Ocean City —
Many events are scheduled for Ocean City this week but first a word about NIGHT IN VENICE. Entry forms are now available for the colorful boat parade and bay front home celebration and competition scheduled for Saturday, July 28 starting at 7 p.m. The parade begins at the Longport Bridge and concludes at Tennessee and Bay avenues.
Optional decorating theme this year is “Do You Remember When,” but contestants are free to select any theme they prefer. Once again all boat entrants will receive $50 gas cards, collector’s mugs and a photo of their boat taken in the parade. Home owners will receive mugs. Prizes will be awarded in various categories in both the home and boat divisions.
Entry in Night in Venice is free. Register your house, condo or boat now online at www.ocnj.us/NIV. This website will be the source of all current information. Award results will be posted on this site following the parade.
Paper entry forms are available by calling or stopping at the Public Relations office, second floor of City Hall, (609) 525-9300, fax (609) 525-0301, email email@example.com, or after hours and on weekends call (609) 364-4010.
June 22-23: American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE is set for Carey Stadium, behind Ocean City High School. Teams walk all night from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money to fight against cancer. Call 800-227-2345 for information.
June 22-23: SUMMER BOOK SALE at Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Friday hours 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s books, CDs, videos, puzzles, fiction and non-fiction for sale.
June 23: Annual ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW & PARADE. Over 300 vintage vehicles will be displayed on the Tabernacle grounds at Sixth and Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is free. There will be a Boardwalk Parade at 2 p.m. For information, call (609) 432-5347.
June 23, the world renowned PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR, “America’s Ambassadors of Song,” entertain at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Aves. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are $10 or 6 for $50 if ordered early ($15 at the door). Children 12 and under are free. Call St. Peter’s at (609) 399-2988.
June 23: The TONY MART Rock and Roll Reunion Party continues featuring the Bill Walton Band and starring a guitar “phenom” from South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes plus guest stars. Everyone is invited to share their favorite Tony Mart story. Tickets are $20 at the Music Pier box office (609) 525-9248 or email Tonymarto@aol.com.
June 23: The Ocean City SAILING FOUNDATION holds an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, Fifth and Bay Ave. Information will be provided on various sailing classes and there will be a free 15-minute sail on the bay.
June 24: The Ocean City POPS presents its gala season opening show with Grammy winning artist DEBBY BOONE. She will present an outstanding program of nostalgic hits, topped with “Reflections of Rosemary Clooney,” a compilation of songs from her new CD (a tribute to her late mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney), plus her number one smash hit “You Light Up My Life”. Program is sponsored by Cape Bank Charitable Foundation. Concert 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $30 and $25 at the Music Pier box office or visit www.ocnj.us. (609) 525-9248.
June 24: TONY CAMPOLO, professor at Eastern University, author and founder of EAPE, speaks at 7 p.m., at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Free admission. Call (609) 399-1915. Also at the Tabernacle, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26, comedian Taylor Mason entertains, free admission.
June 25-29: JULY JUBILEE: Ocean City’s popular week of fun contests begins Monday, June 25 and runs through Friday, June 29. The events are held 11 a.m. daily at the Music Pier. There are divisions for every age group: 5 and under; 6-8; 9-12; teens and adults.
Contests start Monday with Salt Water Taffy Sculpting from Shriver’s, followed on Tuesday by French Fry Sculpting, courtesy of the Promenade. On Wednesday, That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles (make something out of a huge chocolate chip cookie from Ward’s Pastry). There is also a Super Hero Impersonation Contest on Wednesday. On Thursday, contestants are challenged to design something meaningful out of paper clips. Friday’s exciting finale is Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling, extremely non-violent. Hermit crabs are placed on their backs and the first one that turns right side up is declared the winner.
July 4th EVENTS include the North End Garden Civic Association Bike Parade starting at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Registration 9 a.m., parade 10 a.m.; South Ocean City Improvement Association Bike Parade, registration 9 a.m., parade 10 a.m. at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Kite Flying Contest by Air Circus 5 to 9 p.m. on the Ninth Street beach and a Fireworks Spectacular off the Ninth Street beach at 9:30 p.m.
June 27: Tony nominee and Broadway star Annie Golden stars in “Broadway on the Boardwalk,” an evening of Broadway favorites presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Show is 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $18 or $20, available at the Music Pier box office, call (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
Miss Golden’s career spans TV, film and the stage. She is famous for appearing in both film and stage productions of “Hair” and won over audiences with her portrayal of “Georgie Bukatinski” in the Broadway musical “The Full Monty
She originated the role of Squeaky Fromme in the Steven Sondheim musical, “Assassins,” among others.
June 27 is FUNday at Playland: Unlimited rides, mini golf, go carts for a $10 wristband at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Community Quests housing and employment services for persons with special needs. Raindate is Friday, June 29. For information, call (609) 646-0388 or visit www.cqinc.org.
June 30: A Clean Up will be held at CORSON’S INLET State Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. sponsored by 7th Street Surf Shop and United by Blue, an ocean friendly apparel rand. Clean-up supplies will be provided to sort and recycle trash and there will be games and activities. For information, contact Andrew Greenblatt (516) 398-2964 or email Andrew@unitedbyblue.com.
OCEAN CITY’S CONCERT Series at the Music Pier includes: the Bacon Brothers, July 9; Arlo Guthrie, July 16; Get the Led Out, a Tribute to Led Zeppelin, July 23; Charles Thomas Drifters, July 30; The Machine, Pink Floyd Ultimate Tribute Band, Aug. 6; Little Feat, Aug. 20; and Mitch Ryder, Aug. 27. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, or www.ocnj.us (609) 525-9300.
Don’t miss BEATLEMANIA NOW, an acclaimed tribute concert celebrating the Beatles, 8 p.m. Monday, July 2 at the Music Pier. Tickets are $18. Call (609) 525-9248 or access www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
DON’T MISS the paintings of WANAMAKERS Dept. Store on display through June 28 at Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. This acclaimed exhibit is a heart warming trip back to another time when folks met at the Eagle and enjoyed the amenities of a great institution. Call (609) 399-7628.
NEW BOOK IN TOWN: “The Ocean City, N.J. Bucket List,” by Mary Ann Bolen, reports 100 ways to have a real experience at this family resort enhanced by witty quotes. Lots of fun to read. Available at Sun Rose Book Store, 756 Asbury Ave.