This year has been a blur. We now find ourselves in the position to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. If you are in Ocean City, MD this weekend chances are you are here to enjoy the various New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities that will be taking place on Monday and Tuesday. So the list of things to do in Ocean City for this weekend will be focused toward helping you find the perfect event to ring in the new year.
Dining and Dancing
New Year’s Eve isn’t just about party favors. As such, there will be several Ocean City restaurants doing double duty as they provide fantastic cuisine and and serve as party headquarters for NYE revelers. The Clarion Ocean City Resort, featuring the Ocean Club and Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant, will be serving up their world famous gourmet dinner buffet from 8-10pm; with dancing and two live bands providing the entertainment from 9pm-3am. Tickets for a barstool -which include party favors open bar and hors d’oeuvres- are $90 per person. For the full buffet, tickets are $145 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance and you must 21 to attend. Call 410-524-3535 for additional information and to make reservations.
The Princess Royale featuring one of the best Ocean City restaurants, Schooners, will also be offering a dining extravaganza. They are offering three dining and entertainment packages. The Palmetto Ballroom package features a 5 course gourmet meal, 6 hour open bar and champagne toast for $129. The Atrium Stars package comes with a buffet style dinner, assorted desserts, champagne toast and 6 hour open bar for $99. The Palmetto and the Atrium will both feature live entertainment and dancing. Schooners will be showcasing a prime rib style buffet, live entertainment from 9pm-1am, champagne toast and cash bar for $49.95 per person. Tickets should be purchase in advance. Call 1-800-4-ROYALE for more details.
Galaxy 66 is one of the best Ocean City restaurants and they will have dinner specials and rolling out their brand new menu for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Dinner seating will be a 5, 7 and 9pm. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast and party favors included. Live entertainment by the Philly George Project will run from 10pm-2am. Reservations are required. Nestled conveniently on the roof of Galaxy 66 is the Skye Bar. The Skye Bar is one of the most unique Ocean City bars. They will be having a tented and heated celebration from 9pm-2am. Tickets for the Skye Bar celebration are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance. The ticket price includes premium open bar, DJ, complimentary champagne and party favors.
Ocean City Night Life
There are too many bars in Ocean City to try and cover each and every NYE event. Here are a few of the perennial favorites and a couple of other place that will take you a little of the beaten path. Fager’s Island will be holding their traditional New Years Eve party beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $40 per person and included in that price is the admission fee, party favors and complimentary champagne toast. There is no seating and fashionable attire is required. Live entertainment will be provided by Animal House starting at 10pm inside. Dj Groove will be spinning out on the deck at 9pm. You can purchase tickets online or at Fager’s business office.
Seacrets in Ocean City, MD. is also throwing a big New Year’s Eve party. They will have five live bands over the course of the evening and a dj or two mixed in. No advanced ticket purchase is required but be aware that vip cards and local id’s will not be honored for cover charge waiving. They will begin charging cover at 5pm and the cover starts a $20. Keep in mind that as the night progresses the cover charge will increase. Call 410-524-4900 for more details.
The Party Block breaks their off-season hibernation just for NYE. Their success in pulling off this event follows one simple formula: Open bar all night long. That is correct. For one price every drink at every bar, even shots, is included. Tickets are $85 per person unless you purchased your tickets in advance. Party Block has sold out for 17 years in a row, so if you haven’t already gotten your ticket you may not get one.
Dead Freddies has their main man DJ Wax manning the fort for the entire night. He will be spinning all your favorite party and dance tunes.There is no cover charge and they will have their regular menu and special dishes available. For more information call 410-524-3733.
