Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ocean City NJ, "Indian Summer" Events

Downtown Ocean City NJ
HISTORY: What eventually evolved into Ocean City's Indian Summer Weekend block party, was started 32 years ago, in an effort to extend business in the spring and fall season. City Public Relations Director, Mark Soifer, noticed a neighborhood block party on Haven Avenue and thought that maybe a downtown block party might be a good event for the community. Jean Mimnaugh, who was working with Soifer at the time, agreed. She said: "And I know lots of crafters who would like to be part of it."

The first block party was held in the spring of 1983. It was two blocks long. It became so successful that four years later Norman Bock, who was then president of the Retail Merchants Assn., urged the City to schedule a second one in the fall. 

Over the years the City and Retail Merchants Assn. have run the block parties. The person who brought the events to a new level of organization and effectiveness was the late Carolyn Murphy, owner of Boyd's TV with her husband Charles. Carolyn ran the programs for over 15 years. The Chamber of Commerce staff now coordinates the events with the merchants and a volunteer committee.

The BLOCK PARTY became the centerpiece of a Fall Festival, the Indian Summer Weekend. It is always scheduled for the Saturday of the Columbus Day Weekend. Over 400 craft people will participate. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be entertainment, plenty of food booths, and free pony rides for children.

Boardwalk Merchants have helped to extend the celebration through the weekend. They will also present a huge FIREWORKS DISPLAY scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Saturday off the 9th Street Beach

There will be a SEAFOOD FEST at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Oct. 8-10. Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants will hold TABLE SALES on these days, as well.

There's more! The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., will present a Block Party Concert at 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 8 featuring the Atlantic Brass, a 30 piece British-style group, winners of the North American BRASS BAND competition. Tickets are $15 at the door, $13 in advance, call (609)399-1915.

NEW THIS YEAR is a three day FREE Music Festival, produced by Bubba Mac, the Blues Band icon assisted by J.T. Williams of JT Productions, Oct. 7-9 inside the Music Pier and on the Boardwalk. The concerts will be held Friday evening at the Pier, Saturday evening at the Pier and at 6th and 9th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Sunday afternoon at the Pier. The program will feature a variety of music including blues, rock, classic rock, reggae, gospel and Christian rock. For a complete schedule access or OCEAN CITY PATCH or call the Public Relations Office, (609) 525-9300.

Parking is Free on City Lots all weekend.

(Oct.8) Also on Indian Summer Weekend Stephen Serwatka will present his NEW JERSEY NATURE Program at the Bayside Center 5th and Bay Ave. at 1 p.m. This is a fun, educational session with wild and tame animals. Admission is free. Sponsor is the Ocean City Gardens Civic Assn.

(Oct. 9) Another highlight of the Indian Summer Weekend will be the OPERAFEST, brought to Ocean City by talented soprano, Nancy Fox, who operates Fox Vocal Arts. The opera LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD will be performed on Sunday, 4 p.m. at St. Peters United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave.
The Opera will feature German students from the Westerland area and their American counterparts who worked together last May in Germany under the direction of  Fox and their German teachers. Admission is by donation. For up-front seating, call Fox Vocal Arts, (609) 399-7291.

[information from "What's Happening in Ocean City?" press release]
INNsider Tip: Guests of the Scarborough Inn park free on our on-site parking lot and can walk to all events. Enjoy this fabulous fall weekend!

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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