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CATALINA WEEKEND – PRE-BALL, PRE-FESTIVAL FUN

Do you have one of those events that you look forward to each year?  The Avalon Ball is one of those events for me.  On Catalina Island in the gorgeous Casino, you can swirl around the dance floor like they’ve done for over 80 years.  While last year we could only go for the ball, this year we actually made a weekend of it.  Well, most of a weekend of it.  As Sunday was Mother’s Day, and my little man was spending the weekend with grandma, I left early to spend Mother’s Day to be, surprise, a mother with my little boy.  But I digress.

While the weekend events included a Cocktails in Historic Places, the Silent Film Benefit, and the Avalon Ball, we had to miss the Descanso Beach Party.  It was on Mother’s Day, but also me+bathing suit = not on your life.  I’ll have to break this trip up into three posts because, well, you know, I’m a photo-loving gal.  That’s polite lady talk for photo whore.

Lady by Choice - Vintage Catalina Island
Lady by Choice - Vintage Catalina Island

Friday – Cocktails in Historic Places
Friday we caught the afternoon boat in Long Beach and sailed into Avalon Harbor, just in time to attend the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Cocktails in Historic Places, this one at the Avalon Grille.
Avalon Ball Ladies of the ADSLA Events Committee represent!
Lady by Choice - Vintage Catalina Island Casino
Lady by Choice - Vintage Catalina Island Casino
Strolling around the Casino after dark to catch the dramatic
and very different view.
Saturday – Sight Seeing
On Saturday morning we rented a golf cart (Avalon doesn’t have many cars; there is a long wait list to import a car from the mainland) so most folks get around in golf carts.  While Avalon isn’t that big, to go see some of the more panoramic places, it’s easier on the toes to be lazy.  Along the way, we stopped by a sweet little pet cemetery on the side of the road.  No crazy kitties came back to life here.
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Pet Cemetery Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Pet Cemetery

At last we were at the view by the Inn on Mount Ada and took in the gorgeous little town of Avalon.

Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View

 Um, am I a giant or what?
 Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View
My best Mr. Tiny impression.
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View Bells
While we waited for the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit to begin, we strolled around Avalon a little more.  There is lots of lovely Catalina tile to be seen.
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View Tile
In addition to the gorgeous tile, there are kitschy shops galore with touristy things.  I thought I rocked this bikini, don’t you?  If you zoom in to the photo, you can see it sports a real metal belly button ring.
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage View Tile
Lady by Choice - Catalina Island Sites Vintage Kitsch
And that brings us to the Silent Film Festival.  Oh, wait (yawn), I’m getting tired.  I think I’ll post about that tomorrow.  (I’m not a tease, really.  It is after midnight as I post this.) ‘Til then…
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3 responses to “CATALINA WEEKEND – PRE-BALL, PRE-FESTIVAL FUN”

  1. YAY! Gorgeous, lady! What a beautiful place, and how fab do you and the Mister look? :D.

  2. Mr. Tiny says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Avalon and had to make the hard choice of visiting only once this year. I am so glad that you guys found the swing!!! Isn't it fun? You are making me wish I was back on the island right now. Thanks for the shout out and the gorgeous photos!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sad that we had to miss it,beautiful pics and…mink balls 😉

    Heidi

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