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Baby Parade, Miss Ocean City Pageant, Weird Week and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/10/16 

One of the season’s premier events, THE 107th ANNUAL OCEAN CITY BABY PARADE, will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.  The route is from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Boardwalk. (Children’s entries only exit at 12th Street.) Last-minute registrations are being taken from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk.  Judging begins at 3:45 p.m. at the same location.

The Ocean City Baby Parade was originally organized by Leo Bamberger, a Philadelphia photo engraver. The first committee consisted of the Philadelphia Commuters Club members, folks who had homes in both Philly and this family resort. Grace Kelly appeared in the parade and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio was grand marshal in 1983.

Parents create elaborate displays to showcase their children, including replicas of airplanes, boats and huge sea shells. All youngsters who participate receive a trophy. Awards are presented to winners in various categories at the 11th St. Pavilion.  Music will be provided by the InterBoro High School Band of Pennsylvania, the colorful Pitman Hobo Band, the Ed Coles Band and the Spotlight Performers of Ocean City Theatre Company. The parade also will include the Crescent Shriners Walking Clown Group.

Grand Marshal will be “Sunny Side Up” children’s TV host Kaitlin Becker, a former member of the Theatre Company.  For information, call (609) 399-6111.

The MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT (Aug. 13) will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, starting at 7 p.m. Shannon Wallace, the reigning Miss Ocean City, will preside over the pageant and relinquish her crown to the new Miss Ocean City.  Eighteen young women will compete for the title this year. The pageant has been sponsored for 47 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club. Tickets are $15. For information call (609) 399-6111.

WEIRD CONTEST WEEK: (Aug. 15 to 19) The City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” array of unusual and creative contests at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The contests are free, have divisions for all ages and begin daily at 11 a.m.

Mon., Aug 15: Taffy Sculpting, sponsored by Shriver’s, 9th and Boardwalk. Event challenges contestants to sculpt a work of art from saltwater Taffy. We have had Ferris Wheels, fish, and surf boards emerge from this event.

Tues., Aug. 16: French Fry Sculpting sponsored by the Promenade has produced Elvis, Eagles and dimensional doggies from mushed together fries.

Wed., Aug. 17: “That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles.” Produce a work of art from a giant cookie! I’m proud to say a contestant sculpted a portrait of me on one. But there have also been birds, boats, and automobiles. In addition there is an “Ears Looking at You” Ear Wiggle Contest, our attempt to revive a once-popular pastime.

Thurs., Aug. 18: We sculpt with paper clips. The Eiffel Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building have been made from the clips plus a building called the Clip Joint.

Fri. Aug. 19: We proudly present the Miss and Mister Miscellaneous Contests for all those who’ve always wanted to be in a talent pageant but have missed the bus or got stuck at a rugby game. Pageant age groups are 5 & under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults. PLUS: The Little Miss and Little Mr. Chaos Pageants during which children from 3 to 5 years of age sit on a stage and make all the noise they can by banging pots and pans with rock music providing the stimulus. Pots and pans are provided. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 9-11) The Ocean City Pops and Theatre Company Present DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID - In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. The show is based on Disney’s animated classic film, featuring music by Alan Menken. The POPS and Ocean City Theatre Company present a delightful musical, a love story for the whole family. Hughes Performing Arts Center,  6th St. and  Atlantic Ave.  7:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $30/Children (12 and under) $25, available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 13) 41st ANNUAL BOYS AND GIRLS SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT: 9 a.m.-Noon at the north end beach adjacent to the Ocean City Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parental supervision required. Participants must bring their own bait. Age Groups: 8-10, 11-13, 14-16. Awards 1st, 2nd  & 3rd  place in each age group. Ongoing casting and fishing instruction will be provided during the tournament. Sponsored by the Ocean City Fishing Club and Ocean City Recreation Dept. For more information, call: (609) 399-6111. Rain Date is August 20.

(Aug. 13) SCOTT PATTERSON (You may remember him as Luke on the “Gilmore Girls”) and his band GORDON, 7 p.m. in concert at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean High School,  Concert tickets $20.  VIP acoustic session 6 p.m. in Community Room of the High School, tickets $50 (does not include concert ticket price.)  Post Concert VIP Meet and Greet includes selfie with Patterson and autograph in Community Room, $40 ticket (does not include concert ticket price.) Tickets available from www.ocnj.us/boxoffice ; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248. A portion of ticket sales benefit OCNJ CARE.

