Get ready, Ocean City! This weekend will be filled with jaw-dropping corvette displays and cyclists heading to town for a great cause. Whether you are a car aficionado or an individual raising funds for an excellent charity organization, the weekend of September 21–22 is for you.
MS City to Shore Ride (September 21)
On Saturday, September 21, the MS City to Shore Ride unfolds, where cyclists will cross the finish line in Ocean City after making the long trek from Cherry Hill. If you’re not participating in the event, make sure that you are waiting at the finish line at 5th Street and Boardwalk to cheer on approximately 7,000 cyclists. These bicyclists are riding mile after mile to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to be used in the fight against MS.
Annual Corvette Show (September 22)
For the lovers of cars and Corvettes, in particular, you won’t want to miss the Annual Corvette Show on the Ocean City boardwalk on Sunday, September 22. Stroll the boardwalk (6th Street through 14th Street) from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. as you take in the sights of Corvettes of all models. And, be sure to attend the awards ceremony at the Ocean City Music Pier at 3 p.m. where the winners of the Corvette Show will be announced.
This show is sponsored by the Boardwalk Corvettes organization and proceeds raised from the registration fees will benefit local charities. The Humane Society of Ocean City will be in attendance at the Music Pier collecting donations for their no-kill shelter as well as selling Humane Society items to raise funds for their cause.
Start making plans to be in Ocean City this weekend when these exciting events unfold!
If you’ve heard about the upcoming Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City, you may be wondering what this event consists of and how to be a part of it. OCNJ Happenings has all of the finer details for you and, best of all, it’s not too late to sign up!
Here are some things you should know about this year’s Walk for the Wounded event:
When is it?
This year’s Walk for the Wounded will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The walk kicks off at 10 a.m.
Where does the event take place?
The event will begin at the Ocean City Music Pier. After opening remarks and speeches, participating walkers will head down the boardwalk to 23rd Street and then walk back to the Music Pier.
Who does it benefit?
Proceeds raised from the annual Walk for the Wounded event will benefit Operation First Response. This nonprofit organization helps wounded soldiers and their family members by providing financial and emotional support. 98 cents of every dollar raised by this organization goes directly to those it serves.
What can you expect during this year’s Walk for the Wounded?
This year’s Walk for the Wounded, as with every year, promises a day filled with raising money and awareness for our injured heroes. Special guest speakers at this year’s event include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Gold Star mother, Susan Price. Music will be provided throughout the event courtesy of The Big Zebowski.
How do you sign up?
Individuals interested in participating in the walk can register online. Those who raise $50 or more will receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt on the day of the event.
Don’t miss this fundraising event for an extraordinary cause! And, after the walk is complete, don’t go far because another wonderful fundraiser will be taking place at the Music Pier at noon: the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival to benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation.
Beef chili, vegetarian chili, mild chili or out-of-this-world spicy chili…however you like it, you are bound to find your ideal chili at this year’s Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival on September 28, 2019.
But, that’s not all that will be served up at this year’s festival on the Music Pier from noon–4 p.m. The other half of the festival includes robust and flavorful chowder offerings, from seafood to vegetable and other savory dishes.
An admission fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child enables you to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of chili and chowder prepared by Ocean City Restaurant Association members. With each admission ticket, you’ll also grab a bottle of water to put out the fire from all of the zesty samplings.
On that topic, don’t miss another excellent part of the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival which is the chili competition between Ocean City firefighters from the three firehouses on the island. Firefighters from the 5th Street headquarters, 29th Street station, and 45th Street station will engage in a little friendly cooking competition as each station competes to have their chili voted to be the best by Chili Chowder Fest attendees.
In addition to enjoying a day sampling chili and chowder and seeing who wins for the best firehouse chili in the Ocean City Fire Department Chili Cookoff, you’ll be helping the Ocean City Fire Department to raise money for the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises money to contribute to many local organizations to help those in need.
Don’t miss this extraordinary culinary event where you can sample delicious chili and chowder and help the Ocean City Fire Department raise money for their foundation at the same time. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue and the 29th Street fire station at 2901 West Avenue.
