(December 17, 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 Centerplate. For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.