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An August Thanksgiving in Ocean City

A THANKFUL RESORT WILL CELEBRATE WITH FIREWORKS & MORE

Ocean City will celebrate Thanksgiving twice this year. Later in November but first on Saturday, August 24 when it will treat its loyal vacationers to an evening of entertainment capped by a gigantic fireworks display.

“We have a lot to be thankful for,” declared Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“First we were able to bounce back quickly from Hurricane Sandy, thanks to immediate and decisive action by the City and the efforts of an army of volunteers headed by OCNJ.CARE. Assistance Centers were set up immediately in order to feed and clothe those in need. By New Year’s Eve we were able to host10,000 visitors during our popular First Night Celebration.

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Unusual Events Plentiful in Ocean City This Week

August 7th: Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant followed by the King of Klutz Crab races. Event starts 1 p.m. in the volley ball section of the 6th St. Beach. Glamorous Crabettes, many on colorful displays, vie for the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, symbol of Crustacean comeliness. Past winners include such legends as Crabunzel, Crabopatra, Copacrabana and Pirates of the Crabibbean. Winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while all sing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”

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Peggy Lloyd Named Grand Marshal of City's Baby Parade

OCEAN CITY, N.J. She won’t be 100 until Sept. 10th. But that’s okay. Ocean City has named Peggy Lloyd grand marshal of its 104th Baby Parade on Aug. 8. It will give her a well deserved, pre-100th Birthday celebration during the popular event.

Lloyd may be approaching 100 but is as energetic as ever. This past week she climbed up a ladder and trimmed the Holly Tree in her back yard. In the winter she shovels the snow off her sidewalk. She is often seen walking the beach and her daily routine up to recently included an 8 mile bike ride to the end of the Boardwalk and back from her Gardens home.

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Artisans Guild Craft Show Will Attract Crowds on Saturday

(July 27) The popular Jersey Shore ARTISANS GUILD CRAFT SHOW attracts hundreds of visitors to Ocean City. Created by City residents, JoAnne and Norman Schaut, all proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. The one-day show features outstanding crafters, photographers, artists and gourmet food specialists. It will be held at Carey Stadium field and inside the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk.

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Night in Venice Boat Parade set for 6 P.M. on the Bay

The Colorful Night In Venice Boat Parade starts 6 p.m. on Sat., July 20th. The route is from the Longport Bridge, along the Bay front, through lagoons to Tennessee Ave. Grandstands will be set up from Battersea Rd. to 16th St. and at Tennessee Ave. along the Bay front for free viewing. The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., will also be open as a picnic and viewing area with entertainment. Gates open at 4 p.m. with entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Call (609) 525-9300.

Free Jitney service will run as in previous years from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will start at the Municipal Air Port, 25th and Bay Ave., proceed to the Aquatic and Fitness Center 18th and Simpson Ave. for pick ups and then run along the Bay Ave. to the Bayside Center. There will be free parking at the Airport and adjacent soccer field on Shelter Rd. off Tennessee Ave.

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Action News Meteorologist to be Grand Marshal of Night in Venice

WPVI-TV Channel 6 Meteorologist ADAM JOSEPH will be Grand Marshal of Ocean City’s 59th Annual Night In Venice Boat Parade and Bay Celebration on Sat., July 20th starting at 6 p.m. A graduate of Lyndon College in May 2000, Adam found working in the Admissions office as a campus tour guide helped break him of his shyness and developed the Boston youth into the confident man he is today.

Adam started his career at WBOY-TV as the Chief Meteorologist in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Eleven months later he was hired by WSAZ-TV in Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia where he worked as the weekend and eventually the weekday evening Meteorologist and weather feature reporter. It was there he received the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval for Television. Adam won many awards for best meteorologist while at WSAZ.

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Tribute, New "See Food" Event set for Night in Venice Weekend

Night In Venice Weekend will feature the City’s 4th Annual Tribute to the Philippines and a new SEE FOOD EVENT as well as the gala Bay Celebration. But First a recap of our 4th of July schedule: July 4th Bike Parade, South Ocean City Improvement Assn., Registration 9 a.m., 40th and Asbury Ave. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4th Bike Parade, Gardens Civic Assn., Registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Parade begins 10 a.m. Entry is free for both events.

4th of July Kite Flying Contest, 7 p.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier, sponsored by Air Circus. Entry free followed by entertainment on the Boardwalk. A Spectacular Musical Fireworks display, ignited from a barge off the Music Pier at 9th St. Beach, will begin at 9:30 p.m. Longport Media will simulcast July 4th fireworks music on KOOL 98.3, 1400 AM WOND,  1490 AM WIP, stream it live on its website and on the TUNE in Smart Phone application.

