Baton Twirler, 81, to be Honored During Mr. Maturity Pageant

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Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by tommyj

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Betty Lambert, an 81 year old baton twirler from Harmony, Pa., will be one of the women honored at the Mr. Mature America Pageant on March 22

Betty Lambert, an 81 year old baton twirler from Harmony, Pa., will be one of the women honored at the Mr. Mature America Pageant on March 22

Betty Lambert has been the only Majorette of the “Resurrection Band of Zelienople” for 34 years.

Being as this will be
Valentine’s Weekend why not treat your special someone to a sweet time at the
Music Pier on Saturday? You’ll both enjoy a melodic and tasty program.

The Ocean City Theatre
Company will present a splendid mix of love songs and Valentine Sweets for your
entertainment and consumption. Yep all those classic Broadway love songs
performed so that you can actually hear the words and enjoy the beautiful
melodies and dance routines.

Plus prior to the show, there
will be four sumptuous Valentine dessert stations to put you in the mood for the
great entertainment to follow. Doors open for dessert and show tickets at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8
p.m. Tickets are $25, available by calling (609) 525-9300 or visit

MR. MATURE AMERICA UPDATE: In conjunction with
our upcoming Mr. Mature America Pageant, I have written a rhyme about me, a
mature American. It’s how I feel when I refuse to believe that I’m still not
young and agile and can hit a line drive over second base. (You don’t have to
do it any more, just believe that you can and you won’t feel like Mr. Dill.)


I’m trapped like a
pickle in a jar/ I’m tricked by Time/ Time and again/ I’m confused by the news/
Fearful of falling/ Bemused by the butterflies in my head/ I ache when I walk/
Hesitate when I talk/ Can’t find my keys or my meds/ I feel out of touch/ like
I don’t matter much/ Hoped to be more/ But all I am is sore/ I’m shrinking
every day/ What more can I say/ Than I’m trapped like a pickle in a jar/
Trapped like a pickle in a jar…

The Mr. Mature America Pageant is all about the relevance of
Senior Americans and the contributions they make to society. It’s about keeping
active, upbeat and maintaining a positive outlook during the aging process. Yes,
and about reminiscing positively about the past. Maybe even about writing a
poem making fun of yourself (that makes you laugh which is the best medicine).

Speaking of active and upbeat, one of the women who will be
honored during the Pageant is Betty Lambert of Harmony, Pa. Betty is an 81 year
old baton twirler, who still does splits! She was profiled in the Wall Street
Journal and has been the only Majorette of the “Resurrection Band of Zelienople”
for 34 years. 

The Band consists of active, older members who played
together in High School. “We selected the name because we “resurrected” our aging
instruments from the attic,” says Betty. She will perform during the pageant
along with Hollywood and TV icon, Peggy King and Ocean City soprano, Nancy Fox
and Divas. We affectionately call this group our Maturettes.

The Mr. Mature America Pageant is set for 7 p.m. on
March 22 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Bubba Mac Blues Band, all members
over 60, will perform starting at 6:30 p.m.

Contestants must be 60 or older and will receive a big Dietz
and Watson Ham, a commemorative T Shirt and reception at the Flanders for

For more pageant information, call 609-525-9300 or email After business
hours, call (609) 364-4010.

Admission to the Pageant is $10, and benefits the
Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard and the Philippine Relief
Fund. Call (609) 525-9300 to order tickets. 

DOO DAH: On April 12, a few weeks after the Mr. Mature
America Pageant, Ocean City will present its 29th annual Doo Dah
Parade. Grand Marshal will be Peter Funt, host of “Candid Camera,” the popular
TV show created by Alan Funt, Peter’s dad, in the 1940’s.

The Parade will once again feature comic brigades, colorful
costumed characters, clowns and bands.

The loveable basset hounds (500 of them) will return for
their colorful Doo Dah Boardwalk Waddle. The Basset Hound Olympics, an athletic
extravaganza not to be missed, will be held on Fri., April 11th
beginning noon on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave.

will be an entire weekend of fun events. More about this later. But if you’d
like to participate in the Parade (as an individual or with a group of your
friends) contact the Public Relations office, (609) 525-9300.

All participants
receive a commemorative T Shirt and a hotdog lunch from Dietz and Watson after
the Parade. 

Speaking about after the Parade, that’s when we’ll hold our
popular PieAsco. You are invited to sit in grandstands in front of the Music
Pier and smoosh the person sitting next to you with a shaving cream pie. It’s
all in fun and every participant receives a certificate certifying they were
smooshed to show to their friends and relatives. 

BOOK SALE: On Feb. 15, the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free
Public Library will hold a President’s Weekend Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
in the Atrium of the Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Specially priced books and some
paperbacks will be available.

For information access The
Ocean City Free Public Library has continuous free events including movies,
cooking classes, jazz concerts and much more. For information on these
programs, call (609) 399-2434. 

FOOD IS LOVE DRIVE: “Food is Love, Share Some Love” says the
Ocean City Board of Realtors as it announces its annual Food Drive running now
through Feb. 28th. The Realtors Community Service “Valentine’s
Month” Project aims to collect food, including canned items, juice and
microwaveable pasta meals for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food
Cupboard. Monetary donations as well as Shoprite Gift Cards will also be
collected for needy families.

Donations can be dropped off at
the Board of Realtor’s Office, 405 22nd  Street or call (609) 399-0128 for pick-up
service. Here are some items needed by the Cupboard: Microwaveable Spaghetti
O’s, lasagna, meatballs & spaghetti, ravioli, Canned Meats (corn beef hash,
Spam, Dinty Moore Stew, etc.) Jelly, Peanut Butter, Juice, Tomato Pasta Sauce
(26 oz) Canned beans, Liquid Laundry Detergent (48 oz) Dish Detergent, paper
towels. For more information call Vicki Heebner, (609) 399-0128 or

Congratulations to Michael Hartman
for being named one of Atlantic City Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40. He has also
received the Key to the City from the Mayor of West Chester, Pa. for his
contributions to that Community. Don’t miss Michael’s Valentine’s Show this
Saturday at the Music Pier.

By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Public Relations Director

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