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New Year’s in Ocean City, MD

 

 

There is nothing like New Year’s at the beach!  Ocean City, Maryland goes all out to make your celebration of the New Year perfect.  There are many hotels that offer special packages replete with champagne and romantic dinners.  You can dance the night away or walk the famous Ocean City Boardwalk.  There is the Penguin Swim based out of the Princess Royale Hotel and benefiting Atlantic General Hospital if you like to jump into the cold Atlantic ocean to get your blood moving on the first day of the year — all while helping a very worthy cause.  You can also walk Assateague Island’s beach with environmentalists and park personnel for a beautiful and information gathering of like-minded beach lovers.  Dining is fabulous this time of year in more restaurants than you can remember.  If you like to stay in condos or you have your own place in Ocean City, many restaurants will cater your New Year’s Eve extravaganza.    Whatever your pleasure, you can find a wonderful way to celebrate the start of 2013 in style in the Ocean City, Maryland area.

New Year’s Eve

Ringing in 2015 with ocean dip

By: Kara Hallissey on January 9th, 2015

(Jan. 9, 2015) About 850 participants plunged into the 41-degree Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day during the 21st annual Penguin Swim, a fundraiser for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

“This year’s swim went great and we thank the community for supporting us,” said AGH Development Assistant Heather Trader. “We are looking forward to next year’s event since it will fall on a Friday. It should be bigger and better.”

Swimmers gathered on the beach behind the Princess Royale hotel on 91st Street just before the icy dip.

At 1 p.m., the “penguins” dashed into the chilly ocean,

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Winterfest of Lights breaks record

By: Kara Hallissey on January 9th, 2015

(Jan. 9, 2015) The only thing broken at this past year’s Winterfest of Lights was the attendance record, with city records showing that 111,042 passengers took a ride through illuminated Northside Park during the 46-night holiday spectacular.

“We were up 18 percent from last year and broke all records this year. The only number that decreased was the number of tram cars used, which means we moved more people over a longer period of time,” said Frank Miller, Ocean City’s special events superintendent. “This year exceeded our expectations and I am happy the thousands of dollars made…

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Join Penguin Swim New Year’s Day

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) The 21st annual Penguin Swim will take place on New Year’s Day, when hundreds of people will plunge into the ocean off 91st Street to benefit Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

“It is a great family event that pulls the community together and raises awareness for the hospital,” AGH Development Assistant Heather Trader said. “The Penguin Swim is not your typical Ocean City event and everyone comes out to celebrate the new year with the ones they love.”

In addition to jumping into a 40-something-degree ocean, participants also will have the opportunity for some picture

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New Year’s Day Beach Walk on Assateague

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) Get some fresh air and be surrounded by nature during Assateague Coastal Trust ‘s 35th annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Assateague State Park on Thursday, Jan. 1.

Former National State Park Service Ranger, Chris Seymour will be leading the group north, up the beach to scenic and pristine views, with Ocean City’s strip in the distance. Everyone will meet on the deck of the concession stand next to the beach, said Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.

“[Seymour] loves to guide the annual beach walk for ACT,” she said.

The retired Park Ranger

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Visit OC park for NYE celebration, fireworks

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) No plans for New Year’s Eve? Why not go to Northside Park and catch the Town of Ocean City’s fireworks show to ring in 2015.

The fireworks display will begin at midnight with live entertainment, hot chocolate, giveaways and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights for the last time in 2014, which will extend its hours until midnight for the special occasion.

“It’s a nice alternative for families to ring in the new year together,” said Brenda Moore, Special Events coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “Instead of spending a lot of money at a bar or elsewhere,

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Easter Kids' Fun Fair and Art & Craft Show

from Friday, 4/3 - Saturday, 4/4

This Easter Art & Craft Show at the Convention Center, will have Exhibitors displaying many unique handcrafted items including jewelry, lawn & garden decor, toys, florals, fine art, caricatures, and more. The Easter Kids' Fun Fair will have activities, games, contests, and entertainment, including Beany the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, magic, juggling, puppet shows, and more, for children.

(4001 Coastal Highway)

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OC Job Fair

from Saturday, 4/4

The annual OC Job Fair takes place on April 4th at the Convention Center. This is the place to be if you are looking for a summer job this year in Ocean city. All segments of the Tourism industry will be represented.

(4001 Coastal Highway)

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Easter Bunny Fun Shop

from Saturday, 4/4

This popular children's event, sponsored by the OC Recreation Boosters, includes an egg hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, game booths, egg dyeing, refreshments, and, of course, the Easter Bunny.

(125th Street, Bay Side)

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Easter Sunrise Service

from Sunday, 4/5

Sponsored by Ocean City Christian Ministers Association, the Easter Sunrise Worship will start at 6:00 a.m. on the Boardwalk at North division Street and is open to all.

(Boardwalk at North Division Street)

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Reach the Beach

from Friday, 4/10 - Sunday, 4/12

This All Star and College National Championship is located in the Ocean City Convention Center. Friday evening will be the Solo and Group competition.

(4001 Coastal Highway )

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Walk MS

from Saturday, 4/11

The MS Walk aims to raise $1.2 million to help the 10,000 people in Maryland living with MS, through research, programs and services.

(Inlet)

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Seacret's 12 Pack of Local

from Saturday, 4/11

Seacrets are holding a Music and Brew Fest on Saturday April 16th from 1pm - 6pm. There will be 12 live bands and 12 local craft brews, including TropicAle, from Evolution, Fin City, DuClaw, Fordham and Dogfish Head.

( 117 West 49th Street)

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OC Bridal Show

from Sunday, 4/12

If you are planning, or even thinking of planning, your wedding at the beach, this event will provide you with all the information you need for your special day. Vendors will be giving away free gifts and wedding services, and you will have the chance to win a Carribbean Cruise for two. Tickets $8.50 online $10 at the door.

(117 49th St.)

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1040 Tax Tourney

from Wednesday, 4/15

This 4 player scramble event will be played in the traditional Scramble format with one exception. On Hole #13 teams will need to strategize as this hole will be played as a “Drop-Out Scramble”. Once a player’s shot is chosen they will not be able to play for the rest of the hole. They must rely on their team mate(s) remaining to complete the hole. 30% of the team’s average Tax Credit (handicap) will be used. Two deductions (holes) will be permitted at the end of the round.

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Skate for the Cure

from Saturday, 4/18

Put your skates on for a great cause on April 18th, and join The Carousel Hotel as they host Skate for the Cure, in conjunction with the Race for the Cure along with the Susan G Komen Foundation.

(118th Street)

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