Ocean City and Worcester County are gathering breath this week for this giant scream next week – but that doesn’t mean the cupboard is bare in terms of things to do. It’s true that we’re past the point of huge gatherings with hundreds of thousands of tourists but that just means all of the amenities that put Ocean City on the map in the first place are just that much more accessible by being less crowded.
Have a favorite nightspot? A favorite restaurant? Check our list of dining specials
for the best on off-season deals. Also included are some of the shut-down dates for the restaurants that choose to sleep through the winter so check that out if you’d like to sneak one last taste of summer in before the hibernation begins.
There have been Cruisin’ cars – generally speaking tricked out or restored muscle and hot rods, the Corvettes, which are generally well-known to anyone with knowledge of things that run on gas and have four wheels. Before those we played host to Bike Week and BikeFest. It’s been a good few weeks for things that have motors. But, those things have all been tricked out, restored or especially well maintained as a matter of course. But this Saturday is for the rest of us. Those with scratched paint, economical and practical modes of transport – the caveat here is an Ocean City license plate is required. There will be a group photo in the Inlet and each car will be photographed as it parades down the Boardwalk. The meeting point is 22nd Street at 8 a.m. and “Roll off” starts at 9.
Now a little something for the locals: This Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Powellville Fire department will play host to a quarter auction to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are paddles and paddles are $4 in advance but $5 at the door. One additional paddle purchase is allowed at $2. Vendors include Longaberger, Pampered Chef, Avon, Tupperware among others.
As Ocean City transforms itself into the second season version of itself many of the great and familiar sights are still available for another weekend visit. There are many smaller events creeping up and while the sometimes chaotic summer is behind us there is a whole new way to enjoy OC coming up. The smaller town of Berlin will become the focus for Halloween, as none in the area celebrate Halloween like Berlin does.
Things are changing in OC right now, as those businesses who are keeping the progression of the notion of Ocean City as a “year-round” town soldier on while some others settle in for a long winter’s nap, and it’s as interesting a time to visit as the Fourth of July – just in a different way. Things don’t change drastically, but they do change a little, and a shift in perspective sometimes helps appreciations grow.
NEXT WEEK: Halloween in Berlin, Halloween on the Boardwalk and Halloween just about everywhere else.