Corvettes and Cycling for a Cause to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend (Sept. 21-22)

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)

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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)

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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!

 

 

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Walk for the Wounded Event in Ocean City

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.

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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.

Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival Set for September 28

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.

Sign Up Today for the Operation First Response Walk for the Wounded Event on Sept. 28

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.

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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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Spots to Grab Healthy and Delicious Culinary Bites in Ocean City

Food can be delicious and healthy at the same time. In Ocean City, you’ll find plenty of restaurants that offer nutritious dining options where taste is in no way sacrificed. From tempting fruit bowls to vegetarian dishes, you’ll find your share of healthy dining spots with enticing menu items throughout the city.

Here are some of the locations where you can grab healthy and delicious culinary bites in Ocean City as well as some not-to-be-missed items at each spot:

Healthy Sandwiches and Entrees

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The Farm Stand at 14th: The Farm Stand at 14th, located below Bob’s Grill at 14th Street and the Boardwalk, offers a healthy menu filled with veggie-laden dishes and items for the meat lovers of the group. Some of the menu items to try at the Farm Stand include the vegan crab cake, grass-fed beef burger, and the sweet potato taco. And, be sure to check with the restaurant as to their special menu item of the day.

Heart Beet Kitchen: Another must-visit spot for nutritious and tasty meals in Ocean City is Heart Beet Kitchen. The unique menu items you’ll find at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street, include buffalo cauliflower, watermelon feta salad, eggplant meatballs, and coconut BLT, to name a few.

Soma Cafe: At Soma Cafe, located at 825 Asbury Avenue, you can grab all of your favorite healthy breakfast and lunch offerings from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., seven days a week. Some menu items you should definitely try at Soma include the almond butter avocado toast, strawberry kale salad, and Brussels sprout grilled cheese. As an added bonus, Soma Cafe opens on Thursday nights for dinner and offers a three-course prix fixe meal for $25 per person.

Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe: When you’re on the boardwalk and find yourself craving healthy eats, pop into the Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe, located at 946 Boardwalk on Colony Walk. With delicious and nutritious menu options such as the balsamic chicken wrap, shrimp salad sandwich, vegan Thai tofu scramble rice bowl, peanut noodles, and vegetarian paella filling the menu, you are certain to find quite a few items to savor at the Bashful Banana. Also, be sure to check out the daily specials offered for some tempting limited-time-only items.

Tempting Pitaya/Acai/Fruit Bowls and Frozen Yogurt

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Spoon & Sip: As the “home of 100% all-natural acai,” Spoon & Sip at 838 Asbury Avenue offers a menu filled with healthy and delicious light bites of a wide array. The items you’ll find at Spoon & Sip include nutrient-filled and flavor-rich pitaya bowls and acai bowls, refreshing frozen yogurt offerings and so much more. Stop in and enjoy some delectable Spoon & Sip options today!

Yoasis Beach Bowls: Another nutritious eatery in Ocean City is Yoasis Beach Bowls at 1242 Boardwalk. Visit Yoasis Beach Bowls and scoop up all of your favorite healthy bowls, including pitaya bowls and acai bowls, and frozen yogurt options.

Bungalow Bowls: Bungalow Bowls, with two locations including 816 Boardwalk and 1054 Asbury Avenue, is another excellent spot for healthy fare in the way of acai bowls, pitaya bowls, smoothies, and more. Whether you crave a fruit-laden bowl to take along with you to the beach or want to sip a smoothie while strolling along Asbury Avenue, Bungalow Bowls has you covered.

Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls, located at 744 Boardwalk, is your go-to spot for healthy offerings such as poke bowls, green base bowls, chia pudding bowls, and so much more. These refreshing and healthy snacks are filling and delicious, all at the same time.

Visit one or more of these spots today in Ocean City and discover that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor!

Happening Tonight: 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant at the Ocean City Music Pier

The 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant is set to unfold tonight, Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants, ages 16–22, will compete to be named the new Miss Ocean City and do so by taking part in a number of onstage activities, including talent, interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and a Q&A. Those involved in this competition are year-round residents of Ocean City, attend or have graduated from Ocean City High School, or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners.

Megan Keenan, Miss Ocean City 2019, will be on hand to crown her successor in this exciting pageant tonight, where the theme of the evening is “Going Country.”

The winner of this year’s Miss Ocean City Pageant will be an ambassador at a wide array of annual Ocean City events, such as Night in Venice, the Baby Parade, the Christmas Parade, and more.

Interested in attending the pageant to see who brings home the crown? Well, you can! Tickets are still available for tonight’s event and can be purchased online or at the Music Pier box office.

Good luck to all of the contestants!