So after a long night of merriment and ringing in the New Year what better way get yourself back together than to go for a little swim. That’s especially true if you don’t mind braving frigid water temperatures to raise money for a good cause. The 19th annual Atlantic General Penguin Swim will be taking place on Tuesday January 1, 2013. This annual event raises money to support our local community hospital, AGH. Registration for the Penguin Swim is at the Princess Royal Hotel in Ocean City and begins at 11:30am. With the swim to take place at 1pm. You can register solo or as a team and there will be prizes given away for various categories of penguins. There is plenty of room for swimmers and spectators alike. Donations are appreciated. After the swim you can continue your New Year’s Day festivities at Bull on the Beach. As DJ Wax emcees the the after swim activities once again.
For a more comprehensive guide of weekend and NYE/New Year’s Day events see the Ocean City Today listing which is available below.
From Ocean City Today’s OUT & ABOUT:
FRIDAY, DEC. 28
LAP TIME — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 10:30 a.m. For infants and young toddlers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities. Parents and caregivers will learn new ways to communicate with their toddlers. Registration is required by calling 410-641-0650.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
DINNER SHOW FUNDRAISER — Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums, 118th Street in Ocean City. Registration and open bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment by Suzette Pritchett. Cost is $40. Advance reservations required by calling Coleman Bunting, 410-726-7207. Benefits Ocean City Airport’s Huey Memorial.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST — VFW, Post 8296, 104 66th St., bayside in Ocean City, 8-11 a.m. A $5 donation for all-you-can-eat pancakes or 2-2-2, two eggs, two pancakes and two bacon slices, includes coffee and juice. Bloody Marys cost $3. Info: 410-524-8196.
SUNDAY, DEC. 30
SPORTS CARD, COMIC BOOK AND
COLLECTIBLE SHOW — Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, Del., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 tables of the area’s finest dealers. Admission costs $2 for adults, children 12 and younger admitted free. Reservations: 302-983-2636, email@example.com or www.a2zshows1.com.
MONDAY, DEC. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City, midnight. Entertainmnet by DJ Kutt. No charge. Winterfest will stay open extended hours for the event. Info: 410-250-0125.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION — Main Street, Berlin. Hot cider, hot chocolate, music and entertainment, ending with a ball drop across from the Atlantic Hotel. A Berlin Victorian Christmas event.
CELEBRATE WITH THE MAR-VA! — Pocomoke Elks Lodge. Happy hour at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Surf-n-turf dinner, silent auction and The Waterfront Band. Tickets cost $50. Table of eight available. Info: Diane, 410-957-1351.
DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS MEETS WEEKLY — The Delmarva Sweet Adeline Chorus, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning and singing in a barbershop format are welcome. Info: 410-208-4171.
HAND DANCING — House of Welsh, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick, Del. Free lessons from 6-7 p.m., open dancing 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Info: DC Hand Dance Club, 302-541-0728.
TUESDAY, JAN. 1
19TH ANNUAL PENGUIN SWIM — Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Condominiums, Atrium, 91st Street, Ocean City, 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Annual dip into Atlantic Ocean. Best costume contest and recognition of oldest and youngest penguins. Proceeds, gathered through corporate sponsorships and participant fundraising, support Atlantic General Hospital. Info: Laura Stearns, 410-641-9671 or www.Penguinswim.atlanticgeneral.org. Pre-registration will be available from 2-4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
ESKIMO SWIM — Cottage Cafe, 33034 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, Del. Team Cottage will enjoy breakfast and cocktails starting at 10 a.m. Shuttle will transport the group to and from the swim, leaving at noon. Registration costs $50. Team hat, scarf and gloves. Discounted Bloody Mary bar. Post plunge party will follow with DJ Bump. Register in-house or at www.cottagecafe.com. Info: 302-539-8710.
MAYOR’S OPEN HOUSE — City Hall, 301 Baltimore Ave., 1-3 p.m. This year’s theme focuses on the Public Works Department. Also featured will be exhibits from town departments including the Ocean City Police, Fire, Emergency Services and Beach Patrol. Mayor Meehan and City Council members will be on hand to greet visitors. Light refreshments served. Musical entertainment also presented. Info: 410-289-8967 or http://oceancitymd.gov.
