This year’s edition of Ocean City’s Quiet Festival will feature a free program that will entertain kids, their parents and the public.
Highlight of the three-day event will be a quiet extravaganza that includes a Quiet Pet Contest, a Quiet Magician, a Quiet Artist who will draw a cartoon of your child’s favorite animal, the Quiet Turtle Singers with their giant tortoise Big Bart, an ethereal harpist and the Snore at the Shore, the world’s only quiet snoring contest.
Impossible you say?
No one can possibly present all of this quietness any place on today’s mile-a-second, bombastic planet.
“Not so,” says NAP, the National Association of Tired People, presenters of the Quiet Festival for the past 10 years with the blessing of the city. “We were providing quietness before quietness was cool.”
The program is set for Saturday, Nov. 9 starting 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Enter quietly from the 18th Street side of the complex. The Senior Center will be the first room on your right.
Some pertinent details: The Quiet Pet contest provides quiet pet owners a unique opportunity to show off their best friends and win prizes. It is open to White Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Rabbits, Ferrets and Cooing Birds. You want to enter another kind of quiet pet? Let us know.
Categories include best dressed or decorated, best displays, best personality, most unusual, plus a lettuce eating contest. NAP asks contestants to register in advance so they will know how much lettuce to buy. Call (609) 525-9300, at night and weekends 609-364-4010 or email email@example.com.
Some more details. The Quiet Magician will be Chad Juros who has performed in Las Vegas and many major venues throughout the country. The Quiet Cartoonist, Jerry Lukas, is famous for creating thousands of personalized cartoons in many places both quiet and noisy. The Snore at the Shore asks you to relax in an easy chair and perform the quietest snore imaginable. NAP invites you to enjoy an entertaining, fun filled Saturday morning at the City’s spacious Community Center.
Quiet Festival opening ceremonies are set for noon, Fri. Nov. 8t in the park across from City Hall., 9th and Asbury Ave. Scheduled are the renowned Yawn Along Ensemble accompanied by the inspirational tinkling of the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performing Beautiful Dreamer, soprano Nancy Fox with a quiet aria, the semi-exciting Maple Pod Drop, bubbles galore, and quiet surprises from Doug Jewell of Air Circus.
Paper Airplane flying, pin dropping, leaf squeezing, and more are on the agenda.
The opening concludes with a moment of silence to inspect the clouds. Celebrants then retire to the nearby Chatter Box Restaurant for a quiet, Dutch Treat Lunch. (No chattering or boxing is permitted).
An Open Poetry Reading is also scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Mark Soifer will read from his new book, A Nation of Things, and local poets will recite from their work. Those interested in poetry are invited to attend to either read, listen or ask questions.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, folks are on their own. Quiet Festival organizers suggest you fly a kite, take a walk on the boardwalk, listen to the ocean, contemplate the stars, give your doggie a belly rub and perhaps recite the Quiet Festival Lament: “I do not hear your song/ I do not hear your words/ I never watch the moon/ Or listen to the birds/ I’m lost in all the noise/ That saturates this space/ I’m weary of the clatter/ Find me a quiet place.”
For information about the Quiet Festival, call (609) 525-9300, after hours or on weekends (609) 364-4010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— News release from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer