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What's Happening in Ocean City

Over 150 of the most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique handiwork at Ocean City's indoor-out door SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS Festival on Sat., July 17 at Carey Stadium and the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival is produced by the South Jersey Artisans Guild, whose previous shows here have set all time attendance records. Crafters will offer an array on unusual specialties including fine art, photography, hand blown glass, wood sun clocks and thermometers, vintage textiles, gourmet teas plus many other products. $3 admission charge benefits groups including the Sunshine Foundation for ill children, the Atlantic Riding Center for Handicapped Children, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

The World Famous FERKO STRING BAND will perform at 8 p.m., Thurs., July 15 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or at the door.

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO OCEAN CITY: The Eastern World Premiere of the "The Most Rockin' Movie of the Summer," Standing Ovation is set for Fri., July 16 with festivities beginning 3:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. The Movie is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Moorlyn Theater.

One of the movie’s theaters has been sold out a second theater has just been added to accommodate the demand.

At 3:30 p.m., cast members will be at the Music Pier to distribute giveaways to fans of the colorful musical. Nine year old Alanna Palombo of Upper Township, who stars in the film as Alanna Wannabe, will arrive in a limo and stroll the red carpet at 5:30 p.m. She will greet fans in front of the Moorlyn Theater across from the Music Pier. Sal Dupree, local talent impresario and singing coach, was instrumental in conceiving and producing the movie. He also has a starring role in the film that is geared to the tween set, those kids between Finding Nemo and High School Musical. Scenes from the movie were shot in Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May.

SHOW HOUSE AT THE SHORE, a project to benefit the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, is now underway at Wind Song on Wesley, 1501 Wesley Ave. This popular tour is open daily and weekends from 10a.m. till 5 p.m., Wed and Thurs. till 8 p.m. until Aug. 15th. It features the restoration and remodeling of a 1907 Dutch Colonial Beach House. Prominent designers and architects have contributed to the restoration of this home. Show Case House Designers will meet with the public on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be designer furnishing and accessory sales plus a show house raffle and door prizes. Showcase tickets can be purchased at the site.

The T. JOHN CAREY Master's Swim is set for Sat., July 17, with registration between 3 and 6 p.m. at the 34th St. Beach Patrol Station. Race start is 6:30 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9201.

The Ocean City NOR'EASTERS professional soccer team hosts the Carolina Dynamo, 8 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk on Sat. the 17th. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Call 609-525-9999, sponsored by Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

GREG BUCHANAN will be featured in a harp concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m. on Sun., the 18th. Admission is free. Call 609-399-1915.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS ORCHESTRA features the Rodney Mack Big Brass at the Music Pier. They will perform a variety of musical styles from Renaissance to jazz on July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20/12 at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us. Sponsored by Primo Pizza.

JAY AND THE AMERICANS entertain at the Music Pier as Stockton College continues its concerts at the shore on Mon., July 19 at 8 p.m. in the Music Pier. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered through the Music Pier Box Office or online.

July 14th, 10:30, 11:30 or 1:00 - Ocean City Historical Museum, Wednesdays for Kids. Children and their family are invited to join us every Wednesday in July & August for a fun, half-hour program. This week we'll learn about the early days of the beach and boardwalk and make a shell critter, too. $3.00 per child. Recommended ages 4-9 years old. 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.

July 15th, 7:00 - Ocean City Historical Museum, Thursday Nights at the Museum . A member of the Ocean City Fire Department will showcase the history of the local fire department. Find how the department grew and how they have protected Ocean City over the years. New lecture hall, OC Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City. Free!

Weekly Events

Mondays

Stockton Goes to the Beach Concerts - Nationally known acts live at the Music Pier, www.ocnj.us for schedule and tickets

Tuesdays

Funtastic Tuesdays - Free strolling entertainment along the Avenue, Downtown, 6th-11th on Asbury, 10am-1pm

Family Film Night - Stainton's at 810 Asbury, 7:15pm

Mummers Night - Strutting 7-9pm, 6th-14th Streets on the Boardwalk

Wednesdays

Ocean City Farmer's and Crafter's Market begins Wednesday, June 30th and runs every Wednesday through August from 8am-1pm at 6th and Asbury. Jersey Fresh produce and hand made crafts.

Evenings Along Asbury - Open air artists, demonstrations, activities, music, outside dining, shopping and dining specials, free parking, 6th-11th Streets on Asbury, 5-8pm.

Thursdays

Market Days - free pony rides, puppet shows, face painting, music, clowns, balloon sculptures, Downtown, 6th-11th on Asbury, 10am-1pm.

Historic Inn-to-Inn Tours begin Thursday, July 1st and run every Thursday through August. Tours begin at 2pm. Tickets are $13 per person. Trolley boards at the ticket booth at the corner of 7th and Central Ave beginning at 1:30pm. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Ocean City Welcome Center at 16 East 9th Street.

Boardwalk Family Nights - fun for the whole family with bands, magicians, karaoke, and much more, 6th-14th on Boardwalk, 7:30-9:30pm.