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Following are this weekend’s events by date:

(May 23) At noon, Mayor Gillian, City officials and lifeguards will turn a King Sized Key in the sand to officially open the Ocean. This takes place on the Moorlyn Terrace Beach, opposite the Music Pier.

Following this ceremony, the Ocean City High School Band gathers by the Pier to play an inspirational rendition of Pomp and Circumstance. Then comes the impressive parade known as the “Business Person’s Plunge.”  Several hundred enthusiastic revelers, some dressed in business attire toting briefcases, others in unusual or goofy costumes, plod into the Ocean led by irrepressible event organizer, John Walton. It’s their way of welcoming the vacation season and visitors back to Ocean City.

The BP plunge is probably the only event of its kind in the country. Take photos. Impress your friends. Urge them to visit America’s Greatest Family resort. The Cumberland Regional High School Chorus, directed by Ed Sayre, will serenade plungers and spectators before and after the dippy dip with such selections as “Under the Boardwalk” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Celebrated photographer-artist, Scott Griswold will produce a painting of the event. Visit his new studio across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave.

 

(May 24) Pianist-performer, Linda Gentille, will star in a patriotic program with the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The concert billed as “America” is a tribute to “American heroes who inspired millions.” The music of John Philip Sousa, Glenn Miller, Lee Greenwood, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan will be featured. Tickets are $25 and $40. Children $20. Call (609) 628-4544, 1-800-838-3006 or access www.JerseyShorePops.org.

(May 24) The Bucks County Singers present a free concert in front of the Music Pier at 3:30 p.m. The 35 member ensemble will sing selections from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific plus patriotic pop selections.

(May 24) The 2014 Stand Up For Seals Beach Challenge will be held on the 8th St. Beach. It includes three simultaneous events for teams or individuals-the Stand Up and Paddle Challenge, a Seal Team approved Obstacle Course Challenge and a Kids Fun Run. There will also be a Patriot’s Ceremony to honor fallen warriors. All proceeds benefit the official charities on the Navy Seals and Travis Manion Foundations. Activities begin 7:30 a.m. on the 8th St. Beach. Teams and individuals can register at www.StandUp4SEALS.com or call (609)228-5770.

(May 26) Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Service to recognize those who have given their lives for our country will be held 11 a.m. on Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved across the street to the Tabernacle Auditorium. Also on May 26 at 9:15 a.m., Ocean City Lifeguards will place a wreath in the waters opposite the Music Pier to honor our fallen service personnel. Boardwalk Adventures, 728 Boardwalk, will have a flag raising ceremony at 9:20 a.m. starting Memorial Day and continue the ceremony every day they are open. The Flag raising began following Sept. 11, 2001 to honor those who lost their lives and those who continue to protect our freedom.

The 42nd Annual Flower Show, presented by the Ocean City Garden Club, will be held May 30th through June First at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The theme this year rhymes: O’ For A Book and a Shady Nook.

The Book theme is incorporated into the Artistic Design Division, where categories will include colorful arrangements portraying Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, The Old Man and the Sea, The Works of Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe and Murder on the Orient Express. The Junior Class, open to boys and girls 14 years of age and younger, features a Harry Potter theme. It is always interesting to view the artistic design displays and enjoy the skill and imagination that goes into creating them.

There will also be a Horticultural Division with exhibits of roses, orchids, African Violets, cactus, Ferns, Perennials, hanging plants, dish gardens, window boxes, etc. Entry in the show is free. It provides area garden and plant enthusiasts an opportunity to display their horticultural and artistic design skills to an appreciative audience. Be sure to bring your camera.

Flower show hours are 2 to 9 p.m. on Fri., May 30th, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., May 31 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., June 1. A trade show featuring flowers, plants and accessories for sale is held in the loggia area of the Music Pier during the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the flower show is free. There will be donation boxes for visitors who wish to support the show. Schedules are available at area flower shops and at the information center, ground floor of City Hall. Complete information is also available by accessing gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com.

Joan Shaw is Chair, (609) 399-0335, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kay Reilly, (609) 399-1199, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is co chair. The Flower Show was begun at the suggestion of legendary Ocean City artist and businessman, James F. Penland, during the Administration of Mayor Tom Waldman. It was originally called The Flower and Art Show. During that time, Penland created artwork in the center of the auditorium during the entire show. Penland and Waldman were also instrumental in starting the Boardwalk Art Show and the Ocean City Arts Center.

(June 1) Barks on the Boards, take the doggies for a stroll on the Boardwalk. The informal Pooch Parade, sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, includes a noon walk. Register 11:30 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center. There will be canine contests at 1 p.m. at the Practice Field. For information, call (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

(June 1) “Dance Extravaganza” by Cape Shore Chorale. Starts 3p.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave. Under the direction of Scott Breiner, the Chorale will perform choral music associated with dance from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Guest soloists will be soprano, Lexis Petrella an Ocean City High School graduate and guitarist, Carlos Bedaya, an EHT High School graduate. There will be light refreshments. The program is made possible in part by funds from the N.J. Council of the Arts and the Ocean City Home Bank Charitable Foundation. For information, call (609) 861-2311 or visit www.capeshorechorale.org.

(June 5) Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th and Boardwalk from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All rides will be only one ticket. There will be a 9 p.m. Fireworks Show.  Rides open at 6 p.m. and Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. The Gillians are celebrating 83 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

(June 7) Ocean City Police Chase- 5K footrace/2 mile fitness walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Pre-registration $25, students, $10. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Police Benevolent Assn. that supports scholarships for High School Seniors, the Christmas Toy Drive and distribution of FREE bicycle helmets. For information, call (609) 525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.

(Through June) The popular Ocean City Farmers Market will soon be back! It will be held every Wednesday, June 25 through September 10, at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be crafters in the Fire House Parking Lot on 6th St.                          

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