Operation First Response will once again host its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 28, and is an exceptional fundraising event to raise money for our wounded heroes.
This annual event is held every year on the Ocean City boardwalk to bring attention to the tens of thousands of soldiers returning home from service wounded and the resulting emotional and financial effects to these individuals and their family members. It’s also held to raise funds for these military heroes and help them with their medical bills and other financial obligations.
The three-mile walk will start at the Ocean City Music Pier and proceed to the end of the boardwalk at 23rd Street and then back to the Music Pier. Registration will unfold at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.
Guest speakers will include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Susan Price, a Gold Star mother. Both speakers will share their heartfelt stories with the crowd prior to the walk.
Live music will be offered by The Big Zebowski from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Registered participants who raise at least $50 for Operation First Response will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt. Those who register may do so solo or recruit a team of friends, family members or co-workers to embark on the walk with them.
Online registration is now open for the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded event and you can sign up for this extraordinary event to benefit our wounded heroes and their families.
Don’t miss this wonderful event on September 28 to honor and help our military heroes!
Let’s be honest. Labor Day weekend is tough. It’s the end of the unofficial summer and a time when many kids are getting ready to head back to school. Basically, it’s a bummer! But, don’t be sad, because with Labor Day weekend comes end-of-season sales and the opportunity to grab your last bite of seasonal shore food. Plus, in addition to year-round residents looking forward to “locals summer,” it’s also a time for visitors and seasonal homeowners to enjoy the bevy of activities which occur throughout Ocean City during the fall season.
So, what can you look forward to this weekend? Plenty!
Sales and Specials Galore
As the summer season is nearing its end, many stores are putting their inventory on sale and clearance. Some of the not-to-be-missed sale spots and offerings include the following:
- Hoy’s 5 & 10: 30-40% off marked price items throughout the store
- Salty Seahorse: 20% off beach totes, hats and Ayala Bar products
- Henry’s: Free gift with $100 purchase of Dune Jewelry
- Harbor Outfitters: Bote Board blowout sale! $200-$500 off, depending on board style.
- Seagrass Boutique: At the Linwood and Ocean City shops, Seagrass Boutique will be hosting its Labor Day sale with 20% off throughout the entire store.
Seasonal Last Bites
Okay, so whether you live in Ocean City year-round, own a summer home, or are visiting temporarily, chances are you love the smell of caramel corn in the air and cold bites of soft serve. Well, unfortunately, some of these seasonal bites will be paused until next summer. So, what does that mean? You better stock up on your favorites while you can! Here’s a list of must-visit spots and menu items in which to indulge to hold you over until next summer (or your next visit to OC):
Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, may it be filled with family, friends, and fun!
A new restaurant just opened its doors in Ocean City: El Guacamole!
The Mexican eatery is located at 403 East 14th Street, in the spot formerly occupied by Ivy Pho. With its flagship restaurant in Millville, El Guacamole is no stranger to the culinary scene. The popular restaurant has received plenty of praise from customers who know and love the Millville location.
As for what you can expect at the new spot in Ocean City, prepare yourself for delicious guacamole prepared tableside and other Mexican cuisine favorites such as fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, queso fundido and more.
The hours of operation are 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. For more information, the restaurant phone number is (609) 938-2698.
Visit this new restaurant today and welcome the El Guacamole team to Ocean City!
When looking for a sweet and delicious way to start your morning off right in Ocean City, look no further than Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery.
Located at 407 East 14th Street, Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery offers breakfast treats galore which are perfect for any time of the day. Some of the items you’ll be able to take home in the signature pink boxes include donuts of a wide array, ranging from powdered delicacies generously filled with a sweet cream filling to iced and sprinkled options. Other must-try menu items include brownies, cookies, muffins, and Danish.
You can have your items boxed to go or order a cup of coffee with your breakfast items to enjoy at one of the umbrella-covered tables outside. Whichever you choose, you’ll find the menu options to be plentiful and delicious and the Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery team to be extremely friendly and helpful.
If you have yet to stop by Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery, or are overdue for a visit, pop in today to indulge in the many wonderful offerings.