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The California Gray Whale makes the most
spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Gray
Whales Migrate Annually along the west coast of North America from
the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds
of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Orange
County coast during the months of December, January, February,
March, and early April. Balboa's Sport Fishing boats offer Whale
Watching Cruses so that children and adults may thrill at the
sight of these magnificent mammals as they pass along the coast.
For further information contact:
Newport LandingSport Fishing
Newport Whale Watching
Shellback Yacht Cruises
In 1963, Toni Armistead started the Bloomer Brigade as a
way of saying thanks to all of her good friends. Every year in the first
week of October Toni would take the group of, "65 gals," as she words it, to
Catalina on her 63 foot yacht "Glissando" with full time skipper Bill
Campbell at the wheel. Toni makes it clear that this was a once a year
ladies day and men were not allowed except for staff. Arriving in Catalina
the boat would be greeted by caterers with breakfast and Bloody Maries. Each
year a different, "sumptuous lunch," with music comedians and dancers was
the bill of fare according to Toni. One year Toni took the Bloomer Brigade
to a male stripper club in Los Angeles. Another year she took them to
Ireland where they marched in the St. Patrick's parade. They won first
place, and were invited to the Mayor's Manner. Toni decided in honor of
their tenth crossing to Catalina, "If they lived through it," she would give
each Bloomer a solid gold pendant with a diamond in the center of it. And
she did. At every annual get together, the girls write the names of Bloomers
who had passed away on balloons, say a prayer and let the balloons go
i used to live in newport 35yrs. ago and i just thought of some of
the place that where there when i was and maybe you could help me? my
parents party at the Stage Bar , And Sid's Blue Bet some one tolled me it
burned down.the bar was saved. can you help me? Thank's if you can,
Hi, I have a metal from1936, and was wondering if anyone
would be intersted in purchacing it. The front says "Balboa Tournament of
Lights Newport California" the back reads "2nd Most Sriking Color Schemes,
1936" my name is Zac. You can call me at 562-598-2844, zac
Back in the mid 1960's we used to go to a "club" on Main Street in Balboa.
Would you have any info on what the name of the club was? Also a singer by
the name of Tim Morgan used to play there, any info (if you have it) on him
would also be appriciated.
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To our troops and those killed in action
December 03, 2005
We are new residents at 2727 Shell St (China Cove, Corona Del
Mar). It is the goldish brown house built into the rocks. If you
are leaving the jetty, it is the 2nd to the last house on the left
with the flag pole in front. Rumor has it the boats from the
parade turn around in front of our house. Is there a way to find
the route of this year's parade?
Thank you in advance.
I keep going to your site for the Christmas music with the scene
of the pavilion and the snow coming down. It's GREAT !!! Merry
Christmas to all !!!
My name is Conor and I moved here from the northeast about 4 years
ago and really love it but have some questions. I've pretty much
hit up all the bars where the women hang out from the Newport pier
to Lido and was wondering what are the hot spots for some good
drinks and nice women further south. I'm not too picky on the age
(18+) or the type of music they play, just a nice place to hang
out with other singles. Also, since you have lived in Balboa, what
were the big hot spots in your younger years? Were the women
always as beautiful here as they are now? When I first moved here
from the northeast I was in shock. Also, one last question, do you
know where a good place to buy posters in the area of either ocean
scenery or rock and roll bands like Dave Matthews?
Thanks for your help...
Is your book still available? I have lived in Balboa
Island/Newport Beach since 1943.
Merry Christmas, Jim
Josť Emilio Balboa Fueyo
HI- I was looking for your Tales of Balboa book. I read last month
that it was coming soon. Can you tell me when it will be
"Getting old ain't for sissies."