(June 12, 2015) While Ocean City might be primarily known for sun, sand and of course, great entertainment venues, we can now add another jewel to our crown of accomplishments. Jolly Roger Amusement Park just debuted a new water ride and already it was named the best one in the country!
The Aqua Loop officially opened at the park, located at 30th Street and Coastal Highway, two weeks ago and already it has garnered national attention. According to Steve Pastusak, Jolly Roger general manager, riders travel 37 miles an hour down the tube in a loop after being dropped from a platform. It’s the kind of thrill that no other water park in the country is offering, giving OCMD yet another reason to be the best vacation destination around.
What’s interesting about this area is that just as the tourists are starting to descend on us and the season is clearly off to a busy start, there is also a lot more going on for the locals. Last weekend, Berlin was crazy with the high heel race for charity on Friday and then Saturday was devoted to a jazz and blues bash that featured six different acts. Even thunderstorms and torrential downpours couldn’t kill the fun, and after a bit of troubleshooting, the fun was moved indoors to The Globe, located on Broad Street.
After getting a bit wet on Saturday I was glad to see the sun surface on Sunday morning, just in time for the second Cars & Coffee meeting at Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli on 63rd Street and Coastal Highway. Owner, Warren Rosenfeld had originally told me that he was hoping that each monthly meeting would bring out more classic car fans and that was exactly what happened.
There were around 20 cars on display and collectors from all over the Delmarva area came to enjoy breakfast and conversation together. If you missed out on the fun, Rosenfeld’s next Cars & Coffee meeting is scheduled for July 12.
Last Sunday also marked the fourth annual Kickin’ Wing Fling at Pickles Pub at 706 Philadelphia Ave. in downtown Ocean City. The wing cook-off was packed with customers, at times spilling out onto the sidewalk. Fifteen local bars and restaurants were on hand to serve up their best wings while Side Project provided the entertainment for a really fun afternoon. Pickles Pub won for its peanut butter and jelly flavored wings.
As if Sunday wasn’t already busy enough, it wrapped up with a free concert at Seacrets: Jamaica USA at 49th Street and the bay. The local hotspot is teaming up with Ocean 98 for the Summer Concert Series 2015 and The Davisson Brothers were back in town to kick things off in style.
I managed to catch up with Chris Davisson and asked him how it felt to be back onstage at Seacrets. He told me that the venue and staff are always first class and as a touring artist, it’s rare to find places like Seacrets and OCMD in general. If you missed DBB’s this time around don’t worry, they’ll be back soon.
The craft beer industry is really thriving here in Ocean City and Fin City Brewing Company is certainly doing its best to not only make a lasting impression on the trade, but also to inspire others to do the same. The brewing company held a release party for its new Poor Man’s IPA Monday night at Pizza Tugos in West Ocean City and I had an opportunity to chat with company founder, Vince Wright.
Two minutes into the conversation it was extremely apparent that Wright absolutely loves his relatively young business. While Fin City Brewing Company was basically born in Wright’s garage back in 2010 (that’s after it was relocated from the laundry room of his family home) it has quickly made a name for itself, offering up eight brews including a seasonal Pumpkin Ale.
Home brewing has deep roots in Wright’s family and he was quick to tell me that it’s because of his father that he is knee deep in the brewing business. While five other people work at Fin City Brewing, base in Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City, Wright insists that they are all coworkers, equally invested in the greater good of the company. There is clearly no ego in this bunch and I suspect that is something that has also played a part in their quick rise in popularity.
While Wright loved talking about the new Poor Man’s IPA, a pale ale with tropical and citrus notes, he also couldn’t thank other local brewer’s enough for their support. One thing that makes this rising industry unique to OCMD is the fact that rather than competing, the local brewers actually help each other out in a pinch.
It seems that everyone, including Wright via Fin City Brewing Company, really understands that if the industry continues to thrive here then everyone is ultimately going to profit. You can find more information about Fin City and its various brews at www.fincitybrewing.com.
Have you figured out how you’re going to spend this coming weekend? There is so much going on here and the diversity of the events is pretty cool. The biggest event is the Ocean City Air Show, which takes place on June 13 and 14 above the beach. You can check out our nations very best military and civilian performers, including, of course, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and many more. Check out www.ocairshow.com for a full schedule and more information.
The OC Car Show is quite literally rolling into town on June 13 and 14. The indoor/outdoor show will be held at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street and it will include cash awards, trophies, prizes, celebrities and all kinds of live entertainment. You can get more information at www.OCCarShow.com.
If you’re looking to cool off while being entertained after a hot day on the beach then keep in mind that The Next Ice Age will be performing nightly at 6:30 p.m. at the Carousel Hotel on 118th Street. The troupe features several former competitive figure skaters and on June 13-14, Kimmie Meissner will be on hand to perform as well. Skating fans will remember that Meissner is both a former world and national champion. She was also the youngest member of the 2006 Olympic team.
