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📆 Upcoming events

😎 Sponsor: Knockaround Sunglasses

🍕 The results

🚓 3 more cars stolen

🐋 Windmill updates

🦁 Wizard of Oz rocks

🏠 Real estate update

🌊 Weather and tides

📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City

  • August 4

    • The 22nd Annual Art of Surfing

      • When: All day

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: It is a free family event featuring original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country.

    • 60th Annual Boardwalk Art Show

      • When: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

      • Where: Boardwalk

      • Description: Art show!

    • Beach Concert— Stanley Jordan (Somers Point)

      • When: 7:00 p.m.

      • Where: William Morrow Beach

      • Description: Tribute to Hendrix.

  • August 5

    • The 22nd Annual Art of Surfing

      • When: All day

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: It is a free family event featuring original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country.

    • 60th Annual Boardwalk Art Show

      • When: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

      • Where: Boardwalk

      • Description: Art show!

    • Somers Point Farmers Market (Somers Point)

      • When: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

      • Where: Somers Mansion, 1000 Shore Rd.

      • Description: It’s a farmer’s market, folks.

    • Concert Under The Stars— Fleetwood Mac Tribute (Sea Isle)

      • When: 7:30 p.m.

      • Where: Excursion Park

      • Description: Free outdoor concert.

  • August 6

    • 60th Annual Boardwalk Art Show

      • When: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

      • Where: Boardwalk

      • Description: Art show!

    • Stone Harbor Farmers Market (Stone Harbor)

      • When: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      • Where: 95th Street and Second Ave.

      • Description: Farmer’s market.

  • August 7

    • Don McLean

      • When: 7:00 p.m.

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: 50th anniversary American Pie tour.

    • Somers Point Kid’s Concert Series (Somers Point)

      • When: 6:30 p.m.

      • Where: William Morrow Beach

      • Description: A concert for kids!

    • Family Fun Night — Superheroes (Sea Isle)

      • When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

      • Where: Excursion Park

      • Description: Stage show begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • August 8

    • Pamper Scamper

      • When: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

      • Where: 6th Street Beach

      • Description: Annual baby crawling race. Registration is free and begins at 8:30 a.m. Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Babies up to 15 months.

    • Funtastic Tuesdays

      • When: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      • Where: Downtown Asbury

      • Description: Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors.

    • Mummers Night

      • When: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

      • Where: Boardwalk

      • Description: Mummers strut the Boards.

    • Beach Movie — Jaws (Avalon)

      • When: Dusk (figure around 8:30 p.m.)

      • Where: 30th Street Beach

      • Description: Movie on the beach, rain date August 9

  • August 9

    • Farmers Market

      • When: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      • Where: Tabernacle Grounds at 6th and Asbury

      • Description: Farmers market.

    • Wacky Wednesday — Luau

      • When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: Luau contest.

    • Crafty Wednesday (Avalon)

      • When: 10:00 a.m.

      • Where: Avalon Free Public Library

      • Description: Join Miss Paige for a fun arts and crafts project. Kids of all ages welcome.

    • Movie Under The Stars — Lightyear (Sea Isle)

      • When: 8:30 p.m.

      • Where: Excursion Park

      • Description: Outdoor movie.

  • August 10

    • Baby Parade

      • When: 10:30 a.m.

      • Where: 6th to 12th Street on Boardwalk

      • Description: Full details here.

    • Market Days

      • When: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      • Where: Downtown Asbury

      • Description: Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors.

    • LEGO Thursday (Avalon)

      • When: 10:00 a.m.

      • Where: Avalon Free Public Library

      • Description: Calling all LEGO fans! The library will supply the LEGOS, you supply the imagination. All ages.

    • Family Night

      • When: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

      • Where: Boardwalk

      • Description: Family-friendly entertainment on the Boardwalk.

    • Thrilling Thursday (Margate)

      • When: 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:00 p.m.

      • Where: Granville Ave. Beach

      • Description: Games followed Jaws, rain date August 11

Also note the Ocean City Library has many events for adults and kids alike on their calendar, which can be viewed here.

You can see the full list of events in all nearby Shore towns with the following links: Ocean City | Sea Isle | Margate | Avalon | Stone Harbor | Somers Point | Wildwood | Cape May | Ventnor

Other events to look forward to: Boys and Girls Fishing Tournament (August 12), Beethoven presented by OC Pops (August 13)

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🍕 The Results: Blind Pizza Taste Test

Every new subscriber to Walking The Boards receives a welcome email. In the email, we ask for you to reply with your “favorite pizza in Ocean City.”

This does two things: 1) Replying signals to email providers that Walking The Boards isn’t spam, and 2) Helps us with a very scientific poll.

Each response goes directly to my inbox. The results are overwhelmingly Manco’s:

But we also receive many votes for the likes of Prep’s, Mario’s, Express, and a smattering of others from across the island.

So, we decided to put it to the test. Is Manco’s really that much better? Could people taste the difference if they didn’t know what they were eating?

We partnered with South Jersey’s only weatherman, NorEaster Nick, to do a blind taste test on the Boardwalk last month.

