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.

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!

 

2019 Ocean City Spring Block Party to Unfold Saturday, May 4

Twice a year, Ocean City holds its extremely popular block party event. This year’s Spring Block Party will unfold on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and take place along Asbury Avenue, between 5th and 14th Streets.

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More than 350 craft vendors will have vendor tables lined up along Asbury Avenue, offering their unique products for sale to the crowd. In addition, Ocean City Spring Block Party attendees will be able to enjoy delicious food offerings of a wide array, live music and entertainment, kid’s activities, and so much more!

The vendor tables you’ll be able to peruse during the Ocean City Spring Block Party offer eclectic items, ranging from handmade jewelry to eye-catching clothing items to exquisite home decor pieces. Each vendor will offer something completely different and you are bound to find exactly what you are searching for during the block party, whether its a piece of jewelry, garden decor item or some other must-have offering.

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The block party is free to attend, but you’ll probably see quite a bit of tempting items you’ll want to purchase as you stroll along Asbury Avenue so you may want to bring some spending cash with you!

Don’t miss this exceptional bi-annual event, as it’s a great way to come together with the community and support craft vendors at the same time by purchasing their unique and creative items.

Over the Bridge: Somers Point Bayfest Returns April 27

In its 30th year, Somers Point Bayfest makes its return on Saturday, April 27.

Head down to Bay Avenue in Somers Point from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for this popular one-day festival which offers live entertainment, food vendors as far as the eye can see, artisan vendors, environmental information booths, and kid’s activities to keep the one young ones entertained.

Proceeds raised from the annual event go to fund special projects for the Somers Point community. Funds from past years were used to install new public beach playground equipment, place lovely banners along Bay Avenue, improve Bud Kern Field, and so many other projects.

The live entertainment offerings will be in full swing all day long with music by the following bands:

You’re certain to work up an appetite during Somers Point Bayfest and you’ll find plentiful food options to choose from ranging from savory to sweet and including seafood specialties, sandwiches, light bites, sweet treats, and more.

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Be sure to bring the kids along for the day’s events as there will be plenty of fun, kid-friendly activities taking place which are certain to keep the young ones entertained.

Somers Point Bayfest is also a great time to do some shopping and gather some important information about the environment, as vendors and environmental information providers will also be on hand throughout the festival.

Parking for this rain-or-shine event is available at Bud Kern Field and Fire Hall #1, with disabled parking available at the theater parking lot.

Don’t miss a day of fun, food, and live entertainment in Somers Point, just a short drive over the bridge from Ocean City!

Easter Weekend Happenings in Ocean City

It’s Easter weekend and Ocean City is filled with residents and visitors alike, celebrating with their families and enjoying this special holiday weekend.

From dining offerings to kid’s activities, you’ll find plenty of options to fill your Easter weekend with fun. Here are some of the events and offerings taking place in Ocean City this weekend:

Easter Egg Hunt (April 20)

If the weather cooperates, bring your kids to the Ocean City beach today, Saturday, April 20, for the annual Easter egg hunt, which begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. The egg hunt will take place from 11th Street through 14th Street, with a different age group at each beach: 0-2 years and 3 years (11th Street); 4 and 5 years (12th Street); 6 and 7 years (13th Street); and, special needs children (14th Street). If necessary, a rain date of April 21 has been reserved. For further information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Easter Weekend Dining

Plenty of Ocean City establishments are opening their doors to the public for the season this weekend, if they haven’t done so already, and offering dining options for the crowds to enjoy. There may even be some spots where a visit with the Easter bunny will be taking place:

  • Yianni’s Cafe: Visit Yianni’s Cafe today, Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m.-noon, for Breakfast with the Bunny. Yianni’s is located at 841 Asbury Avenue.
  • Spoon and Sip: The Easter bunny will be hopping down to 838 Asbury Avenue later today (April 20) to Spoon and Sip for Frozen Yogurt with the Bunny from 2-4 p.m.
  • Varsity Inn: Enjoy Easter Sunday breakfast with the Easter bunny at 9 a.m. at the Varsity Inn.
  • Dockside Kitchen: Dockside Kitchen is now open for the season and serving brunch today from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Even better? Dockside Kitchen is offering a Washout Special today only (due to the rain) and offering 10% off of your dining check!
  • Mallon’s: Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns is open and will be serving up its sensational sticky buns and other sweet treats. Stop by this weekend from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and grab some delicious baked goods.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service

Begin your Easter Sunday by taking part in the Sunrise Service, a non-denominational worship service to be held at the Ocean City Music Pier at 6:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in on this service by the sea.

