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7/15/15 Philippine Tribute Features State Yo Yo Championships

Ocean City will present its 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines this Saturday, July 18th. Opening ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, will join Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. of the Philippines. The two will discuss on-going cooperation and mutual projects.

Following opening ceremonies there will be entertainment on the Boardwalk in front of the Pier. This will include the Rowan University Filipino dancers, the Mutya Philippine Dance Company and the PCS Youth Company groups.

Representing the City and American music will be Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame member Dick Richards and his Ready Rockers. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets and was also a featured actor on Broadway and in TV and movie productions. He will present a rousing program of Rock favorites. International vocalist, Rene P. Sese, will perform with the band.     


An exhibition of Filipino Crafts, Foods, Goods and Services will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the pavilion area of the Music Pier. Filipino nurses will offer blood pressure and blood sugar testing. Admission is free.

A new feature of the event will be the New Jersey State Yo Yo Championships that will be held inside the Music Pier during the day and conclude with the final Free Style Championships starting 8 p.m. Admission is free to the event. The popular Yo Yo was invented in the Philippines and means “Return! Return! in its language.

The State Championships are hosted by Air Circus Kite Shop. The colorful owner of the shop, Doug Jewell, is a world renowned Yo Yo performer. He and his team will be entertaining on the Boardwalk and in the Pavilion area during the day. Jewell was responsible for bringing the State event to Ocean City.

“This will be a fun day of free entertainment that will be highlighted by the informative exhibition” noted Sese, a native of the Philippines and resident of Ocean City. Sese was instrumental in the formation of a Sister City relationship between his home town, San Jose Occidental Mindoro and Ocean City. Thousands of Filipinos now live in the Northeast Corridor of the United States and represent a new visitors market for Ocean City.

(July 15) O.C. POPS CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE!! Stunning acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and balancers 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 the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $25 and $20. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.                            

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

(July17) The OCEAN CITY NOR’EASTERS vs Electric City Shock: The City’s premier soccer team takes on the “Shock” in a friendly match, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets on sale at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.

(July 18) The finest in American Crafts will be exhibited and sold Saturday at the 10th Ocean City FINE ART & HANDCRAFT FESTIVAL, on the Tabernacle Grounds, 550Asbury Ave. Produced by JoAnne Schaut, director of the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild.

The show supports local charities and over the years has raised $317, 451 for the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Many of the artisans will be demonstrating their fascinating and colorful crafts. If they don’t have the item in their display, many will create it while your browse. Every item is made in the USA, by the person you are purchasing it from. Imports are never permitted.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.

(July 18) 36th T. John Carey MASTERS SWIM: Pre-registration $25 online at www.LMsports.com. Day of registration $35 at beach patrol station, 34th St. and Beach starting 8 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9200.

(July 19) OCEAN CITY NOR’EASTERS vs. Jersey Express “Fan Appreciation Night.” City’s premier soccer team takes on Express in a Mid-Atlantic Conference Match-Up, 7 p.m., Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.

(July 19) OC POPS Broadway Spectacular with Jennie Eisenhower & Jeremiah James. Two of the hottest talents on stage join us as Maestro Scheible leads the Pops in a program of sizzling Broadway favorites. Featuring selections from many Broadway favorites including Les Miserables, Cats, A Chorus Line and more. Sponsored by the Ocean City Board of Realtors. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20/$15. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 20) Ocean City’s BIKE AUCTION 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Shelter Rd. (first left off Tennessee Ave., behind O.C. Golf Course.) About 80 bicycles to be sold. Registration begins 9 a.m. A driver’s license, passport or valid I.D. is required to register. Payment: Bank Checks with ID, Traveler’s Checks and cash only. Rain date: July 21. For information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9356.

(July 20) New Orleans native TROMBONE SHORTY is the band leader and front man of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition at a Monday Night Boardwalk Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39, all seats reserved and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000 at ticketmaster.com and at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 20) THE PERFECT DOG: Inspired by New York Times best-selling author, John O’ Hurley’s book, “The Perfect Dog.” 12 year old Sam, a perfectionist, searches for a flawless dog to enter in the town’s dog contest. Unable to find a canine that measures up, Sam attempts to train the family dog, Max , who is not eager to obey commands. In the end Sam and Max learn there is no such thing as perfect but there is such a thing as perfect for each other. 10:30 a.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $10. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 22) PETER AND THE WOLF performed by the Ocean City Pops Woodwind players with narrator. Start your day at the Music Pier with this delightful concert for kids of all ages. The free concert is presented by the Friends of Ocean City Pops’ Scheible Encore Society. 10:30 a.m. For more information call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 23) OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB OPEN HOUSE: The historic Ocean City Fishing Club will hold the first of two open houses this summer from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Club House of the Pier, 14th St. and Boardwalk. This popular event, now in its 3rd year, is part of Ocean City’s Family Nights on the Boardwalk.  

“It’s a rare opportunity for visitors to walk on our 635 ft. fishing pier, watch surfcasting demonstrations, take photos, learn about our remarkable history and meet club members,” said club president Augie Conte, Jr. of Ocean City and Cherry Hill.

During last year’s open house in mid August 727 men, women and children toured the facility. As in the past, visitors are encouraged to bring non perishable food or cash donations for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Since the first open house during its Centennial celebration in 2013, the club has received more than 500 pounds of food for the needy. The second open house in 2015 is set for Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Founded in 1913, the Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in the nation. For more information: contact George Ingram (609) 398-0534 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it who submitted this information. 

COMING SOON: The Art of Surfing Festival 2015, July 30 to Aug. 1st at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free to this popular event that includes a Surf Art Exhibit, Meet the Artists Session, Live Music, and Surf Memorabilia. Hours: Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., Noon till 10 p.m. For information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , facebook.com/artofsurfingfestival.

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, face painters, 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  


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.