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7/8/15 Night in Venice Begins 6 P.M. on Saturday

NIGHT IN VENICE, Ocean City's colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration has been entertaining visitors and residents for 61 years. The current gala is set for this Saturday, July 11th starting 6 p.m. at the Longport Bridge.


Boats will sail along the Bay and in and out of Lagoons from the Longport Bridge  to Tennessee Ave. Approximately 70 boat owners and 200 Bay residents are expected to compete for prizes. Optional decorating theme is "Dancing Under the Stars."


Music will be featured with many entries. Spectators will be able to view the Parade from grandstands on Street ends from Battersea Rd. to 14th St. Seating is free.


Visitors will also be able to watch the Parade from the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave., where there will be special limited bleacher seating, (you may also bring your own chairs) entertainment plus refreshments for sale. No alcohol allowed. Bayside area will open at 4:00 p.m. The Good Tymes Band will play 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Children's activities include crafts, games and face painting. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Call (609) 399-6111.


Grand marshal of the Parade will be John Stauffer, owner of Johnson's Popcorn, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in Ocean City. Members of the Action News Weather Team will also be featured in the Parade.


There will be free parking at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. and nearby Shelter Road from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shuttles will take visitors to street end seating and the Bayside Center. There will be free transportation back to parking sites after the Parade until 10 p.m.


To enter a boat in the celebration, access www.ocnj.us/NIV, stop at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call (609) 399-6111.


IMPORTANT TRAFFIC INFORMATION: Parking restrictions begin 12 midnight, Fri. July 10th through Midnight Sat., July 11th.  Both sides of Bay Ave. between 16th and 24th St. and the East side of Bay Ave. between 14th and 16th St. will have restrictions. Also included will be W 16th St. to W. 18th St. Cars remaining in restricted area after deadline will be subject to towing at owners expense.


The ordinance prohibiting open alcoholic containers in public will be strictly enforced. Make sure that guests stay on your property. Under age drinking will not be tolerated. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Both car drivers and boat captains must refrain from drinking. Ocean City Police will be patrolling the streets and directing traffic. The Bay will be heavily patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marine Police and Night In Venice Patrol Boats. Note: Ocean City Ordinance prohibits excessive noise after 10 p.m. Please keep music down to an acceptable level.


VIEWING FROM RT. 52 CAUSEWAY: All pedestrians and bicyclists should use the Shared Bike Path and stay on the south side of the shoulder for viewing. No one will be allowed to bring chairs for seating onto the Bridge. Persons must not block free movement on the shared bike path. No alcoholic beverages permitted on the Bridge at anytime. Persons are not permitted to walk along the bridge with motor vehicle traffic. Police will monitor the Bridge while Parade is in progress for assistance.


BE AWARE that there will be large amounts of both pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the bayfront areas. To insure that everyone is safe obey the laws of the road and yield to pedestrians in a cross walk. All roads are open to motor vehicle traffic.


(July 8) SAND SCULPTING CONTEST, 6th St. Beach, starting 9 a.m. Bring your buckets, shovels and imaginations. Categories for 5 and under, 6 to 8 years, 9-12 years, Teens, Single Adult and Family. Plaques and ribbons awarded. For Information, call (609) 399-6111.


(July 8-9) Ocean City Pops presents fully Staged Broadway Musical DAMN YANKEES with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.  Tickets adults $30, children under 12 are $25. Times 7:30 p.m. both nights with a matinee Thursday at 2 p.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visitwww.ocnj.us/boxoffice.


(July 9) The Ocean City Historical Museum begins its SUMMER LECTURE SERIES featuring Ocean City Historian, FRED MILLER, who will speak on "Ocean City, a City of Firsts." Fred and his wife, Susan, have published many books on Ocean City. Program set for 7 p.m. at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Free.                                                                                                             

(July 9) FRECKLE CONTEST, for real and painted on Freckles. Registration at 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Contest begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of  The Pier. Entry free. Ribbons awarded. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.


(July 10) COUNTY PAGEANTS: The Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort and Outstanding Teen Pageants will be held on Friday, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets will be available at the door.


(July 11) The Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., is sponsoring its annual Antique Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty-five dealers will display and sell a variety of antiques including small furniture, jewelry, books, china, glassware, postcards and memorabilia.

