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By Mark Soifer


Producer Bob Rose has just released the names of two more shows for the City's summer concert series. The current line-up now includes The Bacon Brothers (July 9), Arlo Guthrie and Family (July 16) Get the Led Out, America's Led Zeppelin (July 23) the Charlie Thomas Drifters (July 30) Little Feat (August 20) and Mitch Ryder (August 27).  Additional shows will be announced at a later date. 

All programs are on Monday starting 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are available at .

All of these concerts are outstanding, but the most meaningful for me will be Arlo Guthrie's concert that will include Arlo's children and members of the family. Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie, the great American songwriter and political activist who died at an early age of Huntington's disease. But not before traveling America during the Great Depression writing music and championing causes of the deprived.


Woody's song "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land" is known by just about every elementary school student in America. We have presented folk programs during the City's Quiet Festival at the Primary School where the children have stood up and cheered when that song is introduced. It cuts right to the heart and meaning of America and somehow they understand that.


Woody was also a proponent of the Talking Blues, story-telling to music, which he popularized along with great African American singers like Lead Belly.


Arlo has followed in his father's footsteps. He has written the greatest talking Blues classic of all time, "Alice's Restaurant," a hilarious epic that traces what happens when Arlo and his buddies attempt to do Alice a favor by dumping her garbage on Thanksgiving Day. Alice's Restaurant was made into a popular movie starring Arlo and directed by Arthur Penn.


His rendition of Steve Goodman's song, The City Of New Orleans, is also a classic and over the years Arlo has become the most popular folk singer and story teller in America. Like his father, he has a deep feeling for folks in need and has established several charitable foundations that are on-going today.


But to me his greatest accomplishment is extending the memory and achievements of a feisty little songwriter, a guy who rode the rails, traveled America from "the Redwood Forest to the New York Island," wrote hundreds of songs many still being discovered today and who has been a huge influence on the likes of Bob Dylan and dozens of other major performers.


The Holiday Celebration of FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, March 31 and April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The juried event features some of the finest artisans on the East Coast exhibiting and selling their unique products. Over the past five years these exhibitions have attracted thousands to Ocean City. Stained glass artist, Chiara Reading, is the featured crafter. Parking is free. A $3 contribution supports local charities. No charge for children under 12. For information call the South Jersey Artisans Guild, 1-800-822-4112.


What's Happening at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.:
(March 28) Young Adult Movie, "Footloose" (2011) (PG-13) 3 to 5 p.m. Main Lecture Room, free, call (609) 399-2434, ext. 5235 for information


(Wed., March 28) Guest Lecture on Bees, 7 p.m., Main Lecture Room, N110 by Joe Alvarez, noted speaker/ educator, member of the New Jersey Beekeepers Assn. Mr. Alvarez will be explaining "everything you always wanted to know about bees, but never knew whom to ask. The program is free, call (609) 399-2434, Ext. 5231.


(Fri., March 30) Zoom Balloons featuring Balloon Art, Magic and fun with Balloons. Three, free Show Time's. Program is approximately 1 hour long.  For Seniors, 1 p.m. at the Senior Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.; for 2nd to 6th Graders, 3:45 p.m., at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.,  Pick up time is 5 p.m.  For Families: 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library.  For information, contact Lisa Rumer (609)525-9317 or email 
REMINDER: St. Peter's United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Ocean City Tabernacle, will once again present a live dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci's painting THE LAST SUPPER. Dates: Thurs, April 5 at 7 p.m. and Fri., April 6 at 7 p.m.  The drama will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave.


With 13 living characters, the cast remains frozen in their positions duplicating the painting. One by one, each character breaks his freeze and speaks his mind in light of the words he has just heard Jesus speak. Members of St. Peters United Methodist Church, the Ocean City Tabernacle and the First Presbyterian Church will participate.


The drama will be followed by a unique communion service. Admission is free, offering received.


(April 28) Looking way ahead: The City's Annual Citywide YARD SALE will be held on Sat., April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Asbury Ave. and at homes throughout the City.


Locations at the Tabernacle can be rented by calling (609) 398-4662 or by stopping by the Chamber Office, 16 E. 9th St. to pick up an application. Spots are $30 or $35 for a location with a table. Anyone interested in hosting a home sale can add their location to a citywide map for $10. Deadline for a home sale is April 24.


Home sale location maps may be picked up beginning April 26 at the Chamber Information Center, 16 E.9th St., the City Hall Information Desk, 9th St. entrance or the Ocean City Library. The day of the sale maps will be available at the Tabernacle sale site.


Downtown shops and Boardwalk stores will have table sales all weekend long featuring bargains. Folks are encouraged to clean out their closets and make room for all the goods available for sale at the Spring DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY, May 5.


For more information on the Citywide Yard Sale or to rent space, contact Main Street Executive Director, Marcia Shallcross at (609) 398-4662.


REMINDER:  Following is a thumbnail sketch of our Easter events. If you have questions, call the Public Relations office 609-525-9300;


Sat., April 7 the Woofin' Paws Pet Fashion Show, 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, registration 10 a.m.; Sat., April 7, The Great Easter Egg Hunt starts 2:30 p.m. and extends from 11th to 14 Sts. on the Beach.


Fri.-Sun., April 6-8, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, call the Chatterbox (609) 399-0113 for times and reservations. Sat., April 7, Easter in the Downtown with free photos of the Easter Bunny in a Life Guard Stand special prizes and bargains.


Sun., April 8 the annual Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Sun, April 8, the Easter Fashion Competition starts 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Prizes awarded to the best dressed entrants. The Easter Bunny will also arrive at 1 p.m. to pose for free photos and hand out chocolate bunnies to the children.


The Ocean City High Drama Guild presents LEGALLY BLONDE, the musical, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center on Thurs., March 29 and Fri., March 30th at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., March 31 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Seniors and students and $12 general admission. For tickets and information, call 609-399-1290, Ext. 1442.


The week of April 13-14, the City goes Doo Dah happy with grand celebrations of humor.