The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Holiday Spectacular returns to the Ocean City Music Pier with four shows from Dec. 12 to 14.Ocean City will be host to an array of special events throughout December and the First Day celebration on Jan. 1, 2015. Here are some of the highlights: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7JAY EGGLY TRAIN SHOW: The popular annual event takes place on the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The event features large Garden Railroad and Lionel Operating displays plus many vendors exhibiting and selling trains, train parts, holiday decorations and memorabilia. Repairs are done on site by technician Dick Yard. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For information, call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300.FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES: Tour downtown Asbury Avenue the old-fashioned way. The free rides are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with pickup at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.PHOTOS WITH SANTA IN A LIFEGUARD BOAT: Photos with Santa, Ocean City-style are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday outside the Ocean City Music Pier, fee $10.BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: See full schedule Friday through Sunday, Dec. 12 to 14HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company has assembled a cast of professional singers and dancers presenting a high-energy, family-oriented, song-and-dance tribute to the holidays directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this holiday extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. See a sneak video preview __________Past events:Friday, Dec. 5CHRISTMAS PARADE: The annual event travels a route on Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 11th streets and starts at 6:30 p.m. The parade includes floats, bands, community groups and, of course, Santa. He’ll be in the park across from City Hall (at Ninth and Asbury) after the parade to greet kids. Read more Wednesday, Dec. 312015 FIRST NIGHT: First Night New Year’s Eve admission buttons are now on sale for $20 online at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com or by calling (609) 399-1412. They are also available at the Causeway-Bridge Welcome Center, 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and at Gillian’s Downtown Stainton’s Square starting 10 a.m. 7 days a week. First Night offers eight hours of family entertainment on New Years Eve from 4 p.m. till midnight capped by a colorful fireworks display. First Night has an ANGEL FUND to help those who can’t afford admission buttons. Call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 to request buttons or to support the fund. Read more Thursday, Dec. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 20EBENEZER SCROOGE: The Ocean City High School Drama Club will present “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” Thurs. Dec. 18th at 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.and Sat., Dec.20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The shows will be held at the High School’s Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Aves. and will be directed by Don Toal, Jr. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens. For tickets, call (609) 399-1290 ext. 1442. Saturday, Dec. 6MESSIAH SING-IN: The audience joins the Atlantic Youth Orchestra to sing Christmas portions of Handel’s oratorio, “Messiah.” Scores provided or bring your own. Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.OCEAN CITY POPS CONCERT, JOY TO THE WORLD: A symphonic and choral celebration of the joyous sounds of Christmas. Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells and triumphant choirs. Join the Pops at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15, children 12 and under are free, available at www.ocnj/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: The South Jersey Chapter of Amnesty International will feature author and activist Dr. Linda Rabben to help commemorate International Human Rights Day from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Each year this grassroots group celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr. Rabben will discuss her most recent book, “Give Refuge to the Stranger: the Past, Present and Future Sanctuary.” The program is free and open to the public.CAPE MAY COUNTY POSTAL FOOD DRIVE: The Postal Service initiative benefits the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard. Please leave any non-perishable foods by your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick it up. You can also drop off food at the Ocean City Post Office, 9th and Ocean Ave., Mon,-Fri. from 8:30 to 5 p.m., Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Food Cupboard, 501 E. 8th St., Mon.-Fri., 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14FREE HOLIDAY HEALTH FAIR: Our friends from the Adventist University of the Philippines Alumni Health Dept. will bring its physicians, technicians and nurses back for its comprehensive Health Fair to include free 15 minute Massage (back and shoulders) for stress relief; Health Screening: Blood Glucose Test, Blood Cholesterol Test, Harvard Step Cholesterol Test, Harvard Test Body Mass Index, Lung Capacity and Blood Pressure. Health Fair will be held on Sun., Dec. 