(June 19, 2015) Did you guys check out the OC Air Show last weekend? Even if you wanted to, it was pretty hard to ignore the roar of those planes overhead, and how cool is it that the Blue Angels first female pilot, Katie Higgins (a Maryland native), was at the controls of one of the C-130 Hercules flying over the beach?
It was a historic aviation weekend for us and the beach was absolutely crammed with onlookers. If you were there then you were probably just as grateful as I was to be able to cool off in the ocean during some pretty oppressive heat.
School is finally out for the summer and it’s officially the season for graduation parties, weddings and let’s not forget, this Sunday is completely devoted to dear old dad.
So have you figured out what to do to celebrate Father’s Day? Well, if your favorite guy was obsessed with last weekend’s air show and has always dreamed of piloting a plane even for just a minute, you can actually make that happen. Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is offering a Discovery Flight package that will allow him to take the controls of a Cessna, under the guidance of an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. If this sounds like the most amazing Father’s Day gift idea (you’re welcome) then check out www.flyoceanaviation.com for more information.
I don’t think that I have ever met a man that doesn’t love wings and beer and apparently neither has Marina Deck, located at Dorchester Street on the bay. Its First “King of the Wings” event takes place this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Pay $10 at the door and taste wings from the local restaurants that have entered the contest. There will be drink specials including $4.99 orange crushes, $2 domestic drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles and Landshark drafts, $4 Fireball shots and $3 Captain’s Booty shooters and $1 off all other drinks. Music will be provided by DJ Wax and judges include Mayor Rick Meehan, Big Al Reno from 98.1, DJ Wookie and Albie Dee from OC104 and Leah from 93.5 The Beach. All proceeds benefit Cedar Chapel Special School in Snow Hill.
If for some reason wings don’t do it for dad but bacon does, then Seacrets: Jamaica USA at 49th Street on the bay is where you’ll want to take him. On Sunday, June 21 from noon until 4 p.m. Seacrets will be celebrating Jah-Bacon Brew Fest, with local craft brews, a bacon-themed menu and live entertainment on the beach stage. Bacon, live music and beer, what’s not to love about that? Local brewers that will be on hand include Evolution, Burley Oak, DuClaw, Dogfish Head, Fin City and Fordham & Dominion. Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door.
One more possible place to celebrate Father’s Day is Dunes Manor Hotel at 2800 Baltimore Avenue. There will be BBQ grilling on the deck, craft beer tastings, golf putting and corn hole contests from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Randy Jamz will also be providing the entertainment on the deck for all of those in attendance. The cost is $19 per person. Call 1-800-523-2888 for more information or visit www.dunesmanor.com.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to eat then you might want to try Jules at 120th Street and Coastal Highway. It is open from 5-10 p.m. seven days a week with some really great specials. Monday features $19 entrees and Wednesday is ladies night with half-price entrees. Everyday you can grab the Early Bird Prix Fixe Dinner which includes three courses and is served with a complimentary glass of wine for just $30 between 5-6 p.m.
Whiskers Pub, located at 120th Street, is offering some cool happy hour specials, including $6.95 wings and fries or garlic butter clams for just $7.95. It is also running some springtime specials that begin daily at 5 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday you can knock $6 off the price of your entree and Thursday is officially half-price burger night.
Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos on 118th Street on the ocean celebrates happy hour daily in the Bamboo Lounge from 4-7 p.m. The patio bar and grill are both open and Seasons
Restaurant is having Family Theme Nights. There is Fish Fry Friday, Steak & Rib Saturday, Italian night on Sunday, Mexican Fiesta’s every Monday, Carousel Crab Feast on Tuesday, Lobster Lunacy on Wednesday and Thursday is an official beach bash.
If you’re looking to cool off in a completely different way then be sure to catch The Next Ice Age, performing nightly at 6:30 p.m. at the Carousel. Former national figure skating competitors have teamed up to perform right here in Ocean City and it’s something that you won’t want to miss.
The Greene Turtle at 116th Street and Coastal Highway has happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. with $2 domestic drafts and $2.25 domestic bottles and rail drinks. Various deejays are spinning for you every night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the Turtle Power Hour (between 10-11 p.m.) also features various drink specials like $3 Fireballs.
Ropewalk on 82nd Street on the bay is working hard to create a fun environment for adults with a real, live playground in the works for the kiddies to enjoy. There is live entertainment seven days a week. Dueling Pianos are up every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday starting at 10:30 p.m. Steel Drums hit the stage every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4-8 p.m.
