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Lynn Bartlett an Ocean City Realtor

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COOL WEATHER FUN in Ocean City MD…2013!


In spite of the calendar calling for an end to summertime, the fun continues in Ocean City Maryland. Fall brings the best – fishing and fewer crowds meaning the sand and surf are all yours! Exploring Assateague Island offers added excitement. Below are listed a few of our seasonal events and activities scheduled for YOUR enjoyment here at our resort. Please join us…

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

September 12 – 15:  OC Bike Fest.  Inlet parking lot.  OC BikeFest will bring national entertainment and bands, stunt shows, bike builders, vendors, food and beverage to the Boardwalk, Convention Center, and the Inlet.  For more information, please visit www.ocbikefest.com.

***September 19 – 22:  SUNFEST.  Inlet Parking Lot.  Ocean City’s most popular festival!  Sunfest celebrates summer’s end and fall’s fabulous beginning at the Ocean City Inlet Lot and beach.  This nationally recognized festival brings family fun-filled days of music, food, and an array of arts and crafts to the festival grounds.  Nationally known & regionallypopularentertainers highlight four days of fall fun.  All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts.  Festival hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For more information, call 1-800-626-2326.

In addition to all of the activities and entertainment at Sunfest you may enjoy the Sunfest Kite Festival…On the Beach from 3rd Street to 6th Street
Bring the family and let your spirits soar!  Enjoy days filled with spectacular kite flying.  Thousands of spectators travel to see master kite flyers from around the world showcase their aerial displays of art.  Kite-making workshops and kite battles.  For more information, contact Jay Knerr at 410-289-7855 or visit www.kiteloft.com.

Note:  September 18-22:  21st Berlin Fiddlers’ Convention.  Main Street Berlin.   Held each year simultaneously with the Ocean City SUNFEST nearby (7 miles). 21st Annual Berlin Fiddlers’ Convention  Annual event begins Friday evening with a free concert, continues through acoustic  competition on Saturday.  Also, crafters & food vendors.  Friday 7-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.  For more information, call 410-641-4775, email info@berlinchamber.org, or visit www.berlinchamber.org.

September 27 – 28: Wine on the Beach.  Inlet Beach Area.  The 18th Annual “Wine Festival on the Beach” will be held September 27 & 28 at the Inlet Lot with wineries from the East Coast.  The festival will be open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the vast array of wine offerings, there will be several vendors offering an array of International cuisine.  There will be several arts & crafts vendors and micro-brewed beers for purchase.  Popular local recording artists, including “Bird Dog and the Road Kings” will provide relaxing music during the days of the festival.

While strolling from winery to winery with your complimentary wine tasting glass that you’ll receive upon entering, you can mingle with your friends while sipping fine wine, marveling at the fine arts and crafts along the way and still be enjoying the live entertainment with our sand stage setting.  Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the entertainment.

Tickets for the festival are $30 (General Admission) at the gate.  The cost includes a commemorative wine glass and sample coupons.  For those who do not drink, General Admission includes commemorative wine glass and unlimited soft drinks from the designated driver location.  $15 for children ages 13-20 and must be accompanied by a parent.  Children age 12 and under are free.

No one under age 21 is admitted without a parent.  For advance tickets and hotel information, please call 1-800-OC-OCEAN or simply stop by the Convention Center Box Office to purchase your tickets in advance.  For additional information, call the Wine Line at 410-280-3306 or visit www.winefest.com for a discount coupon.

September 27 -28:  Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show.  Convention Center 40th St.  Come and see 14k, sterling silver jewelry, pearls, beads, loose stones, crystals, and more.  Classic and contemporary designs for show and sale.  Admission.  Friday, 12-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Barbara Haney at 804-746-7663 or Tote1523@treasuresoftheearth.net or visit www.Treasuresoftheearth.net.

 

OCTOBER 2013

 

Oct. 4-5:  Free State Corvette Club Weekend.  Clarion Hotel and Inlet Parking Lot.  Great annual event for Corvette enthusiasts and owners.  This is the largest Corvette Club sponsored event on the East Coast of the United States with over 1,200 Corvette enthusiasts attending from Canada to Florida.  Car shows, road rallies, a parade and other related activities raise money for charity.  Friday at the Clarion, 10100 Coastal Hwy., from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday at the Inlet Parking Lot from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.freestatecorvette.com or email pr@freestatecorvette.com.

Oct. 10-13:  16th Annual Endless Summer Crusin’.  Convention Center & Inlet Parking Lot.  Hot rod car show features more than 2,000 customs, muscle cars, street machines, classics, and more.  Live entertainment, manufacturers’ midway, boardwalk parades, and special attractions.  Admission.  For more information, contact Meredith Herbert at 410-798-6304 or infoevent@aol.com or visit www.endlesssummercruisin.com.

