What’s Open in Ocean City and How You Can Lend a Hand to Local Businesses

It’s April 1 and with the current coronavirus pandemic still firmly in place, you may be wondering what the latest information is regarding what’s open and what’s happening in Ocean City. Many of the local restaurants are still offering takeout and delivery services while some of the shops on the island have their online shopping sites in full swing. And other stores are helping you plan ahead for Easter with their takeout Easter-themed items, such as The Beachin’ Bakery who will be offering Easter cookies (and who made this extremely cool cake for my daughter’s birthday this past summer)!

There are many ways to continue to support local businesses while keeping social distancing and flattening the curve in mind. You can order takeout and delivery items, purchase gift cards to be used at a later time, or buy online from their virtual stores. Here are some of the shops and restaurants you can support in Ocean City along with what they’re currently offering:

Dining/Food Items:

  • Beachin’ Bakery: Will soon be taking orders for Easter cookies. Check out their IG page for details (@thebeachinbakery) and their website, too.
  • Sack ‘O Subs: Open for takeout/delivery.
  • Barefoot Market: Open for takeout/delivery.
  • Mallon’s: Open for curbside pickup on Easter weekend.
  • Randazzo’s: Open for takeout/free delivery.
  • Rauhauser’s: Open for curbside pickup/delivery.
  • Dot’s Pastry Shop: Place orders this Friday by phone, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., pay over the phone by credit card, and then pick up your order on Saturday or Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sandwich Bar: The Sandwich Bar will be open for takeout on Saturday, April 11. Call ahead and place your order/pay for your order by April 9. Find all of the details on their IG page (@sandwichbarocnj).
  • Hobby Horse Ice Cream: For every $50 worth of gift certificates you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate for free!

Shopping:

  • Henry’s: Shop online at Henry’s and have the items shipped directly to your door.
  • Leiki Boardshorts: Shop all of your favorite Leiki Boardshorts gear online.
  • Grassroots Music Store: Because we all need music at a time like this, it’s good to know that Grassroots Music Store offers online shopping and shipping to your door.
  • The Road: Open for curbside pickup/delivery.
  • Bohemian Mama: Shop online at Bohemian Mama. You can grab a 25% off discount for a few days in the beginning of this month plus help to support CASA all throughout April. More details can be found in the recent article on OCNJHappenings.com.

These are just a few of the local businesses that you can lend your support to during these concerning times (and any time after as well).

Stay positive, stay healthy, and be well!

What to Do When Staying at Home in Ocean City

With Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” executive order in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, individuals might wonder how to get through each day with positivity and not get overwhelmed. Fortunately, technology allows us to reach others in different homes, including locally, in other states, and across the globe. It also opens up a world of activities to help us through this necessary order to stay at home and flatten the curve.

Here are some activities to take part in at home which the whole family will love:

Online Yoga Classes with Suzanne Chew of Yoga Ginger

Suzanne Chew, owner and lead instructor of Yoga Ginger in Ocean City, is posting online yoga videos to help your mind, body, and soul. Visit the Patreon website and get started with the relaxing classes offered by Suzanne.

Paint Jams and Coloring Pages from Peace of Wood

For those who love to create, Peace of Wood is offering live daily paint jams at noon on Instagram, Monday-Friday, and coloring pages for download every Friday. If you miss the live paint jams, you can still paint on your own schedule. Simply visit the Peace of Wood Facebook page for details.

Digital Offerings from the Ocean City Free Public Library

If you just need some time to sit back quietly and read a good book or watch a movie, the digital library at Ocean City Free Public Library offers plenty of options. Check out the digital content section and see what piques your interest. You’ll find tons of options for adults and kids to enjoy.

Learn About Immune Boosting Foods from Conscious Cooks

Conscious Cooks is a South Jersey culinary company that offers cooking classes and culinary services for individuals and groups in the area. They also provide interesting content on food topics and recipes, such as their latest blog article on immune-boosting foods and a recipe for anti-inflammatory ginger tea!

Virtual Cabaret with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is also helping us get through each day with a smile by offering its virtual cabaret. Held on certain days throughout the week, you can view a special guest performer online and keep music in your life. The next virtual cabaret is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, and will feature Andrew Pace. Find all the details on the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company Instagram page and tune in on March 26!

Wishing you all well!

 

Sign Up Today: Ocean City 2020 Pi Day Run

On your mark, get set, and go register for the 2020 Pi Day 5K/Kid’s Race on Saturday, March 14, sponsored by the Ocean City Education Association PRIDE in Public Education.

Students, family members, and others in the community are invited to take part in this exciting day featuring a mathematical theme. The fun begins with a 5K race/1-mile run at 9 a.m. kicking off at the Ocean City Community Center. Participants will start at 18 Street and Haven Avenue and run along the bike path while completing the mileage course of their choosing.

Event organizers have a goal of 314 participants in mind, in keeping with the Pi theme of the day. The cost to participate is $10 per student and $15 per adult. Pre-registration is taking place until March 6. After that time, registration will be available on the day of the event. As an added bonus, the first 314 individuals to register will receive a commemorative “We Rocked Pi Day 2020” t-shirt.

Medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each age group. And, once the race is over, the fun doesn’t stop there! Head over to the Ocean City Intermediate School for the Ocean City PTA Spring Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. where you can enjoy refreshments, activities, and even the opportunity to pie a teacher who is taking one for the team for the sake of education.

Don’t miss out on this fun day with the entire family! Register today for the race and be sure to attend the Ocean City PTA Spring Fair festivities after the event. Find more information and updates by visiting the 2020 Pi Day Facebook event page.

