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December 2006 / Vol 8 No 12



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 Merry Christmas 2006


Boat Parade

Balboa's 98th Annual Christmas Boat Parade is an event that's a must for everyone.

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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 the  Fun Zone on the Balboa Peninsula. Be sure to dress warm because this is the coldest time of the year.
This year the Boat Parade will run from Wednesday, December 13th  thru Sunday,  the 17th.
Even 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:

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Davey's Locker
Fun Zone Boat Co.
Marina Water Sports
Newport Landing Sport Fishing
Shellback Yacht Cruises

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Newport Landing Restaurant


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From TalesOfBalboa the Book

When Balboa Fun Zone President Joe Tunstall and Vice President Bob Speth began looking for a Merry-Go-Round for the new Fun Zone they traveled to the closed theme park called Santa's Village in Scotts Valley located between Santa Cruz and San Jose California. There the pair discovered the remains of the old Santa's Village Merry-Go-Round. It had weeds growing through it, mice crawling all over it and two of the original horses had been stolen. Bob Speth recalls he almost fell through the old Merry-Go-Round's rotten oak deck. They paid $25,000 for the Merry-Go-Round.  To restore the old Merry-Go-Round, Dena Morgan - son of Ed Morgan who had originally built it - was engaged for the job. The Merry-Go-Round was disassembled and taken to Morgan's facility. According to Speth, "Everything was replaced except for the frame." Because the molds for the original aluminum horses were long gone, new molds had to be made in order to produce replacements for the two missing horses. To replace the Fun Zone's Merry-Go- Round with a new one of the same quality it would cost well over a quarter of a million dollars. Ever since the new Fun Zone opened in 1986, free ride wooden-nickels have been handed out throughout Southern California to libraries as rewards for children's reading programs and to schools for incentive programs for students. To date over a million free ride wooden-nickels have been handed out. Over 180,000 people ride the Merry-Go- Round each year. About half ride free, either with a wooden-nickel or an adult riding free with a child 

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Events Calendar

Taco Tuesdays, All Day
$1.00 Tacos, No Limit, Eat In/Take Out
Great Mex
703 E. Balboa Blvd.

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

Saturdays 3:30 PM -7:00 PM
Kyng Arthur: Authentic Reggae
"Cabo Cantina" 100 Main St

Saturdays 7 AM - 9 AM
Crystal Cove Exotic Cars
Balboa Pier Parking Lot

Wednesday,  December 13 - 17
Christmas Boat Parade

December 31, 7 PM - 1 AM
Crystal Ball
New Years Eve Bash
Harborside Restaurant

Balboa Pavilion

Monday, January 1, 2007 1PM - 5PM
8th Annual Balboa Talent Show
Gazebo/ Balboa Pier

April 19-29, 2007
Newport Beach Film Festival

Friday, April 27 - 29, 2007
Newport Ensenada Race

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In Memory

Balboa Village Market
1938 - 2006
Closed November 4, 2006

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Viewer Email & Memories

When I was a child in the 60's, my family lived in Newport Beach. One of our annual Christmas treats was to go to Balboa of an evening to see the big Santa Claus perched atop a whale being pulled by dolphins. We loved it! Then we'd find somewhere to buy a frozen banana and walk the beach. Great memories. I've scoured the internet for a photo of it, but I guess the city doesn't use that display anymore. What a shame.

