2019 Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City Has Arrived

The weekend we’ve been eagerly anticipating, Memorial Day weekend, is upon us!

It’s been a long winter and this weekend offers a chance to embrace the upcoming summer festivities along with honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City introduces the unofficial start to summer and this means that our favorite seasonal restaurants and shops will be opening their doors once again.

The following will highlight some seasonal openings and detail Memorial Day weekend activities throughout the town, including the must-attend Memorial Day service at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

Unlocking of the Ocean and Businsessperson’s Plunge

To kick off Memorial Day weekend, the city will be hosting its annual beachside event, the Unlocking of the Ocean and the Businessperson’s Plunge. This fun event will unfold at noon today, Friday, May 24, on the Moorlyn Terrace Street beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. This annual event includes the ceremonial unlocking of the ocean for the summer season and features local vendors and business owners in business dress going for a celebratory swim as the Ocean City High School Marching Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance.”

All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to gather at the Music Pier starting at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony today will also include the recognition of an extremely important donation of a defibrillator by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. The new defibrillator will be set up outside of the Music Pier and provide easy access to this important emergency medical equipment, should it be necessary to do so.

Ocean City Beach Patrol to Begin Guarding Beaches on Saturday, May 25

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Starting Saturday, May 25, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be out on the beaches protecting the community as residents and visitors enjoy the first pre-summer swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The guarded beaches will be limited in number pre-season and include the following beaches from Saturday, May 25, through Friday, May 29:

  • St. Charles Place
  • Brighton Place
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 26th Street
  • 34th Street
  • 58th Street

The beaches are guarded during the hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays.

Be safe and only swim at guarded beaches during OCBP hours.

Now Open: Seasonal Restaurants and Shops to Visit

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Although some of our favorite restaurants and shops have been open year-round or had their seasonal opening around the time of the Spring Block Party weekend, others are just now putting out their awnings and opening their doors to the dining and shopping crowds. Some of your favorite seasonal spots which are now open or will open during Memorial Day weekend include the following:

  • Santucci’s: The moment we’ve been waiting for is now here! Santucci’s will be open today, Friday, May 24, at their new location at 944 Boardwalk.
  • Bungalow Bowls: The team at Bungalow Bowls (1054 Asbury) is opening a second location on the boardwalk and is hoping to open the new shop this Saturday, May 25. This is still tentative, but be sure to check out the new location at 816 Boardwalk this weekend to see if the doors are open.
  • Heart Beet Kitchen:  Heart Beet Kitchen is open for the season in Ocean City. You can find all of your healthy and delicious dining options at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street.
  • Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls opened its doors for the season last week and will be serving up acai bowls, poke bowls, and other culinary delicacies at its location in the Promenade Food Court at 744 Boardwalk.
  • Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns: Now open daily, starting at 7 a.m., Mallon’s at 1340 Bay Avenue will be serving up all of its popular sweet treats for the summer crowd to enjoy.
  • Blitz’s Market: The second Blitz’s Market at 2100 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season.
  • Salty Seahorse: This new home decor and jewelry boutique opened its doors at 714 Asbury Avenue a few weeks ago and the Salty Seahorse is a shop you’re going to want to visit!
  • Beach Bucket Lunch: Spending the day on the beach and didn’t have a chance to pack lunch? No problem! Beach Bucket Lunch starts its lunch delivery service for the season today, Friday, May 24.
  • Crunchik’n: Crunchik’n is open for the season at 1348 Boardwalk and you can once again indulge in all of your menu favorites at this popular boardwalk eatery, including their exceptional Korean fried chicken with a wide array of sauces.

Dancing for Hailey Lemonade Stands

When driving, walking, or riding your bike around town this weekend, be sure to be on the lookout for Dancing for Hailey lemonade stands. Purchase a nice cold glass of lemonade and see your donation go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! Some of the lemonade stand spots scheduled for Saturday, May 25, are as follows:

      • Acme (8th and West): 9–11 a.m.
      • Local Gym and Fitness (908 Asbury Ave.): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
      • Randazzo’s (34th and Asbury): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Memorial Day Service at the Ocean City Tabernacle

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And, the most important reason for this weekend is to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our wonderful country and protecting our freedom. Don’t miss the Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) at 11 a.m. The service will include special guest speakers and the opportunity for the community to come together and honor those who have served.

