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Ocean City’s Dick Richards, a member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, will return as a special guest to the Mr. Mature America Pageant, March 12 at the Music Pier. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets. An amazingly vigorous 92, he still travels the World performing concerts with the remaining members of the legendary band. He also has organized his own group, the Ready Rockers, who will perform with him at the Music Pier.

Last year, Richards had the audience dancing in the aisles with a selection of Rock ‘n Roll favorites. The performance concluded with an amazing drum solo by Richards to “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

A graduate of West Chester University, Richards was an outstanding lineman on the college’s football team. He went on to become a great musician and also perform as an actor in movies, Broadway shows and soap operas. Richards recorded “Rock Around the Clock” with Haley. He was the drummer featured in the sound track for the movie “Blackboard Jungle”, which featured the hit song.


Special senior performers include the St. James AME Gospel Choir, Blues Legend Bubba Mac and Ms. New Jersey Senior America, Sherri McGhie. Sherri has appeared in productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has entertained throughout the State with the New Jersey Cameo Showcase.

The opening number will feature contestants dancing to “Smooth,” the music of Carlos Santana, choreographed by Jessica Albertson. Her dance routines have proved to set an entertaining tone for the Pageant’s show.

Michael Hartman, founder of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, will emcee. Major sponsors are the Flanders Hotel, Dietz and Watson and the Artisans Order of Mutual Protection. Tickets are $10. Men 55 and up are invited to enter the Pageant. There is no entry fee for contestants. For details, call (609) 399-6111.

(Feb.13-14) VALENTINE’S WEEKEND: LET BROADWAY BE YOUR VALENTINE… with your special someone in Ocean City. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present the most enchanting and unforgettable love songs to grace the Broadway stage.

Productions are set for the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, on Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. A professional cast of singers and dancers will perform the greatest love songs of all time. This is ideal Valentine’s entertainment.

Tickets are $18. All proceeds benefit The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. For tickets visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call (609) 399-6111. For a list of Ocean City accommodations and restaurants offering specials for the weekend go to www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com.

(Feb. 13) The Flanders Hotel is offering two Valentine Specials. There will be a live SHERLOCK HOLMES SHOW MURDER MYSTERY, “The Case of the Cupid’s Arrow” with Dinner Sat., Feb. 13 starting 6 p.m.

On Sun. (Feb.14) The Hotel will offer a Valentine’s special High Tea at 2 p.m. featuring Savories, Gourmet Tea, Desserts and a special Valentines gift. Tickets are $39.95 per person. Reservations are required for both events. Call (609) 399-1000. The Hotel is also offering Romantic hotel specials for couples.

(Feb. 13) The Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., invites the community to its annual CHILDRENS TEA from 2 to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Pirate’s Around Peck’s Beach.” Come learn about a proper Victorian Tea, do Arts and Crafts and enjoy an afternoon tea but BEWARE OF THE PIRATES. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club and Colony Club of Ocean City. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $8 per person for members, general public $10. Call (609) 399-1801 or stop at the Museum. The Museum is open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours Thursday to 7 p.m.

The Ocean City Board of Realtors celebrates the Valentine Season with its FOOD IS LOVE DRIVE through Feb. 29. Items requested include canned goods, microwavable pasta meals, juice and more. Monetary donations and ShopRite cards will also be given to the City’s Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard. Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtor’s Office, 405 22nd St. or call (609) 399-0128 for pick-up service.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Red Cross has scheduled its next Ocean City Blood Drive for Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Call (609) 399-6111 for Information.

MEET THE ARTIST: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., invites you to a “Meet The Artist Reception” for Kevin Husta. A talented photographer, his photos of former railroad and trolley lines that once served residents and vacationers from Ocean City to Cape May are now on exhibit through Feb. 27. Husta has framed his work with wood gathered from the former railroad sites. The Reception is set for Feb. 12th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Husta’s photographs will be for sale.

OCEAN CITY’S AWARD WINNING DOWNTOWN is open year-round. You will be able to find that perfect Valentine gift in over 100 Asbury Ave. quality specialty shops and restaurants. Enjoy a show, have dinner, stay the weekend in one of our quality accommodations. It’s all waiting for you in Ocean City since 1879, America’s Greatest Family Resort.

NOTE: Last week’s column we listed MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY as May 5. We have decided to change the date to Saturday, May 7th, 11 a.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach. This will permit more children to enjoy the event.