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Month-long 45th anniversary party begins in Pines Saturday

Let the merriment begin, as the Ocean Pines community
kicks off a month-long celebration of its 45th anniversary as a homeowner’s association.

Marketing/Public Relations
Director Teresa Travatello has been busy coordinating the activities, which she said first started
out as a weekend celebration.
Over the years it has expanded to its current one-month length due to its popularity with
everyone who  wanted  to  showcase their component of the community, she said.

The kickoff is scheduled to begin on Saturday with all things arts and crafts in White Horse Park, located
at 239 Ocean
Parkway. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the 36th annual Pine’eer Arts and Craft Festival will feature more than 100 artisans from all over
Delmarva  and  a  traditional homemade bake sale.

Inside the nearby Community
Center, more than 20 community
groups will showcase their clubs or organizations. Sharyn O’Hare, chairwoman of the Anniversary Committee, said the original
event began as a “Days in
May” celebration that was started by builders and realtors
to market Ocean Pines after Boise Cascade sold the
last remaining lots in 1979. From that
point the anniversary was a celebration every
five years, she said.

O’Hare has been involved
in them all and served as chairwoman
for the first time for the 35th
anniversary celebration, she said. The spinoff
proceeds from that anniversary event were used for seed money for the Worcester County Veterans Memorial, a campaign
which O’Hare co-chaired
with Roseanne Bridgman.
The memorial has since become successfully self-sufficient, O’Hare noted.

“What I like about these
anniversaries is that they bring the community together and give us the
opportunity to showcase our facilities,”
O’Hare said. “It also gives us a chance to
look back at the old days,” and relive
those enjoyable times, she said.

There will be a free
concert by the Honeycombs from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Activities for children will include
a moon bounce house, face painting and a craft making table.

Food vendors from Billy’s
Pizza Shop in Crisfield will be
selling oyster sandwiches, pit beef and homemade
lemonade and the Ocean Pines–Ocean
City Kiwanis will be selling hot dogs, polish sausages and other snacks.
Vendors will also be on hand selling Eastern Shore Kettle Korn and ice cream.

The Ocean Pines Farmers’
Market will be offering a variety of local, homegrown produce, veggie cookies,
organic pet treats, eggs, local honey, and other items from nearby farms.

The Ocean Pines Volunteer
Fire Department will be onsite selling tickets for its 2013 house raffle. The
house is located in North Ocean Pines at 82 Windjammer Road.

Brunori Homes has built
the three bedroom, two-bathroom house that has a screened porch attached garage
and includes all appliances. The drawing will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 2 at
the house.

Tickets cost $100 and may
be purchased by cash, check or credit cards.

Additional raffle
information is available by calling 410-641-8272; or by stopping by the South
Station at 911 Ocean Parkway.

Parking will be free and
assistance will be provided by the Ocean Pines Volunteer Neighborhood Watch.

Other events planned for
the anniversary will include a Luau-themed buffet and free concert by Maryland
native, recording artist and American Idol finalist, Jimmy Charles and his band
on Aug.8; a Golf Club outing and dinner on Aug.16; a free swim day at the
community’s pools on Aug. 20; Jamaican Beach Party at the Beach Club with Kaleb
Brown, tropical buffet and drink specials on Aug. 23; a classic car parade and
show hosted by the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce and a block party and round
robin matches at the Manklin Racquet Complex on Aug. 25.