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Easter Events in Ocean City This Week and Weekend

(April 2-3) The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., presents the LIVING LAST SUPPER, 7 p.m. Experience an evening of drama and music as Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples followed by a unique communion service.  Admission is free.

(April 3) All members of the Community are invited to prepare for Easter at the Annual GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE from noon to 3p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eight and Central Ave. Area clergy will preach on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Music by St. Peter’s choir and soloists. The Ocean City Ministerium and Ecumenical Council are sponsors of the service. Worshippers are invited to come and go or stay for the entire service. An offering will benefit the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet.

 

(April 4) The WOOF ‘N PAWS PET FASHION SHOW, will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. The event has been moved to inside the SPORTS and CIVIC CENTER by Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat, Other Pet, Best Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner-Pet Look-Alike, Swim Suit Division. Rabbits, turtles, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets and even a chicken have competed for Best Dressed Pet Title. Best of Show receives the coveted Dean Schofield Woof ‘N Paws Plaque for Perfection. There is a $5 entry fee. The event is open to “any pet that will not eat another pet.”

(April 4) BREAKFAST with the EASTER BUNNY in the Downtown 8 a.m. till noon at Jon and Patty’s Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave.

(April 4) THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT, 2:30 p.m., 11th St. to 14th St. on Beach. Five Age Groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years. 100,000 eggs, 5,000 with prizes. Rain Date, April 5.

(April 5) THE EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: Starts 6:30 a.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Congregational Singing plays a large part in the program. 800 worshippers will become a choir to sing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus with trumpets and piano. Copies of the music will be distributed along with the program. Experienced singers will lead everyone through the unique experience. All are welcome to attend.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Tony Campolo, author and Professor Emeritus of Eastern University where a graduate school is named after him. Student Musicians Treasa Hayes and Chad Callahan will sing from the Messiah and “Morning Has Broken” the Gaelic folk tune popularized by Cat Stevens. Trumpeters David Seals and Dominic Scalfaro accompany the opening hymn just as the sun is rising.

Mayor Jay Gillian will represent the City at the service and there will leaders from the Ecumenical Council and many local churches in attendance. The service is presented by the Ocean City Ministerium and benefits the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard. Information provided about program by Richard Stanislaw.

(April 5) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE starts in front of the Music Pier at 1 p.m. Prizes for Best Dressed participants. Take photos with the Easter Bunny who will have chocolate bunnies for the children. Emcee will be Michael Hartman, founder of the Ocean City Theatre Company. For information call (609) 399-6111.

Our 30th Annual DOO DAH PARADE is about one week away, Sat., April 11th. And we have quite a vibrant personality for grand marshal this year. She is 90 year old Momma Dietz, the CEO of Dietz and Watson, also the company’s endearing and popular spokes person.

We are honoring Momma and her company because they have sponsored the Parade since the beginning. The back of our Doo Dah T Shirts, which they provide, features a big Dietz and Watson logo with the slogan, “I was a Hotdog for a Day, In Ocean City, N.J.” These shirts are given to all participants in the event. This year there will be a photo of Momma Dietz on the front.

The Parade starts at noon at 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury Ave., turns toward the Boardwalk ending at the Music Pier. Here we honor our grand marshal and hold the annual PieAsco that honors Soupy Sales.  This event features folks sitting in grand stands and smooshing each other with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy used on his syndicated TV Show. Entry is free. It is advisable to bring a towel. Folk singer Scott Schell will introduce his Doo Dah song and there will be a remembrance of Joe Franklin the New York radio and TV legend, a former grand marshal of the Parade.

There will be 600 basset hounds in the Parade plus a contingent of canines from the Ocean City Dog Park. Unusual Brigades such as the Shore Points Roller Derby gals and the Ghost Busters Contingent will entertain plus lots of humorous contingents, costumed characters, bands and floats. To join the Doo Dah Parade, call (609) 399-6111 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All participants receive a souvenir T Shirt and Dietz & Watson hotdog lunch.

Free Doo Dah activities on Friday, April 10th, the day before the Parade, include the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics, 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. There will also be a program on the benefits of laughter on Friday by Dr. Joel Goodman, who heads the Humor Project in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The event is set for 2 p.m. in the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Both Ocean City Arts Centers have interesting exhibits scheduled for April: ART ON ASBURY, 608 Asbury Ave., will present a “Streets, Alleys and Pathway” Show, “connect to your destination via the least traveled path.” The exhibit will be open April 8th and there will be an artists’ reception, Fri., April 10th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. All artwork is for sale. For information, call (609) 814-0308.

The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., will present its juried PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW during the month of April. Show opens April 1. The mediums will be traditional and digital photography and feature the work of outstanding area photographers. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held, Fri., April 10th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Reception is free and open to the public. Call 609-399-7628 for information.

WANTED: Contestants for Miss Night In Venice to lead the Night In Venice Boat Parade on July 11th. The Miss Night In Venice Committee invites young ladies 15 years and up to compete for the title of Miss Night In Venice or become a member of her court. For details about the competition, call (609) 425-5708.

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