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But first a WELCOME to our good friends, THE ARTISANS. This group has been supporting Ocean City for 68 years and will be back again this weekend showcasing its annual Miss Artisan Pageant, 8 p.m. on Sat., June 8 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. At this event, the Artisans select the young lady who will represent them for the coming year. Entertainment is part of the program which is free and open to the public.

The 80th Annual MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (the 17th held in Ocean City) will be held here June 12 to 15.

The event starts with a Parade on the Boardwalk on June 12 at 7 p.m. with contestants dressed as “Villains Down the Venue.” This is a fun event where you’ll find the likes of Cat Woman, Bonnie and Clyde and the Big Bad Wolf.


Leading the Parade will be the reigning Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Petrosh. Miss Ocean City, Devon Vanderslice, will be featured in a Beach Patrol display and there will be floats and many other units.

Special Pageant guest will be Mallory Hagan, the current Miss America, who will participate in the Pageant final, June 15.

There will be 23 contestants from throughout the state with six locals competing. These include Andrea Cocozza and Myra McCann from Ocean City, Lauren Fogarty from Marmora, Kaitlyn Schofield and Courtney Fairfield from Egg Harbor Township and Cierra Kaler-Jones from Galloway. You can access a complete list of all contestants, their talents and pertinent information at www.missnewjersey.net.

Tickets are $35 for preliminary nights and $50 for the final with a $110 ticket covering all three nights. Ticket is now available by calling Mary Lou Cake, (856) 424-3564 or cell (609) 315-1423.

(June 6) Wonder’s BIRTHDAY BASH at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th and Boardwalk, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Gala free fireworks show at 9 p.m. All rides only one ticket. Rides open at 6 p.m. and Wonder Bear will be available all evening for photos. Gillian’s will be celebrating 84 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

(June 8) Ocean City POLICE CHASE: 5k race and 2 mile walk. 8 a.m. at OCHS track, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Registration $30, students $10. Visit www.ocpba.com or www.runtheday.com.

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

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

(June 14-16) THE JEEP INVASION! The New Jersey Jeep Assn (NJJA) will display an army of jeeps, tail rigs and present colorful vendors on the boardwalk and in the downtown on Father’s Day Weekend. For show information, visit http://ocnjjeepinvasion.evenbrite.com.

(June 15) The ESA SURF CONTEST: Registration begins 7 a.m., first heat in the water 8 a.m. at 7th St. Beach. Sign up at beach on the morning of contest if your membership has expired or if you are a new member. No Wave Date: June 22. For information, (609) 884-5277 or www.snjsurfesa.org.

(June 15) Professional surfer, BETHANY HAMILTON, the “Soul Surfer” will discuss how she has overcome a brutal Shark attack at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th at Wesley Ave. at 7 p.m. Bethany will discuss what’s it’s been like to overcome the issues in her life and how she has found hope. Admission is free, there will be music by the Glenn Taylor Band.

(June 16) Johnsons Popcorn Father’s Day FAMILY FUN FEST features magicians, face painters 1 to 3 p.m. at 7th St. and Boardwalk, Trackless Train and pony rides at 12 St. from 1 to 3 p.m. Look Alike Contest, 2 p.m. followed by pie eating contest in front of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call (609)399-2629.

(June 17-22) RESTAURANT WEEK in Ocean City presented by the Ocean City Restaurant Assn. Choose from participating members special dining selections - two great meals, one great price. Two for one dining specials! Access eatinocnj.com for details.

(June 21-22) American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE: Held at Carey Stadium, 6th Street off Boardwalk behind Ocean City High School. Teams walk all night to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money for the fight against cancer. For information, call 1-800-227-2345.

NOTICES: “Young Ladies who would like to compete in the MISS NIGHT In Venice Pageant should contact Sue Doll at (609) 425-5708. The Pageant raises money for various local charities. Those who compete will ride in the Boat Parade July 20. Theme for this year’s regatta is “The Good Old Summer Time!”

DOG OF THE YEAR CONTEST: Applications for the City’s annual Dog of the Year Contest at Pet Pros in Somers Point, the Ocean City Dog Park, 45th and Haven Ave. in the glass enclosure or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be returned by June 19 to PO Box 145, Ocean City, N.J. 08226. The contest runs from July 21 to Sept. 19. The winner will be announced Oct. 27at the Port O’ Call Hotel, 15th and Boardwalk.

Seth Bazacas of the Moorlyn Family Theatre announces that the recently reopened venue will be presenting   “Oh What a Night,” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Night at 8 p.m. in July and August. Tickets are available at the Moorlyn Family Theatre Box Office located on the Boardwalk at 9th St., call (609) 399-0006. The Moorlyn will present live theatrical attractions during the summer including programs by Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company.

OCEAN CITY’S MONDAY PROGRAMS at the Music Pier include Get The Led Out, June 24, The Mavericks, July1, Dave Mason, July 8, Jars of Clay, July 15 with special guest Bruce Waggoner, Hot Tuna Electric, July 22, Leon Russell, July 29, The Marshal Tucker Band Aug. 5, Rusted Root, Aug. 12 and Jay and the Americans, Aug 19. Call (609) 525-9300 for information. All shows start 7:30 p.m.