Pat O’Brennan performs every Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. with great food and drink specials. Thursday nights in OC are quickly becoming known for Ropewalk’s Luau on the Beach from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and of course it features some great reduced drink specials. You can grab Natural Light cans for just $1.50 and $4 will get you a Sushie, fireball or a variety of other specialty drinks.
Have you stopped in at Guidos Burritos yet? There are two different locations, one at 33rd Street and Coastal Highway and the other is located on the Boardwalk at First Street, which is really convenient for all of you beachgoers. Plus, Guidos offers a free kids meal with every lunch purchase, which is a pretty cool deal after a morning in the sun. If happy hour is more your thing, that runs from 4-7 p.m. daily with various drink specials available.
Grotto Pizza on 14th Street and the Boardwalk is one of Ocean City’s newest eateries, offering up specialty pizzas, paninis and burgers on their outdoor deck overlooking the ocean. While it’s best known for pizza and Italian fare, Grotto also offers a great breakfast buffet that is easy to grab before hitting the beach.
The Brass Balls Saloon on the Boardwalk, between 11th and 12thstreets is one of the few places in OC that has decided to make Monday night’s memorable with Bad Ass Monday each week on the deck from 10 p.m. til closing. Your reward for opting to go out on a Monday night is $3 Fireball shots, $3 Twisted Tea, and Natural Lights are just $1. Happy hour is from 3-6 p.m., Sunday through Friday and $5 will get you wings or steamed shrimp. Also, Brass Balls Saloon will be celebrating its 35th anniversary party June 26-27.
Shenanigan’s on Fourth Street and the Boardwalk is another popular spot to grab a cold drink after hours in the sun. It offers salad, soup, sandwiches, as well as entrees for either lunch or dinner.
M.R. Ducks at 311 Talbot Street on the bay is open seven days a week and this weekend is jam packed with live entertainment. On Friday, June 19, DJ Batman is in the house beginning at 6 p.m. and Full Circle hits the deck at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. You can also catch Bird Dog & The Road Kings on Sunday, June 21 beginning at 4 p.m.
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs at 221 Wicomico Street and the bay features happy hour all day, every day with Natty Bo’s For O’s and Natural Lights only $1.79 and crushes are $5.50. Calamari, steamed clams and Chincoteague oysters are all under $6.50 and all crabs are steamed to order.
Buddy’s is also excited about its Summer Crab Race Series to benefit the Believe in Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation and its Children’s House by the Sea. Every Wednesday evening from now through September, Buddy’s OC will host “Believers” to an evening of live entertainment featuring Angeline and Joey Saah, drink and food specials, silent auctions, and at 8:30 p.m., the highlight of the evening, Buddy’s OC Hard Shell Crab Race. All auctions and Crab Race proceeds will be donated to the Children’s House by the Sea on 66th Street in Ocean City.
PGN Crabhouse on 29th Street and Coastal Highway is celebrating its 46th year in Ocean City with a great menu. It opens at 11 a.m. daily and you can get crabs live or steamed, by the bushel or dozen. PGN Crabhouse also has ribs, chicken and some of the best crab cakes in town.
Fish Tales Bar & Grill between 21st and 22nd Street on the bay is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. everyday with happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Sunday, June 21, Fish Tales will be hosting a Maryland Fallen Firefighters Fundraiser starting around 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Montgomery County Pipes and Drums at sunset. There will be various drink specials and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Fund.
Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill, located between 37th and 38thstreets, oceanfront at Castle In The Sand Hotel is welcoming in the summer season with a brand new menu that features burgers, tacos, wraps and more. Happy hour is daily from 5-6 p.m. with two-for-one drink specials and you should check out Drunken Monkey Ale, Coconuts original craft beer.
For those of you that hate to leave your spot on the beach, Coconuts offers beach waitress service, weather permitting, from now through Labor Day. Coconuts has Darin Engh live on the patio on June 19, from 12-4 p.m. John LaMere will follow from 5-9 p.m.
KY West on 54th Street and Coastal Highway features both fine dining and casual fare so you’re sure to find something on the menu that you’ll find appealing. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. daily with various food and drink specials only available at the bar. Baltimore Boyz play every Friday from 6-10 p.m. and DJ Rhoadie takes over every Saturday.