The show also provides the Museum an opportunity to sell donated vintage items. One of the highlights will be a pair of antique lamps made from vases that were part of the cargo of the Sindia, that ran aground off the City beach in 1901. Numerous other items will be sold at the Museum table. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to support the Museum. For information, call (609) 399-1801.


(July 11) Ocean City NOR'EASTERS vs. FA EURO: Professional Soccer plus "Family Fun Night." Sixth Annual Mascot race set for halftime. This is a Mid-Atlantic Conference Matchup, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets may be purchased at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.


(July 12)The NOR'EASTERS take on DC United U23 in a Mid-Atlantic Matchup, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium. Get ticket at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.


(July 12) The OCEAN CITY POPS present MEMORIES OF FRANK SINATRA!Celebrating 100 years of Sinatra with Michael Martocci and Sinatra Conductor Vincent Falcone, Jr. Michael is a gifted singer who performs Sinatra's catalog with a stage presence reminiscent of the man himself. Sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of Frank Manco. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $25 and $20. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.                                                  

(July 13) SNOW WHITE & THE 7 DWARFS an entertaining adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co., 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.


(July 13) THE MACHINE perform Pink Floyd in association with WZXL Classic Rock Radio 100.7 at the Monday Night Boardwalk Concert Series at the Music Pier. Show time is 7:30 p.m., all seats reserved, tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, at ticketmaster.com or at Music Pier Box Office.


(July 15) OC POPS Cirque de la Symphonie!! Stunning acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers and strongmen return to the Music Pier for another heart stopping, gravity defying show accompanied by classical masterpieces played by the POPS. A treat for all ages. Sponsored by Manco and Manco. 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $25 and $20. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609-525-9248 or visitwww.ocnj.us/boxoffice.


(July 16) GREAT BALLS OF FIRE starring Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops. Program features music of piano legends BillyJoel, Elton John, Barry Manilow and more. Show time is 7 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets are $25 and $40. Call 1-800-838-3006 or at www.JerseyShorePops.org and Music Pier Box Office.          


Enjoy and Take advantage Ocean City's Weekly Events


FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS: Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Asbury Avenue features free balloon sculptors and fun for the entire family. Also, there are 100 fine specialty stores to investigate. Plus numerous restaurants in the downtown where you can have breakfast or lunch while enjoying the free stuff.


MUMMERS NIGHT: Also on Tuesdays, enjoy Mummers Night on the Boardwalk, with String Bands strutting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a great evening on Ocean City's Award Winning Boardwalk. Sponsored by Shriver's, Ocean Paradise, Prep's Pizza, and Henry's.


BEACH WALKS: Also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays take an informative and pleasant guided beach walk for a nominal price. Walk starts at South End Location, 59th and Central Ave. at the entrance to Corson's Park, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. There's a Walk from the north end starting at the Longport Bridge Parking lot (Gardens Parkway) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets are available on site, Adults $1, Children 50 cents.


FARMERS MARKET: Held at Tabernacle Grounds every Wednesday with crafters on Asbury Ave. at 6th St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You can stroll free and buy stuff at economical prices now through Sept. 9th.


MARKET DAYS: Every Thursday through  the end of August on Asbury Ave. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes free entertainment (magicians, etc.) free face painters and balloon sculptors plus free pony rides for the kids at the Tabernacle, 6th and Asbury Ave.


HISTORIC AND INN-TO-INN TOURS: presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Ocean City are every Thursday in July and August from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14 per person, which includes transportation by trolley and a guided tour.  Catch the trolley at the Ticket Booth located at the 7th Street and Central Avenue parking lot (metered parking is available).  Tickets are available at the Welcome Center on the Rt.52 Causeway and at the ticket booth.  Each tour is different and includes an excursion to four different historic locations which may include inns, the Historic Flanders Hotel, the Historic Ocean City Lifesaving Station, the Ocean City Historical Museum, or a Beachwalk and a sightseeing tour of the City’s historic district. For more information, please call 609-399-1412 or visit on the internet at www.OceanCityVacation.com.


FAMILY NIGHTS: Every Thursday through the end of August a variety of free entertainment 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. between 6th and 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. This popular program is sponsored by Henry's, OC Waterpark, Boardwalk Bounce, Playland's Castaway Cove, and Johnson's Popcorn.


CHARACTER NIGHTS: Every Sunday through August Ocean City's colorful Boardwalk Mascots will sign autographs and pose for photos at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Sponsored by Manco and Manco's Pizza, Surf Mall, and Jilly's.