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‘Frozen’ stars return for tea party

(July 9, 2015) Following the massive success of December’s “dive-in” movie screening of Disney’s “Frozen,” Ocean Pines Aquatics is offering a tea party with two of the film’s stars at the Sports Core Pool on Saturday, July 11 from 3:30-5 p.m.
Philadelphia-based performers Marissa Regan and Kristina Regan-O’Connor, who appeared in December, will reprise their respective roles as sisters Anna and Elsa during the event.
Aquatics Director Colby Phillips said more than 200 people attended the previous Frozen bash in Ocean Pines. As of last Thursday, 75 of the 120 available slots were filled for the July 11 event, which will feature movie-themed cupcakes, a meet-and-greet with the characters and an apple juice “tea.”
“We’re going to close the pool at 1 p.m. to prep, and 3:30 is the start time,” Phillips said. “The kids will come in and they’ll get their spot at their table and we have crafts that they’re going to do first, and then Anna and Elsa will come at 4 o’clock.”
The meet-and-greet, which includes a photo op, will run until 5 p.m., and the pool will reopen to the public at 6 p.m.
“It’s should be a great time for the kids,” Phillips said. “It’s only $5 if you’re a swim member and the pool will be open, so everyone can stay and swim.”
The cost is $6 for Ocean Pines residents and $7 for nonresidents.
For aquatics, Phillips said, the event will double as an awareness drive for the facility.
“I think the biggest thing is it brings people in to see what we have to offer all over,” she said. “People will come back and they’ll book birthday parties, or they’ll come back for swim lessons and they’ll see all the things we’re doing, which is great. I have a great team, which really helps. We’ve come a long way. We’re offering a lot more an we’re consistently very busy.”
Phillips said many people in the area don’t realize all five of Ocean Pines’ pools, as well as all of its events, are open to the public. She also singled out the Sports Core Pool as one of the best indoor facilities in the county.
“I think all our pools are great, but Sports Core is a very busy pool,” she said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t want to be out in the sun, so having an indoor pool is wonderful. We do really well on rainy days, but on sunny days we’ll still have a lot of people here because they don’t want their little kids in the sun.”
Upcoming events at aquatics include the three-day Junior Lifeguard program, with sessions beginning July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at the Sports Core Pool on 11143 Cathell Road. The cost is $75 per person, which includes a T-shirt, whistle and first-aid kit. A pizza dinner will be served the Wednesday of each session.  
Beginning July 11, children ages 8-12 can learn how to swim like mermaids at the Sports Core Pool. “Fin Fun” mermaid tails will be available during the one-hour sessions, which start at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The cost per session, which includes a certificate and goggles, is $20 for Ocean Pines swim members and $25 for all others.
Additional sessions are scheduled for July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1.
On Saturday, July 18 families and friends can test their boat-building skills during the Racquet Family Relay Races from 6-8 p.m. at the Swim and Racquet Club Pool on 10 Seabreeze Road.  
The cost is $20 per family. Participants can bring their own cardboard boats and compete in races. The winning team will receive T-shirts and other awards will also be given.  
Phillips said the Mumford’s Landing Pool, on Yacht Club Drive, is also offering private parties this year from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, call Ocean Pines Aquatics at 410-641-5255 or visit