Bachelors have been bringing the musical sprit of Christmas to Balboa
and Balboa Island for nearly two decades .
With President Reagan.
It was Christmas 1984 when Randy
Wallen, Jeff Gould and Eric Vandeveld first started the Balboa Bachelors
to play Christmas music for the annual Balboa Christmas Boat Parade of
lights. To this day no one can remember who came up with the name. Since
then this tight knit group of musicians shows up year after year to
perform during the Christmas holiday season.
At Newport Landing
the years members of the group have come and gone. Some have gotten
married and some have left the country. But every year they all
try to get together with some coming from as far as San Francisco, San
Diego, Wisconsin and even Tokyo Japan. Where and who they have played
for is a remarkable list including the TV. shows Wheel of Fortune and
Jeopardy. They even preformed for President Reagan in 1992.
one of their players, Jeff Crist and a good friend, Cathy Alden to
cancer, the group established a relationship with the Hoag Hospital
Cancer Center and perform there every year.
If you don't get to see the Balboa
Bachelors perform this year, you can still hear them by going to their
Click To Hear The Balboa Bachelors
To our Newport Beach Paramedics and
the staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, for all of their
wonderful care and consideration when I needed them last month.
Words Of Wisdom
"You'll be entering
a cryogenic chamber where you will be frozen until such time as you can
be revived and brought back into society to serve a useful purpose."
Things they tell turkeys.
Pick A Number
Views Of The Balboa Peninsula
Harbor Entrance 1923
Harbor Entrance, July 4, 1930
By all means, tear down the Grey
Goose and the market! And while they're at it, why not the Pavilion?
It's so old! And those inconvenient old ferries, they should mothball
them and build a bridge!
Just sign me,
An old friend of the Goose.
Hello! I just found your website last week and I think it's
great! I'm sorry that the first thing that I saw was the story
about the Grey Goose. My family and I stayed there a week almost
every summer in the late 50's and the 60's. Later we stayed at the
Twin Palms. When I was very small we stayed at the Cypress
Villas. I don't remember them though. When I looked at the old
postcards I could even smell the chocolate bananas and the Sea&Ski at
the Fun Zone! Thank you for including the police calls too. I live
about 40 miles from there and sometimes I can pick up the NBPD on my
scanner. It's interesting. Also thank you for the sounds of the ferry
and the boats !
I'll be coming back to this page regularly to keep up to date. It's
"the next best thing to being there!"
Debbie, the old friend of the Goose.
I have for at least 25 years tried to find a picture of the mexican
resturant it had a hotel on top of it and Bob taylors old fashion
Bananas and lemonade next to it was in Balboa across from the ferry
and Valley boat rentals and the Fun Zone.
The name was either Nanas Mexican Food or Nanas Tacos.
I hope You could help me Jim, at least guide me as to where I could
possibly find a picture of the front entrance with the sign, I know
Mary Salazar rented it until she retired her last summer there was in
1975 and she rented that place from the owner of valley boat rentals,
for at least that I know of 25 years.
I hope you can help me,
For Tales Of Balboa
Here's another postcard for your collection. It's the beach across from
the Grey Goose. Notice the empty hills in the background!
One of your faithful readers
Saturday, October 27,