Sail into the weekend with Night in Venice

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OCEAN CITY — Revelers rejoice, as Night in Venice returns to the island this weekend starting with a Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival Friday in the downtown, followed by the annual boat parade Saturday in the back bay and lagoons.

The Merchants in Venice Seafood Festival is 5-9 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. Feast on some of the best seafood in the area and enjoy entertainment and rides for the kids. Sponsored by Comcast. For more information, call 525-9300.

Night in Venice, the city’s annual boat parade and one of the largest in the world, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Longport Bridge and runs to Tennessee Avenue, along the bay. “Do You Remember When?” will be the optional theme for Night in Venice 2012. Homes and boats will be judged in this event. Grandstand seating is set up along street ends for public viewing of the parade. Seating is free, but arrive early. There is free shuttle service available from the airport parking lot, 25th and Bay, to viewing sites starting at 4 p.m. The shuttles will return viewers to the parking lot after the parade.

There is also a viewing site at the Bayside Center, Fifth and Bay, that features music by the Good Tymes Band and snacks sold by the Sting Rays Swim Team to benefit the Special Olympics Team. Gates open at 4 p.m. There is limited bleacher seating. Bring chairs and blankets. Tickets are $3 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults. Get them at the second floor of City Hall or at the Music Pier Box Office.

The Ocean City Police Department will be patrolling the streets and directing traffic. The bay will be heavily patrolled by the U.S Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, New Jersey State Marine Police and 14 Night In Venice volunteer patrol boats.

Both car drivers and boat captains must refrain from drinking alcohol.

Those who were hoping to participate in the John T. Carey Master’s Swim last weekend, will finally get their time in the water. The event, which was postponed due to the weather, will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at the 34th Street beach. Registration is from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The race will start at 42nd or 26th streets, depending on the currents and wind direction. The direction will be determined the day of race. The finish will be at the 34th Street.

Time is running out to see the Ocean City Repertory Theater’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” the cult classic musical written by Richard O'Brien, whose movie version has been a staple of midnight screenings for more than 30 years. On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, run into car trouble and see a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank’n’Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Follow the squeaky-clean sweethearts on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank’n’Furter, rippling Rocky, and vivacious Magenta Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. and midnight in July at the Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 457-6686 or at www.ocrep.org.

Dr. Gregory Petsko asks, “What can we do now to help prevent this Alzheimer’s disease catastrophe? Caregivers are too tired to be advocates, so who will speak for AD patients and who will listen?” See this TED talk 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, and then join in the discussion that follows. TED talks are presented in the Ocean City Public Library auditorium every second and fourth Thursday at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

The Masterworks Choir, under the direction of John Gregory Bate, will present “Those Great Americans” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. The program will include the music of Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin. The concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, contact St. Peter’s at 399-2988.

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council and Ministerium invite all Ocean City congregations to participate in a special offering for funds for the Ocean City Community Cupboard the weekend of July 28 and 29. Churches of many denominations throughout Ocean City will be joining together in this summer offering to support the mission of the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.

At the July 12 City Council meeting, Councilman Keith Hartzell suggested the city should consider a nonbinding referendum asking voters if they'd be willing to pay a special assessment to fund road improvements. In an effort to facilitate a timely public discussion on this concept, the Ocean City Community Association will host a forum seeking ideas on if and how Ocean City could accelerate the capital projects schedule 9:15-11 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Ocean City Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Association members and potential members are invited.

Memorial services for elder Samuel Rowell Sr. will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Seventh Street between Bay and Simpson avenues in Ocean City. Call 399-4281.

Sue and Joe Martin will perform 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave, with free admission. For more information, call 609-399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

If you live in the 1st Ward, Councilman Michael DeVlieger would like to hear from you.

DeVlieger is asking residents to take a picture of any offending hazards and bring it with you to an upcoming 1st Ward meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 30at the Bayside Center, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Bay Avenue. DeVlieger said residents may also email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include the exact street address and location.

The councilman said he would like to create a “master list,” which will be presented to the Public Works Department. At the end of the meeting, DeVlieger said he will open the floor to “hear other concerns in the ward and determine a topic for the next meeting.”

The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the August “Hazy, Hot and Humid” competition, exhibition and sale. Maximum size is 50 united inches. Entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Entries are accepted in all mediums and must reflect the theme. Entries can be dropped off Friday, July 27 through Monday, July 30. There will be a meet the artists reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of July. The Arts On Asbury Gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave. and open 7 days a week. Call 814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org

See “Charlotte’s Web” 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Audiences will thrill to a musical score that includes “Eating,” Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; “Who Says We Can't Be Friends,” an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; “Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn,” featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

There will be a sand sculpting contest 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Sixth Street beach, the second one of the season. For more information, call 525-9300.

For 39 years the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant has attracted hundreds of curvaceous crustaceans and their best friends. On Aug. 1, America’s most glamorous Crabettes will congregate at 1 p.m. on the Sixth Street beach to vie for the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, symbol of crustacean comeliness. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark, pizza crust for fiber and a dash of swamp water. In addition to the Cucumber Rind Cup, the victor gets to waddle down a flower bedecked runway as throngs sing the pageant’s theme song, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” The new Miss Crustacean follows in the footsteps of such legends as Crabunzel, Crabahontis, Crabopatra, Crab Mc Muffin, Taxi Crab, Copacrabana, Crab Salad and Pirates of the Crabibbean.

Miss Crustacean is the world’s showcase for decorated hermit crabs displayed on colorful backdrops. It has been a question on Jeopardy, been named one of the nation’s ten most unusual events by U.S. News and World Report, been translated into Japanese and German and featured on the Spanish World Wide Television Network, in the London Sunday Times, on London TV, in the Wall Street Journal, as well as media throughout the United States and the world.

The pageant is followed by the rollicking Hermit Crab Races with about 150 crabathletes plodding, creeping and clunking over an 8-foot plywood oval. A bugler sounds the call at the starting gate before each heat. Heat winners compete in the championship run-off. The winner is declared “The King of Klutz,” and receives a plaque that says so from Harry da Horse, aka Ron MacCloskey. The Pageant and Race are sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach.

Entry in both events is free. There is no pre registration. Call 609-525-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Owners who do not wish to keep their crabs after the event should give them to NASCRAB officials who will provide a home. Information on how to care for hermit crabs will be distributed at the contest.


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