By Maddy Vitale
Oves Restaurant at 4th and the Boardwalk in Ocean City offered more than just homemade apple cider doughnuts and scrumptious pancakes Thursday morning.
The eatery also offered live entertainment, thanks to Bob Kelly, a TV host with Fox 29, whose news team selected Ocean City to highlight in the show “Town Takeover,” which is part of “Good Day Philadelphia.”
From 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kelly joked with patrons and passersby who stopped by for some laughter and fun.
The segment, which was aptly called “Shore Town Takeover,” also had live on-air spots with Kelly featuring local sports teams, businesses, city organizations and pageant queens.
To see the segment with the mermaids courtesy Fox 29 visit: http://www.fox29.com/good-day-videos/347596092-video
Jilly’s Candy Factory, Johnson’s Popcorn and Bowfish Kids were just some of the businesses highlighted.
Members of the Ocean City High School Boys and Girls Crew teams, the Ocean City High School Red Raiders Football team, Boy Scouts, the Ocean City Historical Museum, Miss Ocean City Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman.
Kelly pumped up the morning crowd with shout outs to Ocean City. Sometimes he would even yell out “Bam” in between spots, which inevitably led to giggles.
Noah Stevens, 11, of Ocean City who is a member Ocean City’s Youth Athletic Association All-Star baseball team.
He nibbled on a cinnamon doughnut before getting to meet Kelly and going on-air along with some of his teammates.
Noah said it was really cool to meet Kelly and watch the show.
“His coach told us about this, and we came over,” said Noah’s mom Sandy Stevens.
Donna Oves, of the landmark restaurant, said this is the second year Fox 29 came out to the restaurant for a show.
Oves, who is also vice president of the Ocean City High School Crew Boosters, said it is a great thing the station does for the community.
“They really showcase some of the local sports teams, businesses, groups and city organizations,” she said.
Jim Swift, an assistant crew coach, was on air with his teams. He said the show was a lot of fun.
The best part of the show appeared to be a spot featuring Bowfish Kids, a boutique on Asbury Avenue, where employees use their creativity to transform kids into mermaids complete with makeup, lots of glitter and even flippers.
Kelly slipped on a mermaid suit. After a few minutes Kelly settled into a mermaid chair with kids and some Bowfish staff for the segment.
But when the sun created a shadow the “set” had to be turned in the opposite direction.
Kelly asked how he could get up with the flipper on. He was told to hop, and he did to a crowd of people laughing.
Fox 29 photojournalist George Roach has been working with Kelly for a long time. He said “Town Takeover” is one of their favorite shows because they really get to see special slices of life in the communities.
“It gives a town an opportunity to highlight people and groups,” Roach said. “We bring this morning show here and you see these little kids in mermaid costumes. They can look at the segment years later and it will bring back memories.”
Sisters Angelina Vallely and Isabella, of Quakertown, P.a., were on vacation with their family in Ocean City.
“Their grandmother is an avid watcher of Bob Kelly,” said mom Jaime Vallely. “We had to come down and see the show.”
Angelina even asked Kelly a question. “I asked if he had ever been to Quakertown,” she said with a wide smile.
Bob went for a ride on the boardwalk with some of our local celebrities: http://www.fox29.com/good-day-videos/347587052-video
Then he closed out the morning with the following: