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Steamy Days Mean Chill Time in O.C.

Just listening to reports that temperatures would soar into the high 90s over the weekend was the perfect reason for families to head to Ocean City for a quick getaway to escape the heat and get in the water. Beachgoers, surfers and ocean kayakers enjoyed the mild water temperatures on Saturday. Others strolled along the Boardwalk, ate ice cream and pizza and checked out some shops and eateries.

Chip Miller Surf Fest Raises Money for Good Cause

The 16th Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest brought more than 200 surfers out with their families Friday morning to the 7th Street surfing beach in Ocean City to help raise awareness and funds for Amyloidosis research. It was just one of three big events planned in memory of Miller, who raised his family in Ocean City. After the Surf Fest, the fundraiser was heading to OC Waterpark for a night of food, partying and a host of rides. On Sunday, there will be a Skate Fest fundraiser held by the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation beginning at 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Skate Park.

Tropical Home Paradise in O.C. Gardens

Anyone who purchases the new home at 6 E. Aberdeen Road in the Gardens section of Ocean City will never be lonely. Guests will be treated to a gaming theater, tiki bar and pool, a Japanese steakhouse-style griddle and a lot more in this Tommy Bahama-inspired coastal retreat. “Garden’s Grand Seashore Estate,” as it is called, is being offered at $2.6 million and boasts 3,200 square feet of living and entertaining space in this five/six bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home.

Night In Venice Rocks Ocean City

Where else can you see Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery from the show "The Office," a host of beauty queens and SpongeBob SquarePants all in one place – on the water no less? Only in Ocean City. On Saturday evening, thousands of spectators watched the 65th annual Night In Venice boat parade in Ocean City unfold along the bayfront. Crowds watched in amusement as boats glided by decorated in everything from “The Greatest Show,” which was a crowd pleaser, to a “lobster boat” called “Mobster Lobsters.” There was even a boat with an ’80s theme of Ocean City's former Strand Theater.

O.C. Historic Tours Take Travelers Back in Time

Scattered among the modern duplexes and multi-million dollar homes, are historic treasures in Ocean City that may not be well known to the public. The old residences that date back to the Victorian era, along with historic buildings, such as the U.S. Life-Saving Station 30 built in the 1880s, will be some of the stops on the Ocean City Historic Tours presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The tours will take place every Thursday from July 11 through Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each tour is different and includes an excursion to four different historic locations which may include inns. In addition to the Life Saving Station, patrons will visit the Ocean City Historical Museum, the Bayside Center, the Ocean City Welcome Center Bird Sanctuary, and take a sightseeing tour of the city’s historic district...

Fourth of July Celebration Flows in O.C.

Brian and Lynne Marsh packed up their car Saturday morning and headed with their sons, Brian, 3, and twin 5-year-old boys, Garret and Joseph, to Ocean City. They only had a 20-minute drive from their Galloway Township home but still stayed over through Sunday to enjoy the beach, rides and attractions. Like the Marsh family, other people enjoyed the family-oriented activities throughout the Fourth of July week. They strolled along the Boardwalk. Kids enjoyed rides and amusements. Beachgoers lounged on chairs under umbrellas, while children made sand castles and swam.

O.C. Antiques Fair Stands Test of Time

Step back in time at the Ocean City Antiques and Collectibles Fair on Saturday, July 13, where vintage pieces from metal toys to teacups bring out the nostalgia for some and give others a new adventure into the days of old. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., pieces will be on display telling stories of eras gone by. Paper memorabilia, including old Ocean City booklets, may jog a fond memory or two. Now in its sixth year, the show, in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., will feature 23 local dealers, three of whom just joined the event.

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House Serves Up Great Food and Atmosphere

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Ocean City isn’t a typical shore restaurant that ushers people in and out for a quick bite. The owners try -- and succeed -- at creating a tasty, memorable experience for customers. The proof is in the residents coming back day after day and vacationers year after year. The business is owned by the O’Haras, who have plenty of experience in the restaurant world to do it right. The O'Hara family owns eight Uncle Bill's Pancake House locations, two in Ocean City, one at 21st Street and the other at 40th Street, and the others in Strathmere, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Cape May, North Cape May and Wildwood.

O.C. Celebrates Independence Day

Andrea Kohr, of Ocean City, carefully guided her twin 5-year-old boys, Kai and Keo through the crowds of bicyclists in Ocean City’s north end Fourth of July bike parade. The Kohr family bicycles all had a definite patriotic theme with red, white and blue ribbons and streamers. The only difference was mom wore colored ribbons in her hair and the boys donned helmets with blue stars and red stripes. “This is our first time doing the parade. The boys are having fun. We will do it again,” Kohr said with a smile. And then they were off, with only a moment to chat as hundreds of bicyclists made their way through the Gardens section of town in celebration of Independence Day. The bike parade touched off a day filled with holiday celebrations. Crowds filled the Boardwalk, packed the beaches and bustled in the downtown.

Fourth of July Sizzles in Ocean City

Robyn Morningstar, of Philadelphia, and her daughter, Ella, 7, head down to Ocean City for day trips as much as they can over the summer. But this year, the Morningstar family decided to make a few days of it over the Fourth of July holiday. They certainly won't be alone. Huge crowds are expected. Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the holiday will be spectacular. “We are excited for the Fourth of July holiday weekend," she said. "With the weather being so hot inland and it being cooler and breezy at the beach, we are expecting record-breaking numbers of visitors. It looks like it’s going to be a perfect weekend.”