(Aug. 30, 2013) School is back in session, but Ocean City visitors can celebrate one more weekend of summer with fireworks, concerts and festivals slated for this Labor Day weekend in the area.
Ocean City will host its 19th annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The free event will feature pottery, glass art, woodwork, candles and more on sale by about 70 vendors at the convention center on 40th Street.
“We keep it free to give people just one more thing to do when they’re down here,” said festival promoter Ami Hastings.
Most artists are from the Delmarva area and will bring some new wares this year, including driftwood art, Hastings said.
A concession stand will be open and specialty food vendors will sell nuts, homemade cakes and breads and other food and drinks.
On Sunday, the Town of Ocean City will host its final laser lights show from 9:30-10:30 p.m. at North Division Street and the beach. The free show will light up the night with lasers, lights and special effects choreographed to music and displayed on a five-story inflatable sphere.
“The laser light shows have grown into one of most popular events that we offer,” Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said. “The grand finale this Sunday is going to be the best show yet. If you are in or near Ocean City this weekend, you won’t want to miss it.”
In addition to the grand finale show on Sunday, a laser light show is slated for Saturday night. Each show is about eight minutes long and begins at 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, Aug. 31, in Selbyville, Del., Juggler Cascading Carlos will lead a free program on juggling for kids at the Freeman Stage from 10-11 a.m. He is known for incorporating illusions and tricks in his juggling acts.
“You’ll be amazed by his juggling skills,” said Kim Schilpp of the Freeman Stage. “His talent to teach you how to juggle will help you build your self-esteem, confidence and focus.”
The stage is four miles west of Fenwick Island, Del. at the intersection of Route 54 and Route 20. Turn into the Bayside community and continue straight on Americana Parkway. The stage is on Town Lake at the intersection of Americana Parkway and Lakeview Drive.
Bring your own chair to this event.
Later that night, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Morgan State University Choir at the Freeman Stage’s season finale, complete with fireworks.
The orchestra is “definitely a crowd pleaser” and performed with the same choir last year, the stage’s accounting manager Bernadette Dalling said. “They were very well-received.”
The free show begins at 7 p.m., but Dalling said visitors should come early as the event draws a big crowd. The performance will close with fireworks around 9 p.m. Bring your own chair.
In Pocomoke, 54th annual Skipjack Race festivities run all weekend, Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2.
The event hosted by the Deal Island Chance Lion’s Club kicks of Saturday night with a gospel concert from 4-9 p.m. at the harbor. The event is free, though donations will be accepted. Several arts and crafts vendors will be present Saturday night.
Sunday, there will be a church service at the harbor stage at 9 a.m. and a car show at the harbor at 9:30 a.m. The afternoon will feature live music, 35 arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits and food from a dozen vendors serving soft crab sandwiches, oysters, barbecue, egg rolls and Asian food. Some skipjack owners will give free tours of their boats.
At 1 p.m., the cars will parade from Deal Island School to the harbor, with awards to follow. The car show and parade are free to watch.
In the evening, a dance with a live band runs from 7-11:30 p.m. The dance costs $7.50 per person. Food will be available.
“It’s in the grass, but it’s fun,” Deal Island Chance Lion’s Club Secretary Bill Sailer said. “It’s usually a pretty well attended dance.”
Monday, the races begin. The sailboat race starts at 9 a.m. and skipjacks compete at 9:30 a.m. The boats will leave from Deal Island and race up Tangier Sound and back, and visitors can watch from their boats or the beach.
Admission costs $5 Monday for adults and is free for children under 12.
After the races, there will be food, vendors and music; a kids swimming contest and bouncy house; and more tours of the skipjacks. A silent auction and drawings for $5,000 in cash prizes will take place.
At 2:30 p.m., a boat-docking contest with 15 to 20 boats competing in several classes begins.
“It’s really something to hear,” Sailer said. “You can see it, you can hear it, you can smell it.”
At 6:30 p.m., the weekend’s events end with an awards ceremony, including a $1,000 prize for race winners.
The events take place rain or shine.
To get to the harbor from Ocean City, take Route 50 and turn onto Route 13 South. Pass through the town of Princess Anne and then turn right onto Route 363, Deal Island Road. After crossing a bridge, the festival will be on the right.