If you aren’t already a skating fan then catching a live performance may make you one. It’s a totally different experience when you can actually hear those blades crossing the ice and feel the wind created by a skater as they fly by. The Next Ice Age’s shows are all free to the public.
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs at 221 Wicomico Street and the bay is excited about its Summer Crab Race Series to benefit the Believe in Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation and Ocean City’s Children’s House by the Sea on 66th Street. Buddy’s OC will present 14 evenings running from now through Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Every Wednesday evening, Buddy’s OC will host and welcome “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 in Ocean City.
Are you a yoga fan? If so then Seacrets: Jamaica USA at 49th Street and the bay has an event scheduled just for you. Yogivibez Fest is happening this Saturday, June 14 from 9-11 a.m. You can experience a yoga class hosted by MC Yogi that will also includes food, drink and a nifty swag bag to take with you. The cost is $75 and you can register at www.seacretsboutique.com/tickets.
Seacrets is also teaming up with Ocean 98 for the Summer Concert Series 2015. MC Yogi is up next on the roster and scheduled to play on June 14. The Wheeland Brothers will also offer up a free concert later this month on June 29.
Also, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 from noon until 4 p.m. Seacrets will be celebrating Jah-Bacon Brew Fest. Local craft brews, a bacon-themed menu and live entertainment will all be the order of the day. Bacon and beer, who doesn’t love that? Tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but if you’re heading to the beach on a Sunday then don’t forget about the live music at Somerset Plaza. Located on Somerset Street between the Boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue, free concerts will be beginning soon. For the 13th year in a row, on select Sunday afternoons all summer long, various musicians will perform beginning at 3 p.m.
Blake Haley will be kicking off the series on June 14. For more information on the summer schedule you can contact OCDC at 410-289-7739.
Grotto Pizza at 14th Street and the Boardwalk has been open for about a month now and is already enjoying pretty steady business. While its primarily known for pizza and Italian fare, Grotto also offers a great breakfast buffet that you can enjoy on its new outdoor deck overlooking the ocean. Another popular Boardwalk spot is Shenanigan’s at Fourth Street. It’s a perfect stop for a cold one after a day on the beach and while there you can also grab a salad, soup, sandwiches, as well as entrees for either lunch or dinner.
Johnny’s Pizza & Pub, located at 56th Street and the bay is always offering up some really great specials. 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 pizza’s 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.
Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos on 118th Street on the ocean, offers 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.
Have you had a chance to check out Ropewalk on 82nd Street, bayside, yet? While the new restaurant is child-friendly enough that they are constructing a playground for kids right on the premises, they also really cater to adults with live entertainment seven days a week. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. with great food and drink specials.
Every Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is a Luau on the Beach with some great drink specials. You can grab Natural Light cans for just $1.50 and $4 will get you a Slushie, fireball or a variety of other specialty drinks.
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 June 21, Fish Tales will be hosting a Maryland Fallen Firefighters Fundraiser. Entertainment will be provided by Montgomery County Pipes and Drums. 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 38th Streets, oceanfront at Castle In The Sand Hotel, has Darin Engh live on the patio on Friday, June 12 from 12-4 p.m. John LaMere will follow from 5-9 p.m. 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.
Harborside Bar & Grill on South Harbor Road in West OC celebrates ladies night every Friday beginning at 7 p.m. with $3 Shooters and $4 for a glass of wine. It also has late night food and drink specials, Sunday through Thursday starting at 9 p.m.
Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on 54th Street, bayside, also features a popular happy hour that runs from 3-6 p.m. Macky’s also begins serving an early dinner at 4 p.m.
BJ’s On the Water at 75th Street and the bay features happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and there is also a late night happy hour that runs Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. through 2 a.m.
Fager’s Island on 60th Street on the bay has taken what is traditionally the most boring night of the week and turned it into a reason to party. It’s “I Love Mondays” deck parties are already a big hit and feature some pretty cool food and drink specials as well.
On Friday, June 12, Bell Curve and DJ Hook will be providing entertainment on the deck until Fish Out of Water hits the stage at 10 p.m. Joey Saah and Angeline Leech will be playing on the deck on Saturday, June 13, followed by DJ Groove. The Loop will take over at 10 p.m. on the main stage.
Fager’s also features $5 Smirnoff Bloody Mary’s and their special Sunday Jazz Brunch with Everett Spells is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fager’s Island will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, June 16. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with an old-school pig roast, Island Rum punch bar, Zion Reggae Band, The Klassix and DJ Hook. DJ Batman will host the event.
Speaking of Monday, The Brass Balls Saloon on the Boardwalk, between 11th and 12th streets has also created a way to help liven up your Monday nights. Bad Ass Monday has begun each week on the deck from 10 p.m. until closing. They are rewarding you for surviving the first day of the work week with some great specials, including $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.
If you’re on the other side of the bridge then you might want to stop into 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. Wednesday’s at The Globe feature free trivia beginning at 7 p.m. and it’s also Pizza & Pint Nite from 5-10 p.m.
The Ocean City Performing Arts Center has some pretty cool acts lined up that you may want to check out. 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.