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Avalon's Centennial Celebration


A Celebration of 100 Years of the City of Avalon's Incorporation

Thursday, June 20th, 5-9pm 
Celebration kick-off: Centennial Fest on Crescent Avenue. food, Games, Historical Displays & Music 
Friday, June 21st, 6-8pm 
Old Fashioned Fish Fry on Crescent Avenue
Free meals served to the first 500 guests-come early!
Beer Garden available
Saturday, June 22nd, 8-10pm
Free Concert on Wrigley Stage
Featuring the "Island Time Band"

Sunday, June 23rd, 8:30-10:30pm
Catalina Movies on the Beach
Featuring local home movies & the 1967 film "Catalina Caper"

Monday, June 24th, 5-10pm
Pack a Picnic Night at Joe Machado Field
Including traditional lawn games, horseshoe tournament, & a one-pitch softball game (softball team sign up with the City of Avalon Recreation Department, 310-510-0220 x 230)

Tuesday, June 25th, 7-10pm
Local Band Night on Wrigley Stage
Featuring "The Casual Accidentals" & "Hot Off The Range"

Wednesday, June 26th, 6-9pm
The City of Avalon's Official Centennial - Happy Birthday City of Avalon! 
Beach BBQ on Crescent Avenue, Fireworks over Avalon Bay
BBQ meal served free to the first 500 guests- come early! 
Beer garden available

Saturday, June 29th, 8-10pm
Free Concert on Wrigley Stage, Crescent Avenue
Xceptional Music presents: Xceptional Country Rock

Centennial Fun Facts about Avalon, Catalina Island

Aviation Industry
In 1912, Aviation legend Glenn L. Martin took off from the waters off Newport Beach and landed in Avalon Bay in a box-kite like aircraft. The flight was the first flight to Catalina Island and was also the longest over-water flight in world history at the time. It was also the first time that an aircraft had taken off from the water and landed on water on the same flight. 
In 1919 Chaplin Air Lines, started by Sydney Chaplin, legendary actor Charlie Chaplin’s brother, flew wealthy passengers in Curtiss MF flying boats to Catalina Island from Los Angeles. It was the first scheduled airline to fly in California.
Film Industry
Santa Catalina Island holds a unique place in the history of motion picture production as Hollywood’s exotic back lot.   Beginning as early as 1911 and continuing through the Silent Film era and the introduction of sound to motion pictures, Santa Catalina Island has served as the location for the filming of over 500 motion pictures, documentaries, television programs and commercials. Over the past 100 years,  the Island has been transformed into the coast of North Africa, from Tahiti to the American frontier and back again.  It has been mistaken for the lost continent of Atlantis and the home of that famous mechanical shark, Jaws. 
D.W. Griffith was one of the first directors to film on the Island.  His feature Man’s Genesis was filmed on the Island in 1912, over 100 years ago.
Music Industry
The popular 1920’s jazz standard song Avalon, was written and sung by Al Jolson.  It has been recorded by many artists, including Cab Calloway in 1934. The Benny Goodman Quartet played the song in their famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.  The song was included in the biographical films The Jolson Story (1946) and The Benny Goodman Story (1956), and is also being noodled by Sam at the piano right before he plays As Time Goes By in the movie Casablanca (1942).
I found my love in Avalon beside the bay.
I left my love in Avalon and I sailed away.
I dream of her in Avalon from dusk till dawn.
So I think I'll travel on to Avalon.
26 Miles Across the Sea     
26 Miles Across the Sea, sung by The Four Preps went to the top of the charts in 1958. The million-selling song made Catalina Island a household name and forever more Catalina Island will always be “the island of Romance.” Lead singer, Bruce Belland went to the beach one day with friends, and ukulele in hand, co-wrote 26 Miles. Dick Clark would later refer to the song as “the first surfer hit.”
Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me
Santa Catalina, the island of romance, romance, romance, romance




A small herd of black buck antelope was introduced to the island in 1967.