(Aug. 14) GUTS AND GLORY 5K RUN/WALK: Registration 7 a.m.-8:20 a.m. at 1735 Simpson Ave. behind the Senior Center. Early registration $25 includes a T Shirt. Day of event registration $30. Register as a team or individual online at  http://online.ccfa.org/gutsandglory or call (215) 396-9100. Benefits the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

(Aug. 14) Ocean City Pops presents OUR THREE TENORS! A Summertime Pops tradition that features favorite arias and showcases our three soloists. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 15) CITIZEN COPE: An intimate solo/acoustic Listening Performance, 7:30 p.m. at Music Pier. Clarence Greenwood is an American songwriter who records and produces his own record label (Rainwater Recordings) founded in 2010. His music is a mix of blues, soul, folk and rock. Each album he produces is a search for a sound that paints an auditory American Landscape. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com  or  1-800-745-3000. Also the Music Pier Box Office for cash or check only.

(Aug. 16) Ocean City Pops presents A Night at the Cabaret featuring JODY KIDWELL. In this special performance Jody and her band present a collection of favorites including “Cry Me a River,” “My Funny Valentine” and many more. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Auditorium limited table seating $25, table of six $150.  Reserved seating $20 (Row T thru II). Music Pier Box Office or (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 18) OCEAN CITY POPS presents 27th Annual Luncheon “Sailing with the POPS” at Greate Bay Country Club.12 noon. Tickets $45. Call (609) 399-4646 or visit website www.oceancitypops.org.

(Aug. 21) THE POPS presents SHOWBOAT IN CONCERT. Maestro Scheible conducts a stellar cast of singers plus the Cape Shore Chorale. Features songs  like ”Make Believe” and “Ol’ Man River.” 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20/$15, available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 21) Meet author BEATRIZ WILLIAMS, 2 p.m. at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall, Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The New York Times, USA Today and International Best Selling author will discuss her work. Her books include Overseas (2012), A Hundred Summers (2013), The Secret Life of Violet Grant (2014), Tiny Little Thing (2015) Along the Infinite Sea (2015) The Forgotten Room (2016) and her newest work, A Certain Age (2016). Free and open to public. Refreshments provided. Books available at Sun Rose Words and Music. For information, call Julie (609) 399-2434 ext. 5222.        

ALWAYS SWIM AT A GUARDED BEACH. PASS THE WORD! 

Weekly Events

 

Every TUESDAY through the end of August

 

FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asbury Ave. Entertainment, Face Painters and Balloon Sculptors. 

 

MUMMERS NIGHT: Strutting on the Boardwalk 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 6th to 14th Sts. Sponsored by Preps Pizza, Henry's, Shirt Shack & Ocean Treasures.

 

BEACH WALKS - South End Location, 59th St. and Central Ave. (Entrance to Corsons Park) Tues.-9a.m., Wed.-6:30 p.m. North End Location OC/Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway) Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m. Tickets purchased on-site. Adults $1, Children 50 cents.

 
EVERY WEDNESDAY
 
FARMER'S & CRAFTER'S MARKET at Tabernacle Grounds, 6th & Asbury, 8 a.m.to 1p.m. 
 
BEACH WALKS, South End Location, 59th and Central Ave., Tues. 9 a.m., Wed.6:30 p.m. North End Location, OC/Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. 9a.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adults $1, Children 50 cents.


EVERY THURSDAY through the end of August (starting July 7)
 
MARKET DAYS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asbury Ave. Entertainment, Face Painters and balloon sculptors.
 
HISTORIC TOURS, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. pick-up 7th and Central Ave. $14 per person.
 
FAMILY NIGHTS -Entertainment on Boardwalk 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 6th to 14th Sts. Sponsored by Playland's Castaway Cove, Johnson's Popcorn, Shrivers and Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

EVERY SUNDAY through Aug. 14
 
CHARACTER NIGHTS ON THE BOARDWALK sponsored by Boardwalk Merchant. Mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier starting at 6 p.m. Come join the fun. Sponsored by Jilly's, Surf Mall and Manco and Manco Pizza.