OCEAN CITY - Suzanne Muldowney has been a regular at Ocean City special events for decades. April 13 will mark her 25th appearance in the Doo Dah Parade. She has also appeared consistently in the Baby Parade, Halloween Parade, Christmas Parade and a number of other City programs. These include Martin Z. Mollusk Day, the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Weird Contest Week during which she hosts a Super Hero Impersonation Contest.
Suzanne has a beautiful soprano voice. She is blessed with perfect pitch. This makes her perfect for performing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean” when the winning Hermit Crab waddles down a flower bedecked runway and the inspirational rendering of “Some Enchanted Morning” when Martin Z. Mollusk creeps onto the sand and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer comes one week early to Ocean City.
Since she was a little girl, Suzanne has been enchanted by comic book characters, especially “Under Dog.” She is known by many as the “Under Dog Lady.” Suzanne also portrays Super Girl, Shelley the Mermaid, the Ice Princess and others.
The multi- talented performer is also an interpretive dancer. She choreographs her numbers to favorite music and has performed them at the Music Pier many times.
An accomplished seamstress, the South Jersey resident designs and makes all of her colorful costumes. She has a photographic mind and recently informed me that Trash Buster will be 25 this year, a fact that had completely escaped “The Canned Crusader.” She can tell you what the weather was like in every one of her Doo Dah appearances.
Suzanne sings in her Church Choir, bakes cakes for the Woman’s Club, holds down a full time job and coddles her pet cats. Over the years she has appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Howard Stern Show, whom she has sternly lectured and disowned and has been on many regional programs throughout the Country. She is also the subject of a documentary film that we have shown at the Music Pier several times.
Give Suzanne a friendly wave when she performs at the Doo Dah Parade next month. She deserves it.
The Doo Dah Parade is a celebration of humor that includes comic brigades, care free individuals, impersonators of legendary comedians and over 500 basset hounds. Grand Marshal will be Perky, Peggy King, a singing and comedy star of early TV who has also appeared in numerous movies. Peggy was among the first 100 to be enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Peggy will be joined by syndicated cartoonist, John McPherson, whose strip “Close to Home” is published in over 300 newspapers throughout the world. Also joining the march will be Betty Lambert, an 80 year old baton twirler from Harmony, Pa who will perform at the front of the Parade with the Ocean City High School Band. For information about the Doo Dah Parade including how to enter, call (609) 525-9300, after hours, (609) 364-4010 or email email@example.com.
(March 30) We’ve been getting numerous calls about the Great Easter Egg Hunt set for March 30 on the beach between 11th and 14th Streets. The event is divided into age groups. Ages 0-2 and 3 to 4 years will be at 11th St. in separate areas. Five years and 6 years at 12 St. in separate sections and 7 years at 13th St. Only 0-2 may have an adult accompany them into an area. Arrive on time because this event is over quickly.
(March 30) The Woofin' Paws Pet Fashion Show is for any pet that will not eat another pet and is set for Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee that includes all categories and benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.
(March 28-29) The Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., will present The Last Supper, a re-enactment based on Da Vinci’s famous painting at7 p.m., directed by Carol Lothian. Admission is free. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.oceancitytabernacle.org. There are still a few tickets left for the bus trip to see and hear the Sights & Sounds of Noah on March 21st, call the Tabernacle or visit the website.
(March 31, Easter Sunday) The Annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held 6:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Easter Fashion Promenade Competetion starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. The Easter Bunny will hop by to pose for photos and present chocolate bunnies to children.
What’s Happening at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave: After School Movies: (March 13) Rise of the Guardians (PG); (March 20) Wreck-It- Ralph (PG); (March 27) I Am Number Four (PG-13). Movies start 3 p.m. in Room N110 or N116.
(March 13), Ceol Binn, a St. Patrick’s Day Concert featuring Stephanie Sussmeier, Harp and Leslie Clarke, Guitar and Vocals, 7 p.m., Room 110; (March 14) Young Adult Book Club for High School, grades 9-12 at 4 p.m., books are free. Call (609) 399-2434 for room number; (March 19) Duct Tape Club, 3 p.m. Grades 6 and up, learn Duct Tape Projects and other crafts. Now in progress, Creative Writing Workshops, call Sara for information, (609) 399-2434 ext.5235; Open Mic Nights, come to perform or just listen, every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room N116 call Karen for information (609) 525-2434 ext. 5238.
(March 16) The Ocean City PTA will hold its spring carnival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ocean City Primary School, 550 West Ave. All are welcome. There will be games, prizes, refreshments, activities and fun. Call (609) 425-8844.
(All Month Long) Art on Asbury, 608 Asbury Ave. (609) 814-0308 and the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 are presenting month long, free exhibits. Call for information.
OCNJCARE continues its work to help those who still need recovery assistance. The organization is offering cash grants to residents and businesses in need of help. To request funds fill out grant application at www.ocnj.CARE.org or call 1-855-622-2730. General assistance information is available at that same website.
To help with its ongoing work, send a check to OCNJCARE, PO Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226, drop off a donation at Ocean City Home Bank, 10th and Asbury Ave., or donate online at www.ocnjCARE.org .