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Yes, Ms. Senior America likes Mr. Mature America.


Sound like a message on Facebook? Maybe something that should be tweeted? Or Whatevered? Well it’s a fact.


We received a phone call recently from Joanne Santori. She’s the Executive Director of the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant, whose slogan is “An Age of Elegance.” She wants her Pageant to be involved with our upcoming Mr. Mature America Pageant, whose slogan is “Old Guys Rule.”



She is so persuasive we could not resist the offer. She actually brought the talented vocalist and very attractive Vanessa Shaw, Ms. New Jersey Senior America 2013 and the first runner up in the national pageant, to our cluttered Public Relations Office on the second floor of City Hall. We decluttered it as best we could for this special visit.


After two minutes of intense negotiations, we caved in to their request that Ms. Shaw perform at our Pageant on March 22nd. Ms. Shaw is extremely qualified to do so as she has performed on Broadway opposite such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Robert Goulet, Debbie Allen and many others in such shows as Camelot, Porgy and Bess, The King and I, etc. etc. etc.


There is much more to her biography which will be featured in the Mr. Mature America Program Book, available the evening of the Pageant. Want to advertise in this first landmark book which we predict will become a valuable collector’s item in the future, the very, very distant future? Call (609) 525-9300 and ask for the Advertising Manager. Advisory: If you place an advertisement be prepared for a huge influx of customers on the days following the Pageant.


In addition to her singing performance, Ms. Shaw will crown the Pageant winner before he strides or limps down the runway. Soprano Nancy Fox will sing a rousing, song written especially for the occasion which ends with the advice to “Cheer Loud! Cheer Loud and Lustily/ His Hearing Ain’t What It Used to Be!” The complete lyrics to this original anthem will be printed in the collector’s item, extremely informative program book destined to be very, very valuable some day.


For information on the nation’s first pageant for men 60 years and older, call (609) 525-9300. Admission is $10 with all proceeds after expenses benefitting the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard and the Philippine Relief Fund.


REMINDER: Just three days after the MMA Pageant on Tues., March 25, the United States Airforce Heritage of America Band, Rhythm and Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Music Pier. The concert is free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. In order to attend this outstanding concert, you must pick up free tickets at the information counter located on the second floor of City Hall. That’s just a few feet from our office, Room 214, where you can obtain tickets to the MMA Pageant. Our advice--after you pick up your free Airforce Band tickets, negotiate those few feet to our office and pick up your tickets for the Pageant.


REMINDER: You have until Feb. 28 to support the Ocean City Board of Realtors Annual Food Drive. Drop off non-perishable items, a cash donation or Shoprite Gift Card to the Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. or call (609) 399-0128 for pick up service. The Drive supports the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard.


Reminder: The Ocean City High School Jazz Band Concert will be held on Tuesday, March 4th, 7 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City High School Band Boosters.


(March 2) Ocean City High School will hold its 5th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night at DiOrio’s in Somers Point from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will double as a send off for Ocean City High School Basketball Teams that begin state tournament play the next night, the girls at home, the boys at Toms River South.


There will be a silent auction. Food, buffet and beverages will be included with admission. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for those under 21. A total of $10 for each ticket sold will go to Coaches vs. Cancer. The night is dedicated to the memory of Dave Lewis and Al Angelo. Buy tickets from any varsity boys or girls player, or at any home OCHS basketball game. You can also call Mary Schoenewald (609) 675-8563 or Prime Events at (609) 399-4814 for tickets.


LAST MINUTE REMINDER: On Wed., Feb. 26, talented musician and scholar, Eddie Shiffler will present his informative talk on The History of Money at the Ocean City Free Public Library 17th and Simpson Ave. from 7 to 8:50 p.m. in Lecture Room,

N 110. The program will include short videos, images and discussion. Contact Karen (609) 399-2434 ext. 5238 for more information about this and all of the Library’s free and interesting programs.


CORRECTION: In last week’s column, we stated that that the Easter Sunrise Service set for April 20th would begin at 6:30 p.m. This is a physical impossibility as the sun sets around that time. The service will be held at 6:30 a.m. as it has been for years at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.


DOO DAH NEWS: There will be a weekend of fun events April 11th and 12th as we celebrate our annual Tribute to Humor. The Parade is set for April 12 at noon starting at 6th and Asbury Ave., proceeding through the Downtown, then to the Boardwalk and ending at the Music Pier. Following the Parade, we will hold our annual PieAsco. You will be invited to sit in grandstands and smoosh your neighbor with a shaving cream pie. This is a tribute to the late Soupy Sales, a past Doo Dah Grand Marshal who appeared in many Parades. Entry is free and those who participate receive a colorful certificate certifying they smooshed and were smooshed on the Ocean City Boardwalk.


Grand Marshal this year will be Peter Funt of “Candid Camera” who will present a video retrospective on the popular TV Show started by his father Allen Funt at the Music Pier, 7 p.m. Friday April 11th. Admission will be a donation of non-perishable food for the City’s Food Cupboard.


Our 500 basset hounds will be back courtesy of the Tri –State Basset Hound Rescue League who will hold its hilarious Olympics, noon, Fri. at the Tabernacle grounds.   The endearing pooches will of course waddle in the Parade. Dr. Joel Goodman of the Humor Project will present a program on humor Friday afternoon at the Ocean City Free Public Library and there will be a Tribute to Abbott and Costello Saturday evening at the Library. Call (609) 525-9300 for more information plus how you and your friends can enter this popular event, get a free commemorative T Shirt from Dietz and Watson and a free hotdog lunch.