Bungalow Bowls to Open New Location on the Ocean City Boardwalk

For those who know and love the healthy and delicious fruit-laden offerings of Bungalow Bowls on Asbury Avenue, get ready for some exciting news: Bungalow Bowls will be opening a second location on the Ocean City boardwalk!

The new spot is located at 816 Boardwalk, situated across the way from the Ocean City Music Pier, and the Bungalow Bowls team is hoping to open the doors this Saturday, May 25.

The new Bungalow Bowls will offer all of your favorite nutritious sweet treats you’ve come to enjoy at the flagship location. From acai bowls topped with fresh fruit and Nutella drizzle to sensational smoothies concocted with filling fruits or veggies and blended with nutritious almond milk, the menu offerings at Bungalow Bowls are extensive and all equally delicious.

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Now, with the future boardwalk location to calm the culinary cravings of the boardwalk and beach crowd, no matter where you are in Ocean City you are never too far away from your favorite Bungalow Bowls treat.

Even though the opening is just a few days away, you might be having a serious craving for those Bungalow Bowls delicacies right now. In that case, head over to the 1054 Asbury Avenue location and grab all of your favorite Bungalow Bowls treats until the boardwalk location is open for business.

Photos credit: Bungalow Bowls

Battle of the Badges in Ocean City to Benefit American Red Cross

Each year, the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Police Department engage in a little friendly competition to encourage blood donations for the American Red Cross.

This year’s Battle of the Badges will take place on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, located at 501 East 8th Street. Here’s how Battle of the Badges works: Individuals sign up to donate blood during this designated timeframe on June 6. When blood donors sign up, they will be able to choose which team they are rooting for, Ocean City firefighters or Ocean City police officers. The group of first responders which has the most individuals on their team wins the Battle of the Badges!

It’s easy to sign up to give a blood donation during the Battle of the Badges. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or register online at RedCrossBlood.org and search by entering the following sponsor code: oc battle of the badges.

Not only will your blood donation during the Battle of the Badges event help others in the community, but you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite first responders and grab a Battle of the Badges t-shirt, too.

Good luck to the Ocean City firefighters and Ocean City police officers in this friendly competition for a great cause!

 

Lemonade Stands and Annual Dancing for Hailey Event in Ocean City to Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Dancing for Hailey is an incredible fundraiser held in Ocean City each year to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and honor the memory of summer resident Hailey Parker.

This year’s Dancing for Hailey event will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in front of The Dance Place on 8th Street between Ocean Avenue and Wesley Avenue. This fabulous fundraiser brings the community together for a day of family-friendly activities, sweet treats from Yoasis, special guests (the Ocean City Nor’easters and Ocean City Fire Department showed up last year!), a silent auction, one hour of free amusement rides following the event, and, of course, dancing! The cost to attend is a suggested donation of $10, but all donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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As a lead up to this popular and important fundraiser, lemonade stands will be held around town during Memorial Day weekend to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and add to the donations which will be raised on June 9. Two of the spots you can visit on Saturday, May 25, for a glass of lemonade in honor of Hailey and to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation include the Acme at 8th Street and West Avenue from 9–11 a.m. and at Local Gym and Fitness, located at 908 Asbury Avenue, at 11 a.m. And, be on the lookout for other lemonade stands in Ocean City as you travel throughout town on Memorial Day weekend.

This fundraising event is held to honor Hailey, an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in 2015 and sadly lost the battle with the disease later that year. This young fighter was determined to do something for other children who were going through the same thing. Upon learning of her diagnosis, Hailey set up a lemonade stand in her yard to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer in the name of its founder, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as an infant and passed away in 2004 at the age of 8 years old.

