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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/8/17

Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of the “Great War” (World War I), and that is now is the time when American citizens honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ocean City’s ceremony is always well-attended – a strong show of support in recognition of all veterans.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Charles Strange, president of the Michael Strange Foundation, named for his son, a decorated Navy cryptologist who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The foundation supports the families of recently fallen service members.


The ceremony also will include music, remarks, prayer and the placing of a memorial wreath. Ocean City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts sponsor and participate in the event.

Veterans Memorial Park is located between Fifth Street and Sixth Street on Wesley Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held across the street at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

The annualHolidayFestival of Fine Art and Handicrafts comes to the Ocean City Music Pier on the weekends of Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19.More than 75 fine artists, photographers and artisans will display and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hand-crafted items of every description from Christmas trees and ceramics to American Doll clothes and jewelry will be offered.

“We require that every piece be made in America,” Show Director JoAnne Schaut says. “It must be offered by the person in the booth who created it and is on hand to answer any questions.”

A $3 admission fee benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and aid for Puerto Rico. In 16 years, Jersey Shore Artisans Guild events have raised $364,507 for local charities, according to Schaut. For dealer information, call 609-365-2239. On show days, call 609-399-6111.


‘STAGE DOOR’ (Nov. 16 to 18): The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents a play written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kauffman. The play tells the story of a Midwest girl determined to become a leading actress in Depression-era New York City. More than 100 OCHS students are involved in the production. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are available by calling 609-399-1290, ext. 1442 or at the door. Visit www.ochsdramaguild.org for more information.

‘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. 23): 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 (Weekends Nov. 25 to Dec. 23): 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 (Weekends Nov. 25 to Dec. 23):  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. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier. Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. Tickets are on sale now at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.