Oct. 13- 27: Ocean City Fall Restaurant Week.  Many spectacular restaurants will create special menus designed to tempt your taste buds. Special, fixed-priced menus will be offered throughout the two-week event. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Just simply choose a participating restaurant and dine out during the dates of the promotion. For information call the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at 1-800-626-2326 x 2, www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com, inquire@ocvisitor.com

Oct 19-27: OCtoberfest on the Beach 2013 – Beach at North Division St., Dorchester St. & Somerset St. Bayside/Boardwalk/Inlet.  FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

A Beach Maze with Halloween displays, music and activities, including a Howl-o-ween Costume Pet Parade and a Great Pumpkin Race.  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.  For more information, contact infoevent@aol.com or visit www.specialeventpro.com.

BEACH MAZE – October 19-20 and 26-27.  Maze hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting) N. Division Street & the Beach.  Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies, and more await your arrival.  It’s free! Be there if you dare!

HOWL-O-WEEN PET PARADE – Saturday, October 19th, on the Boardwalk at N. Division Street (rain date October 20) – Lots of prizes and surprises for best-dressed pets, family and friends.  Gather your goblins, dress in your best costume and parade the boards. Free with donation of pet food or other pet-friendly items to Humane Society.  For more information, click on www.specialeventpro.com/octoberfest.php.

Oct. 24-31:  Local’s Week at Life Saving Station Museum.  Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum at the Inlet.  4th Annual Local’s Week at the Life-Saving Station Museum.  Everyone’s a “Local” during the Ocean City Museum Society’s Local’s Week.  FREE Admission for all who think of Ocean City as their home: residence, vacation, time-share, day trippers! Join us as we celebrate all that makes Ocean City a place we all want to call home! 10:00 a.m. – to 5:00 p.m. For more information on Museum events, visit: www.ocmuseum.org

Oct. 26-27:  CEO Coin & Currancy Show.  Convention Center.  Professional coin and currency dealers will be buying and selling U.S. & World Coins and Currency, plus free appraisals & free admission. Hours:  Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4   For more information, contact Carl Ostiguy at 443-623-7025 or ceocoins@comcast.net, or visit www.coinshows.com.

October 26,: SEASIDE 10-Mile and 5K Run – 2013.  Inlet Lot.  This well-known event will take place rain or shine!  Join in the 10-mile or 5K race, both starting at the Ocean City Inlet.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m.  The race course includes the world famous Ocean City Boardwalk.  Registration fees for participants.  For more information, contact Chris Klebe at 443-497-4324 or visit www.octrirunning.com.

 

Oct. 26-27: Autumn Home & Condo Expo and Art and Craft Fair.  Convention Center, 40th Street.  The Autumn Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping, and decorating their homes.  Exhibitors will be on hand with merchandise, product demonstrations, and interior and exterior displays.  With a combination of new products and advice from the pros, the Home Show inspires homeowners with ideas on enhancing their home’s comfort and functionality, as well as aesthetic appeal, and overall value.
In addition, the Art and Craft Fair will offer a wide assortment of creative and unique gifts and accessories made by artists and quality crafts people from near and far.  Admission:  $5 Adults, 13 and under free, Military free (includes Autumn Art & Craft Fair). Saturday 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.oceanpromotions.info.

 

NOVEMBER 2013

November 1 – March 30: Horseback Riding at Ocean City’s Beach. Ocean City now offers horseback riding on the beach during winter, early spring.
Permit applications are now available to persons wishing to ride horses on Ocean City’s beach. Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue or online at www.oceancitymd.gov.
The cost is $20 for a single-day permit and $50 for a seasonal permit. Horseback riding will be allowed on the beach beginning at 27th Street and extending south to the Inlet jetty between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. November 1 to March 30.

Nov. 21 -Jan. 1: Winterfest of Lights, town wide, Inlet lot and Northside Park, 127th Street: Dazzling lights on cold winter nights put everyone in a holiday mood. Northside Park display open Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. www.oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/special events.html.  Winterfest of Lights has been named a prestigious Top 100 Event for 2010 and 2011 by American Bus Association.
 Northside Park, 125th Street & The Bay
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.

Enjoy this award-winning holiday paradise created for the whole family!  More than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout your favorite beach resort.  Northside Park will have hundreds of animated, lighted displays.  Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion.  Browse Yukon Cornelius’ gift shop for a special gift and have a photo taken with Santa.  Board the Winterfest Express to tour the lights, including the themed exhibits of your favorite fairy tales.  Admission.  Sunday – Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m.  For more information, call 800-OC-OCEAN, 410-250-0125, or visit www.ococean.com.