The results are not what you might expect. Here is the video… keep scrolling for the written results so there are no spoilers for those of you who want to watch the video first:

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The winners and their vote counts:

1) Express Pizza: 9

2) Bennie’s Bread: 6

3) Prep’s: 4

4) Mario’s: 2

5) Manco and Manco: 1

A few notes on the results, since we are all about integrity here: We have no affiliation with any of these places, and we did not set out to make Manco’s look bad. Push comes to shove, if you ask me, Manco’s is still my favorite, though I’ve been enjoying Prep’s and Express this summer.

All pizzas were purchased right before filming and placed in a standard issue pizza warmer.

Still, it was almost two hours out of the oven by the time we were done filming.

What does that do to each pie? Does it favor some more than others? Who knows!

We do know that when Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy visited Manco in 2019, owner Chuck Bangle tried to compel him to take the pizza out of the box so it didn’t get soggy— perhaps he knew how it would perform if allowed to get soggy.

INTERESTINGLY, Manco’s and Prep’s were the “freshest” since they came from the Boardwalk. The others had to be bought and driven to the Boards. And yet, two of the off-Boardwalk pizzas finished first and second.

The winner, Express Pizza is a Gardens neighborhood restaurant that is under new ownership this year. As we’ve told you before, noted pizza man Mike Fitzick has taken over their kitchen. The recipe seems to be the same as before - 90s style, corn meal crust - though just this week Fitzick introduced his famed square pie, albeit on a very limited basis (the pizza we tested was the traditional round).

Something tells me they are going to be busy tonight…

🤳 News Bits

3 More Cars Stolen 🚓

A BMW, a Kia and a GMC Jeep walk into a bar… and then they are driven away by teen vandals in the Merion Park section of Ocean City.

Late Wednesday night, three more cars were stolen - on the heels of some thefts in the Gardens area last month - in Ocean City.

The details:

  • Three cars were stolen between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday morning in the Merion Park section (that area behind 34th Street)

  • Two juveniles were arrested in Egg Harbor Township in connection with the thefts

  • Two of the three cars have been recovered

  • Police say these and earlier thefts this summer do not appear to be in connection with a car theft ring out of Newark and which targeted the Jersey Shore last summer

  • So far there have been 15 cars stolen in Ocean City this summer, compared to 14 last summer, 4 in 2021, 12 in 2020, and 6 in 2018 and 2019

  • While unsure about these most recent thefts, police say the majority of cars stolen have been left unlocked, some with the keys inside (PSA: DON’T DO THAT)

  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who had been vacationing in Italy(…), recently signed a package of bills that has increased penalties for auto thefts

Lock your cars.

Windmill Update 🐋

While Phil Murphy was enjoying the unencumbered view of the rolling hills of Italy, his state was getting sued by citizen groups opposed to the 98 windmills that are about to dot our horizon.

Citizen groups Protect Our Coast NJ and Defend Brigantine Beach, along with three Ocean city residents, including the owner of George’s Candies and Ice Cream on the Boardwalk, filed suit in a New Jersey court over the state’s decision to give offshore windmill manufacturer Orsted roughly $1 billion in tax credits that were supposed to go to utility customers.

Orsted and the state claim the credits are necessary so the windmills can be manufactured profitably in New Jersey, lest jobs be moved overseas.

The suit alleges the decision is unconstitutional since “laws that favor a single private party are generally unconstitutional.”

As of now, transmission lines are set to be placed under 35th Street in Ocean City this fall, with windmills being placed in the ocean next year.

News Links 🔗

🦁 Wizard of Oz Rocks

The Ocean City Theatre Company is currently putting on Wizard of Oz at the high school on 6th Street, and it’s well worth your time.

Last summer, I was underwhelmed by a show I saw put on by the Theatre Company at the Music Pier.

So I have to admit I was skeptical when my wife bought four tickets for us and our kids to see Wizard of Oz yesterday.

But the show was excellent. It was helped by the performance of the OC Pops handling orchestra duties. The acting, effects, and music were surprisingly good. It sounded great and looked great.

It held the attention of my 7 and 4 year olds for 2.5 hours, which is about as much of an endorsement as you need. There is an intermission with plenty of snacks, too.

The show plays again on August 4, 8, 9, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and August 10 at 2:00 p.m.

You can get tickets here.

🏠 Real Estate Update

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This is maybe the craziest chart I have ever seen:

Get the full July market report in our Shore Cribs newsletter next week here.

🌊 Weather and Tides

As always, we recommend getting up-to-date forecasts from THE GOAT of South Jersey weather, NorEaster Nick, directly on his Facebook page. You can also download his app.

Tides (9th Street):

  • Friday (8/4)

    • Low 4:41 AM

    • High 10:42 AM

    • Low 4:53 PM

    • High 11:02 PM

    Saturday (8/5)

    • Low 5:30 AM

    • High 11:35 AM

    • Low 5:50 PM

    • High 11:53 PM

    Sunday (8/6)

    • Low 6:19 AM

    • High 12:30 PM

    • Low 6:50 PM

    Monday (8/7)

    • High 12:48 AM

    • Low 7:10 AM

    • High 1:27 PM

    • Low 7:53 PM

    Tuesday (8/8)

    • High 1:46 AM

    • Low 8:03 AM

    • High 2:27 PM

    • Low 8:59 PM

    Wednesday (8/9)

    • High 2:48 AM

    • Low 8:59 AM

    • High 3:29 PM

    • Low 10:05 PM

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