshman and vocalist who is a friend to and advocate for veterans.

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Ocean City’s 2018 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/3/18

The shortest days of the year are behind us, and that means summer’s on the way. It’s not too early to think about planning for some fun in Ocean City this year. Here’s an early look at just a few key dates for 2018.

March 24 and 31: Easter falls on April 1 this year and the GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach are set for late March.

April 6 to 8: Downtown Asbury Avenue welcomes another GIRLS WEEKEND.

April 14: Humor and nostalgia join forces again as the DOO DAH PARADE and MR. MATURE PAGEANT go off on a Saturday afternoon and evening.

April 28-29: The SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW is a new event for the Ocean City Music Pier.

May 5: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.

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Ocean City to Welcome 2018 With First Night and First Day

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/27/17

What better way to start a new year than by celebrating in Ocean City? Families here know that you don’t have to wait till summer to get sand in your shoes. Ocean City hosts popular First Night and First Day celebrations to mark New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during an alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. About 10,000 people will fill the streets and make New Year’s Eve feel like a summer night in Ocean City, before a midnight fireworks display rings in the year 2018.

The fun continues on New Year’s Day with the all-day Shopping Extravaganza at stores throughout town and a 5-kilometer run.

First Night attendees this year will get the first opportunity to visit the newly restored U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at the intersection of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue. The station operated in Ocean City from 1885 to 1915 as part of the U.S. Life Saving Service, a precursor to the modern Coast Guard. A years-long effort to acquire and restore the historic building is nearly complete, and anybody with a First Night admission button will be invited to stop by and tour the station between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Guides will be on hand to answer questions about the station, and artifacts will show how it operated. The station will be decorated with a traditional Christmas tree.

Here’s what you need to know to enjoy all the fun.

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Ocean City Ready for First Night and First Day 2018

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/19/17

Ocean City will start the New Year in style with its popular First Night and First Day celebrations.

Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during an alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. About 10,000 people will fill the streets and make New Year’s Eve feel like a summer night in Ocean City, before a midnight fireworks display rings in the year 2018.

The fun continues on New Year’s Day with the all-day Shopping Extravaganza at stores throughout town, a 5-kilometer run and, of course, the ceremonial “First Plunge” of 2018 – featuring more than 1,000 hardy souls diving into the Atlantic Ocean for their first swim of the year.

Here’s what you need to know to enjoy all the fun.

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Tickets on Sale for First Night Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/13/17

All-inclusive First Night admission buttons – good for entry to every venue in Ocean City’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – are on sale now for a discounted $15. On Friday (Dec. 15), the price goes up to $20. Visit firstnightocnj.com to buy them online, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue) or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.

Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 60 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.

Popular attractions such as rides on Wonderland Pier, outdoor ice-skating, Abbott and Costello impersonators, the Fabulous Greaseband, nationally acclaimed magicians Chad Juros and Ben Lipman, and Japanese drummers return this year. The USO Troupe and Chubby Checker will provide headline entertainment on the Ocean City Music Pier. The pool at the Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center and the new skateboard park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue will both be open to button-holders.

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OCTC Presents a Musical ‘Christmas Carol’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/6/17

The Ocean City Theatre Company will put a musical spin on a timeless story by Charles Dickens with six performances of “A Christmas Carol – The Broadway Musical” over the next two weeks.

The production will feature a professional cast of performers under the direction of Shannon Agnew with choreography by Colleen Kreisel and music direction by John Grieco. Broadway’s Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”) and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “Seussical,” “Once on This Island”) breathe new life into the classic tale with their adaptation.

The musical remains true to the story with three ghosts leading the selfish Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present and future. Scrooge ultimately greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

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Christmas Parade Dashes Down Asbury Avenue on Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/29/17

Ocean City’s Christmas Parade returns at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The season at America’s Greatest Family Resort extends far past the summer, and the annual parade is a highlight of the Christmas season -- with an array of bands, floats and other entries bringing a little warmth to the winter.

The event gives spectators time to shop and dine on downtown Asbury Avenue before and after the 6 p.m. start time. The parade starts on the Avenue at Sixth Street and proceeds to 11th Street.

This year’s parade features the Ocean City High School Band, Absegami High School Band, Wildwood High School Band, Egg Harbor Township High School Band and Pennsport String Band. Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, second runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, will participate. Alexa Noone, New Jersey’s representative in the Miss USA Pageant also will be part of the procession. The combined choirs of the Upper Township Elementary and Middle Schools will be in the parade and sing in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue after the event. The cast of Ocean City Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical” also will join the lineup.

Mrs. Claus will be able to join her husband this year. As part of the annual tradition, Santa Claus provides a finale to the parade, greeting boys and girls by horse-and-carriage. 

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Ocean City Celebrates a Downtown Christmas on Nov. 24

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/21/17

While the rest of the nation joins the mobs at the malls on “Black Friday,” Ocean City will celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas starting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. Christmas in the Downtown will be warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.

Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. The event culminates around 5 p.m. when Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa will descend and help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall.

The event is always well-attended by Ocean City residents and visitors, and it’s a unique way to get in the spirit of the holidays. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

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Ocean City Starts Season ‘Earlier Than the Bird’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/14/17

Ocean City’s downtown shopping district kicks off the holiday season with a unique small-town event on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The “Earlier Than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza invites everybody to shop in their pajamas to take advantage of early-bird shopping specials from 8 a.m. to noon. The event gives everybody a chance to beat the crowds, avoid the malls and get some shopping done on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

In addition to taking advantage of hourly discounts and specials, shoppers can enter in stores to win door prizes and gift certificates. Free coffee will be available at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) and Starbucks (11th Street and Asbury Avenue). Drip and Scoop (960 Asbury Ave.) will offer free standard doughnuts.

WAYV-FM 95.1 will broadcast live from Mark Soifer Park at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and that’s where the door prize winners will be announced at about 11 a.m. Ocean City’s own turkey mascot will be strolling the Avenue and awarding free turkeys to the best-dressed. Later in the day, free horse-and-carriage rides will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall.

For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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Veterans Day and Holiday Craft Fair in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/8/17

Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of the “Great War” (World War I), and that is now is the time when American citizens honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ocean City’s ceremony is always well-attended – a strong show of support in recognition of all veterans.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Charles Strange, president of the Michael Strange Foundation, named for his son, a decorated Navy cryptologist who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The foundation supports the families of recently fallen service members.

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