Plenty of events are scheduled in Ocean City this winter, thanks to our Theater groups, Art Centers, Library and other organizations.
(Through January) The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers a winter Women of Jazz Series produced and sponsored by the Library and the Somers Point Jazz Society. The three part series started last week and continues on Sun., Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. with May Lou Newnam, a saxophone/Flutist with a performance and discussion featuring Women Pioneers in Jazz. It will highlight some of the most important women in jazz from the 1930s to the present. Instrumentalists and vocalists from this era will be highlighted.
Mary Lou will be joined by George Rabbai on trumpet and others.
On Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. guitarist Monnette Sudler and her band will perform. The group includes Lynn Riley on alto sax and flute, Leesa Dawn Robinson on drums plus others. The program will include the music of Thelonius Monk and Wayne Shorter.
(Feb.11 ) One of the highlights of the winter will be I LOVE NEW YORK, a cabaret of Broadway Love Songs presented by the Ocean City THEATRE COMPANY. This show is produced and directed by Michael Hartman, whose professional Broadway programs have made a huge, positive impact on this City's musical presentations. It will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
The event celebrates Valentine's Day and begins with a pre-show dessert reception in the Solarium of the Pier featuring a medley of sweets from local restaurants, two chocolate fondue fountains and hot beverages from Starbuck's coffee in Somers Point.
The evening's entertainment will include songs from Les Miserables, Show Boat, Aida, South Pacific and more.
Doors will open for the dessert reception at 7:15 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets purchased before 4:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb.9 are $15 per person. Tickets will be $18 thereafter. Purchase tickets on the web at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call (609) 525-9300.
(Feb. and Beyond) The Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER CO.'s next presentation will be on Feb. Sat. Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. with a student concert by the Fox Vocal Arts Singers. This hour long event features popular songs arranged and accompanied by Fox faculty member, David Gross, a professional musician. Bring the children. Admission is by donation.
The Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents its salute to Valentine's Day with three performances of its 5th Annual Romance through the Ages by Candlelight on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.,
Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. A chocolate buffet will be served at the evening performances and there will be a tea on Sun., Feb. 12.
The program will be love ballads and songs through the ages. Tickets are $10 per person. For reservations, call (609)457-6686 or accesswww.ocrep.org. Every Thursday, at 7 p.m., through Dec. 27, 2012, the popular band, Outlet will host an Open Mic. Admission, $5.
(Feb.3) The Ocean City High Band Boosters PASTA DINNER will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the OCHS Cafeteria, 501 Atlantic Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take out dinners will be available starting 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by instrumental groups of the high school including the jazz and rock bands. Advance tickets are available from band members or by calling (609) 399-1290, EXT. 1248.
The Ocean City ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., is presenting the work of Christine Mc Partland through the month at its main gallery. Admission is free. The artist works in watercolors and acrylic mediums and specializes in landscapes and pottery decorations. Call (609) 399-7628.
The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., presents its Judges Show through January. The outstanding work by those who have judged shows during the past year will be featured.
Call (609) 814-0308.
TABERNACLE TRIP: The Ocean Tabernacle sponsors a bus trip on Thurs., March22 to Lancaster Pa. to see a new production by Sight and Sound, the Story of Jonah. The spectacular uses live animals, a mechanical whale and a cast of over 100 to portray the biblical story.
Over 800,000 people each year see a show at Sight and Sound, either in Lancaster or Branson, Mo. The trip includes lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, coach and bus transportation, and admission for $115. Call (609)399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org for more information.
TRIBUTE TO TOM WILLIAMS: ( Jan. 28) There will be a tribute to Tom Williams, award winning sports reporter and journalist, for his 50 years of sports reporting and broadcasting and his civic contributions, at the Music Pier from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tom is certainly deserving of this award.
He should write a book about the history of athletics at Ocean City High School. The stats he keeps chronicling the years are comprehensive to the point of being amazing. When I first came to Ocean City full time in 1971, Tom showcased a group called the Young Entertainers that helped many fine performers get started on their careers.
Advanced tickets are $40 and $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Edythe T. Selvagn college scholarships for High School students. Call (609) 383-8994, ext. 333 for tickets.