November 29 – December 25: Victorian Christmas, Berlin, MD: Month-long celebrations include animated window displays, horse and carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, concerts, parade, house tours, Victorian fashion show and teas. Santa visits weekends at the Atlantic Hotel. www.berlinchamber.org

DECEMBER 2013

Dec. 1- January 2, 2010: Winterfest of Lights continues. Dazzling lights and displays throughout Ocean City Maryland. www.ococean.com

 

Stay tuned to view a listing of ALL the delightful events in the Ocean City Maryland events for the new year…Wishing everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014


It’s SUMMERTIME 2013 and the livin’ is easy in Ocean City Maryland!


Sunny, warm weather brings out the very best of the beach – resort activities here in Ocean City Maryland! No matter, participant or viewer – there is something for everyone all summer long!

JUNE 2013

OC CAR & TRUCK SHOW – June 8th & 9th, 2013 Convention Center, 40th St. & Bay. One of the East Coast’s largest automotive and culture events comes to Ocean City with the most amazing vehicles that grace the pages of your favorite automotive magazines. From tuners to exotics, from trick trucks to slammed SUV’s, from crazy classics to super bikes, the OC Car Show has something for everyone. Combine that with top name companies with interactive displays, vendors with everything for your ride and Ocean City’s biggest name performances live on the OC Car Show Stage, the event is great entertainment. For updates on artists and special guest appearances, visit www.occarshow.com.  Tickets sold at the door.  Admission.

Hours:
Sat., 10 am – 10 pm
Sun., 10 am – 6 pm

For more information, contact Brian Stoehr at 302-436-0183 or occarshow02@aol.com, or visit www.occarshow.com.

OCEAN CITY AIR SHOW– June 8th & 9th, 2013 – 12 noon – 4pm.  Oceanside & Boardwalk.

The Ocean City Air Show has been named a Top 100 Event in the country by American Bus Association for 2011!

Visit www.ocairshow.com to purchase tickets online.
Celebrating its 6th year, the Ocean City Air Show is back!  Performers will be announced when available.  The show will be visible along the entire length of the Boardwalk, creating an inspiring experience for visitors while they enjoy the resort’s beaches and attractions.  Spectators can see the show free of charge, however, VIP seating is available for those who want to be front and center.  Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Show Center: 16th Street & Boardwalk.  www.ocairshow.com.

The 2013 OC Air Show will feature many of the nations top civilian performers including  jet demos, civilian aerobatic performers, and formation flight teams.

For a line-up of performers and schedule of events and where to stay, please visit www.ocairshow.com.

OCEAN CITY SHARK TOURNAMENTJune 12th – 16th, 2013.  Ocean City’s largest shark fishing tournament. Bring the kids and watch the fish weigh-ins at the Ocean City Fishing Center located at the west side of Route 50 bridge. Spectators see weigh-ins free of charge. For more information visit www.ocsharktournament.com.3

ARTS ON THE DOCK - June 13th – August 29th, 2013. Local artists showcasing their work on the docks of the Ocean City Fishing Center Marina every Thursday evening  June 14 – August 23 from  4 – 7 p.m. Jennifer Blunt 410-213-1121, www.ocfishing.com

ARTS ALIVE 2013– June 15th – 16th, 2013.  Northside Park, 125th St. Art’s Alive celebrates 13 years as Ocean City’s biggest and best fine art show. What could be better than fine art at the beach? How about fine art for sale around a beautiful lagoon in a picturesque park with expansive bay views. Visit 100 artists as they sell their works, lunch at the Artists’ Café and enjoy live music while your children enjoy free art activities. Art’s Alive is the art show that has something for everyone.

Don’t forget to take a little bit of Art’s Alive and Ocean City home with you. Stop by the Art’s Alive Official Event Merchandise Tent located in the Information Booth. Merchandise includes T-shirts, jackets, baseball hats, pins and more.

Art’s Alive will take place outdoors rain or shine. Bring the whole family and create an “artsy” Ocean City memory at Art’s Alive 2012. For more information on Art’s Alive, please call the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

Saturday, June 15 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.     Sunday, June 16 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

FIREMEN’S PARADE – June 19th, 2013.  Baltimore Avenue from 15th to 32nd Streets.  Annual parade at 1:00 pm.  Baltimore Ave. from 15th St. to 32nd St.  Equipment, bands, and floats (approx. 3 hours).  For more information, visit www.msfa.org.

DEW TOUR – June 20th – 23rd, 2013.  Beach at the Inlet.  OCEAN CITY IS EXCITED TO WELCOME THE DEW TOUR AGAIN IN 2013!
For all the latest information, including a schedule of events, athlete bios, and photos of your favorite Dew Tour stars, go to dewtouroc.com.

