Celebrate art this weekend in Ocean City

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Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show Nancy Palermo has created a watercolor painting to celebrate the 50th Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show. OCEAN CITY — Art takes the center stage this weekend in Atlantic City with the 50th annual Boardwalk Art Show Friday-Sunday and the 12th annual Art of Surfing exhibition at the Music Pier Thursday-Saturday.

The 50th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. More than 50 artists from throughout the east coast will sell two-dimensional art in the mediums of watercolor, acrylic, oil, drawings, hand-pulled prints and photography. The show will run between Eighth and 11th streets on the boardwalk. The Arts Center gives more than $2,000 in awards to participants. The awards are: Best of Show at $400; Mayor's Choice at $200; four Awards of Excellence at $200 each; Student Award at $200; and five honorable mention awards at $100 each. In addition, the Arts Center purchases a piece of art each year for the permanent collection. This year, in honor of the 50th Boardwalk Art Show, local artist Nancy Palermo, known for her beautiful murals, has created an acrylic painting, which depicts the throngs of visitors and artists at the show. Prints of the painting will be sold by the Arts Center during the Boardwalk Art Show. For more information, call 525-9310.

The 12th annual Art of Surfing show is 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 and noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 at the Ocean City Music Pier. This is a free family event featuring original art from surfing's biggest names, live music and a chance to meet artists from across the country. There also will be classic boards and memorabilia.

In the spirit of surfing celebration, the Ocean City Free Public Library is hosting a “Gidget” book signing and documentary showing 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 and noon Saturday, Aug. 4 featuring the real Gidget, Kathy Zuckerman, in the main lecture room of the library, 1735 Simpson Ave.

Zuckerman will discuss her new documentary, “Accidental Icon” along with the movie's producer Brian Gillogly, as part of the Art of Surfing Festival. More information about the Art of Surfing festival can be found here.

FIT meeting Friday

Fairness in Taxes will hold its regular meeting 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Ocean City Library in room 110. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Any questions, contact FIT at 398-6411 or see www.fairnessintaxes.com.

See ‘The Hobbit’ at the Tabernacle Aug. 3

Over 15 youth from the Ocean City area will present their own adaptation of the popular story “The Hobbit” 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This production, under the direction of Donald Toal, is the final project for the group of third through eighth graders after three weeks of rehearsals, creative writing, acting exercises and personal growth as young performers. 

The story of “The Hobbit” features Little Bilbo Baggins, who wants nothing more than to stay safe at home in his cozy hobbit hole. But when a group of dwarves stop by for tea, Bilbo gets dragged along on the adventure of a lifetime, filled with magic, riddles, goblins, trolls, and one very hungry dragon. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 525-9248, online at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by visiting the Ocean City Music Pier box office. All seats are $10 per person. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

Fun in the summertime with Package Goods Orchestra 

Join Package Goods Orchestra as they celebrate the songs of summer 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 in the main lecture room of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Admission is free.

Hands Across the Sand event

Join hands for Hands Across the Sand to raise awareness about the dangers of offshore drilling and the need for clean energy noon Saturday, Aug. 4 at Corson’s Inlet State Park, 59th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world. This movement is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries. Our 127 mile coastline is home not only to vibrant shore communities and tourist attractions, but to marine animals and fisheries. All of this would be at risk if they decide to open up the Atlantic to offshore drilling. RSVP at http://handsoceancity.eventbrite.com/. For more information, email Nicole at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jockey Ron Turcotte at Stainton's Aug. 4

Meet jockey Ron Turcotte 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Stainton's Gallery of Shops, 810 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. Best known for leading Secretariat to win the Triple Crown in 1973, Turcotte 's amazing track record still stands today. Turcotte won over 3,000 races in his 17 year career and was known for his integrity, as well as his adept riding skills. An enduring advocate for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund and the Secretariat Foundation, Turcotte hopes to build awareness for the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industry and increase interest in equine research, therapy and care. Turcotte's host, Mike Yanniello, is a lifelong thoroughbred enthusiast and owns It's My Derby, a boutique devoted to Derby-inspired gifts at Stainton's.

