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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/9/18

Tickets for 2018 Ocean City Pops Season Go on Sale Saturday

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the beach at Ninth Street. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).

Special guest for Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, who has impressed the world with his magic performances. Dorenbos may have a few tricks up his sleeve for all those who will be cheering for an early summer.

 

Saturday morning’s program will include a musical performance by the Ocean City Intermediate School Choir and the presence of the Martin Z. Mollusk balloon, an inflated likeness of Ocean City’s beloved mascot. The winners of the 2018 Martin Z. Mollusk Coloring Contest – including Lana Clevenger, Lillianna Amoroso, Isabella Baron and Edith Heywood – will be honored and their artwork unveiled to the public.

Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday for a sold-out magic show. In the fall of 2016, Dorenbos impressed the judges of "America's Got Talent" with his mind-blowing magic and uplifting stories. He started practicing magic at the age of 12 after a family tragedy tore his family apart. His show mixes stories from his difficult childhood and successful football career with comedy and magic.

TICKETS FOR 2018 OCEAN CITY POPS SEASON GO ON SALE SATURDAY

Tickets for all shows in the 2018 Ocean City Pops season will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12.

Now in its 90th season, the orchestra will share the stage this summer with a wide array of musical talents. The lineup promises something for everybody.

Tickets will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway and at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office on weekends (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The schedule includes: 

·         July 2: Season-opening concert with Megan Hilty, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 8: Disney in Concert – Magical Music From the Movies, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 10, 11, 12 and 13: Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” featuring the Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company, Hughes Performing Arts Center

·         July 15: Disco/funk tribute Classical Night Fever, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 18: Fascinating Gershwin, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 22: Celtic Tenors, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 25: Celebrate 90th season of the Pops at Conductor Spotlight Concert with one of the candidates for new artistic director, Ocean City Music Pier

·         July 29: Worldwide sensation Jackie Evancho, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 1: Tribute to Broadway legends Bernstein/Robbins: A Centennial Celebration, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 5: Pops songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, the Bee Gees and Bruce Springsteen with Tony DeSare: Fly Me to the Moon with the Ocean City Pops Big Band, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 7, 8, 9, 10: Broadway musical Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” featuring the Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company, Hughes Performing Arts Center

·         August 12: The Wonderful Music of Oz, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 15: Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 19: Celebrate 90th season of the Pops at Conductor Spotlight Concert with one of the candidates for new artistic director, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 22: Celebrate 90th season of the Pops at Conductor Spotlight Concert with one of the candidates for new artistic director, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 26: An Evening of Song and Dance – A Collaboration with the Atlantic City Ballet, Ocean City Music Pier

·         August 29: Celebrate 90th season of the Pops at Conductor Spotlight Concert with one of the candidates for new artistic director, Ocean City Music Pier

·         Sept. 2: Clint Holmes – Legendary Las Vegas Headliner, Ocean City Music Pier

·         Sept. 5: Celebrate 90th season of the Pops at Conductor Spotlight Concert with one of the candidates for new artistic director, Ocean City Music Pier

·         Sept. 8 and 9: Jersey Boys performers sing Doo-Wop, Motown and old-time rock songs as Under the Street Lamp, Ocean City Music Pier

·         Sept. 12: Clint Holmes – Let’s Misbehave: A Cole Porter Revue, Ocean City Music Pier

·         Sept. 16: Local talent shares the spotlight in Ocean City With the Pops, Ocean City Music Pier

For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/oceancitypops.

MORE EVENTS IN MAY     

MODERN MUSCLE CAR INVASION (May 12): Modern Muscle Cars will be displayed on the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit  www.modernmusclecarinvasion.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HOPE WALK FOR LIFE (May 12): A leisure walk to raise money for the work of Hope Pregnancy Center. Registration opens at 8 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-226-8716.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF NEW JERSEY (May 12): The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. The concert, open to the public, will feature: the Symphonic Orchestra, String Preparatory Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra, the combined Pro Arte Orchestra/Wind Symphony and the Flute Choir. YOCJ is composed of about 200 student players who seek to improve and play at a higher level.

THE WEST CHESTER STRINGS (May 13): Free Mother’s Day Concert at 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. In 2011 at the inaugural year of the Orlando Fest competition, they received a Gold trophy, a Superior Rating, as well as the Grand Champion Trophy against six other orchestras.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK (May 19): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

‘ON CLOUD NINE’ TREASURE HUNT (May 19 and 20): Annual open beach metal detecting hunt at the Ocean City Music Pier. Special hunt for kids Saturday morning only $5. Loaner detectors available. Optional big silver hunt on Saturday and optional gold hunt on Sunday in addition to two regular prizes each day. Visit www.ecrda.org for registration information or sign up at the Music Pier day of event. Sponsored by the East Coast Research and Discovery Association. For more information call: 732-276-8251.

OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON (May 20): Quarter-mile pool swim, two-mile run, 16-mile bike and a final two-mile run. Plus a kids course 1/8 mile swim, 1m run/8m bike/1m run. Pool Swim start 6am-8am. Run/Bike/Run starts 9am. $50 Tri/Du. $25 Kids Course. For more information, call 609-399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

WALK FOR LUPUS NOW (May 20): 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start @ 6th St. practice field, 6th & Boardwalk. For more information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-866-517-5070.

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE (May 25): Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” to welcome the new season. Noon on beach adjacent to Ocean City Music Pier. For more information. call 609-399-6111.

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 26): The main obstacle course challenge is a soft sand adventure race followed by a kids fun run. Staging at 9th St. beach. For registration information, visit www.memorialbeachchallenge.com or call 856-905-0583.

BUCKS COUNTY SINGERS (May 26): Bucks County Singers celebrate the summer season with a rousing concert of show tunes and patriotic favorites.  Admission is free. 3:30 P.M., Music Pier Loggia, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 28): 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, between 5th and 6th Streets on Wesley (Rain Location: Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue).  For more information, call 609-399-6111.

NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE (May 28): Established by Congress, the event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The moment of remembrance will take place on the Boardwalk as Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America sounds Taps to commemorate the moment.