WINE IN THE PARK – June 28th – 29th, 2013.  Northside Park, 125th Street (Bayside).  WINE TASTING IN THE PARK – Featuring wineries from the Mid-Atlantic, micro-brewed Beers, fine cuisine, quality arts & crafts, and live music.  Spread your blanket out in front of the “Stage on the Bay.”  Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  General Admission $22.00 (with proper identification), includes a wine glass and wine samples. Under 21 must be accompanied by parent.  Under 7 yrs free with adult.  Groups of 10 or more discounted at gate.  Ask about our “Designated Driver” program.  For more information, please visit www.winefest.com or call 410-280-3306.

 

JULY 2012

CELEBRATE JULY 4TH DOWNTOWN – Thursday, July 4th, 2013.  Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 127th Street at Northside Park. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

SUNSET PARTY NIGHTS - July 11th – August 29th, 2013.  Sunset Park at South Division Street Bayside.  Thursday nights in July & August.  Thursday nights in July and August. Watch the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay from the perfect location in Ocean City! Sunset Park is located along South Division Street & the Bay.  Event begins at 7 p.m. and runs to approx. 9:00 p.m. Admission to the park is free, while beverages, including beer, are available for purchase.  Event held July 11th, 18th and 25th – August 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th. – It is recommended that attendees bring their own seating.  Website: http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/special events.html

SUNDAES IN THE PARK - July 14th – August 25th, 2013. Northside Park at 127th St. & the Bay for ice cream sundaes and live entertainment. Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs to Northside Park, located at 127th Street and the Bay, for ice cream sundaes and live entertainment.  Sundaes in the Park is a family concert series offered Sunday evenings in July and August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For a small fee, enjoy your own ice cream sundae creation as you listen to your musical favorites and watch the sunset over the beautiful Assawoman Bay.  The grand finale to each Sundaes in the Park event will be Fireworks at 9 p.m.!

SUNDAES IN THE PARK ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE – RAIN OR SHINE

July 14
Key West Band (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)
Mike Rose (Magic Show)

July 21
The Groove Train (Disco)
Lollipop the Clown (Fun & Games)

July 28
The Reagan Years (80′s Music)
Cascading Carlos (A Juggling Workshop)

August 4
The Janitors (Classic Rock/Funk/Pop)
Mike Rose (Magic Show)

August 11
Front Page News (Classic Rock)
Maryland DNR (Scales & Tales)

August 18
Jesse Garron (Tribute to Elvis)
Cascading Carlos (A Juggling Workshop)

August 25
Captain Quint (Tropical Rock & Roll)
Maryland DNR (Scales & Tales)

All entertainment is subject to change without notice.

For more information, call 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326)

26th ANNUAL OC TUNA TOURNAMENT– July 12th- 14th, 2013 -  OC Fishing Center, off Rt. 50 in West OC.  East Coast largest Tuna Tournament.
Come see over 100 boats weigh in large tuna in hopes of winning over $500,000 in cash. Weigh-ins Fri., Sat. & Sun. 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Jennifer Blunt, ocfc@ocfishing.com

GREEK FESTIVAL – July 12th – 14th, 2013. Convention Center, 40th St. & Bay. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of a trip to Greece right here at the beautiful Ocean City Convention Center, where everyone is welcome to be Greek for the week!  Traditional Greek Fare available.  Enjoy shopping at any of the vendors, featuring original & reproduction art, jewelry, clothing and more.  Live entertainment.  For more information call St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church at 410-524-0990 or visit www.stgeorgeoc.md.goarch.org.

Festival Hours:  Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission:
Friday – Free from 12:00-5:00 p.m., $3.00 after 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – $2.00 from 12:00-5:00 p.m., $3.00 after 5 p.m.
Children under age 14 are free with an adult.

There’s much more to come for the summer of 2012…stop back soon!

 


SPRING 2013…Visit Ocean City Maryland


After what many have said to be a most erratic winter weather-wise, the ‘best’ beach town in the Mid-Atlantic region is gearing up to offer some great events and activities to begin the official 2013 season. Come on down and enjoy our Ocean City Maryland Springtime offerings. We’ve got a new, ‘OLD’ Boardwalk and plenty of sand in which to play!

APRIL 2013

GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW – April 19-21, 2013, Ocean City Maryland Convention Center.  The Spring Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show – 14k, sterling silver jewelry, pearls, beads, loose stones, crystals & more.  Classic and contemporary designs for show and sale.  Admission.  Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Barbara Haney at 804-746-7663 or tote1523@treasuresoftheearth.net or visit www.treasuresoftheearth.net.

