Cate Meighan – Inside Going Out

Michael, David, Ranae and Laura Barnes enjoy the festivities during Taste of Finer Things to benefit Coastal Hospice at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City last Wednesday.

(April 24, 2015) Another week down. Am I the only one that feels completely overwhelmed at just about this same time every year?

If you have kids then they are no doubt totally ruling your schedule with field trips, proms, graduation (be it kindergarten or college), dance recitals, sports banquets–are you feeling me? I thought so.

But ya’ know what? We just have to get through these next few weeks together and then we can start enjoying those long, lazy beach days again.

One of the best things about living in a resort town is the entertainment, right? I mean, one of the things that Ocean City collectively is best known for is its ability to throw a great bash and as businesses start to reopen their doors, it’s really almost hard to decide what to do already–and it’s only late April!

Last Wednesday, Fish Tales on 22 Street, bayside, officially rang in the beginning of a new season with an opening party that was pretty packed. The locals seemed really happy to be back at one of their favorite haunts, as both drinks and good conversation seemed to be easily flowing at the outdoor bar.

Fish Tales is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a. m. with happy hour running from 3-6 p.m. You’ll also want to check out the Bloody Mary Bar each Sunday from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m. Fish Tales already has a pretty full schedule of events for the summer season, beginning with Bikes To The Beach which runs from April 30 – May 3.

The annual Taste of Finer Things also took place last Wednesday night at Harrison’s Harbor Watch near the inlet in downtown Ocean City, with all proceeds going to help build Coastal Hospice’s new facility in Berlin. The event featured food from 17 local restaurants, with guests able to sample fare from places such as Touch of Italy, Sunset Grille and Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. The Ocean City inlet at sunset was the perfect backdrop and Lauren Glick and Mike Armstrong were also on hand to provide entertainment on this special evening devoted to a great cause.

Can you believe that it has already been a year since Berlin was named “America’s Coolest Small Town”? I think part of the reason that Berlin has really earned that distinction is because of how it truly caters to everyone.

Since this is the kind of town that seems to look for reasons to celebrate, I kind of figured that it would go all out for the first anniversary street party last Saturday, and of course, I was absolutely right. Main Street was alive with food, games, a parade and even a magic show.

The Kelly Bell Band even performed, and as usual, local business was booming. Perhaps one of the coolest things about Berlin is the way events like this one make it easier for the small businesses on Main Street to thrive.

Thank goodness the weather was great for Ocean City’s fourth annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure.  The inlet parking lot was a sea of pink as supporters gathered Sunday morning in the hopes of raising $285,000 this year to support the foundation. It was a great day for family and friend’s to get some exercise for a great cause.

This year’s event featured a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile family walk and even a cancer survivor’s parade. Since its inaugural race here in 2012, Ocean City has raised more than $1 million to go toward breast cancer research and awareness. The best part is that a lot of that money stays right here in this state and is dispensed between various programs.

On Sunday evening, BJ’s on the Water hosted its annual Relay For Life cancer benefit. The popular 75th Street restaurant was already packed with supporters shortly after the event began. Many in attendance were there to honor the memory of Donna Clarke, who was killed in a car accident last November. Clarke, along with her husband, Marty, was often seen at local events that raise money for cancer awareness.

On this particular afternoon, Marty, along with the couple’s two daughters, Meaghan Russo and Lindsay Abruzzo, were on hand to raffle off a pink Electra Bike that had belonged to Donna. While the loss of her is still clearly felt amongst Donna’s family and friends, this event was intended to be positive and the mood was great.

Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes provided the entertainment and the proceeds from the food and drink specials went to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Like I said earlier, there are so many things happening in Ocean City right now that it’s a bit tricky to keep track of it all, so I’m going to try and help you all out, right here and now.

Here are a bunch of things that are either coming up or simply worth a visit.

Seacrets Rock Bar is now open for the season at 49th Street and the bay with daily liquor specials, as well as a great craft beer selection at “The New Old Main Bar.” Lunch specials for $5.99 are offered and happy hour is 4-7 p.m. daily.

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on 54th Street and the bay has also just opened its popular doors for a 22nd season. The restaurant’s spring hours are in full effect which means it is open Thursday’s from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and then Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. with a Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kristy Baraniak, a manager at Macky’s, tells me that the beach is open and they’re just waiting for the weather to fully cooperate. You might also want to check out Mackys’ “Let’s Do Trivia” on Sunday nights at 7 p.m.

Another Guest Bartending event will take place at Sisters at 113 N. Main Street in Berlin on Friday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. Guest bartenders include Josh and Erika Esworthy, Scott Knowlton, Allison Shockley, Clara Ziman, and Dr. Todd Bescak with music by Bryan Russo.

All tips will be donated back to Habitat For Humanity Worcester County Maryland. Speaking of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin’s Heritage Festival will take place on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Live music, a vintage car show, historic re-enactments, and the typical food and fun will be served up for all in attendance.

Ocean 98’s 2015 Best Bloody Mary Contest will take place from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at Smitty McGee’s on Route 54 in West Fenwick Island. Tickets cost $10 at the door and judging will be open to the public.

Are you one of those people (like me) that has always wanted to attend an adult paint nite but somehow always end up finding out about it after the fact, once everyone has posted photos of their creation on Facebook?

Well, then you’re in luck because there is one coming up at BJ’s on the Water and tickets are still available!  Paint Nite with artist Megan St. John will take place on Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the 75th Street, bayside restaurant. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased at  www.paintnite.com.

Enjoy the surf and suds at The Beach Brew Hop, May 1-2 at The Dunes Manor Hotel at 2800 Baltimore Ave. in Ocean City. You can sample brews from some of the best craft breweries on the Eastern Shore and be one of the first to test out the brand new Zippy Lewis Amber Ale all while enjoying oceanfront accommodations. Check out www.dunesmanor.com to make reservations.

Last, but certainly not least, tickets are still available for the 2015 summer concert line-up at The Freeman Stage at Bayside for national recording artists including Blondie, The Beach Boys, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Roseanne Cash. Head on over to www.freemanstage.org for tickets.

Have I missed anything? If you know of an event coming up that deserves mentioning or have any feedback on anything Ocean City-related then drop me a line at  cate@oceancitytoday.net.

You can also follow me on Twitter @chained2mydesk.

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