Balboa's 95th Annual
Christmas Boat Parade
is an event that's a must
For nearly a century the week before
Christmas is an event that draws thousands of people from
all over the globe, and this Christmas will be no
different. One of the best places to view the Boat Parade
is at the Balboa Island Ferry Landing at Fun Zone on the
Balboa Peninsula. Be sure to dress warm because this is
the coldest time of the year.
the Boat Parade will run from December 17th thru the 21st. The
parade usually reaches the Balboa Fun Zone bay front just before 7 pm.
better then watching the parade, you can be a part of it. You can
rent a boat or ride in the Boat Parade on one of several boats that
are a part of the Boat Parade. Here are some of them:
Balboa Boat Rentals
Catalina Passenger Service
Fun Zone Boat Co.
Marina Water Sports
Newport Landing Sport
Newport Whale Watching
Shellback Yacht Cruises
Paints the Town
This annual event helps bring Christmas to
Each year the children of Newport Elementary School bring
the joy of Christmas to Downtown Balboa by painting the store
their Holliday art.
You can watch this event this year on Saturday morning, December
Bring the family
For More London's Times
The reason Santa is always so jolly is because he knows where all the naughty girls live.
The article that you did for this month (nov. 2003) on the
treasures found in old Balboa looks great! Thank you very much for
your consideration and keep your eyes out for the field trips for
children to see old Balboa followed by a treasure hunt (with coins
and treasure maps) near the Balboa pier. I will see you soon.
Check out today's Children's web-site at
Thank you Jim for the nice article on your site. I appreciate it.
We had some new faces yesterday using the service. The chili dog
looks pretty good!
Dear Jim --What a great website, and what great memories you have
dredged up for me. I worked the Over 12 Game at the Balboa Fun
Zone during the summer of 1960. That's when the loveable owner Al
Anderson and his wife would check to see how I was doing through
binoculars from their upstairs office window. There was something
about those two that you had to like.
I can remember like it was yesterday, the owner of many of the
game concessions telling me, "I move Tim from game booth to game
booth, so that all my concessions will make money." He was talking
about singer Tim Morgon who worked his magic at the game
concessions. The customers flocked to him. One of the main reasons
--besides his movie star looks-- was that there was a true
goodness emanating from Tim Morgon.
This series of paintings was made for the Balboa Pavilion by
Newport Kindergarten Class of
Mary Margaret Johnson ( Huddleston )
,bottom row second from left, supplied this class photo.
At this time the school was located across the street from
what is now Newport Elementary on Balboa Blvd.
Good morning jim hows it going? well
were leaving rome it was amasing saint peters church and
the sistine chapel was the most inspiring thing we have
ever seen. I truley believe that every person in the world
should see it. I think that the world would be a much
diffrent place if they did. Well were off to greece today
sandy beaches blue water and lots of sangria. Tell every
one we said hi if you dont mind and thanks for the web
site its a great reminder of home.
Rich and carrie
attempting to master this super duper computer and stave
evil hackers, safely operating out of a cave somewhere in
I have decided to once more attempt to contact Paradise
known as Balboa. I am really now retired! I am now much
whether a certain bunny will "get" my flowers. There is a
who has an insatiable curiosity about humans and who likes
through my kitchen window. Cruel fate! I'm now the
compared to the residents hereabouts, which (as Jim Gagne
will tell you)
is genuine role reversal. My last tax bill did it! It's
obviously because of those tax - tax and spend - spend
Democrats! However, I see no need to
continue their bad habits.
The people up here rely much less on fast food, so they
probably are a little healthier. But, to be honest, they
are really fond of doing "Los Posadas" style pilgrumages
to the local wineries. As a result, they do seem to be
truly dangerous on the highway - many of which are simply
paved-over two-lane country roads. Because the wines are
so good, there is a general delusion that they are great
cooks. That means, as a translation, "the weirder the
taste - the better!"
Say hello to all my friends!
Hi, I Google searched my name and I come up with a picture
from this web site. My name is Teri Kruse. I came across a
picture of another girl named Teri Kruse on the Faces of
Balboa page. I was wondering if you could maybe contact
her and ask if she would consider emailing me. I just
thought it would be interesting to talk to someone with
the same name as me. If she would like to, you can supply
her with my email address. Thank you for your help.
Thank you for the birdie picture. I used it as desktop wallpaper
and love it. so clear.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I just love your newsletter....