KOMEN MD – OCEAN CITY RACE FOR THE CURE -  April 21, 2013, Inlet Parking Lot.  The Race Village, located at the Inlet Lot, will open at 6 a.m.  The 5K Run will start at 8 a.m., the 5K & 1-mile walk will start at 8:30 a.m.  Fees are $10 for children 11 years old and younger, $35 for adult registration and $40 for timed runner registration.  On race day, prices will be $15 for children and $45 for adults.  Only those who register prior to race day may be timed runners.  Timed registration is not offered on race day.
The USTF certified 5K route begins with the start line at the Atlantic Hotel on the Boardwalk.  The route then heads north on the boardwalk, left on 15th Street, left on Baltimore Avenue heading south back into the Inlet, with the finish line of the certified 5K route ending near the ferris wheel on the north end of the parking lot.
For more information, contact Lydia Wooten at 443-235-8407 or visit www.komenmd.org.

WARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILDFOWL CARVING COMPETITION AND ART FESTIVAL April 26 – 28, 2013,  Convention Center. Carvers & visitors from around the world convene for the most prestigious competition of contemporary wildfowl art.  Event includes judging, benefit auction, classes & seminars, demonstrations, children’s activities and exhibitor booths of artisans & art supplies.  View world class bird carvings and sculptures, bid on world class art at the benefit auction.  Shop at over 100 exhibitor booths, and enjoy an abundance of kids activities at the Kids Corner.  Admission.
For more information, visit www.wardmuseum.org.

MAY 2013

SPRINGFESTMay 2 – 5, 2013, Inlet Parking Lot.
Springfest celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season.  It is four dynamic days of delicious food, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts under four huge big-top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.
Springfest serves up a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages. Admission to the four-day event is free! All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – BEATLEMANIA AGAIN – The ultimate Beatles experience – 7:00 p.m. – Reserved Seating – $10 & $5.
Friday, May 3, 2013 – JUSTIN MOORE – Country – 8:00 p.m. – Reserved Seating – $25-$45.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – FOREIGNER – Rock Legends – 8:00 p.m. – Reserved Seating – $27-$59.  SOLD OUT

6TH ANNUAL BERLIN MD JAZZ & BLUES BASHMay 4th 2013, Berlin MD Main Street.  A celebration of music and art, the Jazz & Blues Bash features jazz and blues artists throughout the region on two outdoor stages, plus select art and food vendors lining the streets of historic Berlin, MD. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information contact the Berlin MD Chamber of Commerce 410-641-4775 or visit the website at  www.BerlinChamber.org, chamberinfo@berlinchamber.org

OCEAN CITY RESTAURANT WEEK – SPRING 2013May 6-12, 2013 Town-wide.   Many spectacular restaurants will create special menus designed to tempt your taste buds. Special, fixed-priced menus will be offered throughout the two-week event. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Just simply choose a participating restaurant and dine out during the dates of the promotion.  For information call the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at 1-800-626-2326 x 2 or visit www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com

CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY May 16 – 19 2013, Convention Center, Inlet Parking Lot. Popular car show features over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and more. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, boardwalk parades, manufacturers vendor midway and more. Show Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m at the Inlet, and 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the OC Convention Center. Admission. Boardwalk Parades.
So many things to see and do, so make sure you cruise on down to Ocean City, MD, for the 23rd Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City.
For more information, visit www.cruisinoceancity.com.

SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW - May 25-26, 2013, Ocean City Convention Center. Ocean City’s only Memorial Day weekend craft show featuring vendors displaying garden accessories, jewelry, candles, florals, nautical items, wood crafts & homemade items. Also handmade chocolates/fudge, dip mixes. Admission.

For more info – Cropperjl@aol.com

Check back here soon to see more featured events coming this summer in Ocean City Maryland!


Jump-start the New Year 2013 with Events & Activities in OC!


Although winter in the Ocean City Maryland area is considered the “off season”, there remain plenty of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Below is a listing of a few 2013 seasonal offerings:

Celebrate Maryland’s finest beach with some of our Annual Events and Activities -

HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES IN DOWNTOWN OC - 1/18 – 4/14/2013

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 p.m. (depending on weather and/or ridership).  Begin at the Inlet Lot near Thrasher’s and enjoy riding on the Boardwalk and around the pier.  $10 per person. Kids 3 years and under ride FREE  For more information, call 410-289-1413 or 443-783-1409.

 

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY SCRAMBLE- February 3, 2013  – Eagle’s Landing Golf Course

Tailgate party with 18-hole Scramble Tournament. Scoring done in traditional football manner awarding points for touchdowns, field goals, extra points & penalizing for safeties. Game starts at 10 a.m., giving you time to watch the big game later in the day! Tailgate Party at 9 a.m.