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Join the 59th Celebration of Night in Venice

Night In Venice will celebrate its 59th Anniversary on July 20th. The colorful Boat Parade and Bay celebration began in 1954 to mark the Diamond Jubilee or 75th Anniversary of Ocean City. It normally features about 80 boats and 250 decorated homes.

This year the Parade will be enhanced by the HERO Foundation that promotes the use of designated drivers to end drunk driving tragedies. Thanks to its founders, Bill and Muriel Elliott, the program has gone national. It is now keeping drunk drivers off the roads in States throughout the country. The Elliott’s lost their son, Ensign John Elliott, a graduate of the Naval Academy, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

The HERO Foundation will enter ten decorated boats in the Parade that will be a salute thanking members of the Military and First Responders. This will also be a salute to local police officers, the Marine Police and designated drivers, all of whom save lives on a daily basis.

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Are you Ready to Sculpt Fries and Crumble Cookies?

Taffy Sculpting! French Fry Sculpting! Cookie Crumbling? and more are all features of Ocean City’s July Jubilee, June 24th to 28th, at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  The event includes fun contests for all ages leading into the gala 4th of July weekend.

July Jubilee was started over 20 years ago when Elsie Gillespie, then president of the Chamber of Commerce, wanted to treat vacationers arriving early for the 4th of July to an interesting time. When she called me, I suggested that we repeat contests from our popular Weird Week held in August.

And so it came to pass, that the last week in June was designated July Jubilee by Elsie. One contest is held daily, 11 a.m. in the Pavilion of the Music Pier. Entry is free. The age divisions include five and under, 6-8, 9-12 teens and adults. Ribbons are awarded to the winners, everyone receives a free ticket to one ride at Wonderland and a participation ribbon.

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Miss New Jersey and First Jeep Show Come to Town

This is a good year to be hosting the Miss New Jersey Pageant. With the Miss America program returning to Atlantic City there will be even more media attention focused on Miss New Jersey and that will be good for Ocean City.

Ocean City has been hosting Miss New Jersey for 17 years. The franchise was secured during a meeting in Atlantic City at Miss America headquarters. Christine Wright and I attended the session to assure Miss America officials that Ocean City was ready to host the State Pageant. Wright ran the pageant for about five years and was succeeded by Michael Allegretto, former City Recreation Director, who was later asked to join the Miss America staff. Lou and Silvia Barthold then took over and Lou now runs the pageant alone following the untimely death of his beloved wife, Silvia.

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Miss America to Attend Final Pageant June 12-15

But first a WELCOME to our good friends, THE ARTISANS. This group has been supporting Ocean City for 68 years and will be back again this weekend showcasing its annual Miss Artisan Pageant, 8 p.m. on Sat., June 8 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, the Artisans select the young lady who will represent them for the coming year. Entertainment is part of the program which is free and open to the public.

The 80th Annual MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (the 17th held in Ocean City) will be held here June 12 to 15.

The event starts with a Parade on the Boardwalk on June 12 at 7 p.m. with contestants dressed as “Villains Down the Venue.” This is a fun event where you’ll find the likes of Cat Woman, Bonnie and Clyde and the Big Bad Wolf.

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41st Annual Flower Show set for this Weekend; Lulu Comes to Town

The auditorium of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, will explode with color this weekend when the City’s Garden Club presents its 41st Annual Flower Show. The theme will be “Let’s Go to the Movies” with artistic design displays featuring entries like “My Fair Lady” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”

There will be an Arts and Crafts Division Celebration of the Cinema and the Horticultural Division will feature Roses, Orchids and a variety of plants. The show was started by the late Ocean City artist and businessman James Penland in cooperation with the City’s Public Relations Office. Penland contacted the Garden Club as he knew there could be no show without the Club’s leadership.

The event runs from Fri. May 31st to Sun. June 2. Show hours are Fri., 2 to 9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a Trade Fair in the Pavilion of the Pier featuring Flower products for sale Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, a donation to support the show is optional.

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Business Folks Plunge, Moorlyn Re-Opens

This Weekend plus Monday

Friday, May 24 will be an historic and hysterical day in Ocean City. The Ocean City Tabernacle will re-open the Moorlyn Theatre on Friday and show movies seven days a week until the fall. The Theatre will also offer live entertainment starting July 1. That’s the Historical part.

Also on Friday, the Business Person’s Plunge will celebrate its tenth anniversary. This event features business folks dressed formally and toting briefcases and flags. They will smart step into the ocean accompanied by mascots, costumed characters and just plain “characters” to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. This is semi inspiring but mostly hysterical.

