Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

Forget about the Black Friday Crowds; Give the Gift of Gill (Vince Gill That Is) to Your Loved Ones this Holiday Season

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(November 24, 2014) – Looking for a special stocking stuffer for your loved one this year? Beginning Black Friday, November 28, tickets will be on sale for Vince Gill and Beatlemania Again, both of which will headline the entertainment at Springfest 2015.

Gill, one of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, has Gill-Slingere5lgbecome the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding with hits like “When I Call Your Name,” which was his breakthrough song, winning him the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award.  Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history.

The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious “The Home Depot Humanitarian Award” and the “Career Achievement Award.” Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums.  Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album on September 11, 2012.  Tickets for Gill, who will be performing on Friday, May 8, 2015, are $30 to $60.

BMASgtPepperPromo2012Also at Springfest, Beatlemania Again will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015.  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.  It’s a performance that any fan of music must see and provides the audience with a fabulous journey back in time.  For only $10 to $15, you can relive the music, the magic and the mania of the Beatles live on stage.

Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 25th Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach May 7 –10, 2015. Tickets for both shows will be on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th Street.  Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Tickets can also be purchased at or by calling 800-551-7328.  Admission to Springfest is free.



It’s Turkey Time!! Use Your Kitchen Smarts when Cooking this Thanksgiving!!

turkey-fryer-fire-thanksgivingThe holidays are a time when kitchens across the country are filled with family and friends.  As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors of the dangers associated with turkey fryers and offer safety tips to ensure a safe holiday for all.

“One of the latest trends and new traditions in Thanksgiving festivities is deep frying a turkey,” commented Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley. “However, if you don’t take precautions, turkey fryers can be very dangerous and can result in an injury or fire.”

Turkey fryers utilize large amounts of cooking oil, which poses a significant risk for burns to the skin.  In addition, overheating of the cooking oil significantly increases the risk of fire.  For these reasons, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as well as numerous other safety organizations, does not recommend the use of home gas-fueled turkey fryers.  Safer alternatives, such as an outdoor “oil-less” turkey fryer, should be considered.

However, where gas-fueled turkey fryers are used, the following precautions should be taken to ensure your safety:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors away from all buildings and decks.  Local ordinance prohibits the use of outdoor cooking equipment within 20’ of any multi-family dwelling.
  • Fryers should be used on solid, flat surfaces to reduce accidental tipping.  Fryers should not be overfilled with oil.
  • The turkey should be fully thawed prior to being placed in the fryer.
  • The fryer should never be left unattended and children and pets should be kept away from the fryer.
  •  An all-purpose ABC fire extinguisher should be kept close by during fryer use.
  • Lastly, all instructions from the manufacturer should be strictly adhered to during use.

While their use has become more popular over the years, there are currently no gas-fueled turkey fryers listed for use by Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.), an independent product testing laboratory.  The Ocean City Fire Department urges those who prefer fired turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep friend turkeys or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.For more information on turkey fryer safety, please contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, at 410-289-8780, or visit


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.