The Tournament of Lights

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The Tournament of Lights

In another reminder that 2020 is a year like no other, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been canceled.  Next year we will undoubtedly see a return of this popular event. In another reminder that 2020 is a year like no other, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been canceled.  Next year we… Read More »

Costa Mesa “The Gateway to Newport Harbor”

In 1999, Costa Mesa changed its city slogan from “The Hub of the Harbor” to “The City of the Arts.”  It is home to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory theater and South Coast Plaza, one of the nation’s most successful shopping centers.  Yet, Costa Mesa was not always known for these attractions…. Read More »

Just Passing Through…FDR in Orange County

In May of 1935 Harry Welsh, Secretary of the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce, was working with community leaders to plan a celebration to mark the opening of Newport Harbor. So, when a local newspaper ran a small item announcing President Franklin D. Roosevelt was planning a trip to California in July 1935, he took… Read More »

The Wreck of the Muriel

In the 1920s, silent movie production companies often used Newport Beach and the surrounding coastline as backdrops. Unlike the bustling port of Los Angeles, Newport Bay and Catalina had few people and little development, providing excellent natural backdrops for the movies. One silent film, shot largely off Catalina in 1924, was The Sea Hawk, the… Read More »