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Mr. Mature America Update: A new song for the upcoming March 22nd Pageant has just been completed. It will be sung when the first Mr. Mature America is crowned and strides down the Runway at the Music Pier to greet his admirers.


Mr. Mature America is a pageant that will celebrate the talents and contributions of men 60 years of age and over. There is no Pageant currently like it in the United States. So Ocean City has stepped in to fill the void.



Critics who have already studied the song and especially its lyrics declare it is of the same superior and endearing quality as “Here It Comes Miss Crustacean” sung at the City’s Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and “Some Enchanted Morning,” sung when Martin Z. Mollusk ventures on to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach to see his shadow. This puts it in pretty heady company.


Here are the lyrics. Please visualize that Mr. Mature America has just been named and the crowd is cheering as he strides down the runway:

All Greet Him Now! / All Greet Him Now! / Mr. Mature America! / Isn’t he a handsome geezer/ Certainly a people pleaser/ So talented/ So debonair/ So completely covered/ By Medicare/ Cheer Loud! Cheer Loud! And Lustily! / His hearing ain’t what it used to be!


All contestants will discuss how life was growing up in their era which should be interesting and informative; perform or display a talent which can be musical, artistic, a hobby or what they consider their favorite accomplishment over the years.

For more information or to participate in the Pageant, call 609-525-9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS JUST IN: Betty Lambert, the 81year old baton twirler from Harmony, Pa. will join two other talented and mature ladies to provide entertainment during intervals in the Pageant. Betty was featured in the Wall Street Journal and still performs in parades and events. She was a big hit in our Doo Dah Parade last year. Perky Peggy King, a pioneer performer in TV with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame , and acclaimed soprano, Nancy Fox, will also be featured and honored for their accomplishments.

Tickets will be $10 for the event with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Philippine Relief Fund.

(Jan. 25) “The City will host a FREE rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. till noon at the 550 Asbury Ave. Fire House. The State requires that any person keeping or harboring a dog of licensing age 7 months or older or which has a set of permanent teeth must in January and annually thereafter get a license and official metal tag for each dog owned from the City Clerk’s Office.

In order to receive a dog license, the owner must supply a rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian indicating that the animal’s duration of immunity extends at least through the first ten months of the twelve month dog licensing period for that municipality.

Dog licenses will be available for purchase at the clinic, spayed dogs $5.20, not neutered or spayed $8.20. Bring renewal letter with you. For information, call the City Clerk’s Office, (609) 525-9328, Mon.-Fri., 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Through February) Photographer Kevin Husta of Hammonton will display his photographs of the docked SS United States passenger ship at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Husta was one of several photographers given permission to photograph the docked ship in Philadelphia.

The ship sailed during the 1950-‘60s. It was the fastest passenger ship, travelling from New York to London in about 3 days and 10 hours. It offered the grandeur and elegance of the Titanic with safety. The ship featured elegant ballrooms, movie screenings, a swimming pool and upscale restaurants with such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Lucille Ball using the vessel for their movies.

Its fixtures and elegant ballrooms have been stripped. Husta has captured the current condition of the ship, while encouraging audiences to imagine its past beauty and elegance. The Arts Center will feature stories from local families who travelled aboard the vessel. A “Meet the Artist Reception” will be held Fri., Feb. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It’s free. The public is invited. Attempts are being made to save the ship and transform it into a hotel or convention center. Call (609) 399-7628 for information.

(Feb. 7) The Ocean City Band Boosters will hold its annual Pasta Dinner from 5 to   7p.m. at the High School Cafeteria, 501 Atlantic Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Take out dinners will be available beginning 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by instrumental groups of the High School. Advance tickets are available from band members or call (609) 399-1290 ext. 1248. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit Band Boosters Senior Scholarships.

(Feb. 15) A Valentine Gift: The Ocean City Theatre Company will present an Evening of Love Songs and Desserts at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Doors will open for dessert and show tickets at 7:15 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Select performers from the Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway series return with new songs, new talent and more staging and choreography.

Dessert and show tickets are $20 if purchased by 4 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 11, $25 thereafter. Enjoy some of the most enchanting love songs ever to grace the Broadway Stage. For tickets call (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

Four dessert tables will be featured from Cousin’s Restaurant and Nobil Food Services. Program is sponsored by the Ocean City Home Bank Charitable Foundation.