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Chubby Checker Adds “Twist” to 2018 First Night Ocean City

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

Volunteers Sought for Beach Sweeps This Weekend

The legendary Chubby Checker will help Ocean City celebrate New Year’s Eve with performances on the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the family-friendly 2018 First Night festivities.

Checker first performed “The Twist” on “American Bandstand” in 1960, and dancing has never been the same. The rock ’n’ roll icon has sold 250 million records and toured continuously in his career of six decades. Checker will be part of a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration on Dec. 31, 2017.

All-inclusive admission buttons – good for entry to every venue throughout the night – are on sale now for a discounted $15. Visit firstnightocnj.com to purchase them online or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Anybody interested in helping out with the event, can download the First Night volunteer form here.

Checker was born in South Carolina but grew up in Philadelphia and became a local celebrity with his impressions of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley at Tony Anastazi’s Produce Store on South Street. The Philly boy became a star with a string of hit singles in the 1960s that included “Pony Time,” “The Mess Around,” “Limbo Rock” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Last summer, he released “Knock Down the Walls,” which made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s dance music chart.

Checker will perform shows at 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the Music Pier, before fireworks cap off the evening’s entertainment and welcome the year 2018.

BEACH CLEANUP AND OTHER WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

The semi-annual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps invites everybody to volunteer to clean New Jersey’s beaches 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Last year, volunteers removed 218,807 pieces of debris statewide. Local volunteers are encouraged to register at the Ocean City Music Pier. Participants also can pre-register at www.cleanoceanaction.org.

Ocean City duo Eric Johnston and Cricket Denton Brennan will get an early start on the weekend with a free concert of legendary Broadway songs at the Ocean City Arts Center 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. No reservations are required for this event at the Arts Center (second floor within the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue).

Ocean City High School’s Red & White Alumni Weekend will be held Oct. 20  to 22. Events include a pre-game picnic/rally, the Homecoming football game against Mainland Regional, the OCHS Class of 1997 20-year reunion, the Homecoming dance, and the OCHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony & Reception. See attached flyer for more information.

A brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 provides a great opportunity to visit the 17-room bayfront home of Realtor Nick Ochs (the former estate of Flanders Hotel owner Elwood Kirkman), one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in Ocean City. The event is a fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteers Association of Cape May and Atlantic counties, which supports adult literacy programs. Suggested donation is $40 and includes food, friends, music and a chance to experience the beauty of this 1940s estate with 250 feet of unobstructed bayfront views at 250 Bay Road. To RSVP, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 609-383-3377.

MORE FALL EVENTS IN OCEAN CITY

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION LECTURE SERIES (Oct. 24): Learn about the new FEMA flood insurance rate maps and how the changes affect your property during a free lecture 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The event is part of the Environmental Lecture Series sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission in partnership with the library. Frank Donato, Ocean City's financial management director and emergency management coordinator, will make the presentation. He also will talk about staying informed and preparing prior to storm events. For more information, call 609-399-2434, ext. 5222.

WELCOME NIGHT (Oct. 25): The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Welcome Night provides an opportunity for residents to meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

HALLOWEEN PARADE (Oct. 26): Ocean City’s annual parade features local children, families, bands, entertainers, businesses and organizations costumed for the occasion. The parade starts at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, and proceeds down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. To register to participate, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com.

DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREATING (Oct. 28): Children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY (Oct. 28): The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual Halloween Costume Party is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Tickets are $75 until the Oct. 24 deadline. The party is for adults (21-and-over) and includes food, dancing and prizes. To purchase tickets, visit the Theatre Company’s website at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com.

JOHN R. ELLIOTT HERO WALK AND 5K RUN (Oct. 29): A 5-kilometer walk and a 5K run to promote the use of sober designated drivers and reduce the number of drunken driving tragedies (the mission of the John R. Elliott HERO campaign for Designated Drivers). Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Walk at 11 a.m. Visit herocampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATING (Oct. 31): Traditional trick-or-treating hours in Ocean City will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween – Tuesday, Oct. 31. Anybody interested in learning more about the allergy-safe Teal Pumpkin Project can visit www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project.

‘PETER/WENDY’ (Nov. 3 and 4): The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Junior Company presents a lyrical interpretation of “Peter Pan” featuring students in grades 6 to 12. Jeremy Bloom strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. This low-tech adaptation will mesmerize audiences of all ages. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 609-399-6111 or visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES (Nov. 4): This 5-kilometer run/walk travels one way over the Ninth Street causeway from Ocean City to Somers Point. Race begins at 8 a.m. Pre-register through www.ocnj.us/race-events.

QUIET FESTIVAL (NOV. 4 and 5): Ocean City once again will welcome the calmer season with its annual Quiet Festival. This year’s event will take place Nov. 4 and 5 and will celebrate all the resources of the Ocean City Community Center. The Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center and Howard S. Stainton Senior Center each will be host to activities during the two-day festival. For more information on the events and a schedule, visit ocnj.us/quietfestival.