Ring in the New Year in Ocean City

With 2019 coming to a close and 2020 on the horizon, it’s time to finish the current year on a good note and start the new year out right. With all of the Ocean City festivities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, this is an easy goal to accomplish! Check out the following happenings taking place in Ocean City on New Year’s Eve as well as on the first day of the new year:

First Night Ocean City on New Year’s Eve

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First Night Ocean City provides fun for the entire family from 4 p.m.–midnight at different locations throughout the town. Purchase a button ($20 each) and gain access to an expansive array of exciting events and activities, including the following:

  • Ice skating at the Civic Center
  • Imagination Movers concert at the Music Pier
  • Inflatables at the Civic Center
  • Open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Open house at the Ocean City Historical Museum
  • Mentalist Dan Cain at the Ocean City Senior Center
  • The Duprees with the Ocean City POPS at The Tabernacle
  • Fireworks at midnight
  • And so much more!

There’s still time to purchase your buttons and take part in this festive Ocean City celebration to ring in the new year!

New Year’s Day Fun

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Once 2020 hits, the activities roll on in Ocean City. Here’s what’s happening on New Year’s Day:

  • 2020 First Day Ocean City Run/Walk
  • Beach Polar Plunge on the beach next to the Music Pier at 2 p.m. (free but participants must sign a waiver at the Music Pier before participating)

Plus, you can do some shopping and dining at the open shops and restaurants throughout town during this time. Some are closed for the season and the holiday, but here are some of the spots that will be open for this popular time period:

May you have an exciting New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Things to See and Do in Ocean City This Holiday Season

December is in full swing which means the holiday season is underway. If you’re looking for events to attend and things to do in Ocean City, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in each and every category! Here’s a list of things to see and do in Ocean City this month:

Holiday Festival at the Ocean City Library (Dec. 8)

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The annual Holiday Festival unfolds at the Ocean City Free Public Library today, Sunday, December 8, at 1 p.m. Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting display, refreshments, live music, holiday crafts, and a visit from Santa!

Countdown to Christmas Deals at B&B (Dec. 8 & 9)

If you’re a B&B Reward cardholder, you can take advantage of fabulous sales during the Countdown to Christmas event at B&B on Sunday, December 8, and Monday, December 9. Reward cardholders will receive specific discounts depending on the amount they spend.

Holiday Dinner at the Soma Supper Club (Dec. 15)

Don’t miss the final Soma Cafe dinner of the year! The holiday dinner will be held on Sunday, December 15, and you can enjoy a delicious four-course meal for $35 per person. Seating is limited so be sure to make your reservations ASAP by emailing somacafeoc@gmail.com.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides (Saturdays and Sundays)

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Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying free horse and carriage rides on Saturdays and Sundays in December. The rides will take place starting at City Hall on the following days/times:

  • Sunday, December 8: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14: 8–11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 15: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 22: Noon–3 p.m.

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company Shows (Various Dates)

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is putting on a few shows this month. The ticketed events take place at the Music Pier and include the following:

  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!: December 13 at 7:30 p.m.; December 14 at 2 p.m.; December 20 at 7:30 p.m.; December 21 at 7:30 p.m.; December 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Frozen, Jr.: December 14 at 7:30 p.m.; December 15 at 2 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online today and attend these exciting shows while supporting our local theater company.

Photos with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Bring the whole family to the boardwalk on Saturdays and Sundays this month for photos with the big guy! Get your photo taken with Santa at the Music Pier from noon–3 p.m. on the following days:

  • Sunday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15
  • Saturday, December 21
  • Sunday, December 22

The cost is $10 per photo.

Holiday Book Sale (Dec. 13 & 14)

Put a smile on the faces of all of your gift recipients by giving them a book this year. During the Holiday Book Sale at the Ocean City Free Public Library, you can kick your gift buying into high gear. The event takes place on Friday, December 13, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Combine two wonderful things into one during the Breakfast with Santa event: good food and dining with Santa! The event is held at different restaurants from 8–11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday prior to Christmas and the lineup includes the following:

  • Saturday, December 14: Arlene’s on Asbury
  • Sunday, December 15: Sunrise Cafe
  • Saturday, December 21: Yianni’s Cafe
  • Sunday, December 22: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro

 

Fun and Fellowship Will Fill the Afternoon at Island Fall Fest (Oct. 26)

Local churches will join forces on Saturday, October 26, from 2–4 p.m., to host Island Fall Fest.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian, First Presbyterian, and St. Peter’s United Methodist invite the community to come together for this spectacular family-friendly event on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds.

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This free community event will include a wide array of kid’s activities and family entertainment such as trunk-or-treat, a video game truck, giveaways, face painting, and more. Delicious food offerings will also be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and even some sweet treats from Kona Ice.

Don’t miss this fun afternoon of fellowship with members of the Ocean City community!

 

Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

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What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

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Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!

 

 

Fire Education and Fun to Unfold at the 2019 Fire Prevention Open House (Oct. 10)

On Thursday, October 10, the Ocean City Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Open House at its headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue.

This fun and educational event will run from 5–8 p.m. and include the following activities:

  • Live burn demonstration
  • Smoke house
  • Helicopter landing
  • Tours of the trucks
  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • Hot dogs and pretzels

This free event provides the community with an inside look into the Ocean City Fire Department and offers the opportunity to meet the firefighters as well as learn some extremely important fire prevention tips.

Bring the entire family to this exciting event on October 10. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date of October 11 has been reserved.

Maximizing Your Labor Day Weekend in Ocean City

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 Seahorse20% 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

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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!