Hi Jim,
I came into your new shop today to pick up a copy of 'Tales Of Balboa". I mentioned to you that my father, Hal Harriman, had worked at "Christian's Hut" in the 50's. I was really surprised to see how many of the people in the stories I knew as a child as friend's of my dad.
My father used to live and work in Balboa/Newport/CDM during the summers while going to school at UCLA and later while attending Law School in San Francisco during the winters. When school ended for summer break he would come down here and tend bar at many of the local establishments. In addition to Christian's Hut he also worked at the Chef's Inn, Jamaica Inn and at Reubens. It was while working at Reubens that my dad was roommates with Gino Boero. The manager or owner at the time told them that they were no longer allowed to have the same nights off since they would come in the following night to work a complete mess from their fun the night before.
Jerry Overland and his wife Tookie lived down the road from where our cabin was in the San Bernardino Mtns. in the 70's and 80's. Most people don't know that the Alley located where Baer's Lair was is named after the "Alley West". I remember Jerry Overland telling me that he made some kind of deal with Lawrence when he sold his half of the Alley West and moved to Acapulco. He was not allowed to open a restaurant within so many miles of the Alley West. By the time he and his 2nd wife Patsy opened the Alley the rule no longer applied. I still have some recipes from Jerry. A really good teriyaki sauce. Ron White was a tenant of ours for years above where I now live. Bear and Woody are names I remember from long ago as well as Max Dillman. Judge Bob Gardner was a good friend of dad's. They were friends from the courts as well as through his early years working and playing in Balboa in the 50s. Art LaShelle used to come into the Little Knight from time to time, once bringing Red Skelton with him. Gino Boero I have known all of my life, and he is my Godfather. When we moved down to Costa Mesa in 1965 Gino and Nicki Boero and their kids (Beth,JR and Julie) were the first people I remember meeting. Gino opened a place a couple of doors down from the Little Knight called Gino's On The Hill where I met a lot of the old Newport people. I also met a lot of other characters there including a guy named Billy Martin. Peter Torre who started Charlie's Chili was a bartender at the Little Knight for years. Other names that might ring a bell are Kenny Russell, a Hawaiian who would do the Kalua (Burried) pig for all of the local luau's. Grant McNiff also known as Father Duffy from the time his friends were thrown in jail, while he was at the store getting more supplies, and he turned his white button up collared shirt around so it looked like a priests collar and put his coat back on, went into the police station and proclaimed "I am father Duffy and I am here to release my flock" after which he was thrown in with them. Rex Cantebury also known as Sexy Rexy. Dale Velzy who used to sometimes come to Thanksgiving at our cabin in the mountains. My dad was also a member of a group called "Amigos Viejo" which consisted of a bunch of old Newport people including I believe Bob Gardner and Hans Prager. I don't think the group had any real agenda, just to get together every once in while and talk story. came across an interesting entry in your book regarding the Doll House. I noticed that it's address is where I currently live. I find it interesting to know that the place where I have my music studio, I am a musician, could be where Peggy Lee sang. I was wondering if you have any pictures of the Doll House or if you know where I might find any? I also noticed one of the names mentioned in your book in the special thanks section, Bob O'Niel. I was wondering if it is the same Bob I knew as a kid? He was a big guy with a great big belly. A nice guy who drank a lot. He had a brother Patrick who got into trouble with the law. He passed away a couple of years back. Just wondering if it is the same person? I am enjoying reading about historic Balboa and I love your website.
Dirk Harriman
From The Doll House

Hi! Regarding the email about the book "Dick's Joint & the Captain" by Dick Shaw -- I too have a copy which I just found while moving out of my Barber Shop! I have copy #246; published in 1979 by the Punters & Scullers press, Ltd. and inside is a very nice handwritten note from Father Duffy. I wonder if anyone remembers Shaw or would like a copy?
--Boom Boom

That is a bummer. [About the Fun Zone rides.] It was such a blast going on all those rides as a kid. I think it was a great place for tourists too. Summer won't be quite the same without all the old familiar places. In fact, I started going to the Fun Zone when I was five, (oh, about 1952), and would ride on the little boats that went around in a circle. The colorful boats are no longer there. Good memories of the Ferris wheel and the Hoagie stand, and of course the carousel. In my teens and even earlier, I would walk to the Fun Zone with my friends. When I was a bit older, my boyfriend and I would go every weekend for the donuts at the corner shop, or get a Hoagie. Do you remember the Rinky Dink? It's been changed so many times since then. The gas station on Palm (George Perlin)...gas was only .30 a gallon...what a change, eh? I think the changes of our old Bal is too much to handle. Woe is me! I have mixed feelings about the rides being tossed out, as they really kind of make the ambiance of the place. I don't know what you think about it, but it's sad to know they will be gone forever.
Have a good day. Finally, a cool day. I thought I'd die in the sweltering heat.

You are truly useless. I turn on the pavillion camera and some girl in a bikini walks in and all you see is her top and by the time the camera refreshes she's gone. What good are you anyway??????????????Figure out who sent this and you win a Coney Island Hot Dog!!


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