Ocean City —
MOTHER’S DAY has always been a special time in this family community and resort. Mothers are and always will be the core of the family, the person who brought us into this world and nurtured us through childhood.
No one felt more strongly about this than the late Esther Weil, the dynamic philanthropist who staged so many musical concerts in Ocean City, often at her own expense. Esther was Ocean City’s Musical Mother who brought members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and great soloists like pianist Susan Starr to the Music Pier.
Esther formed the Friends of Music Association at the Ocean City Arts Center and presented several hundred concerts at the Music Pier before she passed away. One of them was and is her free, annual Mother’s Day Concert which Friends of Music has continued to sponsor in her honor.
On May 13, Friends of Music will present the 15th annual Mothers Day Family Concert at 4 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The program features the talented West Chester Senior Strings, led by Charles dePasquale, an accomplished musician who has performed with the Ocean City Pops. It will be a relaxing way to spend the afternoon, a time to sit back, enjoy a selection of soothing music and reflect about our mothers and family. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
May 12-13: In recognition of the Mother’s Day weekend, participating Downtown Merchants will once again present the annual “Mothers are Special Flower Give Away,” free flowers to all moms as long as supplies last.
May 12: Another event that Mothers will appreciate is the Spring PERFORMING ARTS RECITAL at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free program features entertainers from preschool children to seniors who have taken advantage of the center’s many programs.
There will be piano, guitar and dancing by students ranging in age from 4 years to teenagers and ballroom dance and Zumba exercise demonstrations by adults. Information will be available on summer arts classes. Call (609) 399-7628.
The Center will also be showing the work of local artist Diane Brown, her view of southern New Jersey’s beautiful outdoors in its main gallery.
May 15: The ESTHER WEIL Student Music Competition is set for Tuesday, May 15 at the Music Pier starting at 4:30 p.m. Accompanied by pianist and choral director, Scott Breiner, eighteen 9th to 12th grade students from eight local high schools will compete for $3,500 in prize money and the opportunity to perform with the O.C. Pops this season.
William Scheible, director of the Pops, plans to announce the winners by 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops in honor of Esther Weil.
May 23: OCEAN CITY OPERA FEST International is an outstanding exchange program that sponsors local singing talent performances in Germany and brings young German talent to Ocean City. Nancy Fox, founder of Opera Fest, is hosting a fun/fundraising affair at the Ocean City Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. It will be a lively musical preview of what her performers will present in Germany. There will be a grand buffet of chocolate desserts and more. Tickets are $30 adults, $35 at the door, and $15 for children 12 and under. Call (609) 399-7291 or visit www.foxvocalarts.com.
UNUSUAL EVENTS FOR THE REST OF MAY:
Friday, May 25, the OCEAN will be UNLOCKED by city officials and lifeguards at noon on the Ninth Street beach opposite the Music Pier. A big key is turned in the sand by Mayor Jay Gillian at noon and Voila! The sea is opened for another season of fun and frolic.
The BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE: Following the key turning ceremony, business folks dressed in suits, carrying brief cases or other accoutrements of their trade, march ceremoniously into the ocean to tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” This is their way of welcoming the season.
Kay Walsh and her Flamingo Club, the newly formed Ocean City Film Company and their actors, the Ocean City High School Finance and Business Curriculum Club, Sharpen Cleaners in dry cleaned tuxedoes, Dr. Robert Yaskin in his dental garb and a Senior Citizens Brigade have already registered for the plunge. Call (609) 338-7667 for information.
Sunday, May 27: BARKS ON THE BOARD. Registered dogs can walk on the boardwalk between noon and 2 p.m. At 1 p.m., dogs will compete for Best Dressed, Biggest, Smallest, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner- Look alike, etc. This is an Ocean City Humane Society fund raising event. Call (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.
May 19: American Heart Association HeartWalk. Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. Walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Call (856) 546-5600.
May 19: Miles for Melanoma, a 5k run and fitness walk in memory of Andrea Sheridan. Registration 9 a.m.; run begins 10 a.m. at 34th St. beach. Registration fee is $25 online before May 12, or $30 the day of event. For information, call (717) 538-4359 or visit www.blackoutmelanoma.com.
May 20: Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon. A 1/4 mile swim, 2m run,16m bike ride, 2m run. Plus a kids course. Swim start, 6 to 8 a.m., run/bike/run starts 9 a.m. For information, call (609) 525-9317.
May 20: Walk for Lupus Now South Jersey 2-4k Walk on the Boardwalk. Register at the Sixth Street practice field, off Boardwalk. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. For information, call (302) 622-8700 or visit www.walkforlupusnowsouthjersey.org.
WANTED! The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City June 14-16 with a gala Boardwalk parade on Wednesday, June 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Nursery Rhymes Travel the Boards” with each contestant impersonating a Mother Goose character, notes Maribeth Neal, parade director.
Any group, organization or band that would like to perform in the Parade should call Maribeth at (609) 398-2743 or (609) 369-0293.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave. The Library continues its free programs that provide great entertainment and information to all ages. This month, programs include Free Saturday Movies; the popular lecture series on “Icons of Jazz,” accompanied by musicians; TED TALK, an on-going educational series, “Lead Like the Great Conductors”; a lecture series, “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Music”; a workshop, “Declutter Your World,” a self-help program; a special presentation, “The H.L. Hunley, First Successful Combat Submarine”; the Ocean City Library Classic Film Series; “Back Yard Habitat For Birds,” a program and book signing by Pat Sutton presented with the Ocean City Environmental Commission; and Mental Health Month, an interactive, mental health recovery program. PLUS ongoing programs for young adults and children.
For complete information on these programs, call the Library at (609) 399-2434, visit www.oceancitylibrary.org or sign up for email@example.com.