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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/4/16

The contestants for this year’s Mr. Mature America Pageant March 12th at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier represent a variety of talents: They include John Phillips of Somers Point with a Karate demonstration (He will break boards on stage); Tom McGill, Ocean City, a comedian; Rene Sese, Ocean City, a singer; William Andrew Dowling, Ventnor City, a poet; Ray Hufnagle, Somers Point, an artist; Peter Sposato, Toms River, a singer; Bob D’amore, Ocean City, a pianist and  Captain Joel Fogel, Somers Point, a pianist.

Special guest senior performers who will entertain but not compete include Rock’n Roll Hall of Famer, Dick Richards of Ocean City, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets.  He will be featured with his band the Ready Rockers. At 92, Richards still tours the world with the remaining members of the Comets.


Other special performers include Blues Legend, Bubba Mac; Sheri McGhie, Miss Senior New Jersey America singing the Star Spangled Banner and one song; Soprano Nancy Fox and Mr. Senior America 2015, Gary Sakas, singing the duet “Ah Yes I Remember It Well” and the St. James AME Combined Gospel Chorus.

There will be a display of senior artwork in the Solarium.  Cartoonist Jerry Lukas will draw free, personalized cartoons for attendees. Local senior artists will also display their work.  

The Mr. Mature America Inspiration Award to men who have made contributions to their community will be presented to Ocean City Boardwalk legend, Hank Glaser of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and former TV reporter and  anchorman Dick Sheeran.  Sheeran will also assist emcee Michael Hartman.  Hartman is founder and director of the acclaimed Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

The Pageant has received standing ovations both years it has been held. Tickets are available for $10 by calling (609) 399-6111 or stopping by the City Hall Welcome Center, located at the 9th Street entrance.

(March 5) The Ocean City Intermediate School FISHING SALE & FLEA MARKET:  New, Used, Collectible Fresh/Saltwater Tackle. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Intermediate  School Gymnasium, 1801 Bay Ave. Free Parking, Refreshments, Door Prizes. Admission $4 adults, $1, Children 13 and under. Children under 6 years old are free with paying adult. Any OC student with ID $1 admission.

(March 16) THE OCEAN CITY STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library. The program will be presented by the Ocean City Environmental Commission in partnership with the Library. Randall Scheule of Scheule Planning Solutions LLC will be the featured speaker. For information, call (609) 399-2434 x 5222 for more information.

(March 19) THE GREAT EGG HUNT- 2:30 p.m., 11th St.-14th St. Beach. Five age groups.   Rain date: March 20. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 19-20) SPRING FESTIVAL OF GUARANTEED AMERICAN HANDCRAFTS and Fine Art is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Features include glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, Beach and Bay Photography, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet food items, baked goods, woodcarvings, seashore décor and much more. The $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Shore Medical Center. For information, call 1-800-822-4112.

(March 26) The Woof n’ Paws PET FASHION SHOW: 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Categories include Best Dressed, Bathing Suit, Intelligent Pet Tricks, and more. New this year SMALL DOGS IN CARRIAGES. Ribbons awarded. Best of Show receives the DEAN SCHOFIELD Woof n’ Paws Plaque of Perfection, in honor of Dean Schofield a dedicated Ocean City Public Relations volunteer.

(March 26) THE GREAT HUNT: 2:30 p.m. 11th St. to 14th St. Beach. Five age groups. Rain Date, March 27. For More information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 27) EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE, a traditional, non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. 6:30 a.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.

(March 27) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE, in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter best to stroll in our fashion promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1p.m. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(April 9-10) SAVE THE DATE: GIRL’S WEEKEND IN OCEAN CITY (It’s time to put yourself first). Sponsored by Downtown Asbury Ave. and the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Event set for between 6th and 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave.

There will be Dining Offers, Shopping Discounts, Yoga and Wellness Classes, Craft Projects, Hotel and B&B Packages and more. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for information.

(Month of March) ARTS CENTER EXHIBIT: Maryland artist Judi Froehlinger Schlichter brings her quilts, tapestries and art inspired clothing and accessories to the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. A “Meet the Artist Reception” free and open to the public, is set for March 11th at 7 p.m. The artists work will be for sale ranging in price from $85 for a quilt featuring hand-dyed fabrics to $250 for a silk tunic to $2500 for a large quilt.

The Arts Center is excited to feature a non- traditional art form in our gallery, noted Executive Director, Rosalyn Lifshin. For more information, visit www.oceancityartscenter.org or call (609) 399-7628.