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John Cafferty and Beaver Brown Band to Highlight Street Rod Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/15/17

Ocean City’s late-summer Street Rod Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night and a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night.

The Classic Car and Street Rod Show is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 in Ocean City. The 43rd annual event will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show – featuring models from every year Corvettes were manufactured – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sept. 10.

As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. His band recorded the soundtrack to “Eddie and the Cruisers” in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single “On the Dark Side.” The band has toured for more than three decades.

Tickets ($25 to $30) are currently on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring Dick Richards and the Ready Rockers. Richards, 93, was an original member of Bill Haley’s Comets, and the drummer leads a rock band. Food vendors will include Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor and Boyar’s Market. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m.

Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at ocnj.us/streetrods.

The Corvette Show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 10th Street. For more information, visit boardwalkcorvettes.com.

TICKETS CURRENTLY ON SALE

Tickets for the following shows are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

$·         OC-Con: OC-Con Comic Festival, April 1-2, Ocean City Music Pier. Special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam. Autograph, photo and Q&A sessions available. Informationocnjcon.com.

$·         Mr. Mature America Pageant: Regis Philbin hosts the pageant 7 p.m. April 8 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

$·         Philly Soul and Rock & Roll: Concert to benefit American Legion Post 524, May 6, Ocean City Music Pier.

$·         Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience: Pets perform amazing stunts and acrobatics, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 10, Ocean City Music Pier.

$·         KC and the Sunshine Band: Dance concert by the iconic band, 7:30 p.m. May 28, Ocean City Music Pier.

$·         Ocean City Theatre Company’s Children’s Series: Five morning stage shows on the Music Pier July 3 to Aug. 1

$·         Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company Musicals: “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).

Girls Weekend begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, with a Fashion Show featuring men’s and women’s clothing available in local stores. Tickets ($20) are available by calling (609) 399-1412 or by visiting the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway), 7th Street Surf Shop, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave. location) or The Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Avenue). The show will be held at Glazed Over Studios (also at 704 Asbury Avenue) and doors open at 6 p.m. Information: Girls Weekend Facebook event page.

Tickets also are on sale (at ticketmaster.com) for the first eight shows announced in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier:

·         Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (June 9) Tickets

·         Dave Mason (June 19) Tickets

·         The Temptations (June 26) Tickets

·         Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10) Tickets

·         The Hooters (July 17 and 18) Tickets

·         Graham Nash (July 24) Tickets

·         Shawn Colvin with opening act Joan Osborne (July 31) Tickets

·         The Beach Boys (August 21 and 22) Tickets

COMING UP THIS WEEK

FREE LECTURE ON THE USE OF RAIN BARRELS (March 16):The Ocean City Environmental Commission's free lecture series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, with a presentation on rain barrels, how they work and how they are installed and used. The lecture precedes the Ocean City Environmental Commission's Rain Barrel Workshop, which will be scheduled for later in the spring. Jim Hansen, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, will make the presentation. All lectures are in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall (Room 110) at the Ocean City Free Public Library at 1735 Simpson Avenue. They are free and open to the public.

MORE SPRING EVENTS

FROM BOCELLI TO BARTON: THE RICHARD TUCKER OPERA GALA (March 30): The first in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances features Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and others. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

GIRLS WEEKEND (March 31-April 2): Features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. Information: Girls Weekend Facebook event page.

OC-CON (April 1-2): Meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, a superhero run, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia on the Ocean City Music Pier. Special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam. Autograph, photo and Q&A sessions available. Informationocnjcon.com.

EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL (April 5): Book lovers and food lovers are invited to come see and vote on entries in a contest that includes food creations that play on book titles. Voting is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with sampling of the treats until 3 p.m. Call 609-399-2434, ext. 5222 for more information and to register an entry.

OC POPS BRASS (April 7): The first in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes the OC Pops Brass. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

DOO DAH PARADE (April 8): Noon on Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City Boardwalk. Free. For more information and to register to participate, visit ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.

MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT (April 8): Regis Philbin hosts the annual tribute to men 55 and older at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Sponsored by Flanders.

THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 8): The first of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.

THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 15): The second of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (April 16): Traditional nondenominational service starts at 6:30 a.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.

EASTER FASHION PROMENADE (April 16): Judging begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. The Philly Keys, a dueling piano show, will start at noon.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at www.marchforbabies.org/event/sjshore.