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Coco Nights
Written By: Brenda Golden
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Coco Nights
Rock with Thin Ice Friday, Jan. 5, at BJ’s.
    Here we are at the end of 2017 and I’m feeling excitement and hope for 2018. I know it’s been a rough year for many of us so we’re looking forward to a new beginning, right? After a whirlwind of Christmas parties (I hope you had a wonderful Christmas), we’ll be welcoming the new year with one more party to end the holiday season on New Year’s Eve.  As I’m writing this on the last day of 2017,  my plan for the night is to be with the people I love. Of course, that is all of my musician friends but time and logistics dictate that I can only go to a few places. I would like to start at the OC Fishing Company to hear Lauren Glick & David Tarlecki. Next I want to see my friends Michael Smith & Rita Conestabile as Pearl playing at Bourbon St. on the Beach. And I plan to finish the night with my family of friends to hear Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Salt Water Cowboys at Johnny’s Pizza Pub. Being with the people we love is most important no matter where you are, right?
    When people ask, isn’t Ocean City cold and boring during the winter? We locals say a resounding, “No!” Of course, maybe we should keep our secret to ourselves, huh? The music continues in our rockin’ venues and OC’s finest restaurant continue to serve delicious food; we have two movie theatres and more to keep us entertained. I’m not going to talk about the bands we love to hear; just check out the Who’s Where When list (yes, it has slowed down so there are not as many in the list as during the summer season) and keep on partying with our talented musicians; you won’t find any better anywhere.
    I want to finish this brief column with a beautiful poem written by Terry Sullivan paying tribute to our dear friend Kelly Coughlin. Many of you knew Kelly from the Crab Cake Factory; but more recently, Kelly had been managing the bar at Bourbon St. on the Beach. Kelly always had a smile and a funny quip to keep her customers laughing, even after she was diagnosed with cancer during the summer. Owners Barry & Gretchen Reichart became very close friends with Kelly and because of her friendly efficiency, came to rely on her to run their bar. She fought the good fight, but sadly, Kelly passed over into her new journey on December 19th; she was only 48.
So here is Terry’s “Ode to Kelly”:

Heaven gained an angel today,
Our beautiful Kelly went away.

She graced us with her smile so bright,
She was always such a pretty sight.

Her laughter was like a tinkling bell,
Her joy of life made our hearts swell.

She made Bourbon Street a happy place,
With her cute and funny and pretty face.

Kelly was strong, a warrior chick,
Not a fiercer friend could you ever pick.

She wore cute costumes and made us smile,
And in her heart there was no guile.

Who was her favorite from Kelly’s Krew?
It’s a secret that only Kelly knew.

She made an impression on our beach town,
Don’t ever think of this time with a frown.

We’ll miss sweet Kelly and all of her fun,
For today, the angels have finally won.

She’s watching us now, from heaven above,
And keeping an eye on those she loves.

Yes, Heaven gained an angel today,
Our beautiful Kelly called it a day.

But she’ll live on in our hearts and minds,
A better friend you could never find.

    Treasure your friends and families; you never know what tomorrow may bring. Live your life to the fullest and let love and music put a sparkle in your soul. Wishing you good health and happiness in the coming year, my friends.
 
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