Ticket price is $50 per player, which includes green fees, cart and tailgate party. Prizes will be awarded for winning teams. For more information and to sign up, call 410-213-7277.

 

SEASIDE BOAT SHOWFeb 15th – 17th, Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

The 30th Annual Seaside Boat Show – The Boat Show that works for kids. The #1 indoor Boat Show on the Eastern Shore, featuring approx. 350 boats and over 140 exhibitors, including 50 boat dealers. Admission: Adults $9, Children $4. Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, email cdorman1@yahoo.com or visit http://www.ocboatshow.com

 

HOME, CONDO & OUTDOOR SHOW/ART & CRAFT FAIR 2013March 8 – 10, 2013, Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

Many ideas on decorating, remodeling, renovating, or building your own home; all under one roof! This is an opportunity to see what’s new, compare products, and find bargains.

Artists and crafters will compliment the Home & Garden show by showcasing their most creative, unique craft & gift items, decor & accessories. Practical, as well as fun, items for your home & lifestyle. Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission. For more information, visit www.oceanpromotions.info or email oceanpromotions@beachin.net.

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2013 – March 16, 2013Coastal Highway from 59th St. south to 45th St.

A much anticipated Ocean City event! Everyone loves to be Irish at Ocean City’s famous parade. Marching units, floats, and local celebrities. Parade begins at noon and travels Coastal Hwy. from 59th Street south to 45th. At the 45th Street shopping area, a fun festival with food, drink and merriment begins at 11 a.m.  For more information visit http://www.delmarvairish.com

 

EASTER ART & CRAFT FAIR 2013March 29 – 30th, 2013.  Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

Exhibitors displaying unique handcrafted items including wearable art, jewelry, lawn & garden decor, toys, florals, fine art, caricatures & more. www.oceanpromotions.info

Friday and Saturday:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults $4, Seniors & Students $3, 3 years and under and Military FREE. Admission includes Easter Kids Fun Fair.

 

Keep watching…there is much more to come throughout the year in Ocean City Maryland!


Welcoming the NEW YEAR – Eastern Shore Style!


Here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in ways unique to our geographical region.

In fireworks (1)Ocean City our holiday begins in late November with the creation of the annual, month long winter wonderland called Winterfest of Lights.  Several acres of land beside our coastal bays are decorated with thousand of lights depicting anything Christmas.  A miniature passenger train, upon which delighted children and equally delighted adults are transported through this forest of fondly, remembered images.  In addition, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve there is a huge fireworks display, which considering the location, is reflected over the calm waters.  Carrying the celebration into the next day, many people choose to gather (and participate) in the annual Penguin Swim.  The curious are then entertained as hundreds of intrepid, fun-loving people venture into the icy, north Atlantic – to say they did?  Sponsored by a local hospital – Atlantic General, donations are accepted!

 

Next on our celebrating New Year’s Eve trek, though only three years old, is the  Berlin MD New Year's Eve 2012_13Ball Drop in Berlin, MD – a short distance inland from Ocean City.  Berlin is a small, but thriving historic town filled with little shops and trendy eateries.  Crowds gather and swarm the Main Street in the downtown area in front of the well known, Atlantic Hotel awaiting that stroke of the clock – turning the calendar for another year.  It’s a replica mini-Times Square evening that includes live musical performances. Throughout the town, area restaurants ‘fancy-up’, offering elegant, multi-course meals.  This family fun event offers a taste of the big city life without the distant travel!

 

Marshall the MuskratFinally, and most locally unique in celebrating the magic hour is the Muskrat Drop in Princess Anne – located in nearby Somerset County.  Since it’s becoming more and more ‘proper’ to drop something local, this small town has chosen the muskrat!  Located on the western edge of the Delmarva Peninsula, Princess Anne is surrounded by tidal marshland inhabited by this mammal. This event, which began in 2011, has entered its second year – when a stuffed muskrat named Marshall P. Muskrat is lowered from the top of a fire truck ladder as part of the town’s celebration.

 

Since time travel has not yet been perfected, you get to choose only one location in which to celebrate the New Year…though to be certain, you won’t be disappointed anywhere on the Eastern Shore!


Ocean City experiences Minimal Effects of Hurricane Sandy


Since before sunrise, Town of Ocean City employees have been working to assess the
damage throughout town to determine the effects of Hurricane Sandy. With no known
damage to the boardwalk, the results of the initial assessment included anticipated beach
erosion and flooding, marginal debris and severe damage to the Ocean City Fishing Pier.
Employees for the Town of Ocean City have been working diligently to clear storm related
debris and return regularly scheduled city services.

