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Grand Opening Celebration of Performing Arts Center Featuring Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

OCO-2014-19990 PAC Grand Opening Flyer 8.5x11(January 6, 2015) – Good things come to those who wait and after more than a year of construction, the second phase of the improvement project for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center is complete.  The Mayor and Ocean City Council will be joined by members of the Maryland Stadium Authority and Maryland State officials on January 17, 2015, to celebrate the finished project with the official opening of the new Performing Arts Center.

The grand opening will celebrate the accomplishment of the brand new 1,200 seat, two tiered auditorium.  The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and performances by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Julien Benichou and featuring Israel Lozano. The OC Stars will also take the stage for a very special appearance.

“This event marks a monumental moment in our community’s history,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The Performing Arts Center is a focal point for entertainment in Ocean City.  It represents a lot of hard work, a strong partnership between Ocean City and the State of Maryland, big dreams and a very bright future for our community.  It is a beautiful venue and I am confident that citizens will walk away with a very different experience, a more personal experience, than they will at many other venues in our surrounding area.”

Ticket prices for the grand opening celebration range from $25-$45 and are currently on sale through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com or the convention center box office.  In addition to the performance, tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available and black tie is optional. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled at 7:15 and the concert to follow. For more information, visit http://ococean.com/events/grand-opening-celebration-of-performing-arts-center-featuring-mid-atlantic-symphony-orchestra or call 410.289.2800.

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT NORTHSIDE PARK

fireworkssss(December 31, 2014) – The town of Ocean City will again be offering a free fireworks show to ring in the New Year in conjunction with the seasonal favorite Winterfest of Lights.

The free fireworks show, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by musical entertainment, hot chocolate (for a small fee) and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights tram later than normal hours.

With only a few days left, Winterfest will be extended until midnight to allow visitors to travel through the extravagant display of one million lights and then listen to music from DJ Kutt as they wait for the countdown to the New Year. The New Year’s Eve festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. inside the Winterfest pavilion with the celebration continuing until midnight at Northside Park.

“We added the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to the Winterfest of Lights and it has been a huge hit amongst residents and visitors who were looking for a fun and family-friendly way to ring in the New Year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “The fireworks show is free for everyone and is an exciting and affordable way for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City.”

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NEW YEARS EVE FIRE SAFTEY

fireworkssss(December 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind the visitors and citizens of the danger involved with consumer fireworks as New Year’s Eve approaches. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 1,200 structure fires and 400 vehicle fires.  These fires caused an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.  On average, close to 9,000 people each year are treated for fireworks related injuries.

“There are several associated risks In addition to causing structural damage, fireworks can cause injuries and we want people to be safe during New Year’s celebrations in Ocean City. The safety and wellbeing of all residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City is the primary goal of the Ocean City Fire Department,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley. “If you want to ring in the New Year with Fireworks, the safest way is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show at Northside Park to celebrate the beginning of 2015.”

Although the State of Maryland has approved the use of ground-based sparkling devices such as cylindrical and cone fountains, these are not legal to use or possess in Ocean City. All other fireworks that may be sold in neighboring states are not legal for use by the general public anywhere in Maryland.

Within the Town of Ocean City, products such as handheld Gold labeled sparklers, “Snap-N-Pops”, “Black Cobra Snakes”, and “Party Poppers” are allowed to be used and possessed without a license.  However, injuries and property damage may still occur from these types of products, so parental supervision is always encouraged. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns!

Maryland law prohibits the shipping or transportation of fireworks into the state if the fireworks are to be possessed, used, sold, or distributed by citizens of Maryland.  Illegal fireworks found are subject to seizure by law enforcement authorities, and persons found in possession of illegal fireworks with the intent to use them run the risk of both criminal charges and the confiscation of the fireworks.  Fines for possession of illegal fireworks may be as much as $250, and those found selling or distributing illegal fireworks may be fined as much as $1000.

Anyone with questions pertaining to fireworks should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal at 410-289-8780.

19th Annual Mayor’s Open House features Sneak Peek of Performing Art Center

YOUR INVITED 2015

(December 31, 2014) – A new year, a new tradition. The 19th Annual Mayor’s Open House, which has been a community custom since 1997, will move from City Hall to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  The theme, which changes year-to-year, will feature the evolution of the Convention Center, highlighting the building’s new attraction, the Performing Art Center.

Scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day, the Mayor’s Open House will offer an open invitation for residents and visitors to meet the Mayor and City Council members. Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of the Convention Center, while also having the privilege to enjoy a first-look of the two tiered, 1,200 seat auditorium.  This rare glimpse, which takes place before the official Performing Arts Ribbon Cutting, will also offer free entertainment by Bryan Russo with several special guest performances.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to meet with the elected officials that serve our community,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The tradition at City Hall has been carried on for nearly two decades, so what better time than now to allow residents and guests to preview the Performing Art Center. It’s a perfect time to start a new tradition in our incredible new theater.”

Also participating in the event are several of the town’s community partners, including the Ocean City Beautification Committee, the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Art League of Ocean City, the Beach Patrol and the Community Response Team.  Outside the festively decorated Convention Center, the Ocean City Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department. 

The Open House is free, with on-going entertainment and light refreshments provided by Center Plate. For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.

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Tickets on Sale for Ocean City Performing Arts Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

PAC Ribbong Cutting(December 22, 2014) – Good things come to those who wait and after more than a year of construction, the second phase of the improvement project for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center is complete.  The Mayor and Ocean City Council will be joined by members of the Maryland Stadium Authority and Maryland State officials on January 17, 2015 to celebrate the finished project with the official opening of the new Performing Arts Center.

The grand opening will celebrate the accomplishment of the brand new 1,200 seat, two tiered auditorium.  The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and performances by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Julien Benichou and featuring Israel Lozano. The OC Stars will also take the stage for a very special appearance.

“This event marks a monumental moment in our community’s history,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The Performing Arts Center is a focal point for entertainment in Ocean City.  It represents a lot of hard work, a strong partnership between Ocean City and the State of Maryland, big dreams and a very bright future for our community.  It is a beautiful venue and I am confident that citizens will walk away with a very different experience, a more personal experience, than they will at many other venues in our surrounding area.”

Ticket prices for the grand opening celebration range from $25-$45 and are currently on sale through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com or the convention center box office.  In addition to the performance, tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available and black tie is optional. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled at 7:15 and the concert to follow. For more information, visit http://ococean.com/events/grand-opening-celebration-of-performing-arts-center-featuring-mid-atlantic-symphony-orchestra or call 410.289.2800.

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