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Spring Events Blooming in Ocean City

Seems like spring finally arrived with the Doo Dah Parade on Saturday. The sun was shining, the Boardwalk was full of cheerful spectators, the bands played, the costumed characters cavorted and over 500 basset hounds brought smiles to young and old alike.

Here are some of the events that are coming your way between now and the big May 2nd. Block Party and beyond:

(April 15) The public is invited to join the Ocean City Free Public Library at 5:30 p.m. for the rollout ribbon cutting of its new BOOKMOBILE. The event will be held on the 17th St. side of the Ocean City Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.  It will feature speakers from the Library Board and Staff. Refreshments will be served and you are welcome to tour the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile will bring computer access, CDs, books and other materials to residents of the Island who cannot easily access the Library. This is one of numerous events the Library is celebrating during National Library Week that extends through April 18th. For information on the many free entertainment and educational events provided by the Library access www.oceancitylibrary.org or check out This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

(April 16-18) The Ocean City High School Drama Club presents SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL on Thurs., April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. For advance sales call (609) 399-1290 x 1442. The musical is directed by Don Toal, Jr.

(April 16) The Ocean City Environmental Commission continues its interesting lecture series at the Library. It will present a program on DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS with Brian Williamson of the Wetlands Institute at 7 p.m.

The programs continue on Thurs., May 21st at 7 p.m. with a talk on MONARCH BUTTERFLIES with Pat Sutton, Regional Ornithologist and Naturalist. There will also be a program on BEACH NOURISHMENT & DUNE VEGETATION with Christ Robine from the Coastal Research Center of Stockton University on Thurs., June 11th at 7 p.m. All lectures will be in Room 110 and are free and open to the public. For information, call (609) 399-6111 x 9799.

NOTE: This year is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day celebrated on April 22 and also marks Environmental Education Week, April 19-25. 

(April 19, 26) The South Jersey Jazz Society presents the ART OF PURE IMPROVISATION presented by Jazz luminary Michael Pedicin. The remaining two programs of the series will feature Michael explaining the premise and concept about what is to take place.

Pedicin will play the saxophones with an array of other talented musicians. All programs are set for 2 p.m. in the Ocean City Free Public Library, Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. On April 26, poet Rina Terry will be the special guest. For more information, visit www.SouthJerseyJazz.org.

(April 25-26) Downtown and Boardwalk Merchants will hold Table Sales from 6th to 14th St. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

(Register Now!) GOT TALENT? If so, the organizers of the Ocean City Talent Show at the Music Pier want you to be a part of their competition that highlights area performers. The search is on for contestants in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc.  Contestants of all ages are invited. Want to participate? Complete application at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. or call (609) 398-1118. Applications must be received by April 28. There are a limited number of contestant’s spaces, so act now. Prizes, trophies and cash will be awarded.

The talent competition will be open to the public on Sat., May 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Visit the Block Party then cap the day with entertainment at the talent show.) Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds benefitting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.  

(All April) Two Ocean City ART EXHIBITS continue through April. The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW this month. The mediums will be both traditional and digital photography featuring many scenes of the area. Photos will be for sale. For information, call (609) 399-7628.

(All April) The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., show this month is titled “STREETS, ALLEYS AND PATHWAYS”. Paintings exhibited feature colorful unusual scenes throughout the area. Many are for sale. Call (609) 814-0308.

(May 2) SPRING MILE LONG BLOCK PARTY: This event has attracted thousands of visitors to Ocean City for 30 years. It will feature over 350 crafters from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. The Block Party will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To complement the crafters our Asbury Avenue restaurants and stores will be open, many featuring specials. Ocean City’s award winning downtown offers over 100 businesses that provide quality products and personal service.

There will be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the Avenue and free pony rides for the children at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Downtown and Boardwalk Merchants sidewalk sales will be held all weekend. For information, call 1-800-BEACHNJ or access oceancityvacation.com.

BEYOND THE BLOCK PARTY: Try not to get too excited but on May 7th MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK will again creep out onto the Ocean City Sands and attempt to see his shadow. If he is successful, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. Martin has been getting away with this caper for over 40 years.

The famed weather prognosticator has seen his shadow every time except once when only a partial shadow was visible. That year summer came 3 ½ days early so his efforts were not completely in vain.

Martin is now 103 years old in Hermit Crab years. Before he is permitted to creep, NASCRAB insists that his blood pressure and vital signs are taken to ensure that he is healthy enough for the three foot journey to  “THE CIRCLE OF TRUTH!” NASCRAB is the National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach, producers of the event.

This year Martin will be accompanied by his wife of many years, Mollie Shellfish, from Tepid Swamp, Louisiana. Tepid Swamp is the world’s cultural center for Hermit Crabs, home of Tepid Tech University. Both Mollie and Martin are graduates of Tepid Tech where they majored in weather prognostication.

The Martin Z. Mollusk creep is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach, south side of the Music Pier. The Ocean City High School Band will play Pomp and Circumstance as Martin is escorted to the beach. He will slowly make his way to “THE CIRCLE OF TRUTH.” Once inside, Big Mama Llama of Brady Farms in Tuckahoe will indicate if the crustacean has seen his shadow by a shake of her head.

                                                        

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