Emergency personnel not only responded to calls during the storm, but continued to assist
residents and visitors upon their return to Ocean City. In addition, they worked closely
with the Maryland State Highway Association, the Maryland State Police, the US Coast
Guard and the National Guard to make sure the town was safe for citizens to return. Public
Works staff assisted in picking up debris, transporting citizens to and from shelters and
cleaning up the beach. Not to mention, countless employees and volunteers who worked
around the clock monitoring the Hurricane, staffing the Emergency Operations Center and
meeting the needs of the residents, businesses and visitors before, during and after the
storm.

Residents should be reminded that trash pick-up will resume Thursday, November 1.
Trash is scheduled to be picked up on Thursday, November 1, for those who are normally
receive pick-up on Monday and Friday, November 2, for those who normally receive
pick-up on Tuesday. In addition, the Mayor and City Council approved to allow Public
Works employees to perform storm related debris pickup. Those who wish to discard
storm related debris can place storm related debris on the curb, where citizens normally
place trash (out of the way of driveways, street ways and fire hydrants) and Public Works
employees will conduct pickup through 5 p.m. on November 6.

The Town of Ocean City wants to thank the residents, businesses and visitors for following
the advice of the officials and heeding the warning of the storm. Due to the preparedness of
the citizens and the employees, the Ocean City community experienced zero storm related injuries and minimal city-wide damage


Ripley’s BELIEVE IT or NOT…Annual Gimme Five Food Drive to Fight Hunger in the Lower Shore


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds 2nd Annual Gimme Five Food Drive to Fight Hunger in
the Lower Shore

Donate 5 cans of food and get a ticket to Ripley’s Ocean City Odditorium for only $5 from November 4-8

Ocean City, Md. (Oct. 15, 2012) -  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is bringing back its Gimme Five Food Drive campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.

This year’s event will take place from Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8.

Here’s how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ocean City Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $13.99). All the food collected will go to Diakonia.

“This is a win-win situation,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. “We’re able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums.”

Last year’s Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.

Facts on hunger in the Lower Shore:
Demand at the Diakonia food pantry has increased substantially over the last several months.
Diakonia is now distributing roughly 500 bags of groceries to needy families each month.
Many food bank clients say their children have to skip meals because there is not enough money for food.
Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.
 
Ripley’s Ocean City Odditorium is located in the Pier Building on the Boardwalk. Hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with extended hours on weekends.

Ripley’s “Gimme Five” promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds 2nd Annual Gimme Five Food Drive to Fight Hunger in the Lower Shore

Donate 5 cans of food and get a ticket to Ripley’s Ocean City Odditorium for only $5 from November 4-8

Ocean City, Md. (Oct. 15, 2012) -  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is bringing back its Gimme Five Food Drive campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.

This year’s event will take place from Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8.

Here’s how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ocean City Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $13.99). All the food collected will go to Diakonia.

“This is a win-win situation,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. “We’re able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums.”

Last year’s Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.

Facts on hunger in the Lower Shore:
Demand at the Diakonia food pantry has increased substantially over the last several months.
Diakonia is now distributing roughly 500 bags of groceries to needy families each month.
Many food bank clients say their children have to skip meals because there is not enough money for food.
Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.

Ripley’s Ocean City Odditorium is located in the Pier Building on the Boardwalk. Hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with extended hours on weekends.

Ripley’s “Gimme Five” promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.


SEPTEMBER 2012 in Ocean City Maryland…the best is finally here!


As we turn calendar page of the calendar we are delighted to find the dog days of summer have finally passed.  This new month of September signals the beginning of the incomparable  ‘shoulder’ season here in Ocean City MD consisting of best beach weather; warm, sunny days and cozy cool evenings along with the best of our Annual Events.  Won’t you come and join in the fun?

September 9th.  FREE Shakespeare at the Beach – FREE SHAKESPEARE AT THE BEACH – ROMEO AND JULIET

Brown Box Theatre is returning to its home on the Eastern Shore with an exciting production of Romeo and Juliet. This year Brown Box expand the Free Shakespeare at the Beach tour to Downtown Berlin and Snow Hill as well as it previous locations in Ocean Pines, Rehoboth, and of course, Ocean City. Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE outdoor Shakespeare play.

