Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

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

(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.



Tis the Season! Holiday Shopper’s Fair returns to Roland E. Powell Convention Center!

(November 10, 2014) – Tis the Season! The whole family will enjoy a visit to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, November 28-30, for the 32nd Annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair.  The Holiday Shopper’s Fair, which was started in 1983 as  part of the effort to bring visitors to the resort in the shoulder season, attracted 2,000 people with 66 vendors its first year in Ocean City. This year, the shopping extravaganza will feature more than 120 vendors with an estimated 9,000 people visiting the three-day tradition, which is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

This year’s fair features unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, including art and craft items, hand painted furniture, quilted handbags, ornaments, candles, jewelry, florals and other specialty gift items. You’ll also find toys, pet items and sports related memorabilia, nautical items, stained glass, country woodcrafts, lighted baskets and ceramics.  Vendors will also offer honey-roasted almonds and chocolates, Greek pastries, assorted cakes and cookies for gift giving.

Non-profit organizations will also be on hand including Delmarva Cat Connection with cat/kitten adoptions and art and craft items, and Town Cats with adoptions, puzzles and other gift items for sale. Quilters By The Sea will sell raffle tickets for a quilt. The Marine Corps League will be on hand for Wounded Warriors and Toys for Tots.

Face painting and games will be offered this year for children and these activities are included in the price of admission to the show. Santa will be making a daily appearance from 11am to 3:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 2pm on Sunday. Be sure to stop by and leave your Christmas wish list.

Door prize drawings will be held every hour on the half hour (must be present to win) and for the non-shopper, a television room will be open showing football games. Show hours are Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for the weekend. Children 13 and under are admitted free.  For more information about the 32nd Annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair, call 1-800-OC-OCEAN, 410-289-2800 or e-mail





22nd Annual Winterfest of Lights Opening November 20

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(November 5, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will be a bit brighter beginning November 20, when the Winterfest of Lights celebrates its 22nd year illuminating Northside Park.  Named a prestigious Top 100 Event for 2013 by American Bus Association and voted “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition” by Maryland Life Magazine, Winterfest of Lights is a winter paradise for the whole family to enjoy. 

The Winterfest Express takes guests on a ride through a mile-long animated wonderland of dazzling lights and spectacular displays, including the Twelve Days of Christmas and additional fairytale favorites.  Christmas carols float through the air and throughout the Winterfest Village, which is located inside a festive and heated pavilion.  

To celebrate the spirit of the season, visitors can sip hot chocolate from The OC Recreation Boosters Café or browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special stocking stuffer or OC souvenir.  In celebration of 50 years of the Boardwalk Tram,  guests can take their photo at Winterfest’s very own Instagram photo spot, with a classic Winterfest Express tram car.

Don’t forget to visit Santa with your wish list and meet Mrs. Claus, who makes her first appearance at Winterfest. Whereas Santa is all about giving to others as a sign of appreciation, Mrs. Claus is here to spread her wisdom on staying healthy and lending a helping hand. This iconic couple will be on site to delight adults and kids alike through December 23. 

The special opening ceremony, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at Northside Park’s Winterfest Village at 127th Street and the bay, is free and open to the public.  The ceremony features Ocean City Elementary School’s “OC Stars” performing holiday songs and dance.  In addition, Mayor Rick Meehan will “flip the switch” to light the Christmas tree and officially open the Winterfest of Lights.  Even Santa will make a surprise appearance for the opening ceremony, which will feature free rides on the Winterfest Express train for the remainder of the evening.

Adding to the excitement of Winterfest of Lights, the Jingle Bell Run and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks show will both be returning for a third year. The Winterfest of Lights Jingle Bell Run, which will take place on Sunday, December 7, is sponsored by the Town of Ocean City’s Recreation and Parks Department and OC TriRunning.  The race takes runners through an animated course of dazzling lights and spectacular displays at Northside Park.  The New Year’s Eve celebration, which also takes place at Northside Park, will celebrate the beginning of 2015 with live entertainment, free give-always, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.

Winterfest of Lights is located at Northside Park, 125th Street & the Bay.  Beginning November 20, the hours of operation will be Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Winterfest tickets are available and can be purchased in advance at the Ocean City Community Center and the Convention Center.  Admission is $5.00 for those 12 years & older and FREE for those 11 years and younger.

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout the town, Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights will create a long lasting holiday memory for you and your family.   For more information, visit or call 410-250-0125.




Kenneth “Kenny” Jordan Retires After Nearly 38 Years with Town of Ocean City

Kenny Retirement(October 28, 2014) – Kenneth Jordan, more fondly known by his colleagues as “Kenny,” has retired after nearly 38 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Jordan, who joined the town in 1976, has been a member of the Engineering Department for the length of his career.

While Jordan’s formal responsibilities as an Engineer Associate included updating city maps, drawings as requested, the review of subdivisions and approval of site plans, he also assisted with the installation of city sidewalks and the upgrading of city streets.  An avid historian, Jordan also worked with Auto Cad and Liserfiche programs, drawing maps and recording files.

Throughout his career with the town, Jordan worked under five mayors and 37 councilmembers.  “I have had the privilege to work under many different elected officials, with many different views and opinions,” Jordan stated.  “The one thing that has stuck with me like a frying pan without Teflon was the research of history on any topic.  I found, in the end, I became a part of the history.”

Jordan, who worked as a teacher in Wicomico County before joining the Town of Ocean City, plans to further his learning and occupation opportunities.  “My future plans include time with my family, new employment and further education,” Jordan continued.  “I am looking forward to traveling with my wife, Cathy, working on my hobbies, researching my family history and enjoying myself.”




Municipal Election Drawing Near, Absentee Ballot Applications Accepted

(October 23, 2014) – With Election Day quickly approaching, the Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the Municipal election will be held on November 4, 2014, to coincide with the National Election Day.  The polls, which are held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located at 4001 Coastal Highway, open promptly at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Those residents who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day must apply for and submit their municipal absentee ballots to the City Clerk’s Office by mail or by hand, no later than November 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.  Absentee voters should be mindful that the process, when done by mail, takes time. Therefore, voters are encouraged to allow plenty of time to receive, complete and deliver their ballots.

Residents should also note that early voting centers will NOT include the municipal election on the early voting ballot.  To vote for the municipal election, voters must either vote in person on November 4, at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, or by absentee ballot.  

For more information about the Town of Ocean City Municipal Election, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 410-289-8824.