Both Hailey and Alex were true proponents in the fight against childhood cancer and wanted to do what they could for other children going through this as well. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues the work of Alex just as the Dancing for Hailey event and other fundraising events honor Hailey’s memory by raising money to be used in the fight against childhood cancer.

Stop by one or more of the lemonade stands set up throughout Ocean City this weekend to buy a cup of lemonade and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. And, be sure to mark Sunday, June 9, down on the calendar to attend Dancing for Hailey in honor of her memory and to raise additional funds to help in the battle against childhood cancer.

To learn more about Dancing for Hailey and/or to make a donation, visit the fundraising page today!

 

Arlene’s on Asbury Introduces New Dinner Club

Arlene’s on Asbury is now offering a membership-only dinner club at its restaurant located at 624 Asbury Avenue.

Members of Arlene’s Dinner Club will be able to dine at the restaurant on Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5–8:30 p.m. Arlene’s will offer a wide array of appetizers, salads, and dinner entrees for members to enjoy. Since this is a membership-only dinner club, dining guests are able to bring their favorite bottle of wine or craft beer along with them to enjoy alongside their meal.

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Some of the delectable culinary dishes you’ll find on the Arlene’s Dinner Club menu include prime rib, Paul’s famous crab cake, chicken Marsala, shrimp scampi, salmon, and other delicious entrees.

Ready to sign up and become a member of the new Arlene’s Dinner Club? Contact the Arlene’s team at (609) 399-3639 for more details or stop by the restaurant to grab your membership today!

Ocean City Historical Museum Joins Blue Star Museum Program

The Ocean City Historical Museum announced today that it has joined the Blue Star Museum Program.

The Blue Star Museum Program offers active duty military members and their family members free admission into participating museums and cultural centers. The Ocean City Historical Museum will initiate its participation in the program on Saturday, May 18, 2019, which is Armed Forces Day, and free admission for active duty military members, veterans, and their family members will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019.

If you have yet to explore the Ocean City Historical Museum or haven’t been there in a while, be sure to stop by for a visit.

The Ocean City Historical Museum is located at the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

 

6 Fun Things to Do with Mom this Mother’s Day in and Around Ocean City

On Sunday, May 12, treat Mom to some fun and entertainment on her special day in and around Ocean City.

From dining to shopping, the options are wide and varied, but all are great ways to show your mother just how much you care. Here are some ideas to help you start the brainstorming process:

  • Shopping Along Asbury Avenue: Many moms would love to spend their special day shopping and Asbury Avenue offers a great stretch of stores in which she can indulge in a shopping excursion. Some of the spots you may want to pop into include Stainton’s, Seagrass Boutique, Artisan Body Products, Sunsmiles Sandals and Beachwear, She’z the Boss, Ta-Dah, and many more!
  • Stroll the Boardwalk: Take Mom up to the boardwalk for a day of strolling, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Ocean City boardwalk offers a great spot to take part in many different Mother’s Day activities throughout the day. Bring her into Marty’s and Henry’s for some Mother’s Day shopping, which she is sure to enjoy.
  • Mini-Golf the Day Away: As summer quickly approaches, more and more shops and activity spots are opening their doors, including mini-golf locations. Bring Mom to Congo Falls Adventure Golf at 1132 Boardwalk for some mini-golf fun.
  • Amusement Rides for the Adventurous Mom: If your mother is the adventurous type, bring her to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on Mother’s Day where all moms ride for free on Sunday, May 12.
  • Dine Out This Mother’s Day: Many moms just want a day off from cooking on Mother’s Day and if this sounds just about right, make sure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen on Sunday. Many spots in and around Ocean City are offering brunch, lunch, and dinner options for Mother’s Day, including Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Jon and Patty’s, OC Surf Cafe, and more.
  • Wine Tasting in South Jersey: For the wine-loving moms out there, wine sipping throughout South Jersey is an option. Various wineries throughout South Jersey (a short drive from Ocean City) will be offering wine specials, complimentary tastings, and other fun things for your mother to enjoy. Each winery will offer something different on this special day. Some of the winery options include Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Balic Winery, and White Horse Winery.

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, just make it a beautiful and relaxing day. Happy Mother’s Day!