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What was it like to interview the President of the United States? You’ll find out if you attend the Nation’s first Mr. Mature America Pageant this Saturday, March 22nd at the Music Pier.

Dick Sheeran, Broadcast Hall of Fame member and former Philadelphia Channel 3 Anchor, will let you know. During his 30 year TV career, Dick covered many National political Conventions and interviewed scores of celebrities including President Jimmy Carter. He will assist emcee Maribeth Neall and relate interesting anecdotes during the Pageant. Sheeran will also present the Pageant’s First Inspiration Award to Atlantic City icon, Pinky Kravitz for his many achievements in radio and public service.

The Pageant will feature seven men over 60 who will perform. Five mature women will also be featured. The men include Frank Faralli who will sing Edelweiss ,Captain Joel Fogel, who is flying in from Hawaii to perform on the piano, Eugene Ross who will recite a poem and sing a song he has written, Jerome Lukas, who will draw an original cartoon in three minutes, international vocalist, Rene Sese, of Ocean City and the Philippines who will sing a love song, former Mayor Roy Gillian who will play a medley of popular tunes on the piano and Blues Band Master, Bubba Mac, who will play the guitar and sing. Bubba will not compete in the Pageant but perform separately.

Mature women who will perform and be honored, but not compete, include Betty Lambert, an 81-year-old baton twirler from Harmony Pa. who still performs splits, Peggy King, legendary Big Band singer and TV and movie actress, who has a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. She will do a jazz number. Ocean City soprano Nancy Fox will sing the Runway Song, and Ms. New Jersey Senior America, Vanessa Shaw, a Broadway vocalist, will also perform. Mama Dietz, Ruth Eni, owner and spokesperson of Dietz and Watson, a major Ocean City events sponsor, will also be honored.

The program will open with the singing of the National Anthem by Miss Ocean City, Carley Del Sordo. This will be followed by a rousing production number featuring all contestants choreographed by Jessica Albertson. Contestants will compete in talent, Dance, Poise and answer an onstage question at the end of the Pageant about what it was like growing up in their particular era. They will also be interviewed by the judges prior to the contest.

The Pageant begins 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 22 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Bubba, Mac Blues Band will play from 6:30 p.m. till Pageant time. There will be plenty of free parking at nearby Boardwalk Lots.

Tickets to the Pageant are $10, available at the Community Services Office, second floor of City Hall, Mon. through Fri. from 8:45 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. call (609) 525-9300. After hours call (609) 364-4010 or get tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Ecumenical Community Food Cupboard and Philippine Reconstruction.

FREE AIRFORCE BAND CONCERT ON TUES. , MARCH 25TH: The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Music Pier next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In order to attend the Concert you must pick up free tickets in advance.

Free tickets are available at the Information Desk, 2nd floor of City Hall, facing the Main entrance. City Hall Hours and phone numbers are listed in preceding Mr. Maturity information.

The Air Force Ensemble features 17 professional musicians who play a wide array of jazz and fusion from big band swing to cutting edge contemporary music. The band travels in this region presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and Air Force events. THESE CONCERTS ARE EXCELLENT. DON’T MISS THIS ONE. GET YOUR TICKETS AT CITY HALL.

(Through the rest of March) Millville artist Ellen Galvin is exhibiting her award winning oil paintings at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., through March 31. Ms. Galvin is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and a signature member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters. She is a grand prize winner at Mt. Lebanon Plein Air and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Art Center is open 9a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

UPCOMING EVENTS: (April 3-5) The Ocean City High School Drama Club presents Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, a new musical lovingly ripped off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” April 3,4 at 7 p.m., April 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $12 (students and seniors) $15 (adults). Call (609) 399-1290 ext. 1442.

(April 5-6) The Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, featuring the most creative artisans on the East Coast. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Free parking at nearby Boardwalk lots. $3 contribution benefits local charities. Children under 12 are free. For information, call 1-800-822-4112.

(April 12) The 29th annual Doo Dah Parade, starts noon at 6th and Asbury Ave. turns to the boardwalk at 12th St. and ends at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace. Features fun brigades, costumed characters, bands, individual entries and a 500 Basset Hound Waddle. A Pie In the Face “PieAsco” takes place next to the reviewing stand in front of the Music Pier after the Parade. Fun events take place all weekend. For information or to enter Parade call (609) 525-9300.

(April 19) The Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Dress your pets in their Easter Best. Call (609) 525-9300.

(April 12 and 19) The Great Easter Egg Hunt will be held twice this year, 2:30 p.m. from 11th to 14th St. on the Beach. Five age groups, 0-2, 3-4, 5, 6, and 7. There will be 100,000 eggs distributed, 5,000 with prizes. Rain Dates: April 13 and 20th.

NOTE: The Author’s Tea sponsored by the Friends and volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library is set for the Flanders Hotel, Thurs., May 8 at 2 p.m. New this year is a High Tea. Carol Brill, MFA, author of Peace by Piece and Cape Maybe will speak. Ticket sales will be held Fri., April 11, from 6 -8 p.m. and Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. –Noon in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library. Tickets are $25 and limited to 4 per person. No reserved seating. FVOCFPL Website: http://fvocfpl.wordpress.com.

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