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Ocean City’s second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Music Pier. Seven contestants and three special guests will be featured in this unique contest for men 55 years and older.

In addition to dancing to a rousing opening number “It’s Raining Men” (an amazing demonstration of senior agility) contestants will be asked to perform a talent, demonstrate poise and discuss their fondest memory.


My fondest memory has to be waiting impatiently for my first daughter, Rebecca to be born. Finally a nurse appeared holding an adorable infant (she looks just like her mother) and all was well in the world. Rebecca grew up to become a nurse, herself. She works in the operating room of Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

We are suggesting that at the end of the Pageant, members of the audience share their fondest memory with the person sitting next to them. Seems to me this would be a fitting way to end the evening after the new Mr. Mature America is crowned.

Complementing the Memories Theme will be tables of memorabilia set up in the Solarium of the auditorium that will be available for inspection starting 6 p.m. and after the Pageant. These will include items from the Historical Museum, Flanders Hotel and local collectors.

Special guest senior performers include Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame member Dick Richards, the original drummer of “Bill Haley and the Comets,” Blues Master, Bubba Mac and Ms. Senior New Jersey America, Diane Beebe. The reigning Mr. Mature America Frank Faralli will sing. Ocean City Historian, Fred Miller, will receive the Mr. Mature Inspiration Award, and Momma Dietz of Dietz and Watson will receive a key to the City for her company’s long time support of Ocean City events including the Doo Dah Parade.

Pageant tickets are reserved seating available at the City Hall Welcome Center, ground floor entrance off 9th St., by accessing www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or at the door. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.

WANTED: Contestants for Miss Night In Venice! Night In Venice is July 11th. this year. The Miss Night In Venice Committee invites young ladies 15 years and up to compete for the title of Miss Night in Venice. For details on how to become Miss Night In Venice or a member of her court and ride in the Parade, call (609) 425-5708.

BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY in the Downtown 8 am. till noon: Sat., March 28, Yianni’s Café; Sun. March 29, Arlene’s on Asbury; Sun, March 29, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny at Yoasis 2-4 p.m.; Sat., April 4th, Jon and Patty’s Bistro.

THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT: (March 28 and April 4) 2:30 p.m. at the beaches from 11th to 14th Sts. Five age groups 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years. 100,000 eggs, 5,000 prizes. Rain Dates, March 29, April 5.

(April 2-3) The Ocean City Tabernacle presents THE LIVING LAST SUPPER, 7 p.m. Experience an evening of drama and music as Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples followed by a unique communion service. Admission is free.

(April 3) All members of the Community are invited to prepare for Easter at the ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave, from noon to 3pm. Area clergy will preach on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”  Music by St. Peter’s Choir and soloists. The Ocean City Ministerium and Ecumenical Council are sponsors of this service. Worshippers are invited to come and go or stay for the entire service. An offering will benefit the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet.

(April 4) The WOOF ’N PAWS Pet Fashion Show starting 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat, and other Pet, Best Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner Pet Look-Alike, Swimsuit Division, and Best of Show aka the Dean Schofield Woof ‘N Paws Plaque for Perfection. There is a $5 entry fee.

(April 5) The EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE sponsored by the Ministerium and Ecumenical Council is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 6:30 a.m. Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Anthony Campolo. The Glory of Easter Music will be celebrated by trumpets, singing, the students of Nancy Fox and Pianist, Jeff Seals.

(April 5)  EASTER FASHION PROMENADE starts in front of the Music Pier. Judging 1 p.m.  Prizes for best dressed participants. Take photos with the EASTER BUNNY who will have chocolate bunnies for the children. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

THE 30TH ANNUAL DOO DAH PARADE: Our kooky celebration of humor marks its third decade on Sat., April 11th. Grand marshal will be Momma Dietz, CEO of Dietz and Watson who have sponsored the parade from the very beginning. The 600 Basset hounds will be back as well as a  considerable contingent of canines from the Ocean City Dog Park.

There will be bands, floats and humorous brigades. The annual PieAsco is set for front of the Music Pier after the Parade with Momma Dietz and Hall of Famer Drummer, Dick Richards, providing a drum roll to begin the event.

There will also be a remembrance of Joe Franklin following the Parade on the Reviewing stand in front of the Music Pier.

The hilarious Basset Hound Olympics will be held 1 p.m., Friday, April 10th at the Tabernacle Ground, 6th and Asbury Ave. and famed humorist, Dr. Joel Goodman will entertain folks with a talk at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. at 2 p.m. To enter the Doo Dah Parade call (609) 399-6111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..