The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has selected “102 Gentlemen & A Lady” written by Ocean City Museum Society board member Gordon Katz for a 2013 Award of Merit winner. The award, which is selected by the leadership in history awards committee, will be presented during AASLH’s annual meeting in Birmingham, AL.
This book details the story of the Atlantic Hotel Company in Ocean City and includes brief biographies of the original members of the corporation. Katz worked for many years researching and collecting data to present an accurate account of the founding of the hotel and the very early beginning of Ocean City history.
“My interest in Ocean City history was sparked initially by my wife’s postcard collection but truly blossomed when Sue Hurley, the former museum curator, took the time to personally respond to a question that I had,” said Katz, who resides in Ellicott City, MD. “Sue’s admonition to dig deeper is what eventually led me to write the book.”
The book, which is available for sale in the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum’s gift shop and online at http://www.ocmuseum.org for $24.95, is a must have for anyone interested in Ocean City history. The Ocean City Museum Society would like to acknowledge society member George Hurley for all of his diligent efforts in completing the tedious and time consuming nomination process for the award.
Nine artists were recipients of awards presented during Ocean City’s 13th Annual Art’s Alive held June 15-16 at Northside Park. This year’s Art’s Alive featured approximately 100 artists competing in the two-day juried fine arts show with artists competing in several categories.
“It was a beautiful weekend at Northside Park for the 13th Annual Arts Alive,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “As always, I was impressed by the variety of fine art on display by over 100 artists. With live music, family fun activities and unique artwork around the picturesque bayside lagoon, there was something fun for everyone.”
The Mayor’s Choice Award was presented for to Joan Betzold of Bel Air, MD, for her fiber piece entitled “Colorado Pride.” The Judges’ Choice Awards were presented for: “Beach Reflections” by Cindy Hirt of Hawthorne, FL, in the category of mixed media; “Terra Equstra” by Sara Halcott and Robert Johnson of Salisbury, MD in the category of ceramics; “Boats in Rockport Harbor” by Randy Hodges of Spring City, TN, in the category of painting; “Full Collar by Jennifer Brower of Kimberton, PA, in the category of jewelry; “The Canal in Manayunk” by Mark Turner of Wilmington, DE in the category of painting.
The Best of Show Award was presented for “To the Top” by Bernie Houston of Laurel, MD, in the category of Fine Wood and the People’s Choice Award was presented to David and Eve Janni of Chance, MD and their category of sculpture and drawing.