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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.


Old favorites include Shriver’s and mascot “Taffy,” the Wonderland Brigade, Century 21, Ward’s Bakery, OC Theatre Company, P. Francis, Ocean City Library, Sharp Cleaners, Bonded Baby Sitters and Ocean City High School future entertainers.

Suzanne Muldowney will appear as Shelley the Mermaid.

Prior to the Plunge City Officials and members of the Lifeguard Assn., will turn a key in the sand of the recently restored Moorlyn Terrace Beach to open the ocean. Three costumed Ocean City fish will jump for joy to celebrate the fact that all fish may now swim off Ocean City without fear of getting a ticket.

The Cumberland Regional High School Singers will entertain visitors before and after the Plunge that begins noon at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier on Friday, May 24.

There will also be a Clam Shell Pitching Exhibition following the plunge on the Moorlyn Terrace Beach. Sponsored by the Clam Drain Federation, the event will highlight the World’s Championships to be held here on August 24. Information will be available about competitions leading up to the Championship. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.clamdrain.comThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(May 25) The Bucks County SINGERS will present a free concert in front of the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 3:30 p.m. The 35 group ensemble will perform selections from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, patriotic selections, standards and pop songs.

(May 25) STANDUP4SEALS has selected Ocean City for its FIRST Annual Beach Adventure Race beginning 7:30 a.m. at the 4th St Beach. Race includes a sand obstacle course for adults and a fun sand challenge for kids under 10. Event will also highlight a Stand Up Paddle Challenge (SUP). Festivities and race will begin and end at 4th St. Teams and individuals interested in participating can find race information at www.memorialbeachchallenge.com/. For information call Kristine Gallagher (610) 401-1510.

The program raises funds to support families of Navy Seals lost in action or wounded.

(May 26) BARKS ON THE BOARDS: Sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society. Registration 11:30 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center. Walk starts at noon, followed by doggie contests 1 p.m. at the Practice Field. Call (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

(May 26) Tenor John Taylor in concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m., admission free. Call (609) 399-1915.

(May 27) The City’s Annual Memorial Day Service will be held 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: The Ocean City FLOWER SHOW is set for May 31st through June 2 at the Music Pier. Theme will be “Let’s Go to the Movies.” The Artistic Design Division will feature movie themed entries like “My Fair Lady” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.” There will also be a Arts and Crafts Celebration of the Movies including three categories, Needlepoint, Cross Stitch and Stitched Mixed Media.

A Horticulture Division will be featured including Roses and a variety of plant categories. Programs are available at the Public Relations Office, City Hall, (609)-525-9300 and at local flower shops. Chairperson is Joan Shaw (609) 399-0335, Co-Chairperson is Kay Reilly (609) 399-1199. A Trade Fair featuring flower products for sale will be held in the Pavilion area of the Music Pier during the show.

THE 80th ANNUAL MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT is set for the Music Pier June 13-15. The popular parade featuring all contestants is scheduled for 7 p.m., June 12 from 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk.

Special pageant guest will be Miss America, Mallory Hagan, who will participate during the final evening of the contest, Sat., June 15. Tickets are now available by contacting Mary Lou Cake (856) 424-3564, Cell Phone (609) 315-1423. Prices are $35 for each preliminary night, $50 for the final and $110 for all three nights.

The World Renowned Philadelphia BOYS CHOIR and Chorale will perform at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., on Sat., June 8 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating. Phone (609) 399-2748 for tickets at $10. Children 12 and under are free.

The evening performance will feature the angelic voices of 80 boys complemented by a men’s chorale. The program theme is “The French Connection” with songs by Debussy, numbers from Les Miserables and more. There will also be Gershwin tunes and standards such as America the Beautiful, When the Saints Go Marching In and others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Philadelphia Boys Choir has performed throughout the world including a recent tour of China and one scheduled this summer for France.

What’s Happening at the OCEAN CITY LIBRARY, 17TH and Simpson Ave. ( May 23) Open Mic Night presented by the Library and Ocean City Repertory Theater, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Room N116. Come to perform or just listen and enjoy refreshments.

A sign up sheet is located at the door. Performers are scheduled on a First Come-First Play basis (3-4 songs or 10 minutes). The list will rotate once everyone has performed. The night starts with hosts Josh Wise and Robyn Rosenthal performing an opening set. The program is free to attend and participation is encouraged. For information, contact Karen at (609) 399-2434, ext. 5238. (May 25) TED TALK -Video and DISCUSSION- (Ideas Worth Spreading) Main Lecture Room N110, 11 a.m. till noon. A description of the program reads: “When faced with major world problems, too often we retreat to partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us some of the very real challenges heading our way- some pet causes of the Left and Right, and suggests how both sides could work together to benefit humanity as a whole.” There will be a discussion after the video lecture.

For information on Ocean City Free Library events, call (609) 399- 2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.