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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/20/16

(July 23) Ocean City’s 7th annual Tribute to the Philippines will bring plenty of free boardwalk entertainment to the city on Saturday. Opening ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This will include a welcome by Mayor Jay Gillian and comments by Consul General Mario DeLeon of the Philippine Consulate in New York.

What follows will be approximately four hours of unique entertainment. The Rowan College FilAm Dancers will kick off the show with their spectacular routines. And I am not exaggerating “spectacular.” These are dances where performers hop between clacking boards to music. Imagine two ten foot 2x3s held by assistants at both ends. When the boards are clacked together the dancers jump out, when they are opened they jump in. Over and over again. It is a spectacle.

The Philippine Community of South Jersey - Modifyd Group will perform Filipino Hip Hop dance routines. Traditional Filipino music will played by the Folk Art Society Rondella.

Representing American Music will be Dick Richards, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets.  A resident of Ocean City, his popular local band, The Ready Rockers, will present a rousing concert of rock favorites. Richards still tours the world with the remaining members of the Comets.  Dick was also a movie, TV and Broadway performer.

Doug Jewell, owner of Ocean City’s Air Circus, is a talented yo-yo performer. He and his team will perform routines as part of the show. Doug was instrumental in bringing the REGIONAL YO-YO CHAMPIONSHIPS to the City. The competition will take place inside the Music Pier all day Saturday with the finals at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

There will be a Trade Fair inside the loggia of the Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring crafts and goods and services from the Philippines.  Filipino nursing organizations will provide free blood pressure testing. There will also be demonstrations by the City’s Aquatic and Fitness Center and displays from the Ocean City Library and Historical Museum. For information on the Philippine weekend, call (609) 399-6111.

(July 23) BOOK SALE AT OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10am. - 3pm. in the Library Atrium,  17th and Simpson Ave. Hosted by Friends and Volunteers of the Library. Stock up on beach reads. Info at www.friendsvolunteersocfpl.com.

(July 23) ALL–AMERICAN HANDCRAFT & ART EXTRAVAGANZA - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a new location, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave.  The Jersey Shore Artisans Guild shows are the only events in the region to guarantee that every item in the show is made by the seller in the booth. This event features jewelry, glass, watercolors and oil paintings, beach and bay photography, candles, soaps, leather goods, decorative, summer and winter wearables, gourmet  food items, dips, baked goods, woodcarvings, floral arrangements, seashore décor galore and much more. Enjoy having a keepsake handmade and personalized. Proceeds from a $3 donation and booth rental fees benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Shore Medical Center and the Salvation Army.  For information call 800-822-4112.

(July 24) Ocean City Pops Presents - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA featuring soprano Chloe Moore, baritone Steven LaBrie and tenor Billy Davenport. This exciting trio joins the Pops for an evening of arias and duets from the legendary opera stage. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Tickets $15/10 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; (609) 399-6111; (609) 525-9248 or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 25) OCEAN CITY BICYCLE AUCTION: 10am to 12 noon at Shelter Road vehicle compound (first left off Tennessee Ave., behind the golf course) Registration begins at 9 a.m. Driver’s license, passport or valid ID. required to register. Approximately 80 bicycles to be sold. All items sold “as is/where is” no warranties implied or offered. Payment: bank checks with ID, Traveler’s Checks or Cash only. For info or questions, call (609) 525-9356. Rain Date: July 26

(July 25) GEORGE THOROGOOD IN CONCERT: Show time 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier.  George and his long time band, the Destroyers, are featured in their new Badder Than Ever tour.  Indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something with a catalog of classics that includes “Who do You Love?,” “Move it On Over,” “Bad to the Bone” and more. Being able to share their music with others is all that matters to them. Tickets are available  at www.ticketmaster.com  or 1-800-745-3000 or the Music Pier Box Office for cash or checks payable to Rose Relations.

(July 26)  THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE - A World Premiere Production. What do you think happens when a Princess lives right next door to a Pirate? It’s not easy staying prim, proper and polite with so much swashbuckling going on in your neighbor’s backyard. Tea time turns into a food fight, a phony treasure map leads to a royal abduction and a storm at sea brings more trouble.   But with a little imagination, Captain Jackson and Princess Cecily figure out how to turn their rivalry into an unlikely friendship. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. All tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (609) 525-9248, (609) 399-6111, or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 26 & 27) The Pops presents REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG - The Elton John Tribute. Starring special guest Craig A. Meyer. The Pops brings to life the amazing music of Elton John. Celebrating decades of chart topping hits including  “Crocodile Rock,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Candle in the Wind.” 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $35 (Rows A thru J), then $25/$20 at (609) 399-6111; www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; (609) 525-9248 or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 27) OCBP WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL RACES: 34th Street Beach, 6:15 p.m. Women representing the 15 beach patrols on the South Jersey Coast will be competing in this annual invitational race. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(July 29th & 30th) FOOTLOOSE: The Ocean City Theatre Co. High School Jr. Company presents Footloose.  One of the most explosive musicals in recent memory burst onto the live stage with exhilarating results. This production is augmented with dynamic new songs for the musical stage. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.  7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Call (609) 399-6111; (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice  or the Music Pier Box Office

(July 30) ANNUAL T. JOHN CAREY MASTER’S SWIM - Registration 8 a.m. at the Beach Patrol Station, 34th St. and the Beach. The race will start at 10 a.m.  For more information call (609) 525-9200 or online at www.lmsports.com.

(July 31) The Ocean City Pops presents NIGHT AT THE OSCARS: Lights! Camera! Action! Walk down the red carpet to hear the Pops bring music from the silver screen to the Boardwalk.  Featuring  Oscar winning music from great dramas, romances and classics. Special guest artists-Rich and Brandon Ridenour, virtuosic performers on piano and trumpet. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $20/15 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice , (609) 399-6111,

(609) 525-9248 or at the Music Pier Box Office.