Typically the calm comes before the storm. In Ocean City this year, it has been reversed.
Ocean City's annual Quiet Festival will take place today, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 11, a little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the area.
"The Quiet Festival is on, starting with an event Wednesday, depending on the weather conditions," Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer said Monday.
A northeaster is forecast to roll along the New Jersey coast today.
The Quiet Festival, held each fall, is a hometown celebration of the slower and calmer post-season at the shore town, when the tourists have gone home.
The Quiet Festival includes a collection of silly and subdued activities, including yawn-alongs, cloud inspection and a maple pod drop, (you know, those little seed pods that spin to the ground like a helicopter.)
Each year the event grows a little more, as event chairman and Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer thinks up more events to add to the celebration.
New this year is a Snore at the Shore challenge, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 10. Participants will test their ability to imitate quiet snoring.
Soifer, who is also the self-appointed president of the National Association of Tired People, or NAP, said that, as a way of setting the tone for Snore at the Shore, challenge participants will have the option of either lying on a cot or sitting in a comfortable chair. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.
Additional Quiet Festival events held over the five days of silence include a white mice, hamster and guinea pig quiet challenge, a paper plane making and flying contest, a yo-yo demonstration, bubble blowing and more.
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Quiet Festival schedule
Today, Nov. 7: The Yawn Along Extravaganza will take place at 12 p.m. in front of City Hall, 901 Asbury Ave. Ocean City's Yawn Along Singers will yawn to the tune of beautiful dreamer while the Wind Chimes Band tinkle some wind chimes tunes and the Ocean City High School Sign Club sign to some quiet songs.
The yawn long will also include a maple pod drop, bubble blowing, yo-yo demonstrations and more.
At 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue, there will be a paper plane creation and navigation convention. All are welcome.
Friday, Nov. 9: There will be a second paper plane making and flying contest at 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library Lecture Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave. Pilot Ken Thorpe and his crew will be assisting in the program.
At 7 p.m. the library will also host an open poetry reading and a reading of the book 'How Now Brown Cow' in Room 116.
Saturday, Nov. 10: The second annual white mice, hamster and guinea pig quiet challenge will begin 10:30 a.m. followed by the all new Snore at the Shore event at 11 a.m.
Both events will take place at the Ocean City Community Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave.
White mice and hamsters are nocturnal animals, which makes them ideal participants in the city's Quiet Festival. The animals will be judged on their general disinterest in the challenge, their odd sleeping positions and their overall lack of energy. There will also be prizes for costumes and decorated cages and layouts.
Danielle Clark of HALT Rescue, a husband and wife non-profit organization that works to rescue and foster small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs, will be on site providing information on how to care for and protect your small pets. Also in attendance will be cartoonist Jerry Lukas, who will draw free pictures of your pets, and the Turtle Singers, Inc., who will tell live turtle interactive stories.
Sunday, Nov. 11: You're on your own - Look at the clouds, take a walk, fly a kite, and take a nap. Do anything you want, but be sure to do it quietly.
To register for any of all Quiet Festival events or for more information, call 609-525-9300.