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Members of The ARTISANS Order of Mutual Protection will visit Ocean City June 6 through 8 for the 69th time.  On Sat., June 7th, they will hold the annual Miss Artisan Pageant to select a young lady to represent the organization for the coming year.

The free program starts 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace and is open to the public. It will feature unusual entertainment. A group of professional circus clowns will provide an amusing interlude during the evening.

The Artisans will be led by Most Excellent Master Artisan, Theresa Ludwig, who will be presented a “Key to the City” during the evening. Mrs. Ludwig’s father, Gene Geary, was MEMA 30 years ago and recently swore her into office.


The Artisans have been very supportive of Ocean City events and were one of the patrons of the Mr. Mature America Pageant that raised $1,000 for both the City’s Food Cupboard and the Philippine Recovery Effort. Every year during their visit they make a generous donation to the Food Cupboard.

The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection was formed following the Civil War to provide economical insurance to working people.

THE MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT will be held for the 18th time in Ocean City, June 12-14, with the annual Parade featuring all 24 contestants scheduled for Wed., June 11 starting 7 p.m. on the Boardwalk. Preliminary competitions will be held June 12-13 with the finals set for Sat., June 14 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  All programs start at 7:30 p.m. The winner will represent the State at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

Ocean City will be represented in the Miss New Jersey Pageant by Devon Vanderslice, a former Miss Ocean City, who now attends West Chester State University. Devon is a talented dancer whose platform is Organ Donation, “Donate the Gift of Life.” Another local, Sarah Ford of Seaville, a former Little Miss and Junior Miss Ocean City, will also compete. Her talent is dance, her platform is “Smiles Save: Healing through hospital volunteerism.” She attends the University of Pittsburgh.

Ticket prices are $35 for preliminaries, $50 final, package for all three nights $110. For tickets, call (609) 315-1423.

(June 4)  Amnesty International is hosting a commemoration of the TIANENMAN UPRISING of 1989, 7:30 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 25 Bay Ave., in Ocean City. Mr. Zhao Huaguang, renowned poet/Calligrapher and a veteran of Tiananman, will be guest speaker. He will bring other speakers with him who are survivors of the massacre.  The Chinese government has purged all history of this uprising. Ocean City has become a prime venue for recording the true story and meeting the brave survivors. The Statue of Liberty was used as an icon of the uprising. The Chinese people saw that she represented their highest goals of Freedom, Justice and Democracy.

(June 5) Okay BASEBALL FANS, this is for you! Bring the family to the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., to learn more about the inside language of baseball.

New York Times best selling author, Sally Cook, will conduct a baseball quiz with fun prizes based on her popular new book, “How to Speak Baseball,” An illustrated Guide to Baseball Banter.” This book captures the vibrant, fanciful vocabulary that describes the world of baseball.

Here’s some banter I remember.  When we were kids and the pitcher got behind in the count, we used to yell toward the mound: “Hey, nobody walks but the mailman!”  (This was supposed to inspire the pitcher to get the ball over the plate.) The program begins 6:30 p.m. in the Library Lecture Hall. The author will be available for book signings.

(June 5) WONDER’S BIRTHDAY Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th and Boardwalk. Celebrate with Wonder Bear from 6 to 10:30 p.m., all rides only two tickets. Big fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wonder Bear will be available for photos all night.                                

(June 7) The Ocean City POLICE CHASE: 5K-foot race/2 mile fitness walk on boardwalk. Pre-registration $25, students $10. Benefits the Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Assn., which provides scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas Toy Drive and distribution of free bicycle helmets. For information, call (609) 525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.

(June 13-14) Ocean City New Jersey NJAA JEEP INVASION: Join the N.J. Jeep Assn. on Fathers Day Weekend. Friday Night Jeeps will line up on Asbury Ave. at 5:30 p.m. from 9th St. going north. Tidal Wave Band will entertain. Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., Jeeps will line Boardwalk between 6th and 14th Streets. Jeep Vendor displays between 5th and 6th St. Trophies awarded at 4 p.m.  To register, visit www.njjeep.org.

(June 14) ESA SURF CONTEST:  7th St. Beach. Sign ups at 7 a.m., first heat in water at 8 a.m. Sign up at beach morning of contest. If your membership has expired or you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. (No Wave Date: June 21). For more information, (609) 884-5277 or visit www.snjsurfesa.org.

(June 14) FIREWORKS DISPLAY: Presented by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Assn. There will be a 10:30 p.m. show off a barge at the 9th St. Beach in celebration of the Jeep Invasion and Fathers Day Weekend.  This is the first of two new fireworks displays to be held during the summer. On July 16th another exciting display will be held at 10:30 p.m. off the 9th St. Beach.

(June 20) International SURFING BEACH FESTIVAL, 7th St. Beach, 3 to 7 p.m. Festival celebrates 10 years of International Surfing Day. Beach, ocean and environmental activities for the whole family. Local shops will provide S.U.P. and kayak demonstrations along with surfing and kite surfing equipment. For information, call (856) 498-9472 or visit www.intlsurfingday.com.

(Through June) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents “In the Manner of Henri Matisse,”  (a group show of Matisse interpretations) featuring a record number of 35 local artists. Artist’s reception will be held Fri., June 13 from 7 p.m, to 8:30 p.m.  Admission free. For information, call 609-399-7628.