Seacrets: Jamaica USA on 49th Street on the bay is featuring a new twist on Ocean City’s favorite drink–the Orange Crush. Its version is now made with Seacrets new Blood Orange Vodka and they are only $5 during happy hour (4-7 p.m. daily). Seacrets is also teaming up with Ocean 98 for the Summer Concert Series 2015. The Wheeland Brothers will provide a free concert on Monday, June 29, Parmalee will play on Sunday, July 5 and Dirty Heads hit the stage at Seacrets on Tuesday, July 7.
Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on 54th Street on the bay also features a popular happy hour that runs from 3-6 p.m. It also begins serving an early dinner at 4 p.m. BJ’s on the Water on 75th Street and the bay offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and a late night happy hour that runs Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Johnny’s Pizza & Pub, located on 56th Street has some great deals if you are on the go and have a family to feed. The Family Feast will get you one large pizza, 16 wings, two salads and a 2 liter soda for just $29.99. You can also get two large pizzas for just $19.99 or one large pizza with an order of wings and a 2 liter soda for just $19.99. Check them out online at www.johnnyspizzapub.com for more deals to choose from.
Fager’s Island on 60th Street on the bay is gearing up for a great summer. Earlier this week Fager’s celebrated its 40th anniversary in grand style and it intends to keep celebrating with great food, drinks and entertainment. Its I Love Mondays deck parties are already a great reason to go out on what is traditionally the most boring night of the week.
On Tuesday, June 23, DJ BK and Al Reno plus DJ RobCee and GoodMan Fiske will be in control of the party. Fager’s also features $5 Smirnoff Bloody Mary’s and its special Sunday Jazz Brunch with Everett Spells is weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While Ocean City is known for fun, you can’t count out the venues on the other side of the bridge either. Berlin has already proven that it knows how to party and the town’s restaurants are top notch too.
Siculi located at 104 N. Main Street in Berlin, is a great place to grab a bite after a few hours browsing the antique shops that have helped to make this one of the coolest small towns ever. Chefs use fresh local ingredients and the menu includes everything from soups and sandwiches, to steak, seafood and veal. Siculi also has a great Sunday Brunch that includes quiche, waffles and cinnamon buns.
If you’re in Berlin then you also might want to stop in at The Globe Theater, located at 12 Broad Street in Berlin. It offers Sunday brunch each week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Globe feature Fun Free Trivia beginning at 7 p.m. and it’s also Pizza & Pint Nite from 5-10 p.m.
This week, Ocean City will begin showing Movies on the Beach at 27th Street. On Monday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m., The Lego Movie will kick off the summer season. On Friday, June 26, you can see the original 101 Dalmations and then Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day will play at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
The annual Firemen’s Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 on Baltimore Avenue from 15th street to 32nd street. Bands, equipment, floats and more are expected. The kids are finally out of school and this three-hour event will give parents something to surprise their little ones with.
Art’s Alive is celebrating 15 years as Ocean City’s biggest and best fine art show. If you’ve had enough of the sand and sun for awhile then you’ll want to head to Northside Park on 125th Street, bayside, Friday and Saturday, June 27-28 to check out some amazing art work.
About 100 artists will be on hand to sell their creations and there will also be free art activities for children. Grab a bite to eat at the Artists’ Cafe and then find something unique to bring home with you. Call 410-250-0125 for more information.
Somerset Plaza, located on Somerset Street between the Boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue, is the place to be for free live music. For the 13th year, on select Sunday afternoons all summer long, various performers will play beginning at 3 p.m. Rick Kennedy is up next to perform on June 28. The OC Cruzers will also display about 15 vehicles along Somerset Street Plaza on June 28 as part of its ongoing car show and music series. A deejay will provide the entertainment as vehicle owners will be on hand to educate spectators about their classic cars. For more information on the summer schedule at Somerset Plaza, you can contact the Ocean City Development Corporation at 410-289-7739.
Have you grabbed tickets for any of the upcoming shows at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center on 40th Street yet? Hal Holbrook performs on July 30, Graham Nash on Aug. 7 and Ronnie Milsap will be in town on Oct. 10. Tickets for the shows are available at the Convention Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster. For more information, call the convention center at 410-289-2800 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-551-SEAT (7328).
If you have an event coming up or know of something that deserves a mention, email me at Cate@oceancitytoday.net.