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Night In Venice will celebrate its 59th Anniversary on July 20th. The colorful Boat Parade and Bay celebration began in 1954 to mark the Diamond Jubilee or 75th Anniversary of Ocean City. It normally features about 80 boats and 250 decorated homes.

This year the Parade will be enhanced by the HERO Foundation that promotes the use of designated drivers to end drunk driving tragedies. Thanks to its founders, Bill and Muriel Elliott, the program has gone national. It is now keeping drunk drivers off the roads in States throughout the country. The Elliott’s lost their son, Ensign John Elliott, a graduate of the Naval Academy, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

The HERO Foundation will enter ten decorated boats in the Parade that will be a salute thanking members of the Military and First Responders. This will also be a salute to local police officers, the Marine Police and designated drivers, all of whom save lives on a daily basis.


The Parade will also feature a salute to Sue Canale longtime director of Night In Venice until she passed away last year. Members of her family will ride in one of the lead boats. Grand Marshal will be Meteorologist, Adam Joseph, ABC TV- 6 Philadelphia.

We’re off to a good start. But we need your help to make this Night In Venice one of the best ever.

You can register your boat or home and get more information by accessing www.ocnj.us/niv, call (609) 525-9300, on weekends or after hours (609) 364-4010.

Optional theme is “The Good Old Summer Time.” All who enter will receive a Night In Venice commemorative mug, boaters will also receive a $50 bank card for decorations if they finish the Parade. There will be prizes for the best decorated boats and homes in various categories. Houses will be judged this year after the Parade starts at 6 p.m. by the third lead boat in the Parade. The boat will be marked HOUSE JUDGES. Look for it when the Parade enters your lagoon or waterway.

There will be grandstands set up along Bay Ave. from Battersea Rd. to 16th St. plus at Tennessee for free viewing of the Parade. The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., will be open as usual with entertainment, picnic area, food for sale and grandstand seating. Tickets go on sale July 1 and are $3 for children, $7 for adults. Stop at Community Services, Room 214 City Hall, (609) 525-9300, the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or access www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Gates open 4 p.m. The Good Tymes Band will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MISS NEW JERSEY NEWS: The winners of the Miss New Jersey Parade competition included First Place, Miss Atlantic County, Lindsey Giannini who portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West; 1st Runner Up, Miss Atlantic Shores, Carissa Palumbo, who was Cruella De Ville, 2nd Runner Up, Miss Gloucester County, Kelcie Klaus, Captain Hook.

(June 26) The popular Ocean City CRAFTERS AND FARMER’S MARKET will be held every Wednesday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle Grounds until Sept. 4. The Crafters will be at the Fire House Parking Lot on 6th St.

(June 26) BROADWAY ON THE BOARDWALK lV featuring the Ocean City Theatre Company returns to the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with an all new production that celebrates the company’s 6th anniversary. The professional cast will be joined by Broadway star, Keli Rabke, who has appeared in Les Miserables, “Dream Coat” and other productions. Tickets are $20 and $18. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, call (609) 525-9300, stop at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(June 28) YOGA ON THE PIER: Join fellow yogis and yioginis to celebrate the arrival of summer while helping the community. Yoga practice starts 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, accompanied by live music performed by Gina Roche and Pamela Whitman. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank.

(June 30) Women’s Soccer Special: New York Magic-F.A Euro v Washington Spirit Reserves, 4 p.m. kick-off at Carey Stadium sponsored by the Ocean City Nor’easters, adults $10, Youth (under 16) $7. Those paying to see this game will have free entry to the Nor’easters v Central Jersey Spartans at 7 p.m. In order to show support for the earlier Women’s game, anyone wearing pink will receive a 50 percent ticket discount. Call (609) 525-9999 for information.

(June 30) The OCEAN CITY POPS play Pop’s Favorites 8 p.m. at the Music Pier featuring Walnut Street Theater sensations Jeffrey Coon and Krissy Fraelich. Sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of Ensign John Elliott. Tickets $15 and $10.

(June 30) Tony Campolo, author and commentator, at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m., free admission. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacleorg.

(July through end of August) Every Tuesday through end of August, Funtastic Tuesdays, Mummers Night and Beach Walks, Every Wednesday Farmer’s Market, Beach Walks and Character Nights, Every Thursday, Market Days, Family Nights and Inn to Inn Tours, Every Sunday, Character Nights. Check www.ocnj.us or call 609-525-9300 for details.

OH WHAT A NIGHT is featured at the Moorlyn Family Theatre every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. during July and August. Tickets are $25 at the Theatre Box Office located on Boardwalk between 8th and 9th Sts. Call (609) 399-0006. The Moorlyn also presents Unite, every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. featuring a contemporary concert with current covers, rockin’ praise and feel good music. Admission free. Designed for High School and College students. Staff from Boardwalk welcome after work.

The Ocean City Boardwalk TROLLEY RETURNS on July 1 and will run through Aug. 31. Trolley runs every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. till 12 midnight in a continuous loop. Last pick-up is 11:30 p.m. at Ocean Ave. and Battersea Rd. Adult single fare is $2.50 one way, $1.50 for children under 4 feet. A day pass is $4 and $2 for children under 4 feet. Babes in arms under 12 months are free at all times provided they don’t occupy a seat. Music Pier ticket holders ride free northbound only to Music Pier (show ticket). For Senior Center/Library stops you must call first. Driver does not make change. To check where driver is, call their company cell phones: Driver #1 (609) 846-4058, Driver #2 (609) 846-4064.

MOSAIC MEMORIES: The Community Art Project (CAP) invites locals and visitors to leave their mark in Ocean City and become part of a future Community Art Projects installation. Come paint a tile at Glazed Over Studio, 854 Asbury Ave. through Oct. 15. Tiles are 4 ½ inches and can be painted with any design or family name. Prices are $20 per tile or 2 for $35. Painted tiles, artistically placed in a sculpture, will be installed in a central Ocean City location. For information, call Leslie Skibo (609) 425-2687.

( July 1) THE MAVERICKS entertain at the Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. This is a genre defying Rock, Pop Country group that has racked up 14 singles on Billboard’s Country Charts and won the Academy of Country Music’s top new Vocal Group award in 1994. Tickets are $35 on sale through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

(July 3) A Sand Sculpting contest is set for 9 a.m. at the 6th St. Beach. Entry free. Call (609) 525-9300.

(July 3) Ocean City Pops Celebrate AMERICA; 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Join the Pops in this annual tribute to John Philip Sousa and American Patriotic favorites with Neil Nelson, baritone. Sponsored by Jilly’s in memory of Beverly Kreisberg. Tickets are $15 and $10 at Music Pier Box Office, (609)-525-9248 or access www.ocnj.us/tickets.

(July 3) THE SOUNDS OF HOLLYWOOD presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co. Relive the memories of some of the cinema’s greatest musical moments in this high energy song and dance revue, 7:30 p.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, located at Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and children under 12. For ticket information visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.

The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY has an extensive list of on-going free events. Call (609) 399-2434 or visit www.oceancitylibrary.org.