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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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Plenty of Easter Events in Ocean City this Weekend

You can expect plenty of Easter events in Ocean City this weekend, some unusual, some traditional.

Unusual: (Sat., March 30) Decorated doggies and assorted pets will compete in the WOOFIN’ PAWS Pet Fashion Show set for Carey Stadium, 6th Street off the Boardwalk starting 11 a.m. with registration beginning 10 a.m.

The event is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. We are pleased to report that in the long, colorful history of this competition this unspeakable calamity has never occurred. Categories include Best Dressed, plus Best Bonnet, Swim Suit, Cutest Tail Wagger, Pet Owner- Look Alike, Intelligent Pet Tricks and Most Patriotic.

There is a $5 entry fee that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter, named one of the finest of its size in the country. The event ends with a massive belly rub, as a thank you to all participants and in fond memory of Barclie, Ocean City’s legendary doggie, who was especially fond of the procedure.

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Dietz& Watson Hamming it up for Doo Dah Parade

A new category has been added to this year’s DOO DAH Parade set for April 13th.

It will be for the best entry depicting the “WE ARE READY” theme emphasizing that Ocean City is prepared to accommodate its vacationers for the upcoming season.

The City’s Tourism Commission is running TV commercials emphasizing the point in the Philadelphia area and our Chamber of Commerce and City are promoting the theme on their respective websites and FACEBOOK. We encourage social media enthusiasts to post it and tweet it to their many friends.

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Suzanne Muldowney to Mark 25 Years of Doo Dah

Suzanne Muldowney has been a regular at Ocean City special events for decades. April 13th will mark her 25th appearance in the Doo Dah Parade. She has also appeared consistently in the Baby Parade, Halloween Parade, Christmas Parade and a number of

other City programs. These include Martin Z. Mollusk Day, the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Weird Contest Week during which she hosts a Super Hero Impersonation Contest.

Suzanne has a beautiful soprano voice. She is blessed with perfect pitch. This makes her perfect for performing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean” when the winning Hermit Crab waddles down a flower bedecked runway and the inspirational rendering of “Some Enchanted Morning” when Martin Z. Mollusk creeps onto the sand and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer comes one week early to Ocean City.

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Barclie, Canine Icon, To Be Remembered at Woofin' Paws Contest

I first met Barclie when he was a puppy in the office of Shriver’s Saltwater Taffy about 17 years ago. His best friends and caretakers were Meryl Berwick, now Merlyl Vangelov plus Meryl’s Mom Ginny Berwick and Hank Glaser, both co-owners of Shriver’s on the Boardwalk at the time.

Barclie was an endearing, affectionate pet. Meryl told me he was a Labradoodle, a cross between a Lab and a poodle. She had rescued him from an unscrupulous dog peddler who had threatened to put the puppy down if someone didn’t buy him. She took one look at the puppy’s sad, little eyes. The rest is history.

When I visited Shriver’s offices, Barclie was usually the first one to greet me. He would look me over, sniff a few times, remember that I was okay and let me give him a belly rub. Then he would return to a pillowed cot for a snooze.

Barclie soon became a favorite of hundreds of Shriver’s customers and Boardwalk strollers. When taken for a walk, he would nuzzle children and let them hug him. Boardwalk and beach goers were enchanted by his friendly, nonchalant personality. He was a small dog. The Lab in him was in his facial structure. He was a little larger than the average poodle mix but not as yappy. Barclie didn’t bother to bark much.

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When the "Yankee Clipper" Sailed into Ocean City

By Mark Soifer, City Public Relations Director In 1985, the “Yankee Clipper,” also know as Joe DiMaggio, sailed into Ocean City to be grand marshal of our Baby Parade.

I couldn’t believe our good luck. Roger Jacabowski, who had a business on the boardwalk, knew Tony Tarcasio, a casino executive, who was a personal friend of DiMaggio. Tarcasio extended the invitation and DiMaggio accepted.

In those days his appearance fee was $5000. But he generously came to Ocean City for free. Again, I couldn’t believe our good luck.

The event had special significance for me. Growing up, baseball was my favorite sport. I loved the feel of the bat hitting the ball- “on the good part of the wood,”- the smack of the ball into the thin fielder’s gloves we used in those days and I liked being outdoors during the benevolent spring weather. I was a centerfielder. My hero was the great centerfielder, Joe DiMaggio.

