Street Rods cruise in to OC this weekend

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Ocean City Street Rod Weekend event

OCEAN CITY — Summer may be unofficially over, but the weekend events are still going strong. Ocean City’s “shoulder season” kicks off with Street Rod Weekend Sept. 7-9.

“We take registration from noon (Friday) to noon Saturday,” Mark Soifer, city publicist, explained. “They’re headquartered at the Fifth Street parking lot.”

This 38th annual event features a boardwalk display of these modified classic cars, as well as an awards ceremony.

“It got started by a man named Dave Blyler Sr.,” Soifer said.

Blyler was contacted by the South Jersey Street Rod Association, who asked if they could have an event in Ocean City.

“At that time, they had just had the Fifth Street parking lot,” he said. “Mr. Blyler was also one of the people who ran the Antique Auto Show. He passed away, but his son Dave Blyler Jr. has taken that over.”

The South Jersey Street Rod Association ran Street Rod Weekend for years, but four years ago, the organization disbanded and they turned the event over to the city.

“We didn’t want to loose the event, and we still had all these street rod owners that wanted to come back,” Soifer said.

Saturday, Sept. 8, also brings a craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m., a fashion show at 1:30 p.m. and a musical performance by the Van-Dells 8 p.m. to the Music Pier. The Van Dells have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years with music from the 1950s and ’60s. Tickets are $20 and available at the Music Pier box office.

The street rods owners will be given a private concert and pizza party at the Civic Center at the Sixth Street parking lot 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

On Saturday, the street rods will be exhibited noon-4 p.m. from Sixth to 14th streets along the boardwalk.

“We’ll also have a couple of cars on display in front of the boardwalk at night while the show is on,” Soifer said. “On Sunday morning, the cars will all come back to the parking lot at Sixth Street and there is an awards ceremony.”

For more information, call 525-9300.

FIT meeting Sept. 7

Fairness In Taxes will meet 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in room 110 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Guest speaker is Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Bruenig.

Kicks for Clots

Kicks for Clots, a kick ball tournament for the benefit of the National Blood Clot Alliance, will be 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Fifth and Sixth street softball fields. Enjoy a fun filled day of kick ball, music and food. To register or become a sponsor, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (732) 406-1920. Rain date is Sept. 9.

Flea market and hoagie sale

There will be a flea market and hoagie sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th Street and Bay Avenue. Call 399-1019 to reserve a table.

Sarah Hill coming to Ocean City

Sarah Hill, Bethany Hamilton's youth pastor, is coming from Hawaii to the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. This event is free.

Hamilton came to worldwide attention after she lost an arm in a shark attack in 2003. She continued with her dream of becoming a professional surfer. “Soul Surfer,” released in 2011, told her story. Hill was portrayed by Carrie Underwood in the film

Hill also speaks at the two identical worship services, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Music is by soprano Cynthia Rasmussen, soloist with the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company.

An informal song service, ranging from hymns to new praise and worship songs, precedes each service, with song leader Greg Field, 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. Childcare for ages 3 and younger is in the Noah’s Ark nursery both morning and evening, and Sunday School is offered for children during the morning services.  Everyone is welcome. See

Walk for Children in Foster Care

Walk for Children in Foster Care, a 5K walk-a-thon to raise funds for children in foster care in New Jersey, Sunday, Sept. 9 that goes up and down the boardwalk starting at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., walk begins 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 977-4880. Pre-register at

Opera star returns to the Ocean City Music Pier

Richard Troxell returns to sing with the Ocean City Pops as part of their Three Tenors Concert Series. Troxell has just returned from sold out performances as BF Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” at the Chiang Kai-Shek Performing Arts Center in Taipei for Opera Australia. He can be seen in the same role in the film presented by Martin Scorsese. Tenors Cody Austin and Zach Borichevsky will join Troxell 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20 and available at the Music Pier box office or by seeing

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