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First female Blue Angels pilot to perform at OC Air Show

This year's OC Air Show is loaded up with firsts, including the first ever international jet demonstration team and the inaugural performance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

To add to the list, the Blue Angels' act will feature the group's first-ever female pilot, a 2008 Naval Academy grad who comes from a family of military pilots.

Marine Capt. Katie Higgins will be at the controls when the C-130 Hercules known as "Fat Albert" takes to the skies above Ocean City's beaches in June. The cargo plane, which carries supplies for the Blue Angels' unit, will also perform a demonstration for the crowd during the show set for June 13-14.

"We are excited to welcome Katie to Ocean City and we know all of Maryland is proud of her," said Bryan Lilley, president of the OC Air Show.

Higgins, whose parents live in Severna Park, was named to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka Blue Angels, last July. While she is not the first female member of the elite team, she is its first pilot. Two other...

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Ropewalk Ocean City scheduled to open in May

The Ocean City version of Ropewalk Tavern, the restaurant and bar with locations in Federal Hill and Delaware’s Fenwick Island, will open by Memorial Day, owner Marc McFaul said earlier this week.

This Ropewalk (at 8203 Coastal Highway) is the largest of the three, and will feature a 300-foot deck, a 60'x40' pavilion, bars both inside and outside, fire pits, a canopy of palm trees and a large playground for children, McFaul said.

Construction is ongoing, but McFaul said there is a chance Ropewalk Ocean City could be open closer to mid-May. Entertainment is still being discussed, but McFaul mentioned booking dueling-piano performers and having “possibly an Irish music night.”

On Friday afternoon, a post on the restaurant and bar’s Facebook page said they are hiring “all positions for the spring/summer 2015 season.” For more information, go to ropewalkoc.com.

In October, the original Ropewalk Tavern in Baltimore — known by many as the Republican bar with a Ronald Reagan statue — will celebrate...

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General's Kitchen reopens in new location in Ocean City

The creamed chipped beef will taste just the same. But, now, it will be served a little farther south on Ocean Highway.

General’s Kitchen, Ocean City’s “House of Chipped Beef,” opened today at 66th Street and Ocean Highway, eight blocks away from its former location.

The restaurant lost its lease last fall for a former bank at on the east side of 74th Street and Coastal Highway, said owner Robert Noll.  The new location replaces Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille in a shopping center shared by the Skye Bar.

The new location has nearly double the seating of the old, with room for 150 patrons, Noll said.  This marks the third location for General’s Kitchen, which Noll’s stepfather founded 45 years ago in the former George Washington Hotel on the Boardwalk.

“He said, ‘I’m in the general’s hotel, so this is the general’s kitchen,’” Noll recalled.

When the hotel closed in the early 1970s, the restaurant moved up to 74th Street, he said.

Noll said the restaurant still follows his stepfather’s original creamed...

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$15 all-day passes to Trimper's Rides and Amusements

A $15 all-day wristband at Trimper's Rides and Amusements in Ocean City is a sure sign that summer savings are ahead.

The historic amusement park features such favorites as Tidal Wave, the Mirror Maze and Pirates Cove. And who can forget all those classic carnival games?

They're all available for $15 -- a more than $10 savings from the regular $26. The deal ends April 30.

The deal is from LandmarksGreatDeals.com's "Half off at the Beach" sale. You can find Trimper's Rides and Amusements at 730 South Atlantic Ave. in Ocean City.

If you have a discount, savings promotion or sale that we should feature, send an email with details to shopping@baltsun.com. But remember, we only want the real deals!


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Ocean City to unveil dolphin sculpture on National Dolphin Day

If you're spending any spring break time next week in Ocean City, be sure to wave at the dolphins. 

Not the ones in the water, but the bronze dolphins that make up a new sculpture set to be installed Tuesday at the intersection of Coastal Highway and Route 90.

"Dance of the Dolphins" shows three dolphins playing amid a bronze wave. The 16-foot statue designed by David Turner of Olney, Va., and the park-like plaza where it will be located cost about $100,000 according to official estimates.

The sculpture is ninth project of the Ocean City Development Corporation’s (OCDC) Public Art Program.

"We've all seen dolphins when walking the beach or riding the waves and everyone loves it when there’s a dolphin sighting," said Chris Trimper, chair of the OCDC Public Art Committee, in a news release. "There's something special about these creatures that makes this statue the perfect symbol to welcome the millions of visitors to our resort each year."

Trimper said a campaign is underway to raise money...

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Tesla electric car parade coming to OC boardwalk

It's electric!

Visitors already know Ocean City is full of excitement, but the boardwalk is set to get a jolt of fun from a group of Tesla owners who will parade their electric cars during the annual Tesla Road Trip - Reach the Beach event.

Tesla Motors, which builds the American-made cars and has a showroom in Bethesda, is known for its pricey and snazzy sports cars that run on batteries. The April 17-19 event is based in Salisbury, where owners of the cars have easy access to the recharge stations needed to make the trip to the beach.

On Saturday, April 18, the cars make the trip to Ocean City's boardwalk, where they will be displayed on the concrete tram lanes of the boardwalk's south end, near Fisher's Popcorn, followed by a parade north from the inlet to 27th Street. Organizers expect more than 100 Tesla vehicles to participate.

Tesla owners can register for the event for a $35 fee.








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