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The Quiet Festival - It's Time Has Come

OCEAN CITY, N.J. ---- What a perfect time for a Quiet Festival. The election noise that has plagued us for months has

just ended. Screaming on TV reality and talk shows is getting loud enough to shatter glass. And Coming Attractions at the movies? Don’t ask.

Seems like a good time to simmer down and enjoy the City’s 21st Annual Quiet Festival, the only event of its kind in the world.

Next week the Festival will bring its laid backness to young and old alike. Events begin on Fri., Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. when the inspirational, Ocean City Downtown Yawn Alongers, a group of talented-professionals, yawn to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Maple pods will be tossed above the yawners heads and spin dramatically to the ground like soundless, tiny helicopters.

A nature walk follows the Yawn Along at 11:30 a.m. with cloud and horizon appreciation and fresh air breathing on the agenda. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a subdued, Dutch Treat luncheon at the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave. No chattering or boxing permitted.

At 2 p.m., the Quiet Festival moves to the Ocean City Primary School, 6th and West Ave., for a folk singing session with Ted Prior’s Band Early Morning Reign and appearances by Trash Buster, the City’s Canned Crusader, who will sing “Stand By Your Can” a ditty that promotes recycling. There will be an appearance by Doug Jewell, the Quiet Pirate, who will demonstrate his yo yo skills.

At 4 p.m., Trash Buster, the Pirate and Prior will entertain youngsters at the Cornerstone Ministries’ After School Program on the second floor of the Stainton Building, 8th and Asbury Ave. They will be joined by Ken Thorpe who will show youngsters how to make and fly paper airplanes. This will be followed by a 7 p.m. open mic poetry reading at the Ocean City Free Public Library with a visual poem display by Mark Soifer.

On Sat., Nov. 15 at 11 a.m., enthusiasts will gather at the Music Pier for a Wind Chimes Symphony on the Boardwalk. Participants are asked to bring their favorite wind chimes and join in a quiet symphony in front of the Pier. Following the symphony, members of NAP, the National Association of Tired People, will discuss their agenda for promoting quiet. Topics will include “The Joys of No Noise” and “Decimating the Decibels”.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, a program is set for the Shores at Wesley Manor, 24th and Bay Ave., that will feature story teller and folk singer, Jim Albertson, Early Morning Reign and Trash Buster.

At all events, Quiet Festival standards such as leaf squeezing, feather and pin dropping, kaleidoscope peering and sea shell listening will be showcased.

On Sunday, you’re on your own. Go fly a kite with Doug Jewell of Air Circus at 12th and beach, walk the boards, read a book, watch a football game with the sound off.

The Quiet Festival is sponsored by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.