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Saturday found us skimming across the ocean “26 Miles (to Catalina).”  It was Avalon Ball time and we were going for the first time.  Each year my work had had an event on the same weekend as Avalon Ball, hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, but low and behold this year I lucked out.
Catalina Island Avalon Casino

 On the Catalina Express it only takes about one hour to boat from Long Beach to Avalon harbor on Santa Catalina Island.  As we went over in our dress clothes, we didn’t linger long in Avalon, other than having dinner right before we went over to the Casino that isn’t a casino.  The Casino was opened in 1929 and is a gorgeous venue full of colonnades and tilework for the people of Avalon.  The ballroom where the ball took place is upstairs, but the bottom level has a movie theater with gorgeous murals on the wall.
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
There was no dancing to Dean Mora and his orchestra for us as Husband just had some repair work on his hip and was still using a cane, but I hope to have another opportunity to dance in the ballroom soon.  Still we got to socialize and schmooze with friends, which is even better.
Catalina Island Avalon Casino
I wore the dress I profiled here.
We’re planning to come back over this summer so we can explore more, so hopefully I’ll have more for you soon.
“Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me”


6 comments so far.

6 responses to “AVALON BALL 2012”

  1. Debi says:

    WOW! Looks like an amazing event!!

  2. Lily says:

    We were so sad to miss it, but I hear that it did go well. We've received a lot of positive reviews.

    When you back over, perhaps we could make it a group visit. We could trek up to the Wrigley and also get in a game of miniature golf. 🙂

  3. admin says:

    Sounds like a plan Lily.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looks like so much fun.Next year,it's on!We finally took the tour of the casino last time were in Avalon in the summer and there's so much information I had no idea about it.Like why it's called a casino,but doesn't have gambling…

  5. Kate says:

    Wow, the architecture and details are gorgeous! Will definitely have to check it out next time I'm in the LA area.

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