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 for information and copies of flier that can be distributed to groups. Read moreREJOICING SPIRITS SERVICE: St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue in Ocean City, will celebrate a Christmas Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, December 14th at 2PM. The service will include a Christmas Carol Sing-Along and a Living Nativity that all are invited to join. St. John is the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services. Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry created to enrich the spiritual lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and other supportive community members. Saturday, Dec. 20HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS: All are invited to a Christmas party for the king of kings 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle (Fifth and Wesley) hosted by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The event includes activities, a large group lesson, craft, and, of course, a birthday party with cake. No cost. A love offering will be accepted. Register online at stpoc.org. Friday, Dec. 12OCEAN CITY COMMUNITY CENTER ASSOCIATION’S AFTERNOON OF APPRECIATION: The public event will recognize the contributors who have made the Ocean City Community Center possible. The program will feature Donor Wall Unveiling in the lobby of the Center at 4 p.m. and a Community Gathering in the Ocean City Senior Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that will include Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, light fare, refreshments and holiday entertainment. Admission to the gathering is a voluntary donation to the Ocean City Community Center Association. The Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. Read moreCHRISTMAS TROLLEY TOUR AND CAROL SING: The Ocean City Historical Museum hosts a ride through decorated neighborhoods and downtown Ocean City accompanied by the singing of carols and learning about historic architecture. Two tours leave at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets required. Call (609) 399-1801 or visit the Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave. Read moreHOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL: The Ocean City High School Vocal Music Department presents a holiday concert with its choir at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.The concert will be directed by Ricardo Valle and feature Dianna Donat on piano and Amy Anderson, director of the Ocean City High School American Sign Language Club. Admission $5 adults, $3 grade level students.HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE: Prior to the choir performance, the Ocean City High School Interact Club will hold a cookie sale ($5 a pound) 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room near the Hughes Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES: Tour downtown Asbury Avenue the old-fashioned way. The free rides are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with pickup at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.PHOTOS WITH SANTA IN A LIFEGUARD BOAT: Photos with Santa, Ocean City-style are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday outside the Ocean City Music Pier, fee $10.BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: See full schedule Friday, Dec. 19THE DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH: A new one-mile race travels downtown Asbury Avenue at night under the holiday lights. The Avenue will become a race course from 5th St. to just beyond 14th St. (Kid’s race 5th to 9th St.). Read more and print a registration form Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: Great prices on used books and CDs in the atrium outside the Ocean City Free Public Library. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5); and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 6). Read more Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES: Tour downtown Asbury Avenue the old-fashioned way. The free rides are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with pickup at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.PHOTOS WITH SANTA IN A LIFEGUARD BOAT: Photos with Santa, Ocean City-style are available noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday outside the Ocean City Music Pier, fee $10.BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE FLANDERS: Enjoy a breakfast buffet, a visit with Santa and treats for kids from Santa at the historic Flanders Hotel 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: See full schedule Saturday, Dec. 13CHRISTMAS MUSIC WITH THE ANGELUS CHOIR: Tapestry Strings Quartet and tenor John Taylor at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 4 p.m., admission free. For information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org. Read more