Schedule of additional Plays:

September 7, 2012  7:30 pm – Sturgis Park, 300 River Street, Snow Hill

September 8, 2012  1 pm & 6:30 pm – Historic St. Martin’s Church, 11413 Worcester Hwy., Showell

September 9, 2012  1 pm & 6:30 pm – Sunset Park, South Division Street, Ocean City

September 12, 2012  6:30 pm – White Horse Park, Ocean Parkway, North Gate, Ocean Pines

September 13, 2012  6:30 pm – Indian River Lifesaving Station, 25039 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach,

September 14, 2012   6:30 pm – Friday Night Art Stroll on Main Street Downtown Berlin

 

September 13 – 16th - OC BIKEFEST.  OC BikeFest will bring national entertainment and bands, stunt shows, bike builders, vendors, food and beverage to the Boardwalk, Ocean City Convention Center, Inlet & Jolly Roger Park . Admission: $15 Adults, $5 Children. Thursday 11 a.m. -8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. -8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.ocbikefest.com

 

September 20th – 23rd.  SUNFEST, Ocean City’s most popular festival.  Inlet Parking lot. Four days of fall fun; craft-filled tents, food vendors with plenty of popular entertainment.  Admission to the Festival is FREE!

And, along with all of the activities at the Inlet lot, remember to drop by the beach between 1st and 6th Sts to view or participate in the Sunfest Kite Festival.  Thursday – Sunday – 9am – 9pm!   http://kiteloft.com

 

September 21st – 23rd – Berlin MD.  Berlin Fiddler’s Convention.  Three days of free, live, Bluegrass music on Main Street in Downtown Berlin.  Music lovers of all ages travel from across the region to hear competitors vie for thousands in cash prizes.  The event kicks off with a concert on Friday night, followed by an Acoustic Music Competition all day Saturday and closing with a free Bluegrass Gospel Jam on Sunday morning.  For more information visit http://berlinchamber.org

 

September 23rd. Annual SAND CASTLE HOME TOUR. Throughout the Ocean City MD area.  Art League of Ocean City’s popular event features a self-guided driving tour of 10 unique Ocean City area homes.  For more information visit http://artleagueofoceancity.org

 

September 28th – 30th, GEM, MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOWConvention Center (40th St. – Bayside).   14k, sterling silver jewelry, pearls, beads, loose stones, crystals & more. Classic and contemporary designs for show and sale. Admission. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Barbara Haney, 804-746-7663.

 

 


Pirates Buried Beneath the Boardwalk? Not quite…


On Friday, August 10th, ninety-five interested, self-proclaimed historians gathered in the auditorium at Assateague Island Visitor Center to enjoy a presentation entitled “The Archeology of the Rackliffe House and South Point, Worcester County, MD: Shell Middens, Trading Posts, Colonial Plantations, British Raiders and Pirates!”   Noted archeologist, Aaron Levinthal who currently serves on the board of Rackliffe House, spoke.  Sounds heavy?  Not so, enlightening and entertaining.

 

Mr. Levinthal, ever the scientist,  began by discussing the early geologic eras and resultant climatic changes that formed our local landscape.  As example, it’s believed that some early evidence of Assateague Indian habitation may now buried about 50 yards offshore – due to the earth’s climate extremes resulting in shoreline and ocean floor changes.

 

No matter, we do know from buried evidence that a stable Native American population – the Assateague Indians – mostly of the hunter-gatherer persuasion, peopled the early Sinepuxent Neck area.  Fish and shellfish were plentiful as were nuts and berries.   Though no found bones, it was suggested that even a mastodon or two might have roamed the Neck.  However, shell middens – the collected refuse of many mollusk meals are to be found throughout the area.   We learned of a log canoe recovered from the marshes near Trappe Creek – alas, quickly deteriorating in the air, no evidence remains.

 

Fast forward through to the Contact Period when Europeans landed on our shores.  The Sinepuxent Neck and other surrounding areas became home to trading posts as populations began to move about.   Homes began to pop up, at first constructed of wood and later brick.  Today, up and down the Neck, several Colonial plantation period home sites may be found in varying states of condition.   Williams Grove, Henry’s Grove, Fassitt House and Genezer are a few examples.

 

The most recent restoration of a period home is the Rackliffe House – located near the Assateague Island Visitors Center on Tom Patton Lane.  Leading the challenge, Mr. Patton, a life-long area native and other interested volunteers, carefully brought a derelict structure to beauty and life once again.  Digs throughout the property produced many interesting objects.  Though no longer with us, we say thanks to Tom!  Now open to the public two days each week, a visit to Rackliffe House (c. 1740) will take you back to a time before traffic snarls and cell phones.

 

The fascinating archeological history of the Sinepuxent Neck area  (today more easily identified as Maryland’s Route #611 aka Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin) continues to be a study in progress.  One in which we hope you’ll take part.

 

For more information – on Facebook go to Rackliffe House or visit the website at www.rackliffehouse.com

 

With so much yet to discover – you’ll be glad you did!