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Night in Venice July 20th, Theme "The Good Old Summertime"

Ocean City’s 59th Annual NIGHT IN VENICE will be held on Sat., July 20. The optional theme is “The Good Old Summer Time.” Speaking of time, the starting time will be announced soon.

The colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration was initiated to commemorate the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75th anniversary in 1954. It was organized by former Public Relations Director, Art Watkins and Jack Jernee, the Captain of the Beach Patrol.

Watkins, who was a boat tour director, prior to settling in Ocean City, witnessed a semi-religious celebration in Venice, Italy during which residents sailed to a nearby Island and had a sociable evening. Night In Venice has remained one of Ocean City’s most popular events.

Local historian, Fred Miller, learned that there was a celebration held here in 1901 that was also called Night In Venice. It consisted of musical groups and Philadelphia debutantes sailing through the lagoons on colorful boats, the young ladies waving to homeowners and visitors.

The City would like to start a new category for non mechanized boats to include kayaks, gondolas, sailboats, etc. Anyone interested should contact the Public Relation Office, 609-525-9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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28th Annual Doo Dah Parade Set for April 13

(1) One of TV’s first singer celebrities, (2) a syndicated cartoonist, (3) an 79 year old woman baton twirler and (4) 500 basset hounds will all be the stars of Ocean City’s 28th Doo Dah Parade on April 13 th.

“Perky” Peggy King of Philadelphia who starred on the George Gobel show in the early days of TV will be grand marshal. Prior to that she toured with the country’s leading big bands including Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flannigan and Ray Anthony and appeared with Mel Torme’.

During her career she made guest appearances on many of the most popular shows of the era including American Bandstand, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan Shows.

King will be joined by John McPherson, the syndicated cartoonist of “Close to Home.” McPherson’s cartoon appears in 300 newspapers throughout the world and numerous books of his work have been published.

As a special feature, an 80 year old Majorette, Betty Lambert from Harmony, Pa. will appear in the parade that celebrates humor and its legends. Lambert will twirl her baton and do splits during the Parade.

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Ocean City: A Perfect Place to Celebrate Valentine's Weekend

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and Ocean City is the perfect place to spend the Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company will present A Cabaret of Broadway Love songs and sumptuous dessert reception of Sat., Feb. 16 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6 th and Atlantic Ave. A really sweet time is guaranteed.

Hartman’s performers will provide some of the most enchanting, unforgettable melodies ever to grace “The Great White Way.” You don’t have to go to Broadway any more to enjoy Broadway quality shows. Hartman has brought them to Ocean City.

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Many Free February Events Available in Ocean City

Both of the City’s Art Centers are offering interesting free shows in February.

The ART ON ASBURY Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., will host “Anything Goes,” along with its annual Arc student Exhibition and Sale. Entry is free to both exhibits which will feature an array of work by the Art Center’s talented members and a themed show highlighting Dogs by Arc students.

Arc is a private, non-profit agency that makes a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities. You will find their work amazing and heartwarming. Ocean City Fine Arts League (Art on Asbury) artists have been teaching Arc students for over nine years once a week for three hours.

Artists Susan Rau, Jennifer Bird and Thelma Snyder spearhead the program and instruct students on how to paint and draw in a variety of mediums including acrylics, pastels and pencils. As a result of the students’ love of art, they have become quite talented and have displayed and sold their art at various fund raisers and events. This teaching program was initiated by the late Jim Penland, an Ocean City legend and prominent artist and business man.

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Ocean City is Open for Visitors, Please Help Pass the Word

Ocean City has made a remarkable comeback from Hurricane Sandy. The Boardwalk and Downtown are in good shape and we were able to accommodate 8,000 visitors during our New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration.

Thanks to the tireless work of OCNJCARE, our super volunteer organization, its community partners and the City, this basic recovery was made possible. These groups continue to provide assistance to those who need help and will do so until the job is completed.

It is very important that we get the word out to our visitors that we are open and ready to accommodate them now and for the upcoming season. Our Tourism industry revenues help keep the City tax base in check and also contribute substantially to the State’s Treasury and tax base.

We have already held a press conference with area media explaining that Ocean City is prepared to accommodate visitors. We asked folks at First Night to spread the word that Ocean City is open when they returned home. Now we are asking you.

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