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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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St Patrick's Indoor Soccer Tournaments

from Friday, 2/20 - Sunday, 3/15

(125th Street, Bay Side)

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OC Brewing Co. Corn Hole League

from Wednesday, 3/4 - Tuesday, 11/30

The Ocean City Brewing Co Cornhole League takes place every Wednesday night at 7:00. This event held at OC Brewery is getting bigger and bigger every week,

(5509 Coastal Highway)

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The Art League of Ocean City

from Friday, 3/6

New art shows will warm the walls of the Ocean City Center for the Arts from March 2 through 28. The public is invited to the opening reception at the arts center on First Friday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. March’s featured artist is Dennis Young who is exhibiting a show of pastel and oil paintings entitled “Waiting for Summer.”

(502 94th St. P.O. Box 3503)

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Cinderella Ballet

from Saturday, 3/7

The Ballet Theater of Maryland will perform Cinderella at the new OC Performing Arts Center. Following the performance, there will be the opportunity to have your picture taken with Cinderella and Prince Charming.

(4001 Coastal Highway)

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Seacret's Presents "That Basketball Thing in March"

from Sunday, 3/8

Join Seacrets and watch your favorite local bars compete in the Annual Basketball Shootoff, to benefit Diakonia. 50/50 raffle and canned food drive "Full court" specials.

(117 49th St )

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Ocean City Brewing Home Brew Club Meeting

from Monday, 3/9

Join Ocean City Brewing Co on Monday March 9th for their Home Brew Club meeting.

(5509 Coastal Highway)

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Reach the Beach

from Friday, 3/13 - Sunday, 3/15

Dedicated dance teams compete for the national championship title in this exciting competition.

(4001 Coastal Highway)

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St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

from Saturday, 3/14

Everybody is Irish on St Patrick's Day. Come celebrate in Ocean City with the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Starting at 60th Street and traveling down Coastal Highway to finish at 45th Street shopping area where there will be food and entertainment.

(45th Street)

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American Handbell Musicians

from Saturday, 3/14

Over 500 handbell ringers will reverberate under the guest conductor Michael Helman, for this concert of the Handbell Musicians of America, Area III, Ocean City Festival.

(4001 Coastal Highway)

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St Patrick's Irish Scramble

from Saturday, 3/14

Teams will play 6 holes from each Gold, White and Blue Tees. Teams choose the holes they play from each of the tees. 30% of the team’s average handicap will be used.

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