|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.”
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.
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 www.bubbamac.com or OCEAN CITY PATCH or call the Public Relations Office, (609) 525-9300.
(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.
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.
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
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast