Living Last Supper kicks of Easter weekend in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Tabernacle, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City will begin Easter weekend with a Living Last Supper Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6 at the Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue.

Ocean City Tabernacle President Richard J. Stanislaw explained this is the second year that the churches have teamed up for the presentation.

“It was an idea that came from St. Peter’s United Methodist Church,” he said. “It was a great idea and they didn’t have room for it at their church.”

The Tabernacle did have the space. The presentation takes a little more than an hour.

“There’s 13 men in the cast and they recreate the scene from (Leonardo) daVinci’s 1494 painting.

“The scene depicts the attitude of the disciples right after Jesus said, ‘One of you will betray me,’” Stainslaw explained. “Right after Jesus says that, each of the disciples, one by one, talk about what it means to them.”

The Living Last Supper is directed by Carolyn Lothian. Admission is free. Call 399-1915.

Beginning Friday morning and lasting throughout the weekend will be Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 7 and 8 a.m.-noon April 8 at The Chatterbox, Ninth Street and Central Avenue. Children will be able to take free photos with the Easter Bunny. Call 399-0113 for reservations.

On Good Friday evening all of the city’s churches come together for another event, a service from noon-3 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 501 E. Eighth Street.

“They’ll be seven different preachers for that service,” Stainslaw said. “It’s a service of remembrance. Tradition says that it was noon to three that Jesus was on the cross.”

St. John Lutheran Church will have the Stations of the Cross noon Good Friday between 14th and Sixth streets on the boardwalk.

Saturday, April 7 is jam-packed with events for the whole family beginning with the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Pets compete in various categories including Best Dressed, Best Bonnet, Best Tail Wagger, Best Bathing Suit, Most Patriotic, Pet-owner Look-Alike and Intelligent Pet Tricks. A $5 entry fee benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Spectator admission is free, but visitors may make a donation to benefit the society. Best of Show wins the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection, named after the late Dean Schofield who was a volunteer member of the Ocean City public relations staff for many years.

“The people get dressed up, so we want to give the pets a chance to get dressed up,” city publicist Mark Soifer explained.

Call 525-9300 for information.

Soifer said thousands of children will come out to gobble up all the Easter eggs on the beach during the Great Egg Hunt at 2:30 p.m. from 11th to 14th streets. There are five age groups: 0-2 at 11th Street, 3-4 at 11th Street, 5 at 12 Street, 6 at 12 Street and 7 at 13th Street. Over 100,000 eggs will be given away filled with candy or toys.
The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will host its own annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the North Street playground between Haven and Sindia. Children will be grouped according to age. Start time will be delayed until 2 p.m. if it rains. For questions, call 398-8268.

Child actors at Ocean City Repertory Theater have been rehearsing for “Easter in the Magic Forest,” written and directed by Flossi Micciolo, founder and producing artistic director of the Repertory Theater, in preparations for Saturday’s shows.

“In this show, the dragons are tired of not having any friends to play with because all of the animals in the Magic Forest are afraid they will blow fire,” Micciolo explained. “They devise a plan to steal all the eggs and candy from the Easter Bunny the day before Easter. The animals of the Magic Forest have to brave the dragons’ lair; and discover that they are nice dragons, while the Easter Bunny enlists the help of the fairies and foxes to help save Easter.”

The show will be presented 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7. Admission is $5. Milk and cookies will be served following the performance.

Those interested in making reservations, which are recommended, can call 457-6686 or see www.ocrep.org. This event is made possible by the generous support of Joan Readding.

There will be free photos with the Easter Bunny all afternoon in a lifeguard stand and candy-filled eggs for children Saturday, April 7 in the downtown along Asbury Avenue. Open an egg at the time of a sale for “eggstra-special savings” at stores located in the downtown, Sixth to 11th streets on Asbury Avenue. For information, call 398-4662.
On Sunday, April 8, begin the holiday with a traditional, nondenominational service by the sea 6:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Stainslaw said the service includes presentations from 16 different people and all the churches in the city.

He said the event goes back to when the town was founded, or at least to the early 1900s.

“We like to watch the sun actually rise over the ocean, which of course is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection,” he said. “The resurrection of Jesus is unique. That’s a claim that is made by no other faith tradition.”

Music will be provided by the Nancy Fox School. David Burke of Ocean Grove will be guest speaker. The public is invited. Call 525-9300.

The Easter Fashion Boardwalk Promenade starts 1 p.m. April 8 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Prizes are awarded to Best Dressed Family, Children, Male, Female, Teen Male, Teen Female, Bonnet and Most Unusual Bonnet.

“If you’re going to do it for the doggies and the pets, you’ve got to do it for people, too,” Soifer said.

Contestants should congregate in the vicinity of the Music Pier no later than 1 p.m.

“All they have to do is to come to Music Pier … and just stay in that general area and the judges go out and select them and give them a ticket,” Soifer explained. “Also at that time the Easter Bunny is giving out chocolate bunnies to kids and posing for photos.”

The event is free. For information, call 525-9300.

“We’re a family resort, Easter is a family time and so we have something for children and adults both and it’s very well received. It’s a big time for us,” Soifer said.

“It’s going to be nice weather and this is kind of the beginning of the early season,” Stainslaw said of the upcoming weekend. “This is when the second homeowners, some of the tourists begin to arrive.”

Stainslaw said being in a city built of religious principles makes Easter in Ocean City even more special.

“Of course it does,” he said. “This is a special city with its tradition and its family atmosphere.”

“This is one of the first events of the spring, so it has that connotation to it and Ocean City has always had spring events emphasizing Easter,” Soifer said.


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