S(hopping) Around Town

Easter weekend means that many shops are now open for the season. Stroll around town and visit the various stores in the downtown area, on the boardwalk, and throughout the entire city. Here are some spots to visit this weekend:

  • Pumpkinbuds: Pumpkinbuds in Stainton’s at 810 Asbury Avenue will be offering 20% off of your purchase through April 21. The shop is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hoys 5 & 10: Grab all of your Easter necessities at Hoys 5 & 10 this weekend.
  • Henry’s: Visit one or both of Henry’s locations on the Ocean City boardwalk (9th Street and 12th Street) for Ocean City-themed apparel and exquisite jewelry items.
  • Island Gypsy: Island Gypsy at 760 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season and is a great spot to scoop up all of your favorite women’s boutique clothing items.

Have a wonderful weekend in Ocean City!

Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Registration Opens; Barbara Eden Set to Host

Events unfold year-round in Ocean City and there is always something to see and do, no matter what month it may be. In the springtime, two of my favorite events take place, including the Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant. Each year, a very special celebrity is chosen to host these two fun and unique events. Last year, Erik Estrada of CHiPs fame took over the grand marshal and emcee duties, providing an exciting and lighthearted day all around. This year, Barbara Eden, known for playing the lead role in I Dream of Jeannie, will be headlining these two spectacular Ocean City events on Saturday, April 13.

Doo Dah Parade

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The Doo Dah Parade is the first exciting event of the day on Saturday, April 13, starting at noon. The canine-filled parade festivities will begin at 6th Street and the participants will work their way down Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, at which point they head up to the boardwalk and promenade back down to 6th Street. The parade will feature a basset hound-filled procession of more than 500 basset hounds, many of which are dressed up in creative costumes, marching bands, floats and special grand marshal, Barbara Eden!

This annual parade is held to welcome in the official beginning of event season and acts as a gateway to four seasons of fun down the shore. Want to take part in the parade procession? Online registration is now open!

Mr. Mature America Pageant

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The Mr. Mature America Pageant unfolds later in the evening at the Music Pier, where gentlemen ages 55+ will show off their talents and poise, while vying for the title of Mr. Mature America 2019. The competition begins at 7 p.m. and consists of a judge’s interview session, talent competition, poise and appearance and on-stage question. Barbara Eden will be the esteemed emcee of the evening.

Interested in competing to become the next Mr. Mature America? Registration is now open online for men ages 55 and older to compete for the title of Mr. Mature America. For those who wish to be spectators at this not-to-be-missed event, tickets will be available online and at various ticket locations throughout Ocean City on March 1.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend these two popular Ocean City events on April 13, whether it be in the role of spectator or participant.

New Year, New You in Ocean City

When a new year rolls around, many individuals are eager to start fresh and add some new inclusions into their lives. In Ocean City, you can find all that you need to turn your resolutions into reality, whether it relates to fitness goals, wardrobe aspirations and more. Here are some of the offerings which you’ll find on the island to help you achieve your goals for 2019:

Places to Achieve Fitness Goals

If you’re ready to take your fitness aspirations to a whole new level, you’re bound to find help in a number of ways in Ocean City. For those who wish to attend yoga classes as a way to promote optimal fitness, Yoga Ginger and Golden Buddha Yoga can help. If rock climbing has always been on your list of must-do activities and you wish to perfect the sport, PLAAY Fitness and Yoga offers a rock climbing wall and multiple membership packages (currently closed for the winter season, but will reopen April 1).  As for gym options, you can’t go wrong with the offerings in Ocean City, with spots such as Local Studio Workout OC, Local Gym and Fitness, Exodus Sport and Fitness and Atilis Gym available for all of your workout needs.

Revamp Your Wardrobe with the Help of Ocean City Clothing Shops and Boutiques

Sometimes a new wardrobe, even if it’s only a few clothing and accessory items, can help to boost confidence and get one ready to tackle the new year. If this sounds like an ideal notion, you’re going to love the clothing and accessory offerings available at the various Ocean City shops and boutiques. Blue Lotus, Seagrass Boutique (Ocean City location to close temporarily for the winter season on January 6), Ta-Dah, Colette (set to reopen February 1), B&B Department Store and the collective group of vendors in Stainton’s offer some excellent options for your shopping adventures. Even better is the fact that there are some extraordinary sales going on right now!

For Those Who are Eager to Pursue Healthier Diets

Eating healthy is another popular resolution which many often pursue in the new year. For those who are seeking out a healthy diet regimen, spots such as Bungalow Bowls, Positively 4th Street CaféBarefoot Market, Soma Cafe and Spoon and Sip offer excellent starting points. When the spring/summer season rolls around, be sure to visit Heart Beet Kitchen and The Farm Stand at 14th, two other healthy food spots, which are currently closed for the winter season.

Whatever your goals may be for 2019, be sure to pace yourself, realize that goals take time to achieve and stop to smell the ocean air every so often. Happy New Year!