Ocean City Events, edition of April 3, 2013

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April art show

The Ocean City Fine Arts League April competition and exhibition is themed “Rain, Mist and Fog.” There will be a meet the artist reception and awards presentation 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, and the show runs through the end of April.

Doo Dah weekend begins April 12

“Perky” Peggy King of Philadelphia, who starred on the George Gobel show in the early days of television, will be this year’s Doo Dah Parade grand marshal on April 13.

King will be joined by syndicated cartoonist John McPherson, and 79-year-old baton twirler Betty Lambert, as well as 500 basset hounds, as she leads the 28th annual parade, which starts at noon Saturday at Sixth and Asbury, goes down to 12th Street, then proceeds to the boardwalk, concluding at Music Pier.

McPherson is the cartoonist behind “Close to Home,” which appears in 300 newspapers throughout the world. Numerous books of his work have been published. Majorette Betty Lambert from Harmony, Pa., who leads the Resurrection Band, will twirl her baton and do splits during the parade.

The basset hounds will also participate in the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics set for 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue.

Following the Olympics, humorist Dr. Joel Goodman will present a program on the benefits of humor 2-3 p.m. at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave.

Also on April 12 at 7 p.m., a Doo Dah Comedy Show has been scheduled for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show will feature songs by King, a cartoon talk by McPherson and the annual appearance of the impersonators of legendary comedians, who also ride in the parade. Admission for individuals or families will be by donation of canned or dried food for the Ocean City Food Cupboard or a donation of $10 for the cupboard.

The evening will also include a Tribute to Soupy Sales, rescheduled from last year because of technical difficulties. Trudy Sales, Soupy’s widow and a former June Taylor dancer, will participate in the event.

An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade featuring King, McPherson and Lambert. This is followed by the colorful PieAsco, when folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other in the face with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy Sales used on his television show.

To participate in this parade as a comical marcher or group, or with your dressed up doggie, call Ocean City’s public relations office at 609-525-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . After hours, call 609-364-4010.

Princess and Pirate Tea is April 13

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church invites the community to a Princess and Pirate Tea 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Peter’s, 501 E. Eighth St. in Ocean City. The event is for children 10 and under and cost is $10 per person. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, call 399-2988. Wear your favorite princess or pirate costume. All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s children’s and youth ministries.

Drama Guild fundraiser

The Ocean City High School Drama Guild will host its annual fundraiser 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Lobster Loft, 318 42nd Place in Sea Isle City. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 457-4144 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I Do Bridal Show

Don't miss The Current and Gazette Newspapers’ Bridal Fair and Fashion Show 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14 at The Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th St. in Ocean City. Visit with a variety of wedding professionals, see a fashion show, win prizes and experience The Flanders. Brides are encouraged to register at http://bit.ly/idobridal. For vendor information, call 609-383-8994, ext. 333.

New Jersey/Puerto Rico National Teenager Pageant

The New Jersey/Puerto Rico National Teenager Pageant, which awards $100,000 in college scholarships, will be held April 19-21 in Ocean City. There are four age divisions: 9-12 Preteen, 13‑15 Junior, 16-18 Senior and 19-25 Miss. Winners and runners-up are selected in each division. Division winners will represent NJ/PR at the national pageant next summer in San Antonio, Texas. Call 609-652-8216 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Beach cleanup

There will be a Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday April 27 on the Ocean City beach. Check in at Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, for cleanup supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext 9711.

Martin Z. Mollusk Day

The annual Martin Z. Mollusk Day, where Ocean City’s hermit crab mascot predicts if summer will come early, is May 2. Martin will make his prediction 11 a.m. on the Ninth Street beach. For more information call 609-525-9300.

Spring block party is May 4

Ocean City’s annual spring block party will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the downtown, Fifth to 14th streets along Asbury Avenue. There will be over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more.

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