Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The Pier Ballroom was Ocean City’s most popular teenage hangout in the 1960s. Located on top of the Pier building at Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk, DJ-hosted record hops brought the “under 21 crowd” to Ocean City on a nightly basis.

Live entertainment was featured at times and acts such as Chuck Berry, Little Eva, Joey Dee and the Starliters (minus Joey Dee) and the Lafayettes appeared on the Ballroom stage.

The Pier Ballroom closed on July 12, 1973. It could no longer compete with the many nightclubs that had sprung up as Ocean City had grown. The location had several tenants including a wax museum and laser tag before becoming the home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not in the mid-1990s.

Photo courtesy Wayne Cannon

 

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Surf mats were popular until boogie boards took over in the late 1970s and many a “baby boomer” learned to the ride the waves on the canvas-covered inflatables. Called “rafts” by the tourists, the locals always referred to them as “surf mats.” Many became quite adept at riding them while kneeling or, in rare cases, even standing up. The commercial … Continue reading