You could play a little Barry … or just get some built in cupboards.“Walk-in robes, children’s built-in robes, walk-in linen cupboards, larders, butler’s pantries, loft storage, Harry Potter cupboards under the stairs are all winners,” Ms McLeod said.“And every man loves a good shed and they all (adore) large garages,” she said.In fact, more-than-adequate storage is a decadent indulgence for many homeowners.“Storage throughout the whole home often sees both husbands and wives become very enthusiastic as you can never ever have enough storage,” Ms McLeod said.Better than a Barry White CD in Brissie households it seems. Make your intentions known The perfect way to get a ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ from buyers is to set the right mood, according to Aaron Woolard of Place New Farm.He said don’t let the moment just pass buy — put in some effort and you’ll have them begging for more.“Styling declutters the home, provides a fresh feeling and gives buyers the opportunity to feel like it’s their own. It also offers styling inspiration and ideas on how to utilise the spaces in the home,” he said.Woolard said another way to the buyer’s heart is through their stomach. One enchanted weekday evening, why not lay out the plates and see what eventuates.“It’s pretty rare to find someone who doesn’t love wine or cheese. This experience allows buyers to take a minute to absorb the entire home without rushing on a busy Saturday where so many open homes are scheduled back-to-back.” This picture had one expat buyer’s heart racing for Brisbane real estate. “I once had a call on a Sunday morning, from a lady who was an expat living in a remote part of the Middle East.”Ms Rudolph said the buyer was in Brisbane and saw a picture of one of her riverfront listing. “Her visit was to see friends and she had no intention of buying a property but the photograph of a stunning water view was exactly what she fantasised about owning one day,” Ms Rudolph said.“It was love at first sight and she swooned the minute she walked in the door and promptly called her husband to tell him her shopping trip to Brisbane included a $2 million purchase,” she said.“The river seems to have a mesmerising effect on buyers.”Ms Rudolph said capturing glamour photos of the river lured in a purchaser and paid dividends for another recent listing too.“The purchaser walked 20 metres into the property and was virtually hypnotised by the river and turned to her husband and told him, ‘This is it!’“He didn’t stand a chance.” Men love a nice piece of grass Blokes have a ‘thing’ for the right bit of turf … apparently.When you think of cherubs and harp strings, Astroturf might not seem a likely element of the oil painting.But according to Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm, men don’t mind a property that’s had a little ‘plastic surgery’.“AstroTurf is what turns men on for sure,” Mr Bowman said.“There is no doubt that men swoon over synthetic grass, in fact they get very excited about it.”We blokes are so superficial.Mr Bowman said people are time poor these days and the thought of mowing a big block of land can cool their embers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoEnter the perfect solution for guys and gals on the go.“The last three high-end homes over $3 million I have sold in New Farm and Teneriffe on 405-plus square metres, the buyers have all ripped out the grass and laid some artificial grass.“It’s definitely a ‘growing’ trend (pun intended), and it’s more user friendly that you’d think for children and even for pets.” Secret hideaways Looking to add some hideaway mystery to your real estate rendezvous?Hot and bothered buyers in the city’s western suburbs are going gaga for storage, according to Michelle McLeod of Ray White Indooroopilly.Who’d have thought — the humble cupboard is getting buyers on heat. It’s sometimes the quiet ones that get all the action. Do you want to romance buyers into paying top dollar for your property?There’s nothing quite like the flush of romance to make you don the rose coloured spectacles and dream about a cloudlike future of cool days and hot nights inside your real estate fantasy.Like Vaseline across a camera lens, it’s a soft focus outlook that allows the viewer to forgive the rough edges and fall deeply, madly, truly in love with a dreamboat home.When it comes to selling property in Brisbane, there are many ways to stoke the smouldering heart of a starry-eyed property romantic, and have them rushing to find any way possible to make your home theirs and theirs alone. We’ve canvassed Brisbane’s real estate love gods and goddesses to discover what it takes to make buyers fall at a properties feet. Flowing water Like a romantic picnic spot, buyers love property beside the river — but if they can’t find the dollars to own part of Brisbane’s riverbank, then at least a glimpse of our snaking estuary will set their hearts aflutter, according to Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm.“I have had so many buyers completely fall in love with a picture of property on the internet, which has been their dream view,” Ms Rudolph said. Make your next open home an event to remember. Photo: Scott FletcherAnd beauty may be skin deep, but a gorgeous facade catches the eye and makes the suitors curious.Mr Woolard said ensuring the front of the house is picture perfect will draw moths to the flame.“From a fresh coat of paint on the fence and front door, redoing old pot plants, fresh garden beds and fertilising the lawns — the front of the home gives the first impression of a well-maintained home.”So step up your game if you’re up for a little real-estate romance. Make the first moves and you never know where things might lead.