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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/31/17

Ocean City once again will welcome the calmer season with its annual Quiet Festival. This year’s event will take place Nov. 4 and 5 and will celebrate all the resources of the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

Within the Community Center, the Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center and Howard S. Stainton Senior Center each will be host to activities during the two-day festival.


Some of the activities will include:

Crossword Competition: Crossword puzzle devotees are invited to a friendly competition featuring three puzzles of progressive difficulty. Two finalists will compete on boards, so the public can see the silent showdown. Separate category and puzzles for 13-and-unders.

Checkers Tournament: An all-ages elimination tournament for checkers fans.

Family Yoga: No experience needed for this family-friendly yoga class.

Building Block/Brick Demo: A chance for Lego fans to show off their pre-made creations.

Schuylkill Valley Boys Ukulele Trio: A not-so-silent concert of popular music from Sinatra to the Beatles.

Mime Show and Workshop with Bill Bowers: A blend of performance, demonstration and audience participation with a renowned mime.

Royalty Storytime with Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City and Little Miss Ocean City: Young princes and princesses are invited to come in costume.

Create Your Own Ocean City Puzzle and Guided Tour of the Ocean City Historical Museum.

Coloring Activity, Gallery Tour and Pottery Demo at the Ocean City Arts Center.

Quiet Pet Competition: The traditional showcase event of the Quiet Festival takes place at the Senior Center.

All of the events are free. For more information and a schedule, visit www.ocnj.us/quietfestival.


The Trail of Two Cities 5-kilometer run/walk will be held for the 22nd time on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The popular 5K (3.1-mile) race offers spectacular views over the length of a point-to-point course from Ocean City to Somers Point. The route travels the length of the Route 52 causeway in the lanes usually reserved for cars.

Registration is open now and long-sleeved race T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 500 to sign up. Pre-registration fee is $25, and participants can sign up online until Nov. 1 at www.ocnj.us/race-events.

Race-day registration runs at 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center (10th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City). The race starts there at 8 a.m. and finishes at Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

Buses will be available at the finish line in Somers Point to transport runners to the start in Ocean City before the race from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Buses also will be available transport runners back to Ocean City from Somers Point after the race. The awards ceremonies will be held at JFK Park after all participants have completed the course.

Awards will go to the top overall male and female finishers, as well as to the top male and female runners in the following age groups: 8-and-under, 9-11,12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-and-over.

Packet pick-up will be available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) and at the Transportation Center until 7:45 a.m. on race morning.

No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller blades are permitted. Event is held rain or shine. Course is police-controlled, and the causeway will be closed to inbound traffic that morning.

For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9317.


‘PETER/WENDY’ (Nov. 3 and 4): The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Junior Company presents a lyrical interpretation of “Peter Pan” featuring students in grades 6 to 12. Jeremy Bloom strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. This low-tech adaptation will mesmerize audiences of all ages. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 609-399-6111 or visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES (Nov. 4): This 5-kilometer run/walk travels one way over the Ninth Street causeway from Ocean City to Somers Point. Race begins at 8 a.m. Pre-register through www.ocnj.us/race-events.

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM (Nov. 11): The annual ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION OF FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS (Nov. 11 and 12): More than 75 fine artists, photographers and handcrafters at the Ocean City Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hand-crafted, artisan-made items of every description from Christmas trees, ceramics, American Doll clothes, jewelry and reindeer to stained glass, candles, pet treats and art that can be framed while you browse. Every offering is handmade in the U.S. by the seller. Your $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. For more information, call 609-365-2239.

‘EARLIER THAN THE BIRD’ DOWNTOWN SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA (Nov. 18): Get out and jump-start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas and take-advantage of early-bird shopping specials from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES (Weekends Nov. 18 to Dec. 17): Enjoy an old-fashioned ride down Asbury Avenue noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Start in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

CHRISTMAS ARTS AND HANDICRAFTS FESTIVAL (Nov. 18-19): Fine crafters, artists, photographers and gourmet food specialists display and sell their work 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Everything for the holidays including wreaths, floral decorations, jewelry, custom gift baskets, wooden toys, glass, blankets, metal art, dog and cat apparel and treats, floral décor, soaps and lotions. Every offering is handmade in the U.S. by the seller. Your $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. For more information, call 609-365-2239.

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN (Nov. 24):  “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” takes place 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce in kicking off an old-fashioned downtown Christmas. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (Nov. 25 and 26): 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Sunrise Café (1200 Asbury Avenue, 609-398-9300) and Sunday, Nov. 26, at Arlene’s on Asbury (624 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3639).

PHOTOS WITH SANTA (Nov. 25 and 26):  Join Santa in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat for photos noon to 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

CHRISTMAS PARADE (Dec. 1): 6 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL’ (Dec. 15-16): Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. But he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are on sale now at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company, where the magic of Broadway and the magic of Christmas combine to make a very special show for audiences of all ages.