John Walton, director of the Parade, estimates that over 100 will participate. He reported the latest entries to be Bangles and Bows with their mascot Princess Bangles, Daks Kyaks whose members will paddle out to sea, Fractured Prune, Sunrise Café, Monkey Bread and Bashful Banana.

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Flower Show Theme Is Let's Go To The Movies!

The theme of the City’s 41st Annual Flower Show,May 31st to June 2nd at the Music Pier will be “Let’s Go to the Movies.” This turns out to be very appropriate in more ways than one. Not only does it provide a fine category for the show’s Artistic Design Division but it could well underscore the resurgence of family movies taking place at the Moorlyn Theatre in Ocean City thanks to the Ocean City Tabernacle.

The Theatre will open again for movies on Memorial Day Weekend and for live entertainment July 1st with “Oh What A Night,” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In addition to movies there will be Comedy Nights, Youth Evenings, programs for children and adults by Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company and much more through the summer and beyond. For more information access moorlynfamilytheatre.org/liveshows.html.

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Business Persons Plunge Set For May 24

This resort’s 10th annual Business Persons Plunge will kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, notes realtor, John Walton, a founder of the event and its director.

The popular plunge is the way City merchants and organizations celebrate the coming of a new season. In dramatic fashion, dressed in business suits and sporting other unusual costumes, they smart step into the sea. This year they will march to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance played by the Ocean City High School Band standing on the sidelines.

The action begins at noon on Fri., May 24 on the sands opposite the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

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Spring Block Party Celebrates 30th Year

By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

In 1983 Ocean City was looking for events to bolster tourism in the Spring. We had tried boat shows in the downtown that weren’t particularly successful. Then I happened to be driving in the north end of the City and noticed that residents were planning to celebrate repairs to their street with a neighborhood block party.

When I returned to the office, I asked Jean Mimnaugh, my co-worker, what she thought about having a block party in the downtown with entertainment and food, etc. Jean then provided the key to the long term success of the event. “Crafters,” she said, you should have crafters, “and I know a lot of them.”

Thirty years later, we have over 400 crafters, plus downtown merchants’ tables, plus food, entertainment, pony rides for the children and public service displays. Jean Mimnaugh has passed away, but her inspired idea was the reason the block party took off like a rocket.

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Martin Z. Mollusk Predicts the Arrival of Summer for 38th Time May 2nd

History was made in Ocean City on March 13, 1975. It was a chilly winter’s day, kind of miserable really. But that didn’t stop Martin Z. Mollusk from creeping onto the 9th St. Beach and creating an Ocean City tradition.

Mayor B. Thomas Waldman and Commissioner Marilyn Moore were present to witness that Martin did, in fact, see his shadow despite considerable fog and thus summer would come one week early to this family resort. Following his successful outing, Martin conferred with the community leaders through his spiritual advisor and chef, Mark Soifer, the only person who can communicate with the crustacean.

He asked, actually he demanded, that the ceremony be moved to the first Thursday in May

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Navy Seals Group Selects Ocean City for Special Event

The events roll on in Ocean City. You can always check out www.ocnj.us, the City’s website where you will find listings of What’s Happening right on through to our gala First Night New Years Eve Celebration. The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com is also a good source for information.

The Chamber has a toll free telephone number 1-800-BEACH-NJ and the City Public relations office may be reached at (609) 525-9300.

Many charitable organizations select Ocean City’s Beach and Boardwalk for fund raising events because of its special, family atmosphere. Over $30 million was raised last year by these groups that bring thousands of visitors to Ocean City.

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Doo Dah Comedy Show Offers Diverse Humor on Friday, Parade Saturday

The annual Doo Dah Comedy Show held the day before the Parade will offer a varied program of humor and music. The program is set for Fri., April 12 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is by donation of canned or dried food or a $10 donation to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

Entertainment will range from songs by Pretty Perky Peggy King, Hollywood Walk of Fame entertainer, a cartoon demonstration by John McPherson, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a baton twirling demonstration by 80 year old Betty Lambert of Harmony, Pa.

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Doo Dah to Experiment with PIe Art

The Board of Governors of Ocean City’s DOO DAH PARADE will attempt to elevate its popular Pie-Asco to a new art form designated PIE ART. The experiment will take place after the Parade in front of the Music Pier when folks gather to plaster each other with shaving cream pies.

For the past few years, Board members have taken a closer look at the results of the traditional Pie-Asco. Their studies reveal that the shaving cream sticking to participants’faces after the smooshing often appear to be spontaneous abstract art.

The Board cites its inspiration from the late Jackson Pollock, who invented Action Painting. Also know as “Jack the Dripper” Pollock splattered bucketsful of paint on huge canvases spread out on his studio floor. His works have been hailed by art critics and he is considered a major innovator of modern art.

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