Carolyn Arends performs this weekend

Carolyn Arends appears at Ocean City Tabernacle for the first time this Sunday, Aug. 5 speaking and singing at both morning services, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., and presenting a full concert at 7 p.m. Arends is an author and singer with two books, “Wrestling with Angels” and “We’ve Been Waiting for You.” She has eight CDs and is a regular columnist in Christianity Today magazine. She is the winner of the West Coast Music Awards songwriter of the year and an American Dove Award. Appearing with her in the evening concert is Spencer Capier on violin, mandolin, guitars, and bouzouki. Capier and Arends are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is an actor with Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre and produces recordings. An informal song service, ranging from hymns to new praise and worship songs, precedes each service. Greg Field is song leader with Carolyn Lothian on the concert grand Steinway piano and Jeff Seals on the four-manual Allen organ. Paul Berges, drummer, joins on the upbeat tunes. Child-care for ages 3 and younger is in the Noah’s Ark nursery both morning and evening and age-appropriate Sunday School is offered for children during the morning services. See www.OCTabernacle.org for more information.

Jazz at the library

The Ocean City Library Live Jazz Series presented by the Somers Point Jazz Society continues 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., featuring Royal Palm Steel, a University of Delaware faculty jazz ensemble playing a blend of Caribbean-inspired jazz. This quintet includes steel drums, vibraphone, drums, bass and saxophone and features Steel Pan virtuoso, Victor Provost, Harvey Price, Craig Thomas, Tom Palmer and Todd Groves.

The Fabulous Fable Factory

“The Fabulous Fable Factory” will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Monroe wanders into a seemingly abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever which activates the factory “machinery,” an assembly line of seven actors who create fabulous fables. Then he meets the factory owner, a Mr. Aloysius A. Aesop, who explains that the factory has been idle for over 2,000 years because of a missing part. Mr. Aesop introduces Monroe to the machinery. Among them are Straucy, the Story Starter; Pluto, the Plot Plotter; Wadsworth, the Word Worker; and Gretel, the Grammar Guardian. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

The Machine pays tribute to Pink Floyd

The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boadwalk, as part of the Ocean City Boardwalk Concert series. Tickets are $27 in advance. For over 23 years, The Machine has perpetuated Pink Floyd’s legacy through a multi-dimensional approach, faithfully recreating their music. Significant use of expanded theatrical elements prevalent in Pink Floyd’s elaborate stage displays, such as state-of-the-art lighting, multimedia accompaniments, and impeccable sound, result in faithful interpretations, giving the band a reputation for excellence and creating an intimate connection with their loyal audience. 

Their live show most often presents a cross-section of the 16-album repertoire that Pink Floyd amassed during their 30-year tenure. On occasion, the band performs Pink Floyd albums in their entirety, including Dark Side of The Moon in sync with the film “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as the film version of The Wall.

For tickets see www.ticketmaster.com. The Ocean City Boardwalk Concert Series is being presented by BCTA and produced by Bob Rose in association with BRE Presents. Additional shows will be announced at a later date.

Pamper Scamper takes off

Ocean City’s popular baby crawling race, the Pamper Scamper, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Sixth Street beach volleyball courts opposite Wonderland Pier. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the races begin 9:30 a.m. The contest is free and prizes are awarded. The race is for babies 15 months and younger. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Recreation Division with prizes donated by Ocean City merchants. For information, call the public relations office at 525-9300.

Prior to the Pamper Scamper, spectators sing the Pamper Scamper song, “Baby Race” to the tune of the popular standard “Baby Face”: Baby Race! We’ve got the cutest little, Baby Race! In this place, Aren’t they all so pretty, Here in Ocean City? Baby Race, The ocean’s wetter and the boardwalk’s better here! So come on you’all, And watch our Babies crawl, In Ocean City’s, Baby Race!

National Night Out

The Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 61 of Ocean City is hosting a National Night Out event 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Dick Grimes Field, Sixth Street and Bay Avenue with carnival style fun, food, games, music, giveaways, face painting and few other surprises. This free event is designed to improve relationships between the community and the police department and to heighten crime and drug prevention.  

4th Ward meeting

Councilman Pete Guinosso will host a 4th Ward meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Social Hall, 40th Street and Central Avenue, to discuss proposals for the repairs and upgrade of roads and drainage. Additionally, there will be a discussion on the master plan re-exam being conducted by the planning board. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Any questions, contact Pete at 398-2560 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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