Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tickets for Sunfest headline entertainment go on sale Thursday, Beach Boys in event line-up

Ocean City, MD – The Town of Ocean City is excited to announce that tickets for The Beach Boys, who will perform at Sunfest 2013 will go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 2 at 12 p.m. Tickets for The Beach Boys, who will perform on Saturday September 21, range between $30-$59. BEACH_GROUP_8x10

Since their first song debuted in 1961, The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that has defined their explosive 50 year career. And now in 2013, their 2003 Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified double platinum with over two million in sales and climbing), and it’s 2007 companion The Warmth of the Sun marks a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.

Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.

Tickets for the show will be on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th St. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at or by calling 800-551-7328.

Sunfest 2013 features four days of live entertainment, arts, crafts, delicious food and plenty of family fun, all at Ocean City’s Inlet Lot and beach September 19-22. For more information about Sunfest 2013, visit


Ocean City celebrating the 23rd Annual Springfest

springfest.psdOcean City celebrates the start of the season with the 23rd Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food from May 2 –5, 2013.  Springfest is located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.  With a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages, Springfest is fun for people of all ages. Admission to the four-day event is free, including all entertainment, with the exception of the headline acts.

One of this year’s headlining acts is Foreigner, a British-American band formed in 1976 by Englishman, Mick Jones in New York City.  Foreigner will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  In the 80s, they dominated the charts with songs like “Waiting for a Girl Like you,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” With a career spanning over thirty years, Foreigner continues to release new music and tour.  Their music continues to get airplay on popular and classic rock radio. Tickets are sold out

Country music sensation, Justin Moore will also be preforming as a headliner this year.  Taking the stage on Friday, May 3, Moore will be showcasing his #1 hits, such as “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Faraway.” Since arriving in 2008, the Arkansas native has stayed on the charts with many other hits including, “Bait a Hook,” “Backwoods” and “Til My Last Day.” His songs reflect his small-town, southern upbringing mixing traditional and hard-rocking country music.  Moore has toured with the biggest names in country music, including Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley gaining loyal fans along the way. Tickets are $20 to $45.

Also at Springfest, Beatlemania Again will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2.  This fabulous journey back in time is a performance every fan of music must see.  Their performance chronologically traces the Beatles from their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, to the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper era, to the final years of Abbey Road and Let It Be.  For only $5 to $10, you can relive the music, the magic and the mania of the Beatles live on stage.

Springfest visitors should also bring their appetite.  Over 30 food vendors will serve a variety of delicious food, from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to a wide assortment of ethnic food.  For more information about Springfest 2013, call the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125, or toll-free 1-800-626-2326


Town of Ocean City announces new Special Events Superintendent

frank millerAfter conducting a national search, which resulted in dozens of qualified candidates, the Town of Ocean City is pleased to welcome Frank Miller to the position of Special Events Superintendent for the Town of Ocean City.  The position recently became vacant when 14-year Town of Ocean City employee, John “Sully” Sullivan, retired.

As Special Events Superintendent, Miller will manage countless events in the resort town, including Sundaes in the Park, Concerts on the Beach, Arts Alive, Springfest, Sunfest and Winterfest. While his formal responsibilities include planning, coordinating and executing the Town of Ocean City’s various special events, he is also responsible for managing hundreds of private events within Ocean City.

Miller has spent the last 18 years of his professional career in event production and management, including the annual OC Air Show.  His portfolio includes public, corporate, and private events and conferences with notable undertakings such as the Year 2000 New Year’s Eve event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics’ Annual Product Line Show introducing DLP technology and the 2007 World Space Expo at Kennedy Space Center celebrating 50 years of space exploration. He also has a creative edge to his efforts, in both conceptual planning and visual arts, nurtured by the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

“We are very excited to have Frank join our exceptional Special Events team,” said Susan Petito, Assistant Director of Recreation and Parks.  “I believe his expertise will compliment that of our veteran staff’s, and he will be able to bring a fresh perspective to our award-winning and nationally ranked events.”

Miller, a native of Elizabethtown, PA, and a graduate of Elizabethtown College, brings with him to the Eastern Shore his wife of 19 years, Jennifer and two children, Andrew and Matthew. When Miller is not working with the Ocean City Special Events Division team or attending his sons’ lacrosse games, he enjoys visiting local car shows and camping with his family.


Public invited to Sustainable Community Planning meeting

The Town of Ocean City’s Planning and Community Development Department, in partnership with the Ocean City Development Corporation, would Ocean City Vintage Logolike to invite the public to attend a meeting to gather input on the Sustainable Community Plan.  The meeting will be held on April 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Red Doors Community Center on 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.

“The goal of this meeting is to receive public input as the community applies for the designation as a Sustainable Community,” said Matt Margotta, Planning and Community Development Director.  “We are currently in the process of updating the existing Community Legacy Plan and it is important for us to incorporate input from the citizens of Ocean City for the plan of action.”

The Sustainable Community Plan is the result of a January 2010 report, “Sustainable Maryland: Accelerating Investment in the Revitalization and Livability of Maryland’s Neighborhoods.” The report, which developed at the request of the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, reviewed Maryland’s tool kit for revitalization and the impact of these tools over the last fifteen years.

The report found that the Maryland communities that have made the most revitalization progress share the following characteristics; A specific local target area that has attained multiple State “designations” that make the community eligible for maximum access to State revitalization funding; a Strong local leadership and partners from the public and private sectors that coordinate and leverage financing to implement ongoing initiatives; and, A multi-year investment strategy that is both realistic and ambitious, providing a road map for local stakeholders to create a more sustainable economy and livable community life.

“The findings of the Sustainable Maryland report recognized the importance of local leadership with locally driven and targeted plans,” Margotta continued. “Our Sustainable Community Plan will include a range of revitalization strategies and projects that prevent or reverse the decline of or disinvestments in the Sustainable Community Areas (SC Areas) through improvements in residential, commercial, or other public or private properties and resources and can also result in reduction of community environmental impacts.”



Ocean City’s Arbor Day Celebration planned for April 26

ad 10bThe Town of Ocean City celebrates Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 at Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Second grade classes from Ocean City Elementary School will present skits, poems, songs and artwork to show the importance of trees in our environment.

For over 25 years, the Ocean City Beautification Committee has partnered with the students to bring this program to the community.  Also during the celebration, the Mayor and City Council will be presented with two prestigious awards. The first is the National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” award, which the town has received for the past 25 years. Ocean City was the first barrier island in the country to receive this award. The second is the Maryland Community Forest and the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service’s Maryland P.L.A.N.T. (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) Community Award, which Ocean City has received since the program’s inception 21 years ago.

The highlight of the event is when students assist the Mayor and Council in planting a tree at Northside Park as part of the Beautification Committee’s TreeMendous Program.  The celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Northside Park community room with light refreshments. The festivities then move outdoors where the ceremony takes place weather permitting. The celebration kicks off with the presentation of the flags by the American Legion Color Guard. Following the tree planting, the students will enjoy demonstrations by the Ocean City Police Department’s mounted police and K-9 units.

All citizens and visitors are invited to join the Mayor and Council along with the Beautification Committee for this long-standing tradition. For more information, call Donna Greenwood, Beautification Committee Chairperson, at 410-289-7060.