33RD ANNUAL ILIA FEHRER/JUDY JOHNSON NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH WALK — Join the Assateague Coastal Trust at Assateague State Park at 1 p.m. for guided tour of barrier island. Theme, “It’s New Year’s Day Every Day on Assateague,” will relate to island renewal. Hot chocolate and cookies after the hike. Info: www.actforbays.org or 410-629-1538.
YOGA — James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, rotunda, 10231 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Berlin, 5:30-6:45 p.m. All levels welcome. Cost is $72 for eight sessions or $10 drop-in fee for first time. Info: Georgette Rhoads, 410-641-9734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
STORY TIME — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 10:30 a.m. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts for children 2-5 years old. Info: 410-524-1818.
E-READER TECH ZOO — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 2 p.m. Learn how to download ebooks from your public library. Kindle Connections at 2 p.m. Nook Know-How at 3 p.m. ipad Info at 4 p.m. Info: 410-641-0650.
HYPERTENSION CLINICS — Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital and takes place the first Wednesday of every month at Rite Aid, 10119 Old Ocean City Blvd., in Berlin, 1-3 p.m. Free blood pressure screening and health information. Info: Dawn Denton, 410-641-9268.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, first Wednesday of each month, 7-8 p.m. Georgette Rhoads will talk about yoga. All welcome. Info: Ellen Lurz, 443-814-5450 or email@example.com.
BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street across from Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 years allowed in the hall during bingo. Info: 410-250-2645.
DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets every Wednesday at Skyline Bar & Grille at The Fenwick Inn, 138th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and Carolina beach music. All are welcome. Discounted food and drink prices. Info: 302-337-3638.
TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Wednesdays, 4:45-6 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: 302-436-3682.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3
BARISTA AND BOOKS — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10:30 a.m. For infants to 5 year old children and their caregivers. Stories, crafts, cocoa and pastries for the children. Freshly brewed coffee for the parents provided by Starbucks. Info: 410-208-4014.
YOUNG AND RESTLESS — Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., 10:30 a.m. Creative science, art and music activities for children 3 to 5 years old. Dress for a mess. Reserve your place: 410-632-3495.
BEACH SINGLES — Every Thursday, Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour at Lighthouse Sound, 12723 St. Martins Neck Road, Bishopville, 4 p.m. Info: Arlene, 302-436-9577; Kate, 410-524-0649; or Dianne, 302-541-4642.
BINGO — American Legion Post 166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave., in Ocean City, every Thursday, year round. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. Food available. Open to the public. Info: 410-289-3166.
FREE TAX PREPARATION — SHORE UP! Inc. offers free tax-preparation and e-filing for families and individuals who made less than $51,000 last year. Taxes by appointment, Jan. 19 through April 13. To make an appointment at one of three locations in Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties, call 410-749-1142, weekdays, starting Jan. 2
FREE ADULT GED AND ESL CLASSES — Classes will begin the week of Jan. 7. Classes are offered day and night at nine locations with free childcare (ages 2-10) provided at two locations. Info: 410-632-5071.
NO NAME-CALLING WEEK ‘CREATIVE
EXPRESSION EXHIBIT’ — Submit essays, poetry, music, original artwork or photographs that convey experiences and feeling about name-calling, and ideas for putting a stop to verbal bullying. Submit creations to local library branches on or before Jan. 18, for exhibit during “No Name-Calling Week,” Jan. 21-26. Info: Kathy Breithut, firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-235-5597.
THE SHEPHERD’S NOOK THRIFT SHOP — Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and small household items.
AL-ANON MEETINGS — Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Drive, every Sunday and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
COMPUTER AND E-READER INSTRUCTION — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway. Staff offers individual computer or E-Reader instruction by appointment: 410-524-1818.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, through Jan. 31. John McManus has been photographing rivers, bays, harbors and wildlife of Pennsylvania and Ocean City for nearly three decades. He has developed a technique that blends the richness of color photography with the soft beauty of oils and watercolors. Info: 410-208-4014
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT EXHIBIT — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, through December. Featuring works by Edith Vogl, oil and watercolor international artist and child of German artist Ernst Franz Josef Vogl. Info: 410-208-4014.
From Ocean City Today’s APPEARING LIVE:
19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL
West Ocean City
Dec. 28: Louis Wright, 6-10 p.m.
Dec. 29: Melissa Alesi,
Dec. 31: Chris
Jan. 1: Chris Button, Johnny Mojo & Walt Farozic, 1-5 p.m.
13th Street and the
Boardwalk in the
Beach Plaza Hotel
Every Friday and Saturday: Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt
Dec. 31: Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt, 8 p.m.
BJ’S ON THE WATER
75th Street and the bay
Dec. 28: Thin Ice, 9 p.m.
Dec. 29: Full Circle, 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: DJ Fast Eddie, 10 p.m.
Jan. 2: Randy Lee
Ashcraft, 5-8 p.m.
Route 1, Bethany Beach, Del.
Every Friday: DJ
Bump, 5-8 p.m.
Every Tuesday: Pub Party Trivia w/DJ Bump, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 29: Carbon 14,
10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
60th Street and the bay
Dec. 28: DJ Hook, 9 p.m.;
Ginger, 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 29: DJ Rob Cee, 9 p.m.; Kevin Poole, sunset;
The Loop, 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 30: Jazz Brunch w/Everett Spells, 11 a.m. to
3 p.m.; DJ Hook; Animal House, 10 p.m.
Dec. 31: DJ Groove; NYE
Party w/Everett Spells;
Animal House, 10 p.m.
Jan. 1: Everett Spells
66th Street, bayside
Dec. 28: Philly George
Project, 7-11 p.m.
Dec. 29: DJ Rob Cee,
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dec. 31: Philly George Project, DJ Capo, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL
12841 S. Harbor Road
West Ocean City
Dec. 28: Ladies Night w/DJ Billy T, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Dec. 29: Simple Truth,
2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy,
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Dec. 30: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Billy T/DJ
Bigler, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Dec. 31: DJ Billy T, 7 p.m.
Jan. 3: Opposite Directions,
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Route 54, Fenwick
Dec. 29: Chris Button &
Joe Mama, 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: Mojo Mama , 8:30 p.m.
HOUSE OF WELSH
1106 Coastal Highway,
Fenwick Island, Del.
Every Friday: DJ Norm, 3-6 p.m.; Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m.
Every Saturday: Tony
Vega, 6-10 p.m.
Every Sunday: Tony
Vega, 6-10 p.m.
Every Monday: DJ
Norm, 6-9 p.m.
DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m.
127th Street and
Dec. 28: Nate Clendenan
Dec. 29: Mark E
Dec. 30: Hot Sauce Sandwich
Dec. 31: Phantom Limbs
OCEAN CLUB NIGHTCLUB
In the Horizons Restaurant
In the Clarion
101st Street and the ocean
Dec. 28-30: Arizona,
Dec. 31: Power Play and
Arizona, 9 p.m.
49th Street and the bay
Dec. 28: Goodman Fiske,
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dec. 29: Rew Smith, 5-9 p.m.; Element K, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Total Whiteout,
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dec. 30: Jon Maurer Band,
5-9 p.m.; Element K,
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Dec. 31: Full Circle, 4-7:30 p.m.; Jon Maurer Band,
8-11:30 p.m.; Joe Bachman & The Crew, 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.; Lucky You, 1-4 a.m.; 9 Mile Roots, midnight to 3 a.m.
West Fenwick Island, Del.
Every Tuesday: Let’s
Do Trivia, 7 p.m.
Every Thursday: Randy
Lee Ashcraft, 8 p.m.
Every Friday: Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys, 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: DJ Linda, 8 p.m.