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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/4/19

LaKisha Jones Helps Celebrate the ‘Queens of Rock and Soul’

Street rods and other classic cars will be on display during Ocean City’s annual Street Rod Weekend Sept. 6 and 7. Street rods are classic cars (1989 or older) modified with modern parts.

Friday evening (Sept. 6) will feature a sock-hop party on the grounds of the Tabernacle, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dancing, games, family fun and more. Iron Kettle BBQ will be on hand.

On Saturday, cars will be displayed at the Tabernacle grounds from 8 a.m. to noon and will then proceed to the Ocean City Boardwalk to be displayed until 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 7) in front of the Music Pier (at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace). Registration to participate is still open with forms available at www.ocnj.us/carshow. In order to be eligible for judging, cars must be registered by 11 a.m. Saturday.


As part of the weekend festivities, tickets are on sale now for LaKisha Jones in “Queens of Rock and Soul” (Sept. 7). Join “American Idol” finalist LaKisha Jones and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra in a celebration of the great women of soul, including Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, the legendary Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. A frequent soloist with symphonies around the world, Jones has performed as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Reno Philharmonic and more. Tickets are $25 to $30 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at the Music Pier Box Office.


“Off the Beaten Path” Art Show and Exhibition (All of Sept.): Local artists capture undiscovered beauty in the “Off the Beaten” Art Show & Exhibition” at the Art on Asbury Gallery (711 Asbury Avenue). The gallery is open daily, and there will be a "Meet The Artist" reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Bruce Garrity Exhibit (All of Sept.): Painter Bruce Garrity brings his colorful oil paintings to the Ocean City Arts Center Sept. 2 through Sept. 30.  A “Meet the Artist” reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Garrity’s paintings -- in the traditional modes of still life, the figure, interiors and landscape -- reference Garitty’s studio life and practice, as well as an interest in art historical models.  The Ocean City Arts Center is within the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

“Here She Is” - Former Miss America’s in Concert (Sept. 4):  The Ocean City Pops celebrates what was once a Jersey Shore tradition as former Miss Americas join the Pops in a concert featuring a musical journey through Broadway, pop and opera. Miss America 2002 Katie Harman Ebner and Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle will step off the iconic pageant runway and onto the Music Pier stage as special guest vocalists. These former Miss America’s have been recognized around the world for their vocal achievements. Tickets are $20 to $30. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony (Sept. 11): "A Day to Remember" will include music, prayer and reflections on the memory of lives lost and on the community spirit that was renewed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Walter Perez from 6-ABC Action News will be the keynote speaker. All are encouraged to attend at 6 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue.

Symphony Night at the Pops (Sept. 11): Cody Austin and the world-class musicians of the Ocean City Pops are the stars of the show. The orchestra will be at its best as Maestro Vince Lee leads some of the greatest and most-beloved music in history, featuring favorites such as Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and selections from Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle. Tickets are $20 to $25. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

Bill Scheible Returns (Sept. 14): The Pops’ retired maestro and artistic director returns to conduct a program featuring the most recent winners of the Esther Weil student competition at the Music Pier. Tickets are $15 to $20. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

Ocean City Boardwalk……Walk To Defeat ALS (Sept. 14): This 2-mile walk raises funds to support patient services and research.  Registration is 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. Registration is at the practice field at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.oceancitywalktodefeatals.org

Ocean City Airport Festival (Sept. 14): Annual festival at the Municipal Airport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. The event will feature a parachute jump from Team Fastrax. The Ocean City Board of Realtors will bring back the popular “Bubble Mania” with fun for kids of all ages. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

Parachute Pyrotechnic Show (Sept. 14): The show consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax demonstrators exiting the aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk. Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited and flown in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground. The jump begins at 8 p.m. with a landing on the Seventh Street Beach. Viewable along the entire boardwalk.

Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow (Sept. 15): Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world plus military demonstrations. The show begins at 1 p.m. and is best viewed from Sixth Street to 14th Street along the beach and boardwalk. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

Ocean City Historical Museum Annual Luncheon (Sept. 18): Former U.S. Representative and Ambassador to Panama Bill Hughes will discuss how his political career began, his time in office, and how Ocean City impacted his life at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Tickets ($50 for general public, $45 for members) are on sale now. Call 609-399-1801.

MS City to Shore Ride (Sept. 21): Visit www.mscycling.org for more information on the annual bicycle ride across southern New Jersey with an overnight stop in Ocean City. The event typically includes 7,000 cyclists and has raised $5.6 million.

Corvette Show (Sept. 22): More than 350 cars from throughout the history of Corvettes are on display in one of the largest shows of its kind on the East Coast. The cars will be on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 609-457-0081 or visit www.boardwalkcorvettesclub.com.  

Austin Healy Sport and Touring Encounter 2019 (Sept. 25): Car show on the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. For more information. visit www.AHSTC.org or call (267) 679-2500.

Walk for the Wounded (Sept. 28):  Enjoy a walk on the boardwalk to support wounded military heroes and their families.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier.  A ceremony honoring our military begins at 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m.  For more information, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org or call (609) 402-5190.

Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo (Sept. 28): The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host its first Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Sept. 28 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th Street and Boardwalk. 

OCNJ Half Marathon, 5k & 10 Mile Non-Competitive Walk/Run (Sept. 29): Visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events to learn more and register for these events.