Ocean City Maryland Sandfest Schedule of Events

Get ready for the most fun you can have in the sand at the Ocean City Sandfest, August 18-31, 2014.

 

OC Sandfest is a two week event, which will showcase all the excitement of sand sculpting along with free family activities.  From August 18 through August 22, visitors to Ocean City can watch as internationally recognized master champion sand sculptors transform the OC beach sand into creative works of art.  Sculptors will be sculpting daily from 9am-6pm.  With Mother Nature hopefully on our side, the sculptures will remain on display through August 31st along the Ocean City Boardwalk from North Division Street to 4th Street. 

 

Some of the sculptures visitors can see include themes such as Patriotic, Maryland, Nursery Rhymes, Dinosaurs, Sea Life and more!

 

Friday evening, August 22, at 8pm will be the Grand Illumination where the completed sand sculptures will light up the night for the first time.  Enjoy the lighted sculptures as you stroll along the Boardwalk nightly, August 22-August 31, 8pm-11pm.

 

The weekend of August 23rd and 24th will be filled with free fun family events and activities including sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons, family games, sand sculpting competitions and more!   All activities are free and will take place on the beach at North Division Street.  Please see below for a condensed schedule of events.

 

One of the family activities will be a Family Sand Sculpting Competition, August 23rd at 10am on the beach at North Division Street.  Gather your friends and family and compete in this friendly competition.  Space is limited so if you’d like to compete please plan to arrive early to register.  Judging will begin at 12noon and prizes will be awarded at 1pm.  For complete rules visit www.ocsandfest.com.

 

OC Sandfest is being funded in part through the Town of Ocean City’s Tourism Advisory Board, along with the generous sponsorship of the following businesses: Bull on the Beach, The Carousel Group, Dip N Dots, The Dough Roller, Francis Scott Key Resort, Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, Layton’s Family Restaurant, OC Today, Seacrets and Shenanigan’s Restaurant.  For additional OC Sandfest information visit www.ocsandfest.com, call 410-798-6304 or email infoevent@specialeventpro.com.

 

SANDFEST HIGHLIGHTED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

August 18-22, 9am-6pm, Sand Sculptures-Watch Professional Sand Sculptors create works of art.

August 22-August 31, 8pm-11pm, Illuminations-See the sculptures light up the night.

August 23-August 31, daily, Sculptures on Display-See the sculptures as you stroll the boardwalk.

August 23 & 24, 9am-10am, Sand Sculpting 101- Join the Pros to learn how to build sand sculptures.

August 23, 10am, Family Sand Sculpting Competition- Compete for prizes in this fun competition.

August 23 & 24, 2pm-3pm, Hands in the Sand Demo- Watch the Pros share tricks of the trade.

August 23, 4pm-5pm, SANDsational Family Fun & Games- Play games and win prizes in the sand.

August 24, 10am-11am, Win, Lose or Sculpt- Gather a team and play this fun filled game.

August 24, 3pm-4pm, Drip Castle Competition- Try your luck at building a drip castle.

Ocean City Maryland Sandfest Sand Breaking Ceremony

PhotoThe Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, Maryland, along with Team Sandtastic and Special Event/T.E.A.M Productions, invite all to join in the official kickoff to OC Sandfest.  

 

“We are excited to welcome Sandfest to our long list of activities and events.” Said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “Sand sculptures and sand castles are some of the first things you do with your family when you visit the beach. During this time of the season we see an increase of families with young children.  What better way to welcome these families and make memories that will last forever.”

 

The sand breaking ceremony will take place on the beach at North Division Street, Monday August 18th at 8am.  Following the ceremony internationally renowned professional sand sculptors from Team Sandtastic will begin creating exciting sand sculptures along the beach between North Division Street and 4th Street.  OC Sandfest is a two weeklong event, which will showcase all the excitement of sand sculpting along with interactive family attractions and activities.  From August 18 through August 22, visitors to Ocean City can watch as master champion sand sculptors transform the OC beach sand into creative works of art.  With Mother Nature hopefully on our side, the sculptures will remain on display through August 31st along the Ocean City Boardwalk from North Division Street to 4th Street. 

 

The weekend of August 23rd and 24th will be filled with free fun family events and activities including sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons, family games, sand sculpting competitions and more! 

 

The event is being funded in part through the Town of Ocean City’s Tourism Advisory Board, along with the generous sponsorship of the following businesses: The Bull on the Beach, The Carousel Group, Dip N Dots, The Dough Roller, The Francis Scott Key Resort, The Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, Layton’s Family Restaurant, OC Today, Seacrets and Shenanigan’s Restaurant.  For additional OC Sandfest information visit www.ocsandfest.com, call 410-798-6304 or email infoevent@specialeventpro.com.

“Artists Paint OC” Art Show, Competition and Sale – Bring Home a Memory

Look up on your next Boardwalk stroll, and you may see 18 multihued banners, produced from original, locally painted art, each depicting an Ocean City scene, flying all along the boards. These banners are part of the many creative ways the Art League of Ocean City is announcing the “Artists Paint OC” event taking place the weekend of Aug. 8-10.  The colorful banners illustrate the works of artists who have participated in past plein air weekends and give an idea of what is to come from participating artists this month in the Art League’s ever-popular, annual event.

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, 50 artists from all over the region will take to the boardwalk, streets, harbors, and marshes in and around Ocean City to paint “en plein air,” the technique of painting outdoors directly from nature. Have fun watching artists paint and then join them Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Ocean City Center for the Arts from 6-8 p.m. for a reception, awards presentation, and “wet paint” sale.

At the reception, be among the first to view over 100 fresh, original paintings completed Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a glass of wine and some hors d’oeuvres and mingle with the artists, friends, residents and summer vacationers who appreciate the arts. Learn more by listening to the judge, Michel Demanche, as she awards the prizes and explains why she chose each particular painting.

Then, on Sunday, Aug. 10, the fun continues with a “Quick Draw Competition” at 9 a.m. Judging and an “Off the Easel” Art Show and Sale starts at 11 a.m., all this occurring downtown at S. Division St. and the Boardwalk.

It’s an event the whole family can be part of and another way to make the most of your outdoor time at the beach.  Observe artists at work outdoors. View, purchase and take home a one-of-a-kind original work of art at affordable prices by a regional artist. End your week at the beach in a fun, new way and bring home a memory for yourself, your family or friends.

Artwork not sold will remain on display in the Galleria at the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 94th St. bayside through August. For further information visit www.artleagueofocenacity.org, call 410-524-9433 or email: info@artleagueofoceancity.org.

Funding for public programs and exhibits by the Art League of Ocean City at the Ocean City Center for the Arts is provided, in part, by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

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Note: This news release was submitted by the Art League of Ocean City

Express Shuttle Service Offered for White Marlin Open

(July 28, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will be once again offering an “express shuttle service” to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the 41st Annual White Marlin Open.  The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

 

The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes.  Fare is $3 Ride-All-Day. The $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Hwy. and Park N Ride Buses.

 

For more information about the express shuttle service, please contact Ocean City’s Transportation Division at 410.723.1606 or visit:  http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/transportation.html

 

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Town of Ocean City Mourns the Loss of Former Councilmember

(July 11, 2014) – It is with deep sadness that the Mayor and City Council, as well as the men and women of the Town of Ocean City, announce the passing of former councilmember Hank Westfall.  Westfall served one term on the Ocean City Council, from 1990 until 1994.  In addition to his time on the council, Westfall was a 13-year member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, which he served from 1996 to 2011.

Hank Westfall was an excellent Councilman and also one of the finest gentleman I have ever known,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “He will be missed by all and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Evelyn and the entire Westfall family.”

Along with his involvement in local government, Westfall was a member of the American Legion Post #166, he served as the AARP Ocean City Chapter Vice President and was the President of the Little Salisbury Civic Association. Before moving to Ocean City after retirement from the Department of Labor in D.C., Westfall attended George Washington University as a Mechanical Engineering student.  He also served in the US Army and the Army Reserves, eventually retiring as US Army Captain. 

 

Services for Westfall, who passed on July 10, will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Ocean City, MD at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July, 14, 2014.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to either:  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, American Legion, VFW, Hospice, or any charity you choose.

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