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resort community has developed a series of major fall special events and none is larger than its Indian Summer Weekend Festival, Oct. 10-13. Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long block party that extends from 5th to 14th Streets along Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 11.

Over 400 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party that features hand made products ranging from wind chimes and floral decorations to paintings and photography. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event also includes a variety of foods highlighted by Greek specialties, ribs, sea foods, pizza, hotdogs, burgers, baked goods and more. A new car show is set for 9th Street between West and Asbury Aves.

Bands and street musicians entertain along the block party route from 1 to 4 p.m. There are free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. also from 1-4 p.m. Public service displays for non-profit organizations are set up on 9th St. between Asbury and Central Aves. A car show is held on 9th St. between West and Asbury Aves.

First Night New Years Eve admission buttons will be available during the block party. First Night features over 60 entertainment programs at a 14 central locations and concludes with a fireworks display at midnight. Tickets are an economical $14 per person.

All City municipal lots will be free during the block party and parking meters are free. Parking at the Transportation Center,10th and Haven Ave., will be free.

There will also be free parking at the airport, 26th and Bay Ave. and behind the soccer field on Shelter Rd. off Tennessee Ave. Jitneys will carry visitors to and from the block party from these locations, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m..

The return trip will start on West Ave., stopping by request, pick up Bay Ave. at 18th St. and then back to the Airport and soccer field.

The Indian Summer festival has been held for over 30 years and attracts thousands of visitors who remain in Ocean City for the weekend. It is sponsored by the Retail Merchants Assn. of Ocean City in cooperation with the City.

Visitors will have plenty to see and do during the festival. In addition to the block party, there is a seafood center set up at the Music Pier, Oct. 11-13 and Boardwalk merchants hold table sales starting Fri., Oct. 10 and ending Mon., Oct. 13. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sun., Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Asbury Ave.

The Bacon Brothers Band featuring film star, Kevin Bacon and brother, Michael, an award winning composer, will entertain at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, on Sat., Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. The brothers have been musicians for years and formed the band to showcase the original music they both compose.

Tickets are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300 or online at www.ocnj.us. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Education Foundation to enhance and expand opportunities for Ocean City School district students.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th and Wesley Ave., will present a block party night concert on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. featuring recording artist and composer, Steve Green and his band. The program will include songs from Green’s latest CDs. A select group of student singers from Charter Tech and Ocean City High Schools will sing back up to Green. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18, the night of the show, ten for $130. Stop at the Tabernacle or call 609-399-1915.