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Support the MD Coastal Bays program at Holiday Arts Night

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

As part of Berlin’s Holiday Art night will be a special subset installation at the Atlantic Hotel to begin with but will eventually move into the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce to help raise funds for the MD Coastal Bays program.

 
For a more whimsical explanation of what Berlin Arts Night entails, please check out the longer post over here.
 
The most important information from that link that is not yet in this article is the hours of operation, so let’s get those all squared away. This Friday, November 25 from 6-9 p.m. the downtown will remain open late and each shop, restaurant, gallery and retail outlet will be featuring one or more local artists both inside and outside of their stores. There will be food, there will be beer and wine and there will be fun.
 
But a smaller part of that is opening that night at the Atlantic Hotel and that brings us back to the MD Coastal Bays program. This is the third year for this fundraiser and it will feature works from 20 or so local artisans. A full 30 percent of each sale will go towards supporting the local nonprofit that protects the region’s waterways.
 
But this is just the opening salvo of a weeklong sales event. After Arts Night packs it in until next spring, for the aptly named Spring Arts Night (we’ll let you know when it gets closer), the exhibit will travel down to the new Chamber of Commerce facility just down Main Street. From there it will join the artwork already on display and still on sale with the same percentage going to support the MDCB program.
 
So there are two reasons to go and three if you’re felling practical about it. First you can check out the new Chamber facility, next you can browse the artwork and perhaps purchase some, and third you can look around and get some great information on local businesses or facilities.
 
And there they shall remain, until the end of the holiday season. So even if you’re not rushing out to the Chamber for any particular reason over the next couple of weeks you might want to check it out if you’re in the neighborhood. The art will be viewable Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
 
So there’s an element of public service to the coming Arts Night festival in downtown Berlin. By all means eat, drink and be merry for that is what the night is intended, but if you see something at the Atlantic Hotel that catches your eye, buying a piece of original Berlin